Examine your zipper: YKK
January 28, 2011 Leave a comment
You ever look at your zipper and seen a “YKK”? You ever wonder what that is? It’s pretty simple. But before you read the rest, examine your zippers. Check the zippers you’re wearing and see if it has a “YKK” on it. Check your backpacks, fanny packs, camelpaks, or ‘Roos. I’ll bet you that one of ’em does.
Here’s your fun fact:
YKK is a Japanese manufacturing company. It stands for “Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha” which are basically three names from the two original companies that merged. It has been around for, like, ever. Pre-WWII.
The privately held YKK Co. is headquartered in Japan and is made up of 80 companies at 206 facilities in 52 countries. YKK makes the entire zipper including the dyed cloth and the brass used to make the zipper. A YKK factory site in Macon, Ga., produces 7 million zippers a day, in a total of 1,500 styles in more than 427 standard colors. It’s the largest zipper factory in the world.
Not really anything AMAZING incredible about this except the ubiquitousness of the product. I couldn’t get past the fact that every zipper I owned had a “YKK” on it. Check it out. Examine your zipper.