Japanese zippers may soon appear on the products of the Uzbek textile industry. The issues of cooperation between the “Uztekstilprom” (Uzbekistan Textile Industry) Association and the world-famous Japanese company YKK were discussed in Tashkent. The Japanese side was represented by a delegation led by the head of the Central Asian office of the company Yasuhiro Yamashita.
In a press release distributed by the Uzbek side following the meeting, it is noted that the company YKK specializes in production of zippers, textile accessories, fittings, and is a leader in this field. It operates in 71 countries around the world, and production facilities are located in 6 countries in Europe and Central Asia. Its trademark was registered almost 70 years ago. The company’s annual turnover is estimated at 8 billion US dollars, and more than half of all zippers in the world are produced by YKK.
Turkmenistan, like Uzbekistan, is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of textile products. Our Uzbek neighbors produce more cotton than Turkmenistan, since Uzbekistan has more irrigated land suitable for cotton cultivation. However, Turkmen cotton growers compensate this by a higher quality of cotton fiber, since the most valuable, fine-fiber cotton is grown in the country.
In addition, for several years, Turkmen denim clothing has been produced using the famous YKK zippers that shows the high quality of the products. The Japanese YKK will never sell zippers to the customer if the quality of jeans products produced is poor. These are the laws of the market, more precisely, of the most “advanced” one. It is not enough for the Japanese to just sell their accessories, it is still important for them to be used to produce high-quality products.
As a confirmation of this, one memory from the young days that were spent in the last quarter of the last century. At that time, in the USSR, denim was considered the most expensive and hard-to-get thing. As always, according to the laws of the market, this fact was to the favor of manufacturers of so-called “self-made” jeans. An inexperienced consumer found it difficult to determine what he would be sold for a month’s salary of a big boss: either brand jeans from a world manufacturer or an item from Soviet producers manufactured somewhere “in Odessa at the Little Arnautskaya street”. Visually, both were the nearly same. Except one thing. It was necessary to look at the zipper of the garnment, and if it was YKK, then it could be taken. These zippers, as a rule, testified to the “good origin” of an item.