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From Value One, Spring 2017 No.56
Our Strengths and Distinctive Qualities
Japan’s biggest pail manufacturer with a domestic market share of around 45 percent
Building a unique production system with its three factories across Japan
Working hard to develop high-value-added pails as well
The Takaishi Factory, which is known for high productivity

Japan’s Biggest Pail Manufacturer

Japan Pail Corporation was established in 2004 through the merger of Unicon Co., Ltd. (fully owned by Nissho Iwai Corporation [now Sojitz Corporation]), Nippon Steel-affiliated Daido Corporation and the Pail Division of JFE Container Co., Ltd. The company is the biggest pail manufacturer in Japan, producing some 8.9 million pails a year, and holds a 45 percent share of the domestic market.

Pails are containers with a handle, and at our company are made of steel. While 20-liter variants represent the most common size for pails, they are available in a broad size range from 10 to 29 liters. Since the package design can be printed directly onto the tin-free steel sheets or other steel used to produce the pails, it is possible to create sophisticated designs that make their contents easily recognizable. They are extensively used as containers for oil products, chemicals, paints and other products. Empty pails can also be stacked for easy transportation and storage.

Japan Pail has built a unique production system in its three factories across Japan—the Takaishi Factory (formerly of Unicon), the Amagasaki Factory (which merged the former Daido Corporation factory and JFE Container’s Itami Factory), and the Chiba Factory (formerly of JFE Container).

The Takaishi Factory is renowned for its high line speed—top in the industry—that leads to high productivity. The Amagasaki Factory was the industry’s first clean factory, and turns out high-value-added pails including clean pails lined with high-density polyethylene for holding ICs and liquid crystals. The Chiba Factory, located in the Chiba district of JFE Steel’s East Japan Works, has the only pure water cleaning equipment in the industry.

President Yutaka Nagashima, who was appointed in June 2016, says: “The demand for pails for lubricating oil—which currently represents half of the total demand—is likely to decrease with the expanding use of electric cars. As the industry leader, however, we will continue to specialize in pails and further improve our products, quality and functions, including the delivery aspect, which receives high appraisals from our customers. Since we already have a 75 percent share of the Kansai market, we will invest in facilities and strengthen systems at the Chiba Factory, our foothold in the Kanto region.”

Besides introducing the operating officer system last year to strengthen the organization base through team management, the company is working diligently to develop high-value-added pails, including the eco-type high-density polyethylene clean pails (patented), which has significantly raised the recovery efficiency of residual liquid. “We will meet our clients’ stringent requirements head on, and do what no other competitor can do,” says President Nagashima, demonstrating the confidence of the head of the industry’s top manufacturer.

 

 

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