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Introduction of Group Companies
Metal One Steel Products Corporation
From Value One, Spring 2015 No.48
Our Strengths and Distinctive Qualities
Handles small-lot production and quick deliveries as a "convenience store of cold-drawn steel bars"
Holds a dominant retail sale market share of around 40 percent in the Chubu region
Has a unique system that integrates inventory management, processing and distribution
Pursuing a Business Model Dedicated to Retailing CD Bars

Equity investments in 1971 by Miyazaki Seiko Co., Ltd.—a major manufacturer of CD bars and CH steel wires—and Mitsubishi Corporation established Koho CD Bars Service Center Co., Ltd. as a CD bar sales company. Dubbing itself a "convenience store of CD bars," the company is a dedicated retail sale marketplace for CD bars. With its particular strengths in small-lot production and quick delivery, Koho's presence in its home region, Chubu, is overwhelming—accounting for about 40 percent of the retail sale market.

The company currently handles about 900 tonnes of products a month. In addition to its headquarters near Nagoya Station, Koho has four business offices in Komaki, Okazaki, Yokkaichi and Numazu.

CD bars are made by drawing steel bars or wire rods through a die, followed by surface polishing, and are mainly used as materials for making automobile and machine components. They are available in a wide variety of both steel type (such as ordinary steel, steel alloys or carbon steel) and shape (round, hexagonal, flat, rectangular and custom shapes), resulting in a vast diversity of items when the size (in diameter and length) is taken into account. For this reason, Koho always has about 1,300 different kinds of CD bars in stock. The company can deliver any small lot ordered in the morning—even those involving cutting and further machining—in the afternoon of the same day.

Koho's unique system, which integrates the management of inventory, orders, processing and distribution, makes this quick and highly refined response possible. Headquarters and the sales offices are connected online, allowing them to share information on inventory and other vital factors on a real-time basis. Moreover, since each product is identified by a barcode, any staff member can read that information to process materials and schedule deliveries without delay.

Since the company was established, all of Koho's presidents had come from Miyazaki Seiko. In 2009, however, Masaoki Furuichi of Metal One took over the position from former president Tadashi Kawane. President Furuichi says: "A business model thoroughly dedicated to retail functions cannot be easily imitated. Underlying the working of this powerful system is our traditional practice of 5S (representing the five Japanese words seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke, respectively meaning keeping in good order, tidiness, cleaning, cleanliness and discipline). Client demand is trending more and more toward small lots and quick delivery. We would like to further develop our system and strengthen our human resources."

On the other hand, the volume of CD bars shipped out to domestic clients is shrinking yearly, clearly reflecting customers shifting overseas. "Our business model can fully work in other countries as well," notes President Furuichi, who is seeking a further leap forward with overseas business development in mind.



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