102-0084 Sumitomo Fudosan Kojimachi Building, 5-1 Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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JA, Manufacturer of Agricultural Machinery, Retail Distributors, Agricultural Producers
Introduction of your company & business:
Kakuichi, one of the leading warehouse and garage manufacturers in Japan, is working to create a low-cost recycling society through the development of new agricultural materials and other products. The company's goal is to realize sustainable agriculture and a society where people can feel affluent. The new business that Kakuichi is launching to solve farmers' problems will lead to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the movement toward a carbon-neutral society.
Create a vibrant and prosperous world with new technologies.
Realize communities where gratitude naturally spreads.
Revitalize Japan through agriculture.
Kakuichi has been in business for 137 years. --Kakuichi places great importance on dialogue with farmers.
Kakuichi's roots go back to 1886 when a hardware store was established in Inariyama (now Chikuma City), Nagano Prefecture. When iron was first used for agricultural machinery, the company focused on quality and price, while emphasizing product lineup and delivery time, and built trust with farmers.
In the 1960s, the company started a hose business for sprinkling water and a garage business to protect farmers' valuable farm machinery from wind, rain, and snow. Kakuichi is a company that has grown by being close to farmers.
Kakuichi has developed its business in areas related to water, agriculture, the environment, and local communities. By multiplying its know-how and resources, Kakuichi is always thinking of projects that can help farmers solve their problems. Kakuichi has launched 11 businesses, including an environmental business that focuses on sustainability, a solar panel power generation business, and an aqua solution business that grew out of hose business.
Key Products or Services:
Garage and Warehouse Business
Aqua Solution Business
Natural stone wall material business
Mineral Water Business
Solar Partner Business
The prefabricated garage business ranges from small-scale warehouses to private garages, from manufacturing to
Systematized construction, steel frame fabrication, and electrostatic powder coating at our own factories enable us to deliver high-quality products to our customers. This business is an SPA model where we not only manufacture, but also have showrooms in 70 locations throughout Japan, where we consult with our customers, sell, and construct the products ourselves.
What makes us unique is our ability to provide high-quality, factory-standardized buildings with short delivery times and at low prices.We have sold over 100,000 garages in total and have built a network with our customers through our after-sales service.
Technology / R&D activities:
Kakuichi conducts collaborative research and data sharing with top farmers and universities in a three-way partnership. The technology has been developed in collaboration with 1,200 farmers, and this collaborative approach is the key strength of the company. This was reported on the Newsweek website.
In 1973, Kakuichi established Kakuichi America, Inc. in Los Angeles and began manufacturing plastic hoses. Pacific Echo INC. was established as a sales company in the U.S. and began sales throughout the U.S.
The company entered the U.S. market faster than any other Japanese company at the time. Hoses have a variety of uses in households and industry, and Kakuichi's quality has been trusted, and today the hose business boasts the world's largest production volume.
The "Watto Watto Project" is one of Kakuichi's renewable energy projects, in which the roofs of existing garages and warehouses manufactured by the company are rented as solar power generation space, and the owner receives a fixed rent based on the size of the roof to be rented. There is no initial cost, and the system can contribute to the spread of renewable energy by utilizing available space in the form of roofs. This project is to increase the number of small power plants by installing solar panels on Kakuichi's "wide-space houses," or garages, which number nearly 90,000 throughout Japan. Currently, 17,300 houses with a total generation capacity of 136 MW have been installed, generating an annual cash flow of 2.7 billion yen and expected to generate more than 50 billion yen in electricity sales. The profits from this project are being invested in a new business that solves the problems of farmers.
Good Design Award 2014, “Watto Watto Project"
Received "Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon," an award from the Japanese Emperor
56th Senden Kaigi Award, Grand Prize, Catch Copy of Hose business
IBM Women leaders in AI 2021
Company Goals & Objectives:
The company aims to realize sustainable agriculture and a society where people can experience abundance.
Through Kakuichi's business, we will solve farmers' problems and link them to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the movement toward a carbon-neutral society.