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Fittings firm Takigen out to contribute to the EV revolution

Article - April 29, 2023

A manufacturer with expertise in products such as handles, locks and hinges, Takigen is now looking to apply its knowhow to fittings for electric-vehicle chargers.


“We really take good aftercare of the customers after we release the product, so that our customers feel safe in our hands.”

Mitsugu Tanaka, President, Takigen MFG., Ltd.

Since Takigen was founded in 1910, it has established itself as a leading manufacturer of industrial fittings.

The Japanese company’s extensive portfolio of products, which numbers around 8,000, includes handles, locks, hinges, door wheels, slide rails and much more – all expertly made for clients in a wide range of industries.

Customer feedback is key to product development at Takigen, whose quality commitment is typical of manufacturing in Japan. While competitors elsewhere in Asia may offer lower prices, can they provide the same dependability?

“Japan is unique for its quality control,” President Mitsugu Tanaka says. “Not only in terms of functionality and appearance, but also the materials we use.

“Companies in China and Korea have been able to copy products like ours, but our customers continue to purchase our products because, even though they may be more costly, defect-free ones are safer.”

Takigen’s clients hail from sectors such as agriculture, healthcare and semiconductor manufacturing – as well as the automotive industry, for which the company now produces fittings for electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations.

“We have been making a holder for the charging gun for the past four or five years,” Mr. Tanaka says. “When it comes to charging stations, we are behind in Japan compared to Europe, but this equipment will be increasingly installed here.”

Takigen’s involvement in the growth of EVs reflects the manufacturer’s commitment to a greener future. Among the company’s other eco-friendly endeavors, it supplies fittings for technology that generates solar, wave and wind power.

“The key word here is decarbonization,” Mr. Tanaka says. “Through our research, we aim to develop good products that will be suitable for that market.”