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Kawasaki Kiko: Tea making for the ages

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Article - September 18, 2022

Kawasaki Kiko's know-how has allowed it to provide tea processing machines used all over Japan, as well as being exported across the globe, for well over a century.

RIDING TYPE TEA HARVESTER

“We will continue to explore each and all possibilities needed to respond to ever diversifying tea needs."

Yosuke Kawasaki, President, Kawasaki Kiko

 

Since its founding in 1905, Kawasaki Kiko has been one of the Japanese tea industry’s major players.  Specializing in the manufacture of unrefined tea processing equipment such as steamers and dryers, it also provides facilities for general tea production, including tea farm management machines.

“All of this is part of a continual total effort to provide benefits for our customers through our product,” says Yosuke Kawasaki, President of Kawasaki Kiko. “We will continue to explore each and all possibilities needed to respond to ever diversifying tea needs, providing equipment that enables people around the world to produce tea they can drink with a feeling of safety and peace of mind, while also applying the principles of tea making created by our predecessors along with our own advanced knowledge and technology.”



A dominant force domestically, Kawasaki Kiko has also had a strong presence in China – the world’s largest tea market – since the 1990s. Now the company is looking to expand its international presence and partnerships further afield. But what sets Kawasaki Kiko apart?

“It’s not necessarily the quality of machines that we can provide, or what kind of proprietary technologies we can incorporate into the assembly of parts and components,” says Mr. Kawasaki. “It’s more the thought that goes behind why we need to apply these kinds of specific processes, or what kind of machine would be ideal for each step in the production. It’s that drive that gives us our competitive edge.”

Such know-how has enabled Kawasaki Kiko to provide its tea processing machines used all over Japan, as well as being exported all across the globe, for over a century. “I believe that this kind of competitive edge and know-how can be seen as a huge upside when dealing with new partners,” says Mr. Kawasaki.

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