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The pierce nuts behind next-generation industries

Article - August 10, 2023

Since its foundation, Shinjo has continued to provide technology and products that can respond to any situation.

As the company celebrates 70 years, Shinjo is not striving to increase its size but instead maintain its place at the top of its field.

"Our specialty and core focus is on the type of fasteners that pierce a sheet and clinch and allow you to mount and stabilize items in place, with no need for a pilot hole," explains company president Isao Shinjo. "We listen to the needs of our customers and increase our efficiency through a strict production design and control process."

With a generally in-house strategy, the automotive sector is where Shinjo has its core activity, and it’s a rapidly evolving one as electric vehicles play an ever greater role. Collaboration, however, is on the president’s mind.

"The partnership with Arnold Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG has been very successful in expanding our business, and we have contracts with distributors across the U.S. and Europe EU for pierce nuts. There are possibilities to develop in Asia, but conventional nuts are still the major market so we need to consider how best to progress."

Innovation and sustainability form a crucial aspect of the company’s goals, with a unique press machine and the smokeless pierced nut good examples of each.

"The product is called Miracress, inspired by construction companies looking for a nut in a square pipe, and we are identifying applications for this with our automotive customers. For all our production we aim to minimize energy consumption."

Looking ahead, Mr. Shinjo points to the continued transition to electric vehicles.

"It is more likely that the number of screws and fasteners will be reduced significantly. We will change the product mix and follow the shift to EVs."