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Trusted Supplier of Wire Ropes Bids to Branch Out

Article - February 19, 2024

A Japanese firm that specializes in ropes and slings for construction, Daiko is now targeting new industries.

A trader and manufacturer specializing in wire ropes and slings for construction machinery, Daiko Corporation supplies premium-quality products for all applications and models.

“We’re solely concerned with the Japanese market, with a particular focus on importing products into the country,” says the Osaka-based firm’s president, Akihito Baba.

“Although the domestic market is shrinking due to Japan’s population decline, the sustainable supply of products to Japanese companies remains important. There is strong domestic demand for large construction equipment in Japan, and many companies rely on wire ropes that we provide from overseas.”

A trading company since 1960, Daiko began manufacturing its own products two decades ago – a move that reflected a commitment to listening to its customers’ needs.

Released in 2006, the Gokunan series of super soft, high-strength wire ropes and slings make it significantly easier to lift heavy and biased-load objects. “Through conversations with end users, we began to understand how they were struggling with the wire ropes,” Mr. Baba says. “We took on board the issues they were experiencing and developed the Gokunan. The product name Gokunan means ‘extremely soft’.”

“Another product we’ve created is called Kiwami, which also uses a high-strength material. It’s 20% lighter than conventional products, so it reduces the burden of on-site work.”

As Daiko endeavors to widen the reach of the ropes and slings it provides for construction equipment, the renewable-energy sector is a particular target. “We’re focusing on expanding sales of our products for offshore wind-power generation projects,” Mr. Baba reveals.

Meanwhile, Daiko has begun supplying products in new business fields. For example, it now imports architectural components that incorporate wire rope. It has partnered with TTM Rossi, an Italian interior-design company, and with the Swiss firm Jakob Rope Systems, whose Webnet wire mesh is part of Hiroshima’s Orizuru Tower.

“The Orizuru Tower has an open-air observation deck,” Mr. Baba explains. “The wire rope net prevents people from falling but doesn’t obstruct their view. It also allows a high level of airflow, making the environment comfortable. The project has been a great success.”