Yamato Participates in Japan-Africa Business Expo

A delegation including Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second person from right) and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (third person from right) visits the Yamato booth

Yamato Sewing Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd. participated in the Japan-Africa Business Expo, held in parallel with TICAD 7 Tokyo International Conference on African Development by the Japanese Government in the end of August in Yokohama, Japan.

Following the concept of the conference as well as the exhibition, to contribute to sustainable development of African nations through business without any aids, the company demonstrated 2 deskillizing workstations, as practical solutions to help startup of the apparel manufacturing industry in the region.

The EZH-B semi-automatic workstation for circular hemming is designed to deskill one of the most skill-requiring operations in the assembly of T-shirts. This feature dramatically shortens the training period, as well as its excellent finishing quality motivates apparel buyers to repeat orders.

The NB electronic button sewer is intended for attaching flat and shank buttons, with/without neck wrapping and counter button. In addition to its least-skill-requiring operation, graphic user interface allows the operator to work on the machine across the language barrier.

Visitors from African countries showed strong interest in its presentation, which proved that Yamato’s technology could contribute to quick startup of the apparel manufacturing industry, which is suitable for the initial stage of industrialization for its labor intensiveness, rather lower initial investments, etc.

On the first day, Yamato welcomed delegations including Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Yamato had the honor that Prime Minister Abe and President el-Sisi experienced its machines in person, and both leaders were very satisfied with its user-friendliness. Yamato President Shogo, Kondo, together with Takashi Yuhara, Managing Director of the Japan Sewing Machinery Manufacturers Association (JASMA), had an opportunity to express his passion for continuous development of Japan’s manufacturing industries, which is indispensable for Japan’s sustainable support to African countries through business activities to Prime Minister Abe.

Yamato has hopes to contribute to the development of apparel manufacturing industries, as well as to the society of African countries through solution providing activities, which it has been promoting worldwide since its foundation back in 1927.