The Yazaki Group, established in Japan in 1941, was jolted by the global financial meltdown in 2008, which was triggered by the subprime mortgage crisis that led to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. Keen to move forward in entering the American market, Yazaki looked around the United States for a suitable location for its US head office and chose Georgia in 2009
A manufacturer of plastic mono-layered and multi-layered plastic products, injection molded plastic products and assemblies, Yazaki wanted to be close to its customers and other industry players operating in Georgia, such as Yamaha, Ricoh, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi.
In line with its objective to assist U.S. efforts to go greener, the company has also expanded its products to include fuel tanks that meet EPA and CARB regulations and reduce evaporative emissions from the production of fuel tanks.
“We build their plastic fuel tanks that meet the environmental regulations, as well as a high technology field tank,” American Yazaki Corp. President and CEO Yasuo Yazaki explained about their work for Yamaha and Honda.
Along with fuel tanks, Yazaki also makes toner cartridge bottles for Japan-based imaging company Ricoh.
Although its partnerships are dominated by those with fellow Japanese manufacturers, Yazaki wants to expand its network by partnering with non-Japanese multinational companies.
“I want Japanese companies to understand that there is huge potential in the U.S. There are many industries that are nonexistent even in Japan. For example, we are able to produce over 2 million fuel tanks a year that are used for lawnmowers. We don’t have that industry in Japan,” Yazaki said.
Because of its unyielding commitment to the success of its customers, Yazaki has become a valued supplier to virtually every customer that they supply to in the world. The company remains steadfast in its mission to deliver more quality products and services wherever they are needed in the world.