Topura Co., Ltd. Business Report FY2009

Business Highlights

Financial Overview

(in million JPY)
  FY2009 FY2008 Rate of Change (%) Factors
Sales 25,776 27,656 (6.8) -Although automotive sales increased in emerging countries such as China and India, demand didn't fully recover in three major markets, namely Japan, the U.S.A. and Europe. As a result, the Company's sales decreased year-on-year.
Operating income 380 (519) - -The Company implemented various measures to reduce costs such as cutting labor and other costs substantially and curbing capital investment. As a result of such efforts, income turned positive for the year.
Ordinary income 259 (736) -
Current net income 388 (795) -



R&D Structure

-The Company developed products and researched both fundamental processing and evaluation technology at its development headquarters, the Design and Development Division. The Company worked on production engineering and manufacturing technology at its technology headquarters, the Production Engineering Division; and production engineering divisions at its subsidiaries. There are 22 employees in the entire group who are assigned to work in R&D.

-Total R&D expenses in FY2009 for the entire Group were 296 million yen.

-The Company formed a close partnership and alliance with NHK Spring Co., Ltd., a company which is a largest shareholder of Topura. Together, their efforts have been very effective in conducting R&D activities on cutting-edge technology.

R&D Activities

-In order to achieve the best structural design for fastening products, the Company is jointly developing smaller and lighter fasteners by coming up with proposals on bolts that have greater strength and rigidity, and are more anti-corrosive. The Company is also working on proposals for tapping screws to be used on high-tensile steel plants. In doing so, the Company is researching basic technology to develop applications for new materials, design screws, and develop processing technology; in addition to developing technology that improves the reliability of evaluations.

-The Company worked on improving its production efficiency from a design standpoint by reducing and standardizing the items its produces based on making assessments and integrating materials and product specifications in the course of developing new materials.

-The Company developed products which are designed to reduce total costs through simplifying the production processes used for fastening parts, streamlining operations, and adding functions that prevent assembly errors. This will lead to creating screws with improved fastening qualities and more functionality.

-The Company developed screws suitable for information and telecommunications devices and for digital consumer electronics. It also conducted R&D activities on fastening mechanisms.

-In working to improve the environment, the Company succeeded in developing products and manufacturing process that do not require the use of environmentally hazardous substances. It also worked to meet the needs calling for mass chromium-hexavalent-free processing and non-chrome surface processing, looking for new applications of its products to help manufacturers who are in the pursuit of preventing global warming by reducing exhaust emissions and making their cars lighter. The Company also focused on developing these kinds of technology further.

Licensing-out Technology (receiving royalty payments)

(As of Mar. 31, 2010)

Partner Country Commodity Contract Details Term
Conti Fasteners AG Switzerland Taptite -Setting right to use trademark
-Granting manufacturing or selling license
-Provision of technical information
Jan. 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2011
Acument Gloval Technologies The Netherlands Torx-plus -Licensing-out trademark rights
-Granting licenses for manufacturing and sales
-Providing technical information
Jan. 15, 1994 - Dec. 31, 2011


Investment Activities

Capital Investments

-The total capital investment the Company made in FY2009 was 328million JPY. The Company invested mainly to build an additional plant building and update and rationalize screw production machinery and equipment.

Plans for Construction of New Facilities

(As of Mar. 31, 2010)

Company/Office Name Location Expected Investment
(millions of yen)
Started Complete
Topura Co., Ltd. Hadano Plant Kanagawa Pref., Japan 476 Apr. 2010 Mar. 2011
Topura Co., Ltd. Tokai Plant Shizuoka Pref., Japan 93 Apr. 2010 Mar. 2011
Topura Co., Ltd. Osaka Plant Osaka, Japan 41 Apr. 2010 Mar. 2011
Alps Screw Co., Ltd.
and other two companies
Nagano Pref., Japan 237 Apr. 2010 Mar. 2011