Topura Co., Ltd. Business Report FY2010

Business Highlights

Financial Overview

(in million JPY)
  FY2010 FY2009 Rate of Change (%) Factors
Sales 30,648 25,776 18.9 -Unit sales of automobiles increased.
Operating income 1,107 380 191.3 -In addition to earning greater revenue, the Company also undertook thorough initiatives to reduce costs.
Ordinary income 947 259 265.6
Current net income 623 388 60.6

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R&D Structure

-The Company’s R&D activities are on product development, processing fundamental-technology, and evaluation technology, which are conducted by the Main R&D Center; while activities on production technology and manufacturing-technology development are conducted by the General Technology Division of the R&D Center, and by the manufacturing-technology departments at subsidiaries.

-In the entire Group, there are 22 R&D staff members. R&D expenses totaled 268 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

-The Company worked on raising the level of fastening functions, as well as on improving fastening work.
-The Company is continuing its development activities on the design of screws. It is also developing processing technology and evaluation technology that can be applied to new, high-tech materials (elemental technology) used for screws,. It is conducting customer presentations on bolts that are stronger, tougher, and more corrosive resistant; and on tapping pins for high-tensile steel plates.  
-In developing new materials, the Company is working to reduce the number of product items, while standardizing them too, by integrating materials and revising its product specs.
-The Company is working to reduce the total costs of its fastening operations.
-The Company is conducting R&D activities to create screws that can be applied to telecommunications devices and home appliances, while conducting research into fastening design and mechanics.
-The Company is conducting R&D activities on minute and detailed fastening techniques.
-The Company is conducting R&D activities on products and production methods that do not use substances harmful to the environment. These include products that can be manufactured either under surface treatment processes that are hexavalent chromium-free or under non-chrome surface-treatment processes, aiming to prevent global warming, respond to automotive exhaust gas requirements, and meet the need for lighter weight products.

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, 2011 - 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

-In FY2010, which ended March 2011, the Company spent 1,046 million yen, making capital investments, which were used mainly for add buildings and structures at its plants, renew screw-producting machinery, and enhance facilities and equipment under the aim of rationalizing.

Investment Outside Japan

-Establish a new company in Thailand in July 2011. The new entity, which will be based in Rayong, will manufacture and sell automotive fasteners, starting in December 2012. The Company will invest the 800 million yen in being spent in the new Company, that is expected to generate 1.8 billion yen in sales in 2013. (From a press release on February 9, 2011)

-Establish a new subsidiary in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China to manufacture automotive fasteners and metal products. The subsidiary will be established in December 2010 with a registered capital of 1.7 billion yen, which will be fully invested by Topura. (From a press release on September 20, 2010)

-The Company will invest an additional 2 million US dollars in Topura America Fastener, Inc. (TAF), its subsidiary based in Kentucky, U.S.A. TAF manufactures fasteners and bolts for automobiles. The purpose of the investment is to strengthen the subsidiary's financial structure and upgrade and expand its production operations. (From a press release on September 20, 2010)

Plans for Construction of New Facilities

(As of Mar. 31, 2011)

Company/Office Name Location Expected Investment
(millions of yen)
Started Complete
Topura Co., Ltd. Hadano Plant Kanagawa Pref., Japan 1,329 Apr. 2011 Mar. 2011
Topura Co., Ltd. Tokai Plant Shizuoka Pref., Japan 350 Apr. 2011 Mar. 2011
Topura Co., Ltd. Osaka Plant Osaka, Japan 71 Apr. 2011 Mar. 2011
Topura Techno Tochigi Pref., Japan 114   Mar. 2011
Alps Screw Co., Ltd.
and other two companies
Nagano Pref., Japan 39 Apr. 2011 Mar. 2011
Topura America Fastener, Inc. Kentucky, U.S.A. 829 Apr. 2011 Mar. 2011