YKK Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, has announced the development of a new zipper that closes using magnetic force. The company aims to begin mass production in 2021.
Magnet Zippers are open-end zippers designed to be closed easily using magnetic force between the left and right sides. Conventional zippers require engaging the insert pin and retaining box to close, but Magnet Zippers can be engaged and closed through magnetic force simply by bringing the left and right sides of the zipper together. This makes it easy to perform operations such as closing the zipper without looking at one’s hand, and closing the zipper with one hand.
The new zipper is expected to be used in a wide variety of industries, such as in sportswear to facilitate quick clothing changes and in childrens’ wear. The new zipper will also make it easier for people such as the elderly or disabled, who may struggle with opening and closing zippers, to be able to enjoy various fashions.
Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has set industry standards for quality, service, value and innovation in the production of zippers, plastic hardware, hook-and-loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snaps and buttons. With integrated production and supply systems in 72 countries around the world, YKK is positioned to meet the needs of the textile and sewing product industries as they increasingly diversify and require shorter product cycles. Guided by the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® philosophy—no one prospers without rendering benefit to others—YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society and seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its customers, at the same time investing in employees and giving back to the communities.
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