KITZ, the Professionals in Fluid Flow Control — Ceaseless Effort in Dedication to Quality, Makoto Kohno, President and CEO

Everything we do is for "higher quality"

Toshio Kitazawa founded the Kitazawa Factory (currently KITZ Corporation) in 1951 at a time when Japan was changing over from the chaotic aftermath of the postwar era to the approaching era of high growth. With its head office in Tokyo and a factory in Nagasaka, Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan, the new company began manufacturing bronze valves.

Toshio Kitazawa's founding principle was "Manufacture better products at lower cost and with timely delivery." Guided by this principle, the Company positioned integrated production as the basis of its operations and started its own foundry for copper alloy castings, the basic material of valves. Because castings need sophisticated manufacturing technologies and large-scale facilities, even in today's valve industry there are very few manufacturers that produce their own castings.

We also built a system that carries out all production processes under the same roof, from casting through machining, assembly, testing, inspection, coating and shipment with finely tuned after-sales follow-up based on a sales network covering Japan as a whole and solutions that address problems. This structure has enabled us to achieve prominent management quality through outstanding technological competence, cost competitiveness and timely delivery. Our insistence on "higher quality" has been upheld and passed down as the headstream of all the KITZ Group's activities.

One of the world's leading all-round valve manufacturers

Makoto KohnoValves are used to control the flow of water, air, gas, petroleum and many other fluids to maintain our daily lives and support industries around the globe. Our valves are often set in locations that are out of sight. These locations include places where water continually flows, ranging from water purification plants to domestic or industrial plumbing and sewage treatment systems; office buildings and hotels, where operation of ventilation and air conditioning systems is essential; and hydrocarbon industries such as oil and gas production and transportation facilities, petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants and power generation plants, just to name a few.

The KITZ Group has grown to become one of the world's pre-eminent corporate groups in the valve industry, building up a solid position as an all-round valve manufacturer that provides a wide variety of fluid flow control devices. Many valve manufacturers work only for a specialized product range or limit the kind of valve materials to just a few. In contrast, the KITZ Group handles more than 90,000 types of valves and other fluid flow control devices that are available in diversified designs and made of many kinds of material including copper alloy, iron, ductile iron, carbon steel, low-to-high alloy steel and stainless steel ranging from austenitic stainless steel to super duplex stainless steel.

Increasing earning power through Group synergy

Besides the internationally recognized KITZ brand, the KITZ Group also possesses numerous brands that feature unique technologies, know-how and products that offer a total solution to diversified customer needs. While each group operation offers its own distinctive brand and products, we also work as a group to provide our customers with products, technologies and services offered by the group member companies in a package to maximize the synergy effect while increasing earning power.

Creating added value that exceeds customers' expectations

With the concept "Insist on higher quality" as its backbone, the KITZ Group adheres to its Corporate Mission that we are dedicated to continually enriching our corporate value by offering originality and quality in all products and services that will result in positive contributions to the prosperity of the world.

We believe that "originality and quality in all products and services" entails not only satisfying customers' needs and solving their problems but also creating added value that exceeds customers' expectations. Besides favoring customers with products and services of higher value, we also regard it as our social mission to contribute to an enriched society in which people can live with a sense of reassurance by supporting their lifelines through the dependable supply and maintenance of valves and other fluid flow control devices handling water and gas.

Constructing a structure for becoming a truly global company

The KITZ market covers the entire globe, with priority given to the regions that have the greatest demand for KITZ products. Beyond the home market in Japan, our priority market zones are centered in the three key market regions of Europe, the Americas and ASEAN nations, and the two important countries of China and India. Globally, we have established regional headquarters that provide the functions of sales, marketing, engineering, stock, maintenance and service for each area, and conduct business close to the region and provide products and services to satisfy local customers' needs.

In aspiring to become a truly global company, our most valuable management resources are naturally the people working in the KITZ Group. To cultivate "global human resources" who are able to think and act from a global perspective, we will enhance our human resource development programs beginning with language training. Concurrently, through career rotations and personnel exchanges within the Group, we will vitalize our people and organizations and build a corporate culture in which our employees will keep themselves motivated to enhance the solidarity of Group operations.

In moving forward as well, as professionals in fluid flow control, the KITZ Group will create high value and continue to provide products and services that contribute to customers, local communities and the global environment.


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