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A variety of activities and active learning programs for fostering young people who like science and manufacturing

Kumiyama-town, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ushiro, Kunifusa  (57)


The KTC "MONOZUKURI" MUSEUM was opened in 2002 as part of activities for commemorating the 50th anniversary of the company. From the following year, integrated active learning programs and training workshops for manufacturing including seminars, factory tours, and a museum have been provided free of charge. The museum is thoughtfully developing the plans, offering various programs for different generations, jobs, and objectives of the visit, that is, for students from elementary schools to universities, families, companies, and professional engineers. You can see almost all processes of metal working including cutting of materials, forging, and surface treatment in the factory, and can use various hand tools of the company in practice in the museum. Visitors can feel the appeal of manufacturing by both of the equipment and facilities as well as the know-how and experience, whose key word is "hospitality, commitment, challenge, and sympathy." The average number of visitors reached 5000 a year. As of February 2010, more than 150 schools all over the country and more than 2000 engineers for training from 76 countries around the world have visited the museum.


Construction project for which the whole company worked together. Forty-five company teams were organized and the project started under the theme of "Seeking genuineness"

At a forging shop, a huge drop hammer is brought down and special steel is formed by energy of 1,000 tons with a roar and vibrations echoing into the bodies of visitors. They say that most visitors are stunned by this first process of the factory tour.
KTC KYOTO TOOL CO., LTD. is only company in the industry in Japan that performs integrated manufacturing of hand tools on the same site. You can see and feel how seemingly simple tools such as wrenches and drivers are manufactured by skillful engineers while undergoing various processes. Before this time, the company had accepted social studies field trips and provided training for professional mechanics free of charge. And in 1998, two years before the 50th anniversary of the company, the idea of opening the KTC "MONOZUKURI" MUSEUM was suggested as an advanced stage. Mr. Ushiro hoped to create a new value for the next 50 years.
"Since our establishment, we have been engaging in manufacturing responding to customer demands. That is, we have grown thanks to our customers. We made a construction project, hoping that the museum would be the center for information that is interactive and constructive, where we further consider customers' comments and show our commitment to manufacturing to them. Although some ideas of opening a memorial hall or research facilities are also suggested, we thought that there was no point to open facilities only for us to look back on our history."
They formed a committee consisted of nine members for construction of a monument and then organized 45 teams. About 100 employees from various departments, who offered themselves or were recommended by others, were involved in the construction project in addition to their main job. The members in the teams for each plans were in charge of a wide variety of places such as a showroom, office, rooftop, meeting spaces, bathrooms, and staircases. Under the slogan of "Let's pursue genuineness thoroughly," they had a careful discussion repeatedly about the design, building components, service, etc. As well as providing ideas and collecting information, they diligently visit some rural areas to obtain samples of building components when they heard about good reputation of them.
"I visited some places too with other members. Our commitment is contained in all the equipment and facilities as well as the know-how and experience in the museum. So if someone asks me 'Why did you make it like this?' I can clearly answer it right away."

A spirit of challenge aiming at evolution, the sensation and sympathy of which made a spiral of a virtuous cycle

When the project was under way, people started to be concerned about the global depression. To construct a building including headquarters, huge amounts of money were required and it was needed to strengthen the system to accept visitors. Why did they carry out the project in such a situation?
"Yes, some people said there was no time for that. But I thought if we could not even do this there would be no future for us."
They have offered products at reasonable prices, complying with the management principle and focusing on performance and quality. But Mr. Ushiro says "That is just what we should do."
"I thought we needed a new value. Fortunately, we are at the top of the industry in Japan, but we should develop further. What we are seeking while manufacturing our products. What kinds of methods we use to manufacture them. If visitors directly see our commitment and feel 'This is what I wanted!,' the manufacturers and users can share the feeling for genuineness. I felt sure that the "value of feeling" created by the sympathy would lead to evolution of our company over the next 50 years."
Commitment to manufacturing – they perpetually pursue "genuineness," which always satisfies users and amazed professional mechanics. The idea was used anywhere in the museum and the construction was completed in 2002.
"I heard some high-school students, who had visited the museum as part of their school trip, watched an international auto race on TV at night on the day they returned, and they were surprised at our company logo on the tools a pit crew holding. The next morning, they got excited in their classrooms, saying 'Hey, we visited a cool company' (laugh). It's all right even if such a thing does not happen soon. We are very glad if the young people obtain something by feeling genuineness and in the future that will lead to fun of and commitment to manufacturing for them and hopefully, spiritual richness."
Embodying the possible ideal at the current situation, and the next day, aiming at further evolution. This is the way of manufacturing of the company, and the museum that were created with the spirit is just a summarization of "genuineness." So you find a new thing every time you visit the museum. The museum will continue to implant the essential points of manufacturing in visitors' mind in the future.


Aug. 1950
1 billion 32 million 80 thousand yen
280 (as of Dec. 2009)
Brief information:
A hand tool manufacturer offering more than 12,000 high quality products and services such as maintenance tools for automobiles and tools for general industry

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Visitors first attend a company information session and some seminars, and then visit the factory guided by a person in charge. They see each process such as forging, machining, heat treatment, and surface treatment. At the end of the tour, they discuss interactively in a question-and-answer session.


A showroom on the first floor where about 3000 items are exhibited. There are a "Tool cafe" where you can use some tools and a garage pit where you can operate actual vehicles. The second floor includes a DIY room and a historical exhibition area. The third floor has a function of headquarters with a Japanese-style room as a space to relax that retired employees can also use.


The first rooftop garden in Kyoto. More than one hundred kinds of plants, mainly herbs, are planted and employee volunteers maintain the garden.


You can see signs of hospitality throughout the museum: National flags of countries of visitors are hoisted and the visitors' names are displayed on the monitor at the entrance.


Students in the course of mechanical engineering earnestly touring the museum, from IMAMIYA Technology High School, Osaka