Senken Newspaper published an interview of our company.
【Top Interview】 Mr. Junki Hashimoto (PR), President and Representative Director of TENTAC Corporation
TENTAC has been in business for half a century since its establishment in 1972. The company, which started as an apparel subsidiary, draws its next growth strategy by constantly pursuing new products and businesses that adjust to the changing times on the strength of its cutting-edge product development and in-house production system with seven global bases.
Sustainability is at a turning point.
——How do you view the current state of environmentally friendly secondary materials?
Sustainable materials are now at a turning point.This is because the ongoing depreciation of the yen and soaring raw material prices have further increased attention to cost performance.In this respect, we are able to stably procure and control the quality of materials such as paper hooks, shirt keepers, hangers, and packaging at each of our bases around the world.We feel that our company's superiority has been further enhanced by our cost competitiveness through economies of scale.
RFID (IC tags) will further expand
——You are also an industry leader in IC tags, now what are your future goals?
RFID (IC tags), in which we are said to have the largest market share in Japan, is expanding to fashion items other than clothing, such as bags, glasses, watches and accessories.Although there are different standards for apparel, such as inlay size and lot size, we aim to expand our market share by taking advantage of our own domestic factories and procurement capabilities.
KAMINANO Series for Plastic-less
Lineup of Value-added Secondary Materials
To be a "Hub" of Technology and Fashion
——What is the background behind your active involvement in new business and product development?
We have introduced products such as "Kaminano," a paper material with the same strength and elasticity as plastic, packaging using "Green-nano," a technology that emits less CO2 when incinerated, and hang tags and laundry names that can be counterfeited using our patented "Ghost Ink," an infrared absorbing ink.
The fashion industry is one that is constantly seeking the latest technology and innovation.On the other hand, tech companies are also looking to the fashion industry to promote their technology, while secondary materials are easy to approach.We often receive a variety of offers there and we feel that our role as a hub is growing.
Brush up on the value that secondary materials can provide
——To grow sustainably as a company.
We will anticipate 5 to 10 years ahead and take the initiative.In order to do so, we would like to build a relationship with our business partners so that we can nurture them and together we can improve each other while looking at consumers.
By the time our company celebrates its 100th anniversary, we may have come to more serious conclusions than ever about what is necessary and what is useless. For example, the secondary materials we provide, such as paper tags, are not about the paper itself, but about the value of conveying the information on the paper to the end user, who will wear it for a long time with a sense of attachment. What can we do as subsidiary materials to brush up their value? We are earnestly pursuing this question.
Mr. Junki Hashimoto graduated from Keio University and after working for Asahi Kasei and Boston Consulting Group he joined TENTAC in 2016 and assumed his current position in October 2019.
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