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The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award


We Won the Prime Minister's Award

World's First Multi-product,
Small-lot Textile Production System

In a conventional textile production process, changing warp yarn basically requires the manual preparation of 5,000 to 10,000 threads. It is indeed a painstaking and time-consuming task that must be done whether for the production of 20 or 2000 items of clothing. This has proven to be a bottleneck for the growing needs in recent years for multi-product, small-lot production. This problem was solved by the world’s first multi-product, small-lot textile production system for which the “Prime Minister’s Award “Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award”” was jointly awarded to Katayama Co., Ltd. along with the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Hyogo Prefectural Institute of Technology, Murata Machinery, Ltd., and certain local textile corporations. This system can make optional lengths of warp yarn in up to nine colors, and weave textiles of different colors at the same time without having to change the thread packages. This system achieves a cost reduction of 39 to 81%, and also considerably reduces the amount of raw material waste.

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What is 'The Monodzukuri Nippon
Grand Award'?

ĀeThe Monodzukuri Nippon Grand AwardĀf presented by the prime minister of Japan originated in 2005. ĀeMonodzukuriĀf is an art of making goods that has supported Japanese culture and industry. This award was established to recognize the ongoing development of monodzukuri and pass it on to the coming era by rewarding those individuals whose achievements are on the cutting edge of monodzukuri, and thus widely disseminating those achievements throughout the world. The technologies and products developed by these individuals can be fittingly described as Āethe worldĀfs firstĀf or ĀeNo.1 in the world,Āf and indeed represent precious assets of which Japan can be proud. The Award recognizes their skills and spirit for worldwide publication. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and The Japan Machinery Federation collectively promote this Award, which is presented once every two years.

Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet Official Site
Award Ceremony to Present the Prime Minister's Commendations
for the Award of Japan for Crafting
Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award Official Site
Prize-winner's Documents & Movie

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