Fastener business YKK (USA) has launched a new Solutions Group consultancy arm to help companies on new product development, manufacturing process improvement, custom machinery and assembly.

Announced today (28 October), ahead of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, the new unit aims to help manufacturers struggling with issues such as time-consuming manual processes, high scrap rate, and wasted material, inconsistent quality, high inventory, multiple suppliers, and rising production costs.

"Eighty-six years of experience manufacturing zippers and other fastening products means that we have an enormous amount of know-how regarding sewing operations, waste reduction and process improvement," says John Smith, president of YKK (USA) Inc. "We are asking those who have turned to YKK for quality products to now seek our expertise on improving their efficiency and reducing scrap and inventory."

The company's technical support network is strategically located across the US, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America.