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One of the major themes Toyota Industries has been addressing recently is environmental issues. We are seeking energy conservation and long-life solutions even for our industrial equipment. There is a company that has carefully maintained its equipment at all times and has continued to use the same textile machinery for over thirty years, as if it had anticipated the trends of these times. Since just after the end of the war, Marusho Textile Inc., has been manufacturing mainly fabric linings and other goods in the town of Higashiura, Chita-gun, Aichi Prefecture Japan. The 99 Toyota Industries G3 automatic looms that this company introduced in 1961 upon acquisition from another textile company are still in operation. Because new replacement parts for the older machinery are not available, parts procured from scrapped equipment or the similar equipment of closed-down companies are stored and these parts are used.
When asked how the company can continue using the same equipment for such a long time, President Nagasaka replied, "It's amazing, isn't it? In our company, we have our own equipment maintenance engineers who have continued to perform careful checks and maintenance, so I suppose we take it for granted. When the equipment was installed, a representative from Toyota Industries (then Toyoda Automatic Loom Works) visited us and provided us with guidance. He was really strict, and taught us the importance of using equipment very carefully. There is a considerable occurrence of fire in textile factories, so we are meticulous about cleaning and things like that. And the quality of our product differs largely based on whether our equipment is used carefully and maintained in top condition."
When the war ended, there were around 150 textile factories in the vicinity of this company, but now, with increasing overseas production of textiles, only five or six remain. To survive in this harsh competition, it is important to continue producing high quality fabrics. Toyota Industries' G3 automatic looms are indispensable to this company. "It's no exaggeration to say that we love the G3s. We can tell if anything is wrong with them right away just by listening to the sound they make. We could even say that they are like our children," says President Nagasaka.
Current operating hours are 12.5 hours per day, or about 3,300 hours per year. Here's to the future of Marusho Textile Inc. and Toyota Industries' G3 automatic looms; as they do now, may they continue to weave high-quality fabrics in the future.
With the cooperation of Marusho Textile Inc.
93 Kou, Ikeshita, Ikuji, Higashiura-cho, Chita-gun, Aichi Prefecture