Japanese businessmen have gained their first foothold on British soil. The YKK Company of Tokyo,?
SV Officials cut tape to open YKK Fasteners (UK) Ltd (2 shots)
SCU PAN from cameraman to GV management and officials posing for group photograph.
GV Factory ZOOM in to national flags flying.
SCU PAN along machinery.
SV PAN Women putting zips in boxes.
GV PAN Guests watching women at work.
CU Japanese director
SOF STARTS: "At the moment........
SOF ENDS: "....I think so.
CU Zips ZOOM out to GV women workers.
SV Factory workers attending to machinery (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: A cluster of gas-filled balloons announces that Japan has established its first industrial foothold in this country. Its owners, the YKK Company of Tokyo, are the world's biggest manufacturers of zip-fasteners. They make enough zips each year to stretch to the moon and back. The Runcorn factory will produce three million each month, but they're planning to double its size next year. The guests at today's opening included a large contingent form the British clothing industry. How big a share of Britain's zip business did the company now hold? One of the directors is Mr. Katsu Koshitaga (?)
SEQ. 7: DIRECTOR: At the moment about 25 to 30.
REPORTER: How large a proportion of the market would you like to have?
DIRECTOR: Eventually 100 per cent.
REPORTER: A hundred per cent? Do you think many other Japanese companies would think it worth their while to set up factories in England?
DIRECTOR: Yes I think so.
REPORTER: The factory provides over 70 jobs for local people, and eventually it could employ around 200. But will the paternalistic Japanese style of management, with its emphasis on involving employees in company affairs, work among the independent-minded Mersey-siders?
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Background: Japanese businessmen have gained their first foothold on British soil. The YKK Company of Tokyo, the world's biggest manufacturers of zip fasteners, on Friday opened its new factory at Runcorn, across the Mersey River form Liverpool in northern England.
This report from the British Broadcasting Corporation has commentary by Paul Burden which may be used. An alternative written commentary appears overpage.
SYNOPSIS: At Runcorn, in northern England, Japanese businessmen have opened their first factory in Britain. The employees are local people, but the management is Japanese.
The new factory is owned by the YKK company of Tokyo, the world's biggest manufacturers of zip fasteners. They claim to make enough zips in a year to stretch to the moon and back, and their British factory will produce three million zips a month. They plan to double its size next year.
The guests included a large group from the British clothing industry. Paul Bruden asked a director how large a share of the British market the company now holds.
The factory employs 70 local people, and could eventually take on 200. But the people of this region are noted for their independence. No-one knows how they will respond to the Japanese style in industrial relations, with its stress on company loyalty.