Pioneering the Thobe Market with High-Quality & Safe Plastic Snaps

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Kaji Tech
Pioneering the Thobe Market with High-Quality & Safe Plastic Snaps

Kaji Tech Co., Ltd., a Japanese apparel accessory trading firm that boasts the largest share in the Japanese domestic market for plastic snaps, and is aiming to develop its business in the Middle East market. The company is already offering thobes manufactured in China and Southeast Asia, and will start promotions to local tailors who make up the mainstay of thobe distribution. Offering high-quality made-in-Japan plastic snaps that are highly safe and Eco-Tex Class 1 certified, it will focus on expanding its business to local wholesalers of textile and apparel accessories together with machines for fastening these snaps.
Because of their superior attachability and detachability, snaps are mainly used for thobes rather than buttons, and there are a total of four fastening methods: material – metal or plastic, fastening – by thread or press. Because thobes are mostly tailor-made, it is considered that metal snaps fastened by thread or press account for the majority, and there is also some distribution of thread-fastening plastic snaps.
The only type that is not yet in widespread use in the Middle East is the press-type plastic snaps that Kaji Tech offers. Plastic snaps are considerably superior to metal snaps when they come into contact with the skin at sensitive portions of the neck. There are also no problems that thread-fastening snaps have, such as the snaps falling off when the thread breaks, or no bulge is made where the snap is sewn. Electrostatic charge is less than metal snaps, and this can prevent the beards from being caught in the snaps.
The benefits are also great in terms of work efficiency. While each snap has to be sewn by hand one by one in thread-fastening, plastic snaps that are precisely attached with the use of a fastening machine, are extremely superior in terms of speed, easiness and fewer defects. Since the plastic material is colored, it can be supplied in the same white color as the fabric without the need of painting like metal snaps, and unlike paint the color does not come off. Besides white, the plastic snaps come in a wide array of colors with 50 colors always in stock, and bespoken colors are also available from a minimum of 150,000 sets (300,000 pieces).
The only bottleneck for business in the Middle East region where small-scale tailors are in large number is the fastening machine. However, Kaji Tech has solutions. A special fastening machines is required for attaching press-type snaps, which consist of a total of four items with the male and female parts being either a pedestal or fastener. The company sells fastening machines in a wide selection of models, such as fully automatic machines for mass production, simple hand presses and foot presses. It can flexibly meet needs, such as supplying attachments for replacing only the punching die part of a metal snap’s fastening machines.
Kaji Tech is a garment accessory trading firm integrating production and sales together for developing products with Japanese manufacturers of plastic snaps and fastening machines, and is supplying its Sun Tenac series mainly for application in babies’ wear. Gaining high reliance among Japanese babies’ wear brands and leading babies’ clothes stores, it holds the top share in plastic snaps for babies’ wear in Japan. The company is also selling to globally active specialty stores of private label apparel (SPAs), and is highly appreciated for its equipment maintenance support to consignment garment factories that have installed its equipment.

In addition to flat plastic snaps (lower left) that are hardly visible and bothersome, there are thread-fastening button-like snaps (upper left). Fastening devices come in various sizes depending on the scale of use, such as this simple and inexpensive hand press (right).