Operations

Working throughout Central America

Central America Operations

YKK has operations around the world in different countries and localities. Within our hemisphere, Central America belongs to the North and Central America Group, which provides support and products all customers located from Canada to Colombia.

YKK has operations in 72 countries/regions around the world and has more than 106 affiliate companies, including YKK El Salvador, which serves Central America.

Manufacturing in El Salvador

El Salvador is the only country in the region with an assembly plant to meet the demand of other countries in Central America:

  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Panamá

We have a sales office in each country to serve specifics clients. We also serve other YKK sister companies like Honduras and Jen Colombia, supplying them certain products.

Our Manufacturing Process

Our manufacturing process is as follows, from the moment customer service receives order to shipping the order to the customer:

  1. Receive the order
  2. Enter the order in the system
  3. Select raw materials and generate productions cards
  4. Dyeing process
  5. Gap Zipper process
  6. Assembly process
  7. Packing process
  8. Shipping the order

Our Operation Process

The following process applies to all the customers we serve in the Central America Region.

Certifications

YKK guarantees the highest quality and functionality for all its products through the use of international certifications as a production standard, and always strives to provide the best products for every industry.

We have been certified by Oeko-Tex® standards ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015, and ISO45001:2018, certifications which guarantee the quality of our products and services. Every certification conforms to international and national standards.

To learn more about our certifications, please refer to è for information on regulations like CPSIA, conflict minerals and other global standards of quality to which our products comply.

Quality Policy

YKK El Salvador will continue to focus on offering quality products and services to satisfy the diverse needs of our customers and create value through continuous improvement, safety and reliability, at a greater speed and with a responsible vision towards long-term environmental sustainability.

Action guides

  • We will provide safe and reliable products that truly satisfy our customers from development through manufacturing and after-sales services, always listening to the voice of the consumer and the needs of society.
  • We will contribute to the construction of a more sustainable society by minimizing the impact of our activities on the environment in order to guarantee a full life for future generations.
  • We will promote the proper management of quality costs with fundamental improvements to address quality and regulatory compliance issues through technology to achieve the best level of competitiveness in the market.

Environmental Policy

YKK El Salvador, in accordance with the YKK Group’s Environmental Vision 2050, is committed to:

  • Promote “sustainability” through our products and business activities in accordance with the environmental management vision of “technology-driven value creation”.
  • Together with the participation of all employees, we will strive for rigorous compliance, seek to achieve a society in harmony with the environment, and continue to be a good company and contribute to society.

Core Activities

  • Responding to climate change: We will reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions over the long term to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
  • Reduce environmental impact: We will consistently reduce our environmental impact by reducing the total amount of waste generated, increasing recycling rates, promoting a shift from plastic packaging materials to sustainable materials, reducing water consumption, promoting proper management of chemical use, preserving ecosystems and enriching life.
  • Offer and supply environmentally friendly products: Ensure the implementation of environmentally friendly activities in the development of products and equipment.
  • Ensure compliance: In accordance with the sustainability vision, we will strengthen our environmental management system using the “YKK Global Compliance Standards (YGCC)” and make continuous improvements to ensure compliance with environmental laws, maintain zero environmental accidents and violations, and strengthen environmental education of human resources.

YKK El Salvador employees are fully committed with this policy.

Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

YKK El Salvador protects its technological assets and prevents leakage and unauthorized use of its technology in accordance with YKK’s corporate policies.

Based on YKK’s Asset and Information Management Policy, we prevent the unauthorized release of confidential information through physical or digital media.

YKK El Salvador is responsible to customers, employees and society, ensuring and complying with corporate values and avoiding the loss of information: financial, commercial and personal.

YKK employees are committed to comply with this policy.

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

At YKK El Salvador, the safety and health of our employees is our top priority. We will promote the creation of a safe and healthy work environment that complies with government regulations and YKK corporate standards, where all employees, suppliers and visitors are fully aware of the risks to which we are exposed and take responsibility for our own health and safety.

This policy is based on the following principles:

  • Provide a safe work environment: We will identify and evaluate potential risks and strengthen risk elimination and reduction measures, maintain order and cleanliness in the workplace, improve machine and equipment protection (guards, locking systems, etc.), improve our emergency response system.
  • Improve safety awareness: We will improve the awareness of each employee in the prevention of risks to which they are exposed through the support and participation of top management, continuous training, inspections, 5S program.
  • Maintain and improve the level of safety management: We will establish a safety and occupational health management system based on risk prevention, continuous improvement, compliance with YKK standards, applicable national laws, YGCC (YKK Global Compliance Criteria).
  • Promote corporate efforts for disaster prevention: We will strengthen the fire prevention and disaster prevention system to minimize the risk of occurrence.
This is the contact information for YKK Americas locations in Central America.