As a global company, YKK AP is working to expand business operations overseas and boost the international competitiveness of the company as a whole. We conduct product development, production and marketing that is in step with the climates and architectural cultures of the countries and regions in which we do business. The YKK AP brand is already well-established and has gained a solid reputation in China and Taiwan. In the U.S., our hurricane-resistant windows and other distinctive products have helped us make great strides into the American market. YKK AP has also been showing strong results in Malaysia (home to our newest Group company) and other emerging markets.
Meanwhile in the Facade sector,we are building a global operation that is establishing a new business model, and our global Facade business is poised for continued growth. In developing our overseas business interests, YKK AP has adhered to a policy of working closely with local communities and making the most of what they have to offer. In every country and region in which we operate, we value the things that make each different as we work to promote our business. Across the rapidly developing Asian region, we provide solid technical support with respect to Japanese design, construction and fabrication technologies, and supply raw materials in collaboration with YKK AP Group companies in that part of the world.