Yokoisada (Phils.) Corporation has recently announced expansion plans in the Philippines to increase its production capacity for face masks. The company would also begin manufacturing the nonwoven fabric and earloop raw materials for their masks to reduce its material import from China.
According to Yokoisada President Mr. Yuki Yokoi, strong government support facing the coronavirus pandemic has driven the company’s decision to expand its operations in the country.
The firm experienced supply chain constraints in March in responding to the skyrocketing demand for face masks due to the surging requirement from around the world. However, with the help of the Philippine government and Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, Yokoisada has been able to manage quickly to get their production facilities back on track to meet Philippine and international requirements.
Mr. Yokoi also cited successful operations in the Philippines for the past years and the goal to contribute to Philippine society as a reason for expanding. Yokoisada is currently applying for a subsidy under the Japanese government’s overseas supply chain diversification project.
“We appreciate Yokoisada’s vote of confidence in the Philippine business environment. The Philippine government stands ready to assist and facilitate their investments in our country. This investment will plug a big hole in our country’s current mask production supply chain, and help ensure a more reliable supply of masks during pandemics,” Mr. Emmanuel Ang, Commercial Counsellor in the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, said.
Based in Nagoya, Japan, the parent company is a pioneer in mask manufacturing, having been in the business for more than 60 years. Yokoisada (Phils.) started their manufacturing operations in the Clark Freeport Zone in 2013 and was one of only two export-quality surgical face mask manufacturers in the Philippines prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The existing operations in Clark Freeport Zone will be the main factory for the Yokoisada group. The Philippine factory previously exported most of its production and imported nonwoven fabric raw material from overseas because there is no local source.