It is unsurprising to know that zippers are a pretty huge market. This is because you can find them in jeans, bags, jackets, luggage, boots, and other pieces of clothing. With a projected market share of almost $14 billion, several zipper companies are gaining attention.
This is why we have decided to take a look into the top 9 zipper brands in the world. While Chinese zipper brands have been dominating the zipper market, there are other countries that are home to other leading zipper brands. Find out all about these companies in the article below.
Southeast Asian Market
The dominance of Chinese and Asian brands in the zipper market is evident as they hold a large percent of the international market. When speaking about zipper brands, it is impossible to exclude the Japanese company, YKK Group. They hold the majority of the shares on the market and they are internationally renowned for their quality.
You can ask any expert on zippers and they will certainly mention YKK as their top pick for a quality zipper. Due to their longevity in the zipper making business, manufacturers have high trust in the quality of YKK zippers. This company has been in the business of making zippers for nearly a decade beginning in January 1934.
You cannot speak about YKK Zippers without mentioning their closest competitor. SBS Zippers, a Chinese zipper company, have been giving YKK Zippers a run for their money. Both zipper companies hold dominance over the global zipper market as their combined shares account for over 50 percent of the $13 billion zipper industry.
While YKK Zippers have an upper hand when it comes to market shares, SBS Zippers is the leader when it comes to the global middle market. Fashion giants like Zara, Mango, H&M, and Calvin Klein are some of the known clients of SBS Zippers.
Another zipper brand that is leading the market is the 3F Fuxing Group. The entire group of the company includes the research and development unit and the manufacturing and sales of zippers. There is also a branch for the zipper parts and accessories, as well as for the zipper machines.
The firm started as a 400 square meter factory 25 years ago has developed into an internationally renowned zipper company. Their line of products now includes 10 large series and thousands of smaller series. This includes their metal series, nylon series, plastic and steel series, and the zinc alloy chain series.
You cannot forego talking about Chinese zipper companies without discussing KEE Holdings and YCC Zippers. Kee Holdings Company Limited is based in Foshan City and it has been founded by Xu Xipeng and Xu Xinan. In 2011, Kee Holdings has publicly listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which signals further growth for the company.
YCC, on the other hand, was founded in 1995 in Shanghai, China. YCC, which stands for “Your Correct Choice,” is a fast growing zipper company with an 80 acre factory. This brand boasts of their innovative manufacturing process that helps transform the zipper industry. Moreover, they plan on providing an alternative to traditional zipper.
Finally, we have the SAB Zippers, which is under the umbrella of WeiXing Co., Ltd. Despite the fact that this company is a relatively small player in comparison to zipper giants like YKK and SBS, SAB has been considered as one of the most influential Chinese companies in the fastener industry.
While the Chinese brands have taken an upper hand in the zipper market, US-based Talon Zipper remains to be the original zipper company. Several companies have come and gone, but they have remained to be a key player since 1893. However, the current Talon Zipper is no longer associated with the original Talon Company due to several acquisitions. Moreover, Chinese zipper companies are able to produce zippers at a more reasonable price, which is why international companies are losing their share in the zipper industry.
If you are looking for a high-end zipper company, the Swiss company Riri Zipper aims to produce luxury zippers. The Riri Zipper Company has been established in Mendrisio, Canton of Ticino in 1936. Furthermore, they have launched several modern zipper products like their High-Tech line. This line is designed for specialized equipment and sportswear. In addition to this, their product line includes chains, executions, body sliders, pullers, tapes, and finishes.
Finally, we have the Indian-based zipper company called Tex Corp with headquarters in Gurgaon, India. This company was founded by a group of Indian Institutes of Management alumni in 1987. They supply zipper and fasteners to European and American companies like Gap and Macy’s.
Types and Components of a Zipper
At the start of this article, we have discussed the potential growth of the zipper market. You may be wondering how a simple zipper can draw this much possible income. However, zippers can be found anywhere. On top of that, there are different types of zippers that you can use.
Types of Zippers
- Coil Zippers
- Reverse Coil Zippers
- Invisible Zippers
- Two way Open-ended zippers
- Two way Close-ended zippers
- Magnetic zippers
- Open-ended zippers
- Closed-ended zippers
- Metal Zippers
- Plastic-Molded zippers
Apart from these basic types of zippers, zipper companies also put time and effort into the R&D department of their zippers. You can develop other types of zippers that are suited for its use, provided that they contain the basic components of a zipper.
Components of a Zipper
- Top Stop
- Pull Tab or Puller
- Chain or Zipper Teeth
- Bottom Stop
- Insertion Pin
- Retainer Box or Pin Box
- Reinforcement Film