Vertical integration…

“YKK Co. is now comprised of nearly 100 smaller companies acquired in the hugely successful years since their formation. They currently oversee around 200 facilities in 52 nations, worldwide – their factory in Macon, Georgia alone produces seven million zippers per day. They not only make every part of the zipper, but also the rigid fabric on either side of the zipper and the dye for that fabric.

The most incredible thing about this company, though, is that they actually manufacture the machines that make zippers (for – you guessed it – eventual use in other YKK factories). Seriously.”


Nobody would design a business like this today but then they’re almost a monopoly. Makes you think that vertical integration maybe isn’t a bad thing. Veritically integrated like Apple and Boeing when they delivered on time!