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August 27, 2019

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Installation of Lithuanian Project

August 27, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the newsletter-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced that it has installed outsized mirror-polished stainless steel for a Lithuanian project, ‘Boksto 6’. The panels total to 450㎡, and two installation advisors from Kikukawa traveled to the site to oversee the process. This is considered to be the first time a Japanese metal construction company takes on such efforts in Lithuania.

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.08.27 Kikukawa News Release (Installation of Lithuanian Project)

For more pictures on the fabrication process of the mirror-polished stainless steel panels, click here

For more information on Kikukawa’s oversea projects, click here

August 20, 2019

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Kikukawa Projects Receive the 60th BCS Prize

August 20, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the newsletter-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker participated in two projects amongst the 15 projects that received the 60th BCS prize*. The winning projects are ‘Tokyo Midtown Hibiya’ and ‘Akasaka Intercity AIR’. As metal-craftsmen and engineers, Kikukawa worked closely with the projects’ architects, contractors, and other suppliers to ensure that the design intent was delivered.

*BCS prize was founded in 1960 by the Building Contractors Society (BCS) to recognize excellent buildings of the year.
To find out more about the BCS Prize, click here (external link)

To find out more about Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, click here

To find out more about Akasaka Intercity AIR, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.08.20 Kikukawa News Release (60th BCS Prize)

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July 23, 2019

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Fan-cooled Workwear Supplied to Installation Craftsmen

July 23, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
Kikukawa, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a ceremony has taken place on 18th of July to supply 80 sets of full-body harness fan-cooled workwear to its installation craftsmen within Kikuwa-kai*. These full-body harness fan-cooled workwear will improve the working conditions of our installation workers and improve the efficiency on-site.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.07.23 Kikukawa News Release (fan-cooled workwear)

*Kikuwa-kai: A group of craftsmen or companies in partnership with Kikukawa.

June 18, 2019

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Dual-curve Metalforming Automation Technology Research Reaches a Milestone

June 18, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that the government subsidy period has concluded for the research on automating dieless dual-curved metal forming technology. With this milestone, Kikukawa reported the summary of the progress to the government on the 31st of May, 2019.
The subsidy began in 2016, as collaborative research with Fukui University to establish a process that would allow the accommodation of a wide variety of small lot custom-made outsized or complex architectural metal products.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.06.18 Kikukawa News Release (dual curve metalworking research final report)

June 4, 2019

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Kikukawa and Arata Isozaki
Following Isozaki’s Receipt of the Pritzker Prize

June 4, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has compiled projects that were built in collaboration with Isozaki Arata, following his receipt of Pritzker Prize 2019. Projects introduced include Art Tower Mito, Oita Prefectural Library, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center “Granship”, and “Ujian” of Gotenyama Garden.

To find out more about Art Tower Mito, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.06.04 Kikukawa News Letter (Isozaki Arata wins Pritzker Award, Art Tower Mito)

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May 22, 2019

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Collaboration with Designer Toshiki Omatsu

May 22, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following newsletter in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has fabricated a chair entitled ‘Shades of Michelangelo (MIC)’ in collaboration with designer, Toshiki Omatsu. The back plate of the chair is formed with incremental forming, which is typically reserved for architectural facades.

To find out more about incremental forming, click here

Click here for the newsletter in PDF (Japanese):
2019.05.22 Kikukawa News Letter (Kuwasawa Design School, Incremental Forming Chair)

(さらに…)

April 10, 2019

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Sample Showroom, Studio K+ Opens

April 3, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the opening of its first sample showroom, Studio K+, in its factory in Chiba. The showroom allows guests to observe, touch and experience Kikukawa’s metalworking technologies, such as its Tsuchime finish.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.04.10 Kikukawa News Release (Studio K+ Opens)

February 27, 2019

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Round Column Cover, KCT02

February 27, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of the second Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. Added to the series is the round column cover.

Click here to view the round column cover sample book (bottom of the page):
Kikukawa’s Finish Samples – Stainless Steel

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.2.27 Kikukawa News Release (KCT02 Round column cover)

Click here for the press release on KCT Series in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.15 Kikukawa News Release KCT Series

January 31, 2019

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R Aircon certified by Chiba Prefectural Government

January 31, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its “R Aircon” has received certification (Chiba Monozukuri Seihin) from the Chiba prefectural government.
Chiba Monozukuri Seihin certification is given to original or excellent products that were developed and produced in Chiba. The certified products will be supported by the government in sales.

Click here to find out more about Chiba monodukuri seihin certification (Japanese)

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.1.31 Kikukawa News Release(Chiba Monodukuri Seihin)

January 29, 2019

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Launch of Invisible Access Panel System

January 29, 2019 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its original “invisible access panel system” is now available for purchase.

To view the brochure, click here:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/materials-and-brochures/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2019.1.29 Kikukawa News Release(Invisible-access-panel)

December 4, 2018

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Renovation of Employee Residence

December 4, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, announced that the renovation for its employee residence, Alvis Kikukawa, was completed on November 10th, 2018. This residence will be occupied by Vietnamese trainees as well as employees to foster and improve employee engagement and satisfaction.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.12.04 Kikukawa News Release(ALVIS-KIKUKAWA)

November 20, 2018

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President will Lecture at a Seminar

November 19, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that their company president will be lecturing at a seminar conducted by Chiba Industry Advancement Center. The lecture will take place on November 27th, 2018.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.11.20 Kikukawa News Release (President Lecture)

November 7, 2018

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Kikukawa Celebrates 85th Anniversary

November 7, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, celebrates its 85th anniversary in business on November 1st, 2018. Looking ahead, Kikukawa plans to expand and diversify its business to adapt to the changing market.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.04 Kikukawa News Release(85 anniversary)

September 19, 2018

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Installation of High-Efficiency AC with Gov’t Subsidy

September 19, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company by the Sustainable open Innovation Initiative (SSI), to continue its efforts in replacing the AC system to high-efficiency models, to promote sustainability, to improve the work environment and for higher productivity.

For more information on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry funded subsidy implemented by SSI, click here (Japanese website):
https://sii.or.jp/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.19 Kikukawa News Release (High efficiency AC with gvt funding)

September 4, 2018

Release

“R Air-con” at Medical Devices & Hospital Equipment Expo

September 4, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, will be participating in the “1st Medical Devices & Hospital Equipment Expo” with the radiant HVAC system, “R Air-con”. The exhibit will be available from September 12th to 14th.

For more information on R Air-con:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/ecosia-and-green-products/

For more information on the expo:
http://www.medicaltokyo.jp/en/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.09.04 Kikukawa News Release(R-air-con_EXPO-exhibition)

August 28, 2018

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Subsidized Research of Magnesium and Aluminium Welding Technology

August 28, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency to continue its research on FSW (Friction Stir Welding) of dissimilar metals, aluminium and magnesium.

For more information on FSW (Friction Stir Welding):
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/technology/friction-stir-welding/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.08.28 Kikukawa News Release (FSW Magnesium and Aluminium)

August 21, 2018

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New Aluminium Finish Sample Book

August 21, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has developed new finishes for its very first aluminium finish sample book. Available for purchase and review.

For more information on the aluminium finish sample book:
https://www.kikukawa.com/en/materials-and-brochures/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.08.21 Kikukawa News Release Aluminium Finish Sample Book

July 13, 2018

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Development of “Rattan”, Perforated Expanded Metal

July 13, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has developed a new sample book featuring perforated expanded metal, as an addition to Kikukawa’s various louver options. It will become available for purchase on July 20th, 2018.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.07.13 Kikukawa News Release Development of “Rattan”, Perforated Expanded Metal

June 6, 2018

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New Project Team for Renovation Projects

June 6, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new project team has been launched for renovation projects in Japan, in response to the expected increase in demand in such projects post 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.06.06Kikukawa News Release Renewal(PJ3)

May 25, 2018

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R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

May 25, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its radiant HVAC system “R Air-con” will become available for purchase to end-users such as healthcare facilities or clinics this  May. The product has been improved since its launch last July, and the results are summarized into a Japanese catalogue below.

Click here for the catalogue in PDF (Japanese):
Kikukawa Catalogue: R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.25 Kikukawa News Release R Air-con for Healthcare Facilities

May 15, 2018

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Launch of KCT Series

May 15, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of Kikukawa City Texture (KCT) series, a line of semi-bespoke metal architectural products. The first of its kind is Expanded Metal – as introduced in the catalogue below.

Click here for the Expanded Metal catalogue in PDF (Japanese):
https://www.kikukawa.com/pdf/product/kct01_expanded-metal.pdf

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.05.15 Kikukawa News Release KCT Series

April 12, 2018

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Lecture at Japan International Welding Show 2018

April 12, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its employee will be lecturing at the laser processing forum of Japan International Welding Show 2018. The lecture will be focusing on Kikukawa’s welding technology, including FSW (Friction Stir Welding) and fiber laser welding.

For more information on Japan International Welding Show 2018:
https://weldingshow.jp/en/

For more information on Kikukawa’s welding technology:
Kikukawa’s Metal-crafting Technology

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.04.12 Kikukawa News Release. Lecture at International Welding Show 2018

March 30, 2018

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Light Station Receives “Most Resilient Award”

March 30, 2018 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that its City Connect “Light Station”,  a solar-powered LED street light with a phone charging station and an optional informational board, was awarded the Most Resilient Award 2018 in the energy section. The Association for Resilience Japan hosts the Japan Resilience Award every year to recognize firms and groups that have developed, produced or were actively involved in building a more resilient society.

For more information on “Light Station”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.03.30 Kikukawa News Release Resilience

March 8, 2018

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Development of Tsuchime (Hammertone) Finish

March 8, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that it has developed a new finish, Tsuchime (Hammertone). To accompany this development, a new sample book has been released.

Click here for more information on Tsuchime (Hammertone) finish

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.03.08 Kikukawa News Release. Tsuchime (Hammertone)

February 28, 2018

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Launch of “city texture”

February 28, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced the launch of “city texture”, a website dedicated to Kikukawa’s environmental products. This website, link below, is only available in Japanese.

Click here to jump to city texture

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.02.28 Kikukawa News Release. Launch of city texture

February 16, 2018

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Installation of “Light Station”

February 16, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that the solar LED street light, City Connect “Light Station”, has been installed in 6 locations within Tokyo since its release in July 2017. This is an independently sourced solar powered street light with a phone charging station.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2018.02.16 Kikukawa news release light station installed

December 13, 2017

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Product Release: Solar Powered LED Street Light “ecoAvenue LITE”

December 13, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new solar-powered LED street light “ecoAvenue LITE” will be available from January 2018. The streamlined design makes this model affordable while maintaining the functionality of the “ecoAvenue series”, Kikukawa’s line of solar-powered LED street light.

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.12.13 Kikukawa news release ecoAvenue lite

October 24, 2017

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Selected as a Government Subsidized Company to Promote Green HVAC System, “R Air-con”

November 24, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, was selected as a government subsidized company, by the Ministry of the Environment, as part of a project that aims to accelerate the adoption of L2-Tech (Leading Low carbon) technology. The selected product, radiant HVAC system “R Air-con”, was released this summer. With this selection, Kikukawa will collect additional verifying data and continue its work to improve the product.

For more information on “R Air-con”:
http://www.kikukawa.com/en/ecosia-and-green-products/

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.10.24 Kikukawa news release l2tech

July 2, 2017

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Product Release: City Connect “Light Station”

July 3, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker, has announced that a new solar LED street light, City Connect “Light Station”, will be available from July 2017. This is an independently sourced solar powered street light with a phone charging station. An informational board can be added as an option.

For more information on “Light Station”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here for the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.07.03 KIKUKAWA News Release Light Station

June 26, 2017

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Product Release: “R Air-con” Radiant HVAC System

June 26, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the launch of a new product, “R Air-con”. The radiant HVAC system will be available for purchase in July.

For more information on “R Air-con”:
Link to “ecosia and Green Products”

Click here to download the press release in PDF (Japanese):
2017.06.26 KIKUKAWA NewsRelease R Air-con

April 18, 2017

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Collaboration Research Project Launches

April 18, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release –
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the launch of a metalworking research project in collaboration with METI (Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry – a regional branch of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and Fukui University. This research hopes to establish an automated dieless 3D metal forming technology that could fabricate a wide variety of small lot custom-made large sized metal products.

Click here for the PDF version (Japanese):
2017.04.18 KIKUKAWA News Release 3D Metal Forming Research Project Launches

March 22, 2017

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“Custom Metalwork” Service Begins

March 22, 2017 – Kikukawa released the following press release in Japanese.

-Summary of the Release-
KIKUKAWA, a bespoke architectural metalworker has announced the start of “Custom Metalwork” services. This service opens our metalwork such as cutting, bending and welding to customers outside the realm of architecture.

For more information on Custom Metalwork:
Link to Custom Metalwork

Click here for the PDF version (Japanese):
2017.03.22 KIKUKAWA News Release, Custom Metalwork