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Hiraoka & Co. Ltd.: A Premier Supplier to Versatile Structures

 Jamie Howard      In

When it comes to reliability, innovation, and a rich history of excellence, few suppliers can match the caliber of Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. This Japanese manufacturer has been a key player in the world of polymer coated fabrics since its inception in 1902, boasting over 115 years of continuous dedication to producing top-notch materials. Versatile Structures, a globally recognized company in need of high-quality materials, has found in Hiraoka a partner who can meet their demands and more.

Founding and Early Growth

Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. traces its roots back to the visionary Tatsujiro Hiraoka, the founder who laid the cornerstone for what would become a pioneering business in the textile industry. In 1902, Mr. Hiraoka established ‘Sometatsu Sen-Koujou,’ a humble enterprise dedicated to the scouring and dyeing of cotton and hemp yarn. This initial venture, located in Minowa-cho, Tokyo, Japan, marked the inception of a journey that would span generations.

Adaptation and Evolution

As Hiraoka’s business continued to grow, it showcased an innate ability to adapt to evolving customer requirements and changing environmental factors. This adaptive spirit has been a hallmark of the company throughout its history. Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. consistently demonstrated its commitment to customer satisfaction by embracing innovative techniques and materials that met the ever-expanding needs of its clients.

Leading in Polymer Coated Fabrics

Today, Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. stands as the leading Japanese manufacturer of a diverse range of high-quality polymer fabrics. The company has become synonymous with excellence in polymer coated materials, thanks to its specialized coatings such as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyurethane, and Polyethylene. These coatings not only enhance the fabric’s durability but also impart unique characteristics that cater to various industries and applications.

115 Years of Excellence

Hiraoka’s journey from its modest beginnings to its current status as a premier manufacturer is a testament to its unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. With over a century of experience, the company has honed its craft and perfected the art of producing polymer coated fabrics that meet and exceed industry standards.

Versatile Structures and Hiraoka Partnership

Versatile Structures, a prominent player in the construction and infrastructure industry, has long recognized the need for high-quality materials to meet the demands of its projects. In Hiraoka & Co. Ltd., Versatile Structures has found a reliable supplier that not only provides premium polymer coated fabrics but also shares a commitment to excellence and innovation.

The partnership between Versatile Structures and Hiraoka is a testament to the mutual trust and respect that has developed over the years. Versatile Structures relies on Hiraoka’s expertise and product range to ensure the durability and performance of their structures, from architectural membranes to industrial applications. Hiraoka’s polymer coated fabrics have proven invaluable in Versatile Structures’ projects, with their ability to withstand harsh environmental conditions, UV exposure, and wear and tear.

Conclusion Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1902, evolving into a powerhouse in the realm of polymer coated fabrics. With a rich history, unwavering dedication to quality, and a commitment to innovation, Hiraoka stands as the go-to supplier for companies like Versatile Structures, who demand nothing but the best in materials to meet their diverse needs. As Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. continues to push the boundaries of what polymer coated fabrics can achieve, its partnership with Versatile Structures and other industry leaders is bound to thrive, ensuring a brighter, more durable future for countless projects and structures worldwide.


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    Jamie Howard - Director

    Co-founder and Director Jamie has been hands-on in the shade and steel industry since leaving school. With over 15 years’ experience in shade, membrane and steel projects, Jamie is excited about the design opportunities shade structures offer in the commercial and industrial sectors. Jamie’s extensive design skills give him a competitive edge in situations with technical design complexity. He has won two personal industry awards for his designs, alongside many company-won awards.