"Still today, the symbolism of Nijubashi lives on in our company: The employees of ILLIES understand their role as the bridge between world-wide customers and suppliers."
C. Michael Illies – President
K.K. IRISU at a glance
The history of K.K. IRISU (ILLIES) started 1859 in Dejima-Nagasaki. On the company´s customer lists some famous names are to be found: Yukichi Fukuzawa - who´s portrait is depicted on the 10,000 Japanese yen note - once bought dictionaries from the predecessor of K.K. IRISU, important feudal families of the late Edo period as well as Yataro Iwasaki (Founder of Mitsubishi Corp.). K.K. IRISU as the nucleus of the ILLIES GROUP has been providing cutting-edge technologies from overseas to Japan and was substantially involved in the country’s modernization and monozukuri.
In 1898 the Headquaters were relocated to Hamburg, Germany. Today the ILLIES GROUP is still family owned and managed – by the fifth generation of Illies. As project and sales partner the company links world-leading technology providers with the manufacturing industry in Asian markets with unchanging frontier spirit.
As an important member of the ILLIES Group, K.K. IRISU (ILLIES) supplies and services a wide-range of technologies related to printing and paper converting, automotive, aircraft and aerospace, food, rubber processing industries as well as quality assurance systems and technical materials.
K.K. IRISU (ILLIES) is specialized in introducing technically sophisticated capital goods and technologies to the Japanese market just like in complex project management for the local industrial customers in Japan.