Aug 09, 2016

Daifuku to Dissolve Exclusive Distributor Agreement for its Bowling Business

Osaka, Japan - Daifuku Co. Ltd., the world’s largest material handling systems supplier has determined to dissolve its exclusive distributor agreement with QubicAMF Worldwide S.a.r.L, (headquartered in Virginia, U.S.; “QAMF”) for bowling alley equipment and related goods that Daifuku’s consolidated subsidiary, Daifuku Plusmore Co., Ltd. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), currently provides for Japan as QAMF’s distributor, at the end of March 2017.

Daifuku began domestic production of bowling machines in 1963, where it hit a peak in the 70s, supplying bowling machines to about one quarter of all bowling alleys across Japan. Eventually moving away from bowling machine production, in 2006 QAMF and Daifuku agreed to make Daifuku their exclusive distributor in Japan. Daifuku subsequently acquired stock of QAMF’s Japanese subsidiary, QubicaAMF Worldwide LLC, changing its name to Daifuku QubicaAMF Co., Ltd (Now, Daifuku Plusmore Co., Ltd), with it supplying automatic scoring systems, pinspotters, lanes, ball return systems, and goods including pins, house balls and shoes. However, due to decreasing numbers of bowling alleys and bowlers, and resulting challenged growth and development, the Daifuku Group has determined to dissolve the agreement and conclude its bowling operations.

From March, 2017, Daifuku Plusmore will aim for growth through its current core product, car washing machines.

About Daifuku

Daifuku Co., Ltd. Is the world’s leading company for materials handling, providing solutions for factory and distribution automation, airport baggage handling and lifestyle products based on its brand message, ‘Always an Edge Ahead’. Daifuku supplies to various industries, including the Automotive, LCD equipment and semiconductor. Founded in 1937, Daifuku is headquartered in Osaka, Japan, with sales and service offices throughout the world. The Daifuku Group currently has around 8,000 employees around the world in 22 countries.