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Sannosuke Kobayashi Co. Ltd. provides the railway ties to keep industry on track

Article - October 26, 2023

With extensive know-how, Sannosuke Kobayashi has been providing railway ties to well-known railroad networks, such as the renowned JR, and private firms, like the Enoshima Electric Railway, among others.

“We have experience with sophisticated demands that come from loyal customers.”

Yuzo Kobayashi, President, Kobayashi Sannosuke Co., Ltd.

The green revolution has brought with it a return to traditional methods and materials that provide sustainable solutions to modern problems. Japanese railway sleeper manufacturer Sannosuke Kobayashi is one of the companies driving the use of organic materials in modern railways.            

Founded in 1908, Sannosuke has over a century’s worth of experience in the wooden sleeper industry. Working with organic materials allows the company to create sleepers suitable for the sophisticated demands of modern railways, especially on tracks with distinct curves, bridges, tunnels and track shapes.

Not only do wooden sleepers allow for tailored solutions, they also enable Sannosuke to regenerate its raw materials through sustainable forestry. Sannosuke has planted over 10,000 hardwood trees in Gifu prefecture, and the company has expanded its forestry into Canada, where it has comprehensively utilized over 440 hectares of land in British Columbia. As company president Yuzo Kobayashi says: “it is vital to keep the sustainability of our materials going for the future.”

Sannosuke has recently moved into biomass production from wood waste and it also supplies precision dry wood chips for paper manufacturing. The company’s expansion includes a logging facility in Malaysia and Mr. Kobayashi says he expects Sannosuke to continue its growth in Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and the United States.