Pigeon Baby ProductsDove baby products
In the 15,400 m² plant in Tsukubamirai, some of the more than 100 scientists working on developing the products place ultrasonic equipment under the chin of infants to control the movement of their tongue. This is a big advance over the time when they placed a camera under the bottle to watch how baby drinks and a big jump from the research method of the business owner.
Yuichi Nakata lived for six years in a Japan that had recovered from World War II, travelling through the land and asking breastfeeding women if they could get a cup of their boob. Today the dove has 200 voluntary workers, who are remunerated for maternal and child care and participate in research. "Baby's can't tell us if they're happy with the bottle.
We can' t ask what disturbs infants who cannot easily get out of the bottles, so we have developed ultrasonic devices," said Nuke. Infants are conceived with a naturally occurring flexion that helps them find and lock the mother's teat, which, when it contacts the baby's top of the mouth, initiates rhythmic suction cycling - the so-called peristalsis motion - in which the tongue squeezes the teat.
Whilst the World Health Organisation is promoting lactation as the best way of baby nutrition, many women choose bottled nutrition for various different purposes. "Satoru Saito, who has been working at Pigeon's R&D centre for 17 years and is now General Manager, says: "When a tough baby is drinking with our prototypical teats, we are delighted.
The pigeon's first udder was made of gum, but it had a tendency to tear slightly and was now substituted by soft, stretchy silicone udders. Nipples and baby feeding tubes make up about a fourth of Pigeon's shop. One year later he went back to Japan and found a China merchant who founded a company that sold baby water bottle.
In other words, he called his firm "Dove" because of its connection to peacemaking, he misinterpreted the Japans, and the Pigeon has remained to this present time. Rated at more than $1. 8 billion, Pigeon had disposals of 77. 47 billion yen ($762 million) in the year to the end of January, with the bottom line leaping more than 46 per cent to 10.
Pigeon's high-margin baby and healthcare products are competing with the NUK brands of the German Mapa GmbH and Philips Avent. It is expecting a growth in profits of almost 12 per cent. Almost 50 per cent of the pigeon is held by foreigners, in a land where the proportion of foreigners is on the average only 28 per cent.
Over the past two years, the company's shares have trebled in value, but overseas shareholders say they want to keep them in the long run. "China has been the driving force, with higher margin than Japan and where new products such as nappies have been introduced," said Kabir Goyal, equityman at Wasatch Advisors in Salk Lake City, which holds nearly 3 per cent of the pigeon.
"In the future, we will be pleased to see pigeons entering new and aggressive marketplaces such as the United States, Europe and India," he said.