It appears Takara and Tomy have merged to form one company.
Let us hope Takara products become available to the extent Tomy products are outside Japan.
It is interesting to note that one of the reasons for the merger is consolidation of players in the Japanese market due to declining birthrates....
Lets all hope they use Tomy global distribution netork to sell more Takara products out side of Japan!
To Our Shareholders and the Investment Community
Takara Co., Ltd. and TOMY Co., Ltd. have merged, effective March 1, 2006.With a mutual respect for each other’s history and corporate culture, under the common vision of bringing dreams to children throughout the world, the new company is called TOMY Company, Ltd. and is known in Japanese as Kabushiki Kaisha TAKARATOMY.
By integrating the core toy businesses of both companies we expect to reinforce each other’s product development and marketing capabilities, better utilize existing content and increase our capacity to develop new content, thereby expanding our toy and entertainment business.We further expect to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a wide range of operations including production, logistics, sales and administration.Through these synergies, we are confident that we can significantly increase corporate profitability and in turn corporate and shareholder value.