YAWATA ELECTRODE (THAILAND) CO., LTD. (YAWATA) traces the origin of its name to the city of Yawata (八幡市), which is now part of Kitakyushu city in northern Kyushu, Japan. Yawata was famous for its ironworks and was the site of Yawata Steel Works (八幡製鐵所), an important steel mill which helped to transform Japan into an industrialized nation. Presently Yawata Steel Works is part of Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC), one of the largest steel producers in the world.