This time, I visited three companies in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, in Bungo Takada City.
The three companies, “SumiRiko Oita AE”, “SumRiko Kyushu” and “Tokai Chemical Kyushu” are located in close proximity to each other.
“SumiRiko Oita AE as well as Fuji Susono Plant (Shizuoka prefecture)” manufactures functional parts for printers and multifunctional machines, also SumiRiko Kyusyu manufactures anti-vibration rubber for automobiles. And Tokai Chemical Kyusyu manufactures sound controlling and insulation products and interior equipment for automobiles, the same as “Tokai Chemical Industries, LTD” which was introduced before in my blog.
Companies’ History 成立经过
Among the three companies in Kyushu, SumiRiko Oita AE has the longest history, being established in 1998 and having started operation the following year.
The name “AE” has the meaning of “Advanced Elastomer”, (which aims to be an advanced company that opens up the future of high performance rubber and plastic).
At that time, our group was primarily focused on products in the automotive field. However, when a new business related to precision functional components in the OA equipment field was growing as the next new pillar of our business, this company was established.
SumiRiko Kyushu and Tokai Chemical Kyushu were established in 2008, respectively, to strengthen their production capabilities and to respond quickly to customer orders.
What I conveyed on the day when I visited 当日所传达之事
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Sumi-Riko Oita AE for its constant and steady Kaizen efforts.
Due to the current coronavirus crisis, changes in the business environment (more remote work) have resulted in a difficult situation for office printers and copier products, but I hope they can break through the difficulties with steady Kaizen activities.
It’s unfortunate that the localization of processes, which was explained to me during my last visit, has been delayed, and I hope that the production engineering department will be inspired.
Sumi-Riko Kyushu has also been mading steady progress.
If Sumi-Riko Yamagata, which I introduced last time, is the mother factory for general-purpose equipment, I hope that Sumi-Riko Kyushu will become the mother factory for semi-automated machines in the world.
I think there is room for improvement in the response to abnomalies, so please address this as a future issue.
Tokai Chemical Kushu has products that require a lot of manual work, so I recognize that there is a lot of difficulty in starting up production.
The key is how quickly and vertically the mobility rate (the ratio of time that the equipment is working properly in a given time) can be raised.
The wiring harness business of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, which I was in charge of in my previous company, had similar difficulties, but they are working well together on a global basis.
The other day, a member of Tokai Chemical went to Sumitomo Wiring Systems to study, and I would like them to spread the information that they learned there in Tokai Chemical Kyushu.
The presidents of the three companies are playing a central role in the cooperation of corporate operations in the three companies in Kyushu.
In the future, I expect them to operate in a unified manner with regard to logistics and other matters, which will lead to a reduction in general and administrative costs.
Let’s think together to transform our organizational structure into a more solid business one, so that we can ensure profitability even if sales fall.