Jul. 17, 2018
FY2018, Received the Minister for Health, Labor and Welfare’s Incentive Award

On 21st June, the winners were announced for “The Minister for Health, Labor and Welfare’s Incentive Award for Safety for Excellent Workplace, Organization or a Person”. This award is given to business establishments across Japan of which the level of safety is excellent and it is recognized as another model.
This year 17 business establishments were selected as incentive awards. Among them, only our Sakurae plant received it in Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu area.
On 17th July, the award ceremony was held at Shimane prefecture Matsue district joint government building, and received “The Labor Bureau Chief’s Incentive Award for Safety from the Shimane Labor Bureau”. The Sakura plant has continued improving activities to build a comfortable workplace in order to secure employee safety and health. It is awarded as a result of comprehensive evaluation that no plant closure by accidents have been occurred for more than 10 years.
We will continue to create a comfortable workplace all the same regardless of the current situation.

 

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Jun. 21, 2018
The factory tour by High school students
As a part of learning of monozukuri, 33 high school students in the mechanics department visited our Ozu plant to see the manufacturing process of automobile parts.
After the explanation of the company profile, students were divided into two groups. The managers of the manufacturing department provided them the factory tour, they could actually see the site of the machine equipment and work. We introduced about our other plant by showing VTR. One of our employee who is the graduate of this high school also talked about his work and experience. In Q&A time, what a pleasing thing, there were active questions from students so that we needed to extend the scheduled time.
It was great chance for us too to see their positive attitude towards monozukuri.
I hope that this tour was a valuable experience for them and will help when they choose and decide their career in the future.
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Jun. 03, 2018
Join “Mazda Open Day 2018”

On June 2 and 3, sunny weekend, “Mazda Open Day 2018” was held at the headquarters of Mazda Co., Ltd. Following the last year, we set up a booth along the“Monozukuri ROAD”, organized mainly by local suppliers, an arcade featuring craftmanship and manufacturing, where visitors can enjoy exhibition and workshop.
The workshop we offered was creating can badges and key holders in order to introduce about stamping work. Visitors made their original ones with pictures drawn by theirself. Lots of family gathered to our booth and enjoyed monozukuri from adults to kids. We also gave out balloons, popular for kids, and paper fans we made for first time.
Our booth ended in great success with more visitors than last year. It was a good opportunity to engage with the people around as a supplier who marks history and creates a brand with Mazda .
We appreciated that so many visitors had a good time with us.

May. 26, 2018
The 39th annual Sports Day

We held the annual Spring Sports Day at the Sakurae plant’s ground on Saturday, May 26.
A total of 113 people including new employees participated. It was a wonderful sunny day, we played tennis and grand golf. All team members were excited when nice plays came out and we spent a relaxing and enjoyable time.
After playing sports, we had a BBQ. We formed a team with other plants people who normally have less chance to see each other. Playing sports and eating delicious meal together. By sharing precious time, we were able to deepen our friendship. It was a good opportunity for new employees to become familiar with the new environment.
Through the event, we work for our employee to be refreshed and motivated.

May. 15, 2018
Notice-Rebuilding of headquarters

Our headquarters(4 Oozu Minami-ku Hiroshima) has been in operation for a long time, since 1954, for 64 years. Because of the aging of the building, we decided to rebuild the whole of it.
We appreciate patronage and support of our business partners and neighboring areas including Mazda Co, Ltd.
The new building will consider the surrounding environment, compared to our Kabe plant built in 2014, with even lower noise and higher efficiency.

 
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Apr. 02, 2018
Year 2018 The welcoming celemonis for new employees

Futaba Kogyo has hired 19 of fresh new employees. (2 technical, 17 engineer)
In the season of cherry blossoms April 2, the welcoming ceremony was held at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima with the President and Director, Mr.Yoshida and executive officers and managers. The ceremony was relaied from the venue to all sites of Futaba Kogyo office and plants.

Mr.Yoshida sent a message of hope and encouragement to new employees as follows.
It’s important to clearly understand our policies, philosophy and conduct code. I hope for your happiness. I want you to accumulate good deeds by devoting yourself in the spirit of service to others instead of being self-centered. The biggest change to the car industry in a century is about to occur. We set a company policy for this year “Change Again!”. To get over this difficulty, we place the emphasis on “people” and have tried to strengthen human resource development. The human resource is who can challenge changes. Anticipating the ever-changing environment, let’s change the company together.

Several sort of trainings and education is to be held for 2 weeks such as general manners and attitude, safety and quality and welding method. (The assigned location will be decided after practical training on each plants until end of May)
With passionate newcomers, we commit ourselves to making a fresh start in the upcoming term.

 

 

Feb. 25, 2018
Participation in the Mazda Ekiden Road Relay, Part of the 25th Love Hofu Campaign

On Feb. 25,2018, the Mazda Ekiden Road Relay was held as part of the 25th Love Hofu Campaign at the Mazda Motor Corporation Hofu Plant (in the Nishinoura district).
A total of 96 teams from Yamaguchi prefecture and beyond took part in the event. It was really lively with about 2000 people included spectators gathered there.
Futaba Kogyo team composed of young employees mainly participated in it and completed the race and made 31st-place finish. Through the event, we were able to communicate local people, also we believe our teamwork has become more intense.

 

Dec. 14, 2017
The new crossover SUV “Mazda CX-8” Released

Sales of the new crossover SUV Mazda CX-8 has commenced on December 14.
The new CX-8 incorporates a Futaba Kogyo steering member (instrument panel member), one of the Company’s key products, as well as our front and rear bumper reinforcement, suspension housing reinforcement, fuel lid and fuel box, and other body shell parts.
With the goal of achieving vehicle weight reductions, we diversified our use of high-tensile-strength steel plate materials and implemented advanced press molding techniques to achieve stable product quality.
Furthermore, we implemented steady improvements such as enhancing yield rates to save resources and reduce costs, enabling us to make significant contributions in terms of environmental conservation.
*The part name “Reinforcement” is shown as “Rainf” for short.

Oct. 28, 2017
The 38th autumn athletic meet
The annual autumn athletic meet was taken place at our Sakurae-plant and total 100 people joined it. We were going to play grand golf, however, by unfortunate rain, switched to play a bingo game. It was so exciting and every time a number read aloud, participants shouted for joy or sighed with disappointment to get a gift.

After the bingo game, it was BBQ time!
Food trucks were also ready, such as Takoyaki(octopus dumplings), pork miso soup and the local brew. We had plenty of time to cultivate a friendly relationship between employees. Some are participated with family and it was fun event for family member as well.

There was a lot of nature around there so it was a nice place to spend time in. We were relieved daily stress. We believe this event would make us motivated.

  

Oct. 11, 2017
The top meeting with Mr.Tsuboi, the chairman of Hiroshima Shinkin Bank

Mr.Tsuboi, the chairman of Hiroshima Shinkin Bank which is our main bank and Mr.Yoshida, the president of Futaba Kogyo held the top meeting.
It has past just 40 years since Mr.Yoshida taken up his post. He invited Mr.Tsuboi to express thanks for supporting our stable company-operation and employment.