Apr. 01, 2019
Year 2019 The welcoming ceremonies for new employees

The 29 of fresh new employees has joined us.(graduates of university 4, high school 23)
In the season of cherry blossoms April 1, the last welcoming ceremony of the Heisei era, was held at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima with the President and Director, Mr.Yoshida and executive officers and managers. The ceremony was relayed from the venue to all sites of Futaba Kogyo office and factories.
Mr.Yoshida sent a message of hope and encouragement to new employees as follows.
“The biggest change to the car industry in a century is about to occur. Hope we can develop human resources who can develop new technologies and products in a new era. Anticipating the ever-changing environment, let’s change the company together.”
Several sort of trainings and education was provided to them 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 departments until end of June.)
In the new era Reiwa, with passionate newcomers, we all come together and challenge to change.

                                   
                                         The executive officers new employees
                                               (at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima )

Mar. 27, 2019
The Mazda Ekiden Road Relay, Part of the 26th Love Hofu Campaign

On March 1st, 2019, the Mazda Ekiden Road Relay was held as part of the 26th Love Hofu Campaign at the Mazda Motor Corporation Hofu Plant (in the Nishinoura district).
Unfortunately, the weather was not nice, but a total of 53 teams from Yamaguchi prefecture and beyond took part in this event.
It was 6th time for our Hofu factory team to join it. Although it was rain and cold, they completed the relay and made 40th-place finish.
We ran with new uniform with our company logo and policy “Change Again!” We believe our teamwork becomes more intense through the event.

       

          

           Moment of  the finish                                  New uniform 

 

 

Feb. 28, 2019
Hofu Factory build-construction

Our Hofu Factory produces instrument panel members and body parts that are delivered from Daikyo Nishikawa Co., Ltd. to Mazda Motor Corporation Hofu Factory (Nishinoura area), according to their plan.
We are planning to expand the factory facilities to flexibly respond to the customer’s swing production* plan requests etc. in the future.  It is scheduled to be completed in October 2019.

  (Note) Swing production*—
      A form of production aimed at efficiently utilizing the production capacity of each base of
      Mazda Motor Corporation.  Complement mutually between factories in domestic (Ujina, Hofu)
      and overseas (Mexico, other) in order to respond flexibly to demand.

              

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Dec. 04, 2018
Received a letter of appreciation from Mazda Motor Corporation

Mazda held the Supplier quality award ceremony on December 4.
We were highly appreciated for the fact that we made a lot of efforts to improve the quality for Mazda vehicles.
We will continue to work on further quality improvement without satisfying the current situation.

 

 

Nov. 07, 2018
Accepted a high school student internship

From late July to mid-October, we accepted internship for high school students at Kabe, Sakurae and Hofu Plants.
The program was a schedule of 2 to 3 days. After receiving safety education at the workplace, the students experienced a series of work including welding work, practicing operation of industrial robots, product inspection etc.
Through this experience, they commented  as”I understood the content of the work well. I get more and more interested in this job.”,”I want to make use of this experience even at school.”
Next year, we plan to accept  internship again at all of our plants including Hiroshima plant.
By having many people experience the pleasures of “monozukuri”, we hope to contribute to the ability improvement of local youth.

   

Oct. 29, 2018
Hiroshima Southeast Rotary Club visiting us

On October 29, the member of  Hiroshima Southeast Rotary Club visited our Kabe plant.
It was our first time to present our facility to local top people in different industries.
We explained the company’s origin, management philosophy, comfortable workplace initiatives, etc.
At the worksite, participants took a tour of the features as a plant specialized in instrument panel members.
They also learned about our neighborhood-friendly noise countermeasures, green areas as well as  employee education and IoT efforts.
Customers visit us like this time, which brings us a good opportunity to unite all employee together and improvement activities accelerate. Thank you for visiting us.

   

Oct. 13, 2018
The 40th Sports event

On October 13, the autumn annual sports event was held at Sakurae plant grand.
Employees and their families participated from all plants. Team members were organized randomly and enjoyed playing ground-golf and tennis.
After playing sports, we had BBQ of delicious Shimane beef and  miso soup with pork and vegitable.
We also enjoyed the conversation and had a wonderful time.
it was nice and sunny day and we had a good opportunity to refresh both mind and body.

   

 

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.