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Group Company of the Month:SEUHO

SEUHO
A report from the U.S. SEUHO, which provides a wide variety of support for Sumitomo Electric Group’s local companies in North America
Takehiko Uchida IPO General Manager
Takehiko Uchida
IPO General Manager
Sumitomo Electric U.S.A., Holdings, Inc.
Company Profile
Company name
 
Sumitomo Electric U.S.A., Holdings, Inc.
Established
 
April 1, 2013
Business
 
Provision of corporate services (regarding legal, accounting, finance, personnel, information systems, physical distribution, and procurement affairs) for group companies
Representative
 
Yoshitomo Kasui

Sumitomo Electric U.S.A., Holdings, Inc. (SEUHO) is a holding company established in April 2013 in line with a change in the capital structure of the Sumitomo Electric Group’s local companies in the U.S. At the time of this establishment, the function of the provision of corporate services was transferred to the holding company from Sumitomo Electric Finance U.S.A., Inc. (SEFUSA).

Headquartered in New York, SEUHO has bases in several places in the U.S. – North Carolina, Illinois (Chicago), and California (San Jose and Los Angeles). The company provides corporate services to Sumitomo Electric Group’s local companies in North America.

Procuring Semiconductors, Electronics Components and Other Items from the U.S. and EU, and Contributing to Invigoration of Cooperation among Group Companies

In September 2010, I was transferred to the L.A. office (Torrance, Los Angeles County). I belong to the International Procurement Office (IPO), which serves as an overseas procurement base for the Purchasing Division. Taking advantage of its closer proximity to Silicon Valley, the IPO procures semiconductors, electronics components and other items from the U.S. and EU, and ships them to Sumitomo Electric’s production groups and group companies in Japan and China. We also focus on cooperation among group companies in the U.S. For example, we are now pushing forward cost reduction through joint purchase of general-purpose items. This activity is now gradually getting on track.

The U.S. extends approximately 5,000 km east to west, so it takes about five hours by plane to cover the distance. There is also a time difference of three hours between east and west, making it totally impossible to make a day trip on business, even though it is a domestic trip. Traveling between east and west in the U.S. is just like travelling between Japan and Thailand. Accordingly, in April 2013, we began renting an office in Engineered Sintered Components Company, a group company manufacturing powder metal products in North Carolina, and dispatched some of our members there. As the eastern U.S. base for the IPO, the office provides even better support for group companies in the eastern and midwestern U.S., and strives to activate cooperation among such companies. Moreover, we have commenced activities to establish similar systems also in Mexico, which is attracting more and more companies to launch businesses there.

L.A. office staff members
L.A. office staff members
New York office staff members
New York office staff members
Profile of Local Staff Members

Koichi Hanai

Koichi Hanai

I’m Koichi Hanai, an assistant manager of the IPO. This is my seventh year at the Sumitomo Electric Group. In addition, this year is the tenth anniversary of the IPO, which was first launched to deal with procurement of electronics components. The IPO’s responsibilities are expanding to include support for development procurement, and joint procurement activities with local U.S. group companies. Currently, aiming to expand various activities into Mexico, I spend an exciting and challenging daily life. I have lived in the U.S. for 19 years now. Both I and my wife are employed, and very busy raising our two children (three and six years old).

Sorana Vladu

Sorana Vladu

My name is Sorana, I was born and raised in Romania and moved to NY after graduating from college. I started working for SEFUSA in 2008 and now mainly assist funding and accounting for both SEFUSA and SEUHO. When I started working at Sumitomo, I was already extremely grateful for the opportunity given to me to work in a Japanese company, and then one with such a history as Sumitomo. I have learned so much working here, not just in terms of accounting and organization, but also work ethics, Japanese culture and corporate culture. Without a doubt, being part of Sumitomo has enriched my experience of both work and life. I have had the pleasure of working with many Japanese expatriates, some of whom I treasure as dear friends, and also my fellow colleagues in our NY office, who are like a family.

Places of Interest

Los Angeles – Land with Moderate Climate and Rich Nature

Source of Development of the Movie Industry

I’m sure that Los Angeles will remind you of palm trees under blue sky without any clouds. That mental image is totally correct. In Los Angeles, the climate is mild throughout the year, and it seldom rains, other than for a short period in winter. In addition, near downtown Hollywood is a wide variety of forms of nature, such as the sea, mountains and desert. This aspect is one of the main reasons why the movie industry started and developed in Hollywood.

Night view of Los Angeles
Night view of Los Angeles
Hollywood sign
Hollywood sign
Santa Monica
Santa Monica

Golf Paradise

Wedding ceremony on a golf course
Wedding ceremony on a golf course

Torrance has many golf courses. You can enjoy playing golf for only about 50 dollars even on a weekend. Even if you don’t play golf, you can visit a golf course in a casual atmosphere. Together with adults, small children often play miniature golf on a training green. In addition, though this may sound surprising, it is common to hold a wedding ceremony on a golf course. It’s actually not so rare to see a wedding ceremony next to a teeing ground. Compared with golf courses in Japan, those in the U.S. are more connected with people in their daily lives.

Little Japan

In Torrance, since there are many bases of Japanese-affiliated companies, there are many Japanese-affiliated supermarkets and Japanese restaurants. Although there are differences in price between stores and restaurants in Japan and those in Torrance, we can obtain almost everything available in Japan, making the city very livable for Japanese people. In addition, many Japanese cars can be seen in the city.

Muscle Beach – attracting many muscular people
Muscle Beach – attracting many muscular people
Staples Center – venue of basketball games and other events
Staples Center – venue of basketball games and other events
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles – if combined, they would represent the largest scale in the U.S.
Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles – if combined, they would represent the largest scale in the U.S.
Area where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed
Area where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed

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