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ZSH
Report from ZSH, China, which is enhancing its operations in line with the increase in the variety of its output after being established as a manufacturing base for fluoroplastics-related products
Yasuhiro Fukumoto General Manager
Yasuhiro Fukumoto
General Manager
Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd.
Company Profile
Company Name
 
Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd.
Established
 
August 1995
Business
 
Manufacture of fluoroplastics-related products, such as SUMIFLON™ Coated Aluminum, rollers for fusing and pressurizing in laser printers, and water treatment membrane modules
Representative
 
Yasuhiro Fukumoto

Zhongshan Sumiden Hybrid Products Co., Ltd. (ZSH) is an overseas manufacturing base of fluoroplastics-related products developed by Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc. (SFP). This year marks the 20th anniversary of ZSH. The company was established in 1995 as a manufacturing base of SUMIFLON™ Coated Aluminum, which is used for the inside containers of rice cookers and bread makers. In 2000, the company began to manufacture rollers for fusing in laser printers. In 2004, the company launched the production of water treatment membrane modules. Importing the main materials from SFP, the company ships its products mainly to various parts of China and many other countries around the world.

Working hard every day to enhance our business results amidst the increasingly severe business environment due to the introduction of various regulations

ZSH is located in Zhongshan Torch High-tech Developing Zone, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, approximately 1.5 hours from Hong Kong by sea and an approximately 1.5 hour drive from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Macao. In Guangdong Province there are many companies related to automobiles and office automation equipment, and in the Developing Zone are many parts-manufacturing companies. When established in 1995, ZSH employed about 100 staff members. Continuing our growth in line with the increase in the variety of our products, we now have 570 employees.

I worked for ZSH from 2005 to 2008 as a staff member in charge of quality assurance and rollers. In 2012, I was transferred to ZSH once again as a staff member in charge of rollers, and in April 2014, I assumed the post of General Manager. When I was responsible for rollers, I was involved in the overall operations regarding new products for which production had been transferred from SFP, ranging from manufacture to product quality and technology. It has been one year since I became General Manager. Although I sometimes feel confused because I now need to work on matters related to the government and the head office, I am working very hard thanks to the generous support of the staff members around me.

The Chinese government is now introducing many regulations, including those on the environment, making the business environment more severe year by year. However, we have many staff members who have been working for us since our establishment. Taking advantage of the experience accumulated over the past 20 years, all the staff members of ZSH work very hard every day to enhance our business results.

Office staff members
Office staff members
Profile of Local Staff Members

Peng Yuan Fen

Peng Yuan Fen

Hello, everyone. I’m Peng Yuenfen. Since I joined ZSH in 2005, I have been in the Administration Department as a member in charge of HR affairs.

In the 10 years since I began to work for the company, I have been learning a lot about what I should do as a person in charge of personnel affairs, and also about the culture of Japanese-affiliated companies. Last year, I began to participate in meetings for HR staff members in South China, in order to interact with staff members from other companies and study the latest laws.

Taking advantage of the knowledge and experience that I have accumulated so far, I would like to continue working hard for the development of ZSH and the Sumitomo Electric Group.

Zhao Jin Yu

Zhao Jin Yu

Go-anzenni! (Maintain safety!) My name is Zhao Jin Yu, manager of the Manufacturing Department No. 1 and the Quality Assurance Department. This year marks the 20th anniversary of my joining ZSH in 1996. My previous jobs in this company include those related to equipment technology, production technology, quality management, ISO, and labor unions. Although I could not speak Japanese at all when I joined this company, I studied in the hope that I could use it for my work. My Japanese proficiency has improved to a level where I have no problem using Japanese for my ordinary work.

As a manager, I believe that it is important to ensure smooth communication, not only with subordinates but also with members of other departments. I would like to have even closer interaction with them than I do now.

Places of Interest

Zhongshan City: Hometown of Sun Wen, Leader of the Xinhai Revolution in China

Sun Wen Respected as Father of the Nation

Statue of Sun Wen
Statue of Sun Wen
Statue of Sun Wen and a rickshaw that he arranged for his mother
Statue of Sun Wen and a rickshaw
that he arranged for his mother

Zhongshan City is the hometown of Sun Wen, who led the Xinhai Revolution in China and overthrew the Qing dynasty. Called Father of the Nation, he is very well respected. Since he used the names Sun Zhongshan and Sun Yat-sen, the name of this place was changed from the former Xiangshan to the current Zhongshan to show respect to him. Actually, the names “Zhongshan” and “Yat-sen” are used for streets and parks in many parts of China. Zhongshan City, home to 2.5 million people, is the same size as Osaka Prefecture in Japan. In the city, there is a museum housing statues of Sun Wen, along with some of his old documents and photographs. While some streets in the city still retain a traditional atmosphere, the number of modern shopping malls is increasing.

In Zhongshan City you can enjoy a wide variety of Chinese cuisines, such as food from Guangdong, Sichuan, northeast China and Hunan. In addition, you can also try cuisines from various countries in the world, such as Japan, Korea, Italy, France, Portugal and India.

How to Enjoy Weekends

Guilin
Guilin
Friends I have traveled with
Friends I have traveled with

Since bus and ferry services are available from Zhongshan to Hong Kong and Macao, you can enjoy a day-trip to shopping malls and World Heritage sites.

Like Hong Kong, Macao was returned to China, but you need to show your passport when crossing the border. Since the border is on land, you can walk across the border, which you could never experience in an island country like Japan. Moreover, since more than 200,000 people cross the border per day, you will be amazed by how many people are there.

Although bus used to be the only means of traveling to other parts of China, a railway was laid a few years ago. To purchase a ticket, you need to show your passport, and also undergo an X-ray inspection. Thus, it is a somewhat troublesome procedure before getting on a train, but it runs at 200 km/h and takes only about one hour from Macao to Guangzhou. What’s more, the train is comfortable to ride on.

From Guangzhou, a train service is available to take you to various parts of China. Recently, I traveled to Guilin with Chinese and Japanese staff members and their families. Now that I am fortunate enough to work in China, I would like to take this opportunity to travel to various parts of this country in my spare time.

The Ruins of St. Paul’s in Macao
The Ruins of St. Paul’s in Macao
Train running between Macao and Guangzhou
Train running between Macao and Guangzhou
Drawbridge in the center of the city
Drawbridge in the center of the city

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