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Group Company of the Month:SCLA

SCLA
Sumiden Light Alloy (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
Report from SCLA, Changzhou, China, a company working very hard to accommodate requests from customers in the drastically changing electronic equipment industry
Ryuichi Inoue Engineering Department
Ryuichi Inoue
Engineering Department
Sumiden Light Alloy (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
Company Profile
Company Name
 
Sumiden Light Alloy (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.
Established
 
November 2013
Business
 
Manufacture and sales of AZ91 magnesium alloy housings
Representative
 
Keizo Harada

Sumiden Light Alloy (Changzhou) Co., Ltd. (SCLA) has been established as a base for processing magnesium alloy AZ91 sheets manufactured by the Magnesium Alloy Development Division into housings for PCs and other electronic equipment. SCLA launched production in December 2014. In the drastically changing industry, the company strives to stand by customers and to cover the entire process in a short period of time, from a product line’s establishment to mass production.

Working very hard on technical instructions as I did in the past, as well as on management

SCLA is located in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, approximately 200 km west of Shanghai. The company was established in November 2013 as a plant mass producing housings for notebook PCs, tablet devices, and other mobile electronic equipment, using Sumitomo Electric’s unique magnesium alloy AZ91 sheets.

Transferred to SCLA in June 2014, I am mainly responsible for engineering management, such as in-house press processes and surface grinding processes. Since in Japan I was just an ordinary engineering staff member, as a manager I sometimes feel confused about what to do. While providing staff members with technical instructions, however, I am working very hard launching and stabilizing in-house processes.

In December 2014, SCLA began mass producing notebook PC housings for Japanese manufacturers, and presently, we also supply products to Chinese manufacturers. I am usually surprised with the pace of things in the electronics industry. By satisfying customers’ demanding requests in terms of quality, cost, and delivery dates, we would like to make our business a success.

SCLA staff members
SCLA staff members
Profiles of Local Staff Members

Yao Lihua

Yao Lihua

Hello! I’m Yao Lihua of SCLA. I joined the company in mid-January 2014. At first, I was engaged in procurement and warehouse management. Since last May, I have been a member of the administration department. I would like to use the knowledge and experience that I have obtained so far for my administration work. Presently, the company is still under development. In the HR and administration section, we are working very hard in cooperation with the production department so that we can submit effective proposals with cost reduction in mind.

Yang Xudong

Yang Xudong

My name is Yang Xudong, the chief of the manufacturing section. I began working for SCLA in March 2014. When I joined the company, our plant was not in operation yet, and there was no production. Because of that, I was engaged in quality assurance. My major responsibility was quality control for subcontractors and customers. After a production line was introduced at our plant, I began working in the manufacturing section. Although the current output is not so high yet, I hope that we will obtain many more orders from customers and that the plant will become busier. At the same time, I hope to take advantage of the experience I have obtained through my production management career, thereby contributing to the company’s development.

Places of Interest

Changzhou, City with a Long History

Harmony between Renowned Historic Sites and Modern Structures

New District Park
New District Park

Like Suzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing, Changzhou is also located in Jiangsu Province. Although it’s a city, its population reached 4.7 million (in 2014), as large as all of Fukuoka Prefecture. While the city shares its northern border with the Yangtze River, Lake Tai is located in the city’s southern part, with a big canal running through the city. As an old city with a long history, Changzhou features many renowned historic sites, making the city well known in China as a popular sightseeing destination. At the same time, the city is currently enjoying remarkable development, and you can see many modern structures along the streets.

Signature Food (?) in Changzhou

Spicy Stewed Chicken Chop with Rice and Crayfish When I stroll through the streets, I often see signboards for two dishes - spicy stewed chicken chop and crayfish. The first costs about 300 yen together with rice and drink, and you will surely be satisfied with the reasonable price. The second is a rare item that you probably don’t eat so often in Japan.

Spicy stewed chicken chop shop
Spicy stewed chicken chop shop
Crayfish shop
Crayfish shop

Housewares More Costly than Expected

Hohai Market
Hohai Market

In China, in step with its economic development, prices throughout the country are also increasing. You can still find low-priced meat and vegetables at the market. Even if you eat out, you can enjoy a meal of local dishes for only 200 to 300 yen. On the other hand, housewares are sometimes two or three times more expensive than those available at 100-yen shops in Japan.

Changzhou Working on Eco-Friendly Activities

Rental cycle station
Rental cycle station

Although there are many environmental problems in China, various measures are gradually being implemented to solve them. Changzhou as well has begun operating hybrid buses for some of the city’s bus routes and has established rental cycle stations. Actually, the number of days when you can see a blue sky is increasing. I look forward to the city making many more efforts to address environmental problems.

Night stalls
Night stalls
Administration buildings in the city’s center
Administration buildings in the city’s center

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