August 26, 2008,09:18 +0900(JST) Sumitomo Electric Group Global Award Ceremony (2)
Today I’d like to write more about the three activity case reports I mentioned briefly in the previous entry about the Sumitomo Electric Group Global Award Ceremony. Each of the three reports was very well presented, and I was quite impressed.
Among the three presenters, there was one about whom all the management raved unanimously, the employee from Huizhou, China, who presented a report on behalf of the Excellent Awardees. She spoke with such a self-composed attitude and confidence that it must have come from total mastery of the material. Her delivery and her voice, which carried throughout the hall, fascinated the entire audience of 600 some people.
I was told that she was only 17 years old and was already the group leader of an assembly line in a wiring harness manufacturing factory in Huizhou. Her presentation was excellent in content as well, including such “digressions” as advice she had received from people around her before her first trip to Japan, her personal impressions of Japan and her thanks to people concerned.
She was also very popular at the party that followed the Ceremony. She was talking with many people (including myself), enriching her stock of knowledge and expanding her network of friends. With such a proactive attitude, I am sure she will achieve more great things in the future.
It has been almost 40 years since Sumitomo Electric started full-scale overseas development through conducting manufacturing and other business activities locally outside Japan. I think we can say that Sumitomo Electric has taken necessary measures in this area, predicting relatively early on what has developed into today’s globalization. As a result, the Sumitomo Electric Group’s presence outside Japan has expanded year after year; our non-Japanese affiliated companies, which number almost 200, now account for as much as 40% of the Group’s sales.
It gives me a great pleasure to see excellent personnel in our overseas companies, such as those at the Award Ceremony, doing great work in their respective workplaces across the world. At the same time, we should not overlook the great efforts that have gone into promoting the Group’s globalization through well-designed measures.
The Sumitomo Electric Group’s system for human resource development is expected to further improve in the future. I sincerely hope that many people with great potential, like the Chinese young awardee, will join the Group, systematically develop their abilities through work, and become reliable supporters of the Group and admirable models to people around them.