Ms. Naoko Tani, a Supervisor of Manufacturing Section 1, Division 1, Western Customers Group of Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., won a "Taiichi Ohno Special Award," the highest award at the 2011 National Convention of Front-line Supervisors, sponsored by the Japan Management Association.
At this national convention, forepersons working at the front lines of production delivered presentations on the results of their daily activities toward improving work procedures and skills. The first convention was held in 2007. For the fifth convention, held in Yokohama on October 19 of this year, eight companies in the Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu and Nagoya areas were invited; forepersons representing those companies attended the convention.
Ms. Tani of Sumitomo Wiring Systems gave a presentation titled "I am a Preacher – Until I Discovered that the Mother Function is Our Path to Survival." She had been engaged in on-the-job training of wire harness production workers of overseas Sumitomo Electric Group companies in more than 10 countries, including South Africa, Romania and China. Through worker training, she increased wire harness productivity by 30% and decreased the defect rate by 75%. She also contributed to the creation of overseas mother factories through global human resource development.
To enhance the production capabilities of overseas group companies even further, Sumitomo Wiring Systems will continue to strengthen its domestic production capabilities.