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今月のGroup Company of the Month 現地からのリポート

A report from KTS, which has been growing with its high-level technology in the manufacture and sale of air springs for railway cars in step with the Chinese government’s policy of rapid expansion of its high-speed rail network
Yasuhiko Endo Director, Manager, Engineering Dept.
Yasuhiko Endo
Director, Manager, Engineering Dept.
Company Profile
Company name
KTS HIGH-TECH Rubber Co., Ltd.
August 31, 2009
Manufacture and sale of air springs and vibration-proof rubber for railway cars
Hajime Naito

Located in the industrial development zone of Wujin in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, KTS HIGH-TECH Rubber Co., Ltd. (KTS) has been established with funding from the three companies of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. (currently Sumitomo Riko Company Limited), and KTK Group co., Ltd. (Changzhou), in order to respond to the growing demand for air springs and vibration-proof rubber for intercity high-speed railways and urban subways in China.

Currently, KTS manufactures and sells mainly air springs. Based on technology developed by Sumitomo Electric in Japan for many years, the company boasts a large market share in the field targeting railway car manufacturers in China.

Working very hard to solve various large and small problems in the business environment, which is changing on a daily basis!

It has been five years since KTS was established. We have been growing in step with the Chinese government’s urbanization plan to connect cities with populations of more than 500,000 people with high-speed railway by the end of 2020. In 2014, Chinese investment in fixed railway assets reached 800 billion yuan. Against the background of the rapid expansion of the high-speed railway network, we have been continuing high level production.

After I was transferred to KTS in October 2012, I was mainly engaged in planning management, covering personnel and general affairs, procurement and logistics, and process control. Since November 2014, however, I have been responsible for manufacturing. Compared with when I began working for KTS, the business environment has changed a lot in terms of currency exchange, legal systems and many other aspects. I need to respond to these changes occurring on a daily basis, and also to ensure cooperation with the foundation partners to solve management problems unique to the joint venture founded by the three companies. To solve various problems large and small, I’m working very hard in cooperation with local members.

Profile of Local Staff Members
Profile of Local Staff Members

Chen Liang

Chen Liang

Hello. I’m Chen. As a manager of Management Department, I focus on safety, quality and delivery. To ensure smooth business operations, I always try to have close communication and listen to people with problems sympathetically. I also try to solve each problem by working in cooperation with my staff members, and to ensure that all staff members share a target and course of direction.

Always bearing in mind the notions of the Sumitomo Business Spirit, such as Banji-nissei (Do your sincere best not only in business but also in every aspect of your life.), Shinyo-kakujitsu (Place prime importance on integrity and sound management), and Fusu-furi (Don’t act rashly or carelessly in pursuit of easy gains), I act with confidence every day.

Feng MinJie

Feng MinJie

My name is Feng. I began working for KTS as a trainee in September 2012. Now, as a regular staff member, I work for the Technical Department, establishing operation standards, analyzing causes of production trouble and devising countermeasures, instructing trial production, improving working environments, and enhancing safety.

In addition, I translate national standards and many other documents and also serve as an interpreter. Obtaining new expertise by working with senior staff of KTS and Sumitomo Electric, I always try to improve my job skills and Japanese proficiency. To better understand the philosophies of Sumitomo Electric, I participate in safety training seminars and group activity study meetings held by Sumitomo Electric, and use what I have learned at such opportunities for my job. I will continue working hard and keep growing so that I can contribute to the company even more.

Places of Interest

Changzhou – Fourth Largest City in Jiangsu Province, after Suzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing

Growing City Located Between Commercial City and Ancient Capital

Tianning Temple & Pagoda,a symbol of Changzhou
Tianning Temple & Pagoda,
a symbol of Changzhou

Located between Shanghai and Nanjing, Changzhou is a city with a history of 2,500 years and current population of more than 4.6 million people. Coincidentally, the city is a sister city of my hometown Takatsuki, in Osaka. I hear that behind the forming the sister city relation was their similarity as cities growing with characteristics of both a commercial city and an ancient capital.

With the Yangtze River running in the north of the city, Lake Tai is located near the city’s southern tip. Added to these is the Grand Canal, which runs through the city and connects Beijing and Hangzhou. In Changzhou, there are many historic sites, including the Yancheng Ruins, which are deemed to be the oldest of all the remaining castles in China. At the same time, the city has been recently growing with amazing speed as a model industrial city.

Transportation: Air Springs Manufactured by KTS Support the City’s Development!

High-speed railway car using our air springs
High-speed railway car
using our air springs

●High-speed railway
Thanks to the recent increase in the speed of the transportation, it takes only 40 minutes (minimum) to reach Shanghai, and 4 hours 35 minutes (minimum) to Beijing. Our air springs are, of course, used for cars of this high-speed railway.

●City transportation
The fares for ordinary buses and buses operated under the bus rapid transit system are very reasonable, uniformly at 1 yuan. Also, the base taxi fare is 10 yuan, making the taxi a common means of transportation that citizens use without hesitation. In rush hour, traffic becomes very heavy due to many automobiles and electric bicycles, so I sometimes see a number of traffic accidents while commuting.

There are flight services from Changzhou Airport to major cities, such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Chongqing.

●Changzhou subway
In 2019, two subway lines will launch services, raising our expectations for the use of our air springs for the subway cars, and also for drastic improvement of the current commuting situation.

Congestes intersection
Congestes intersection
South Street Commercial Pedenstrian Street
South Street Commercial Pedenstrian Street
Opening at a shopping center
Opening at a shopping center
China Dinosaurs Park,a huge theme park
China Dinosaurs Park,a huge theme park

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