October 2013

October 24, 2013 6:55 PM

Commended by the Thai Education Minister for the Dual Vocational Training Program

Hello, readers! I am Yunoki of Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (SEST).

Although it is hot throughout the year in Thailand, the climate around this time of year is more moderate than the intense heat of late summer in Japan. I hope that you all take good care of yourselves.

▲ From left: myself, Mr. Chaturon Chaisang (Minister of Education), and an instructor from Bangpakong Vocational College

In May 2010, SEST began to work on Dual Vocational Training (DVT), a program endorsed by the government of Thailand, in cooperation with its neighboring Bangpakong Vocational College. Under the DVT, private companies with the latest equipment play a major role in helping young people in Thailand obtain high-level technological knowledge and skills through on-the-job training (OJT) and other efforts as part of their school education. Engaged in the program are 421 vocational schools throughout Thailand and even more private companies. Recently, SEST was selected from among many participating companies as one of the 63 companies that have made a considerable contribution to this program. On August 19, SEST was commended by the Thai Minister of Education.

▲From left: Ms. Jiraporn (manager of the SEST administration department), myself, Mr. Chaloempon Jittipasata (director of Bangpakong College), Mr. Chawalit Lampongm (deputy director of Bangpakong College), and Mr. Teerapong Watayotha (from the DVT team leader project)

Mainly for financially disadvantaged students who go to Bangpakong Vocational College, SEST provides a two-week DVT program every month, in which students can receive not only skills training and English education, but also a lecture on the Sumitomo Business Spirit. Moreover, SEST annually invites these students’ families and the vocational college’s professors to the company so that they can understand more about the company, and provides them with an in-depth explanation on the contents of the program. We are proud that on such occasions, many of the families and school instructors have expressed their appreciation to the company.

We are always struck by the way that such students, who are as old as our own children, work very hard to acquire various skills through our program. I sometimes enjoy chatting with them over tea, which is a good way of having a fun break time.

▲ Student participating in the training

▲ Observing the training

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Established in 1996 as a manufacturing and sales company for sintered components, Sumitomo Electric Sintered Components (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is an affiliated company belonging to the sintered parts group of the Sumitomo Electric Group. The company will celebrate its 17th anniversary this year. Having overcome various difficulties, such as the Asian currency crisis that hit the company immediately after it began operations, the economic confusion triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and the Thai flooding in 2011, the company continues expanding its sales. Currently employing more than 600 staff members, the company has grown into a major production base with one of the largest plants of all the factories that the sintered parts group has outside Japan.

October 8, 2013 11:56 AM

We Participated in Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign

Hello, I’m Kanehira of the HR & Administration Div., Tokyo Head Office in Japan.

Recently we took part in the Akasaka-Aoyama Cleanup Campaign, the local cleanup initiative organized by the Akasaka Regional City Office in Tokyo. This was the third time for us to participate in the campaign. This time, we helped clean up the area around Akasaka-Mitsuke Station, where our Tokyo Head Office is located. This is an area where we walk on our daily commutes, making us committed to the cleanup with even more vigor than usual!!

Although we had not been aware of it in our daily commuting, there was garbage in various out-of-sight places, such as under plants. The campaign was held at the end of June and it was rather hot, but all participating members worked very hard and collected much garbage.

The next cleanup campaign will not be held until autumn. Once the campaign is resumed, we would like to continue to participate in it.

I found some garbage!!

▲I found some garbage!! 

 “A lot of garbage is here.” “Yeah...”

▲ “A lot of garbage is here.” “Yeah...”


▲ Here there’s so much garbage thrown away from cars...

Commemorative photo of participating members. Thank you very much for your commitment!

▲ Commemorative photo of participating members. Thank you very much for your commitment!

October 1, 2013 7:14 PM

Second Fair of Products from the Tohoku Region Held at the Tokyo Head Office

Hello, everyone! I’m Futatsugami of the HR & Administration Div., Tokyo Head Office.

At the Tokyo Head Office last year, we began holding a fair of products from the Tohoku region for employees of our group companies, in order to support the region’s reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake. This year, the fair was held on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21, to contribute to revitalization of the region.

Now that more than two years have passed since the tragedy, it is said that “two types of winds” are blowing in the affected areas: the fading of people’s memories of the disaster; and harmful rumors causing further damage to the areas.

Actually, I myself was born in the coastal area of Iwate Prefecture, which suffered immense damage from the tsunamis. This has given me even stronger determination than other people to contribute to the Tohoku region’s reconstruction. To remind employees at our group companies of the affected areas by selling products from the Tohoku region, at the fair I yelled out to attract as much attention as possible!!

Sold on the day of the event were snacks, noodles, beverages, Japanese sake, and many other items from Iwate Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture, and Miyagi Prefecture. Kamome-no-tamago, a well-known sweet cake from Iwate Prefecture, was sold out on the first day. Japanese-style pickles from Miyagi Prefecture were also very well received. Some employees who had bought Saru-nashi juice from Fukushima Prefecture on the first day bought the product again on the second day. Thanks to cooperation from employees, all products were sold out :-).

By demonstrating some ingenuity, such as presenting up-to-date information on the affected areas, we would like to hold the fair to further promote understanding of the importance of support for the areas. Moreover, since sightseeing in the Tohoku region is also a form of support in reconstructing the affected areas, we also would like to promote PR efforts for sightseeing in the region. We will continue doing our best to blow away the “two types of winds”!!

Saru-nashi juice is very popular!

▲Saru-nashi juice is very popular!

 Thank you very much for your usual cooperation!

▲ Thank you very much for your usual cooperation!

Je-je! Iwate was the first prefecture to sell out all its products!

▲Je-je! Iwate was the first prefecture to sell out all its products!

Commemorative photo of staff members. Thank you very much for your commitment!

▲Commemorative photo of staff members. Thank you very much for your commitment!