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[Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol.439]

Group Company of the Month: SEWS

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. (SEWS) was established in 1986 as the Group’s manufacturing and sales base in the U.S. for wiring harness-related parts. Manufacturing and selling automotive wiring harnesses, electronics equipment, electronic units, connectors, and harness parts, the company promotes operations in more than 20 places; not only in the U.S. but also in Canada and Mexico.

Report from SEWS, which works very hard every day to expand its automotive wiring harness business in North America.

Product introduction

Acting as nerve systems and blood vessels for automobiles, wiring harnesses are used not only in passenger vehicles but also in trucks, motor bikes, and tractors. Recently, we have been developing new products for hybrid cars and electric vehicles. Used as a material for such harnesses is electric wire, the production of which is supported by Sumitomo Electric’s traditional technologies developed in Japan and handed down from one generation to the next over more than 100 years.

Global development

SEWS manufactures harness products mainly at a plant in Mexico and delivers such products to major car manufacturers in the U.S. At the same time, while importing a large number and variety of items from Sumitomo Electric group companies in Asia, we have begun business transactions with companies in Europe. We are thus promoting operations dynamically on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Harmony is the greatest of virtues

If its harness is cut off, a car does not work at all. Likewise, in order to promote a project, it is important for everyone concerned to become united in a harmonious way, and this is a typical Japanese philosophy. We strive to create something new by learning from people from different countries about the good points of their homelands, introducing them the good points of Japan, and then mixing them together. We work together as one solid team beyond the boundaries of states, countries, and the seas!!

■Profile of Local Staff Members

Chris Gonzalez

Chris Gonzalez

As a member of the production planning department, I play a major role in managing product imports from Asia and launching the production of new models. I find it very fulfilling to become united with our operation bases in Asia, the opposite side of the earth, beyond the boundaries of time differences, languages, and cultures. Actually, I spent my childhood in Japan, and have precious memories of a local autumn festival and school sports events. I feel that these experiences are now helping me serve as a bridge connecting Japanese and local staff members at SEWS.

Ann Howard

Ann Howard

Hello, everyone! This year marks the 11th year since I joined SEWS. I am involved in money management in the accounting division of the headquarters in Kentucky. Since all the company’s payments in the U.S. are controlled centrally at headquarters, I’m very busy every day. I enjoy every holiday, spending it together with my family and friends. Kentucky, where I live, is renowned for bluegrass in the pastures, and is home to many places of natural beauty, such as farms, lakes, and caves. I look forward to seeing you in Kentucky!!

【Places of Interest】American Continent with Different Aspects
U.S. ? Sports Nation

SEWS’s operation bases (Detroit, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas) are home to teams of the four most popular sports in the U.S.A. (American football, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey). In each season, both Japanese expats and local staff members get excited together watching the games. When the Red Sox won the World Series, local staff members shook hands with Japanese expats, saying that Koji Uehara was great.

University sports are also very popular in the U.S. March, the basketball season, is called “March Madness.”

  American football game, Detroit vs Texas   Ice hockey is also very popular  
Fights against Various Insects

In the U.S., there are many interesting insects. It is not so unusual to find insects at home that cannot be seen in Japan. Some Japanese expats in Texas say that they have gotten rid of 100 crickets a year, or that they have dealt with a scorpion with a vacuum cleaner.

  Overwhelming Niagara Falls   The Kentucky Derby attracts many fans from all over the world  
  White Sands extending far and wide (100 km from El Paso)   Large fighter planes at an air show in Texas  
  Beautiful seashore in Sinaloa (Mexico)   Colorful streets in Guanajuato designated as a World Heritage property (Mexico)  

Corporate Profile

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.(SEWS)

Company name Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.
Established June 1986
Business Manufacture and sales of automotive wiring harnesses and related parts
Representative Makoto Tani
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