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Hiromasa Zaitsu Corporate Officer

Hiromasa ZaitsuCorporate Officer

Developing personnel who can thrive in a changing environment, and contributing to society through manufacturing

As a good corporate citizen, the Toyoda Gosei Group aims to contribute to development of the economy and society through business activities rooted in each country and community and social contribution activities. To build a foundation for those endeavors, we are developing professionals who can act globally and promoting diversity and workstyle reforms. We respect the individuality of each person while increasing our collective strength through teamwork to achieve a vibrant corporate culture with meaningful work. We will continue to conduct research and development in anticipation of future changes, raise the level of our manufacturing technology, strengthen our supply chain and make constant kaizen efforts to satisfy our customers.

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INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURERESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

With priorities on customers and quality, we are working to constantly improve our products and services and our value as a company.

Uniform global quality assurance

Toyoda Gosei ensures quality in all business activities, from development to production, based on our basic quality policy. Every one of our plants has obtained certification in the ISO 9001 (JQA-QM7318/QMA11826/ QMA12841) and IATF16949 (JQA-AU124) international standards for quality management systems. Each plant also sets its own quality control goals for production. These goals are based on the principles of Total Quality Management, or TQM? activities designed to enhance the quality of products, work, and management, and increase the dynamism of individuals and organizations, through constant improvement and the participation of all based on the “Customer First” principle. In addition, all Group companies use our Quality System Global Standards, which incorporate quality improvement with rules and know-how to ensure quality.

■Fundamental principles of TQM

Fundamental principles of TQM
Monitoring and responding to manufacturing processes and market quality

Defect-free process completion is carried out in production and other processes for parts involved in the basic automotive functions of running, turning, and stopping, as these parts are directly linked to safety. We want the Toyoda Gosei name to equal quality in the minds of customers worldwide. For this purpose, we advance quality assurance declaration activities at all production locations. This means that all employees make efforts to improve safety and the people in charge of all manufacturing processes improve quality through the development of people and processes. When a mechanism that can ensure the target quality has been completed and is in place, the manager makes an “assurance declaration” to the president or site manager. The president or site manager then conducts a site inspection. Through “jidoka,” we improve quality by creating processes that do not produce or pass on any defects and developing workers with a high sensitivity to safety and to avoiding mistakes. We also have fulltime auditors who audit and improve processes at all production sites globally.

A system is in place so that whenever a quality problem occurs in the market, we can quickly investigate the causes based on information from automakers and implement prevention measures. When it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of a problem and develop solutions internally, we work with the quality departments of automakers to take precise measures to prevent recurrence based on inspections with test vehicles and other means. In this way we prevent such quality defects from occurring in the next products.

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Ongoing “Quality Assurance Declaration Activities”

These activities have been conducted since 2012 to improve quality in terms of developing both workers and processes with the aims of cultivating a workplace culture of continuous improvement and building robust shop floors. In FY2016 targets were set for activities from the operators’ perspectives and in accordance with the quality level of each process. Once a target is achieved, the area moves on to the next target in an upward spiral. Kaizen is done for work that is difficult to perform and places where quality is inconsistent in each section. When the stage is reached with zero complaints, a declaration of assured quality is made and the executive in charge makes an on-site check of the improvements that have been implemented. The company president or executive in charge shake hands with the supervisor responsible for the manufacturing area to affirm the declaration.

Ongoing “Quality Assurance Declaration Activities”
TQM for a stronger, better company

With “Customer First” firmly in mind, we carry out TQM programs globally to raise the quality of products and work to increase individual and organizational dynamism. All employees make continuous improvements from their respective positions. In this way we build stronger, better corporate structures throughout the Toyoda Gosei Group. In FY2018 the second TG Global Small Group Activity Conference was held. Outstanding examples of kaizen from TG locations around the world were presented while global TG members studied and learned from each other.

■TQM activities at Toyoda Gosei

Level Activities
Managerial Improving workplace management
Staff Small group activities
Improving statistical quality control (SQC) and quality engineering (QE) capabilities
Line Small group activities (QC Circles)
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Second “TG Global Small Group Activity Conference”

A Global Small Group Activity Conference was held in December 2018 to present outstanding examples of kaizen activities. About 200 people, including Toyoda Gosei executives and leaders of domestic and international Group companies participated. Toyoda Gosei began QC circle activities in 1972 at each workplace to advance voluntary line kaizen and greater work efficiency. These activities have since spread to Group companies in all parts of the world, including the Americas, Europe and Asia. We began holding Global Small Group Activity Conferences in 2016 to bring together international Group companies and domestic affiliates with the aim of communicating with each other and sharing best practices to stimulate further activity.

Sales activities aligned with customer needs

Toyoda Gosei sales and other departments meet the demands of customers around the world, growing sales while building good customer relationships. We collect and analyze data on customers’ needs and the issues they are facing, and then work with engineering and other relevant departments in the company to present development plans aligned with those needs to provide products that will satisfy them.

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New product exhibits

Every year we undertake activities to show Toyoda Gosei’s new products. In an exhibit held at a customer’s location in October 2018, we showed many products that contribute to well-being, safety and comfort under the concept “Products that bring people and automobiles together in the age of CASE.” About 2,000 people visited the exhibit over three days. Visitors’ comments included that “the products make me feel the future of automobiles” and many other positive reactions.

Global Sales Meeting

Recognition from customers

Our quality improvement efforts have been recognized by global customers.

■Quality awards received (FY2017)

Recipient Commending organization Award
TGUK Monthly Supplier Award Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.
TGSA Quality Excellence Award Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd.
TJTG Superior Quality Award FAW Toyota companies
Quality Cooperation Award GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
TGZH Quality Excellence Award GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
TGFP Superior Quality Award GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
TGFR Quality Cooperation Award GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.
Cost Cooperation Award
VA/VE Excellent Partner Award Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Excellent Performance Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
MTG Quality Award Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd.
Zero PPM Supplier Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Private Ltd.
Quality Award Suzuki Motor Corporation
Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Private Ltd.
TGMIN Best Quality Supplier Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd.
Zero Defect Award
Quality Award
TGSIN Best Project Performance Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd.
TGT Annual Excellent Parts Manufacturer Toyota Parts Center Asia Pacific
Quality Award Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
TGRT Quality Award Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
TGNA Cost Improvement Excellence Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Cost Analysis Excellence Award
TGFSUS Quality Excellence Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
TGKY Superior Quality Award General Motors Company
Quality Award Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
TGASK Quality Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
TGMO(TGMS) Quality Excellence Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
WTG Quality Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
TGRMX Quality Award Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
GDBR Quality Excellence Award Toyota Argentina S.A.
Procurement/Quality Award Honda Automoveis Do Brasil Ltda.
Pecval Quality Achievement Award Toyota do Brasil Ltda.
TGSIN receives Best Project Performance
award from TKM President Tachibana (left)
Six locations received awards from
Toyota Motor North America
Four locations received awards from
GAC Toyota Motor Co., Ltd.