I work in production and quality control for the manufacture of fluororesins within a plant of one of our customers. I have two thoughts. One is the ability to produce the best products in the world at a stable level in terms of quality, and the other is creating a safe work environment where everyone is able to perform their jobs without injury. Fluororesins are an intermediate material that is used in cars and various other products all around the world. The ideal result is the continuous creation of high-quality products. We've been able to achieve stable production to the extent where we've received commendations for it, but to be honest the location where I was first assigned was a problem workplace, such that it had gained the reputation of being a "storehouse for trouble". We're talking about operational mistakes and faulty equipment. Even though the equipment is the same as it is now, those problems occurred repeatedly. At one point, when a quality-related accident necessitated the repayment of a large sum of money, our workplace that had been enduring so many hardships used this event as an opportunity to begin working towards eliminating the various problems we faced. When we did so, the employees joined in a common cause and worked together to improve the situation.
From that point onward, the people on our team found a powerful new enthusiasm. Having everyone heading in the same direction is very important. This is everything. Not being passive, but rather working from a standpoint of doing things ourselves. This allows us to build up successful experiences in actually making our site a better place. And when we do that, everyone becomes more confident, the characteristics of the workplace change, and we become able to obtain winning results that show superior safety and quality and production improvements. The results of our efforts are stable operations. There's nothing magic about it. Paying attention to and showing concern for one another, we can advance our work each day with a simple and honest approach. The result of everyone realizing the importance of this is the creation of what we have today.
A customer from an American manufacturer gave the fluororesin products produced by the Kashima location a "Gold" rating, and I heard that they were saying that they preferred the products from Kashima to the ones that they were producing locally in the US. Whenever there are times when I hear stories like these, I get the feeling that we are truly contributing to society, and it makes me very happy. At first I felt a great burden from the idea of going beyond expectations, but now I understand the pride that comes from building on this concept each day. However, trust is something that can vanish in an instant. I am always a little uneasy throughout my work. Thanks to the excellent support of my colleagues, I've been able to continue for 10 consecutive years without a major incident. In addition, even in the case where we experienced some equipment trouble for a short time that could not be addressed by the equipment manufacturer, as a team we generated some unique ideas to implement a solution, and were able to transition with no incidents occurring. The basis of all this is my desire to create better products, even by just a little bit more. In the future, I want to continue to work as a team with my colleagues to do our best.
With my own hands, I am making things that are used all over the world.
Kashima BranchSteel Sheet Section
The strength of logistics contributes even at workplaces where people's lives are at stake
Konoike Medical Co., Ltd.Tokyo Office
Exceeding our customers' expectations creates a very rewarding feeling.
K Sky Co., Ltd.Haneda Office
Following rules to protect quality. This leads to the power of trust.
Tokai BranchNagoya Nishi Office
Creating an environment that everyone finds easy to work in is an important job in itself.
Higashi-Nihon BranchOme Distribution Center
There's no such thing as magic. Everyone must band together and head in the same direction.
Kanto BranchKamisu Office
I want to overcome barriers with flexible thinking, in both work and the environment.
International Logistics (Osaka) BranchHiroshima Regional Office
Our employees' approach and thoughts for our customers strengthen the brand.
Kansai Chuo BranchShiga Distribution Center
Maintenance is not passive. By looking one step ahead, we can support our customers' high-quality manufacturing.
Kashima BranchSteel Plate Section
I want to use my long experience to provide new proposals for management, so that we can also help develop the next generation.
Kashima BranchSteelmaking Materials Section
I think about how to move ahead for the sake of the sales office. I'm ready.
Higashi-Nihon BranchKunitachi Distribution Center
While working to create management with roots in the local community, we want to disseminate the Konoike DNA.
Konoike Logistics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.Konoike Asia (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
Director General Manager
Even on the far side of the world, I want to do my best.
Konoike Mexico S. A. de C. V.
We will use our frontline strength to build an unwavering relationship of trust with customers.
Kanto Chuo BranchFujimi Office
After I choose my path, I want to look back with no regrets.
Kyushu Sanko Unyu Co., Ltd.Kumamoto Center
*The employee title and affiliation were as of the time of the interview.