Diverse Human Resources
Press Kogyo has been implementing three principles aimed at becoming a company where diverse employees can use their individual strengths and to demonstrate their capabilities in effectively through ways of working that produce results.
- Working style innovation (every employee tries to develop ways to increase productivity and results per hour)
- Diverse employees using their skills effectively (using strengths in work regardless of gender or age)
- Improved support systems (We support flexible ways of working for people who are rearing a child or giving nursing care)
At the same time, to support employees with responsibilities, such as childcare and nursing care, we will introduce a range of initiatives, such as a “working at home” program to enable them to stay motivated and continue maximizing their potential. We also ensure that those who have taken childcare leave can return to their original workplace, in principle, so that their experience and expertise built up over the years can be used continually, in spite of life events that could disrupt their career path. Also, seminars are provided for returning workers and their managers to help smooth the transitions back to work and to provide continual support. As part of our diversity enhancement, we set a medium- to long-term target for employing disabled people within the Group, as well as for those re-employed after retirement. We will keep improving support systems so that every employee is able to demonstrate their capabilities in innovative working styles, based on the activities surrounding our three principles.
Promoting the Empowerment of Women
To achieve diversification of human resources and work styles, Press Kogyo actively recruits women, seeking to create an environment and culture where women can play vital roles in production workplaces where men are in the majority.
Promoting Active Roles for Senior Workers
Press Kogyo has introduced a re-employment system that allows flexible working styles, such as shorter working hours and deployment overseas, and provides the opportunity for employees who want to work after the retirement age of 60 to use their accumulated knowledge and skills. We recognize that the rapidly dwindling birthrate and aging society are creating the need to promote active roles for senior citizens. We will strive to expand and improve our employment systems so that older people can take on work and further contribute to the sustainable growth of the Company.
Improving the Work Environment
Press Kogyo is making every effort to improve the work environment with the aim of creating safe and secure places of work. In addition to improving protection against cold and heat, we are systematically making improvements to complex tasks and those that involve handling heavy items.
To make improvements for difficult tasks, we are automating operations and changing working postures. We are also introducing auxiliary equipment for shipping items as well as automatic loading/unloading equipment to aid in handling heavy objects. In addition, we are reducing workloads and improving safety so that everyone, regardless of age or gender, can accomplish their tasks with relative ease.
Human Resource Development
Initiatives to Develop Personnel: Career Track Positions
Press Kogyo Group has established an education system based on ranking for career track positions that will ensure greater responsibility in the future. We are also providing education for everyone, from new employees to the higher levels of management. We believe that a company is a place to develop human resources and that personal and organizational growth will help to improve the entire Group. For this reason, we aim to cultivate personnel who can think and act on their own by organically connecting knowledge and experience with theory and the workplace—with a focus on training through work.
To achieve this goal, every employee is provided with choices that extend beyond position-based education to drive independent growth in capabilities and help pave a career path.
Skill Transfer and Training
To pass down and put into practice our way of manufacturing, we have set up a position-based education system for skilled workers so they can reach the next level and provide training on Press Kogyo Production Way (PPW). At the same time, we offer theme-based group training and correspondence courses to employees seeking personal growth. (We have also set up theme-based group training and correspondence courses so that we can voluntarily work on competence development)
In addition, we are working to increase the number of qualified people via national skills tests with the aim of passing on and fostering skills. To support people seeking more qualifications, since April 2019 we have provided the opportunity for practice and we send out instructors, in addition to covering the cost of obtaining public qualifications for employees via a national skills test designated by the Company.
Press Kogyo Training School
Press Kogyo Training School has been set up inside the Company for people who have graduated from high school. After finishing high school, new recruits are enrolled in the Training School as they enter the Company. For about a year or so, they learn basic and advanced skills as well as the general skills required of a working member of society. We also provide a wide range of education so that people can acquire the basic physical strength needed for work.
The School was established in 1939 with the aim of cultivating exceptional members of society and employees. We have trained more than 4,500 talented engineers that have been sent out to workplaces. In this way, we have been cultivating the many people needed to continue a corporate culture that prioritizes skills and develops people ahead of manufacturing—two of our goals since the earliest days—and who can respond effectively to rapid technological innovation based on outstanding leaders and a work environment.
Founding Spirit, Educational Philosophy, and Basic Educational Policy
Founding Spirit: Educating engineers rich in humanity
Teach and cultivate human nature as well as foster engineers with exceptional qualities
Educational Philosophy: Intellectual, moral, and physical education
Education that emphasizes human nature and the desire to grow healthily, without losing sight of essential human qualities
Basic Educational Policy: Three principles and three doctrines
Three principles:(1) Have a healthy body; (2) Be a person with strong motivation for work; and (3) Have exceptional patience
Three doctrines:(1) Sincerity; (2) Cooperation; and (3) Effort
History of Press Kogyo Training School
|Apr. 1939||Established Press Kogyo School for Youth (private)
Conducts skills training for junior high school graduates
|Mar. 1948||Name changed to Press Kogyo School|
|May 1970||Name changed to Press Kogyo Training School|
|Apr. 1974||Introduced specialized courses
Conducts skills training for senior high school graduates
|Mar. 1999||Terminated skills training for junior high school graduates|
Educational Content, Qualification Acquisition, and Skills Improvement
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Material mechanics
- Health and safety
- Quality control
- NC (numerical control) engineering
- Automotive engineering
- Plastics processing
- PPW (Press Kogyo Production Way)
- Basic training
- Practical training by subject (metal working and plastics processing, mechanical systems, and machining processes)
- Certified skilled metalworker and plastics processor
- Certified skilled worker in mechanical systems and machining processes
- Gas welding skills course
- Skills training for crane slinging
- Special education for power presses
- Special education for cranes
- Special education for dust processing
- Special education for arc welding
- Special education for grinding and stone
- Special education for forklifts
- Special education for industrial robot teaching
- PIS welding skills test (internal)
- Computing course
- Relay sequence control course
- Electro-hydraulic pneumatic control course
- Quality control course
- Machining center course (mechanical system and machining process)
Press Kogyo believes that ensuring harmony between work and private life will lead to continual corporate development, with the goal of fostering employees who are motivated and fulfilled through work and can make a meaningful contribution to society. To achieve this goal, we strive to reduce overtime through initiatives such as a flextime system, promoting paid leave, and by setting up various leave systems in areas such as childcare and nursing care. By expanding and improving these benefits, we proactively strive to create a work environment where people and the Company can grow together.
Occupational Health and Safety
Health and Safety Policy
We aim to create a workplace that prioritizes safety and wellbeing so that everyone can work safely, in good health, and with pride.
We will strive to continually improve our health and safety management system and promote related activities while maintaining good communications between labor and management, based on the following ideals.
- We will aim to develop personnel and create a workplace that ensures the elimination of serious occupational accidents.
- We will build a workplace where rules are followed and enforced so everyone can work safely and with peace of mind.
- We will strive to prevent occupational accidents by identifying potential dangers and hazards.
- We will promote a work environment that emphasizes wellbeing and comfort.
Press Kogyo aims to create a workplace where everyone can work safely, in good health, and with pride using the basic philosophy of prioritizing safety and wellbeing. In addition to taking steps to reduce risks with machinery and equipment, we carry out hands-on training, near-miss reporting, and risk prediction training, among other programs, to improve every worker’s awareness of safety.
We are also striving to improve the work environment and prevent occupational accidents by promoting the 5S methodology (Sorting, Setting-in-order, Shining, Standardizing and Sustaining discipline)
Mental and Physical Health Management
Physical and mental wellbeing is of the highest importance to maximize all employees’ potential and to steadily drive growth for individuals and the Company. In cooperation with the corporate health insurance union, we provide health checkups for employees over the age of 30 based on legally mandated items and items concerning lifestyle-related diseases, with health guidance provided to people with special requirements. For effective mental health management, we carry out annual stress checks, encourage employees to notice signs of stress, and provide opportunities for counseling and consultations. Managers are given training after stress checks on ways to improve the work environment.
*The care provided by on-site managers and supervisors who come into daily contact with workers and the initiatives taken to provide individual guidance and consultations to them, as well as to improve the work environment.
Labor and management at Press Kogyo work together to create a comfortable work environment. Through regular management meetings, labor and management join forces to resolve important issues. Intended to ensuring the safety, security, and stability of workers, we also revise our personnel systems after sharing and discussing these issues with labor and management.
Press Kogyo provides products that consider the needs for safety and environmental friendliness from the customer’s perspective.
For our customers to use our products with complete satisfaction, we have set the following policy with the aim of being a world-class manufacturing company based on the quality-first principle, as well as to gain the trust of customers and society by providing products that are safe and environmentally friendly.
[Quality Policy] Continue to maintain and improve quality to achieve customer satisfaction
When carrying out this policy, all employees will act in accord with our quality management system based on our Quality Manual. We will also promote continual improvements for added evolution by grasping changes in the business environment and by responding flexibly and swiftly to both risks and opportunities.
In addition, we will improve the level of management for safety and environmental initiatives, making our response a top priority.
Initiatives to Raise Quality
Priority Measures to Improve Quality in 2020
Strengthen Quality Assurance
- Prevent critical defects
- Increase degree of quality assurance
- Reinforce production preparation and management
Quality Assurance Rating System
Rating the quality assurance level of each product or production line provides us with an objective indicator that we use to establish processes aimed at ensuring zero defective products, while improving customer satisfaction. As well, this system ensures that we are strengthening related operation systems.
Using quality assurance ratings, we analyze the quality assurance process and the status of process control for each product or production line, and we arrange the findings in seven stages for the probability of a quality-related risk materializing. Quality assurance levels are posted at every workplace to increase awareness and to channel energy toward even higher levels of quality.
Quality Management System
Press Kogyo Group has acquired certifications based on international standards for quality management systems at all sites and is promoting continual improvements.
Four sites in Japan and six overseas have acquired IATF 16949 certification, the standard specific to the automobile industry, while three sites in Japan and three overseas have attained ISO 9001 certification.
Initiatives for Quality Assurance
Press Kogyo strives to maintain quality from our suppliers so that all the products we purchase come with guaranteed quality. We distribute a quality assurance guidebook to our suppliers and clarify our requirements to ensure quality. We also ask our suppliers to establish a quality assurance system and make continual improvements, such as preventing potential risks from materializing. We provide support to our suppliers as they set up these systems. In addition, every month we evaluate delivery and quality parameters at our suppliers. For suppliers where these parameters fall short of the standards, we check quality and provide recommendations on improvements so that the supplier can continue to “raise the bar” for quality.
Cooperation with Suppliers
Through briefings and meetings, Press Kogyo strengthens communication with suppliers by sharing information on corporate policies, purchasing practices, production trends, and supplier quality and safety. We aim to build long-term partnerships based on trust. We are taking steps to make sure that the supply chain remains operational even during a disaster by introducing a system to quickly calculate any damages suffered by suppliers and then plotting the location of our suppliers, including secondary suppliers.
Policy briefings: annually (June)
Production and quality briefings: quarterly (June, September, December, March)
Kowakai General Meeting: annually (June)
Kowakai Factory Tour: annually (October, Japan/overseas)
Kowakai Management Workshop: annually (March)
*Kowakai: cooperative association made up of Press Kogyo suppliers
Legal Compliance and Confidentiality
Press Kogyo provides suppliers with open, fair, and equal opportunities to participate in our business. In addition, we never take advantage of our superior bargaining position as a buyer. We respect antitrust laws, laws governing subcontracting, and other applicable laws. As well we conduct free, fair, and transparent transactions based on economically sound reasoning, while building mutual trust and aiming for mutual development.
We will not disclose information obtained from our suppliers to a third party without consent or use it for any purpose other than what it is intended for. We ensure that all purchasing staff attend external courses related to subcontracting laws and take internal training to deepen their understanding and compliance. We also encourage self-improvement by making comparisons with the Promotion Standards of the Subcontract Act and Subcontractor Promotion Law.
Communication with Local Communities
Social Contribution through Company Sports
Our athletics and basketball clubs play in domestic leagues that include participation in national competitions. In addition, to support local communities, we place strong emphasis on social contribution activities related to athletics, including basketball, holding running clinics for adults and children as well as basketball clinics around Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture, our base for practicing. These and other programs aim to help promote sports in the region.
Press Kogyo regularly carries out local “sprucing up” and cleaning drives, such as picking up trash around our factories. We also take part in beach cleanups and other activities aimed at beautifying the local environment. Going forward, we will continue, as a member of the local community, to “spruce up” the local environment and carry out activities that lead to environmental conservation.
Summer Evening Festival
Every summer we hold special festivals on the grounds of every factory to deepen relations between employees, their families, and the local community. In this way, expressing our thanks to local residents for their continued support.
Local communities look forward to the festivals, which have become a summer tradition, with lots of refreshment booths run by employees, big raffles, and other fun things to do.
We are also working to revitalize the local community by actively sponsoring local festivals and events.
Signing an Agreement on Use of Facilities Following a Major Earthquake
Press Kogyo has concluded an agreement with the Fujisawa-Kita Police Station regarding the use of our facilities following a major earthquake. The agreement states that the Company will provide facilities, such as our gymnasium, grounds, and research center for use by police staff as an alternative when the police station is unable to function properly due to damage from a major earthquake. The alternative base would be used for police staff to wait on standby as well as for housing and parking for police vehicles.
Production and Sale of Earthquake Shelters
As part of our program to provide solutions to social issues through business, Press Kogyo is working on the development of high-strength, high-rigidity earthquake shelters based on our design and production technology from making cabins for construction machinery. The shelters, already being sold, are used as temporary evacuation sites to ensure the safety of people in places that are difficult to evacuate right after an earthquake.