Global Production Division’s Wang Xiaopeng
Production Control Group under Global Production Division’s SCM Center Li Yun
Hurried to Japan in response to the Kumamoto Earthquake
When asked about her favorite place in the company, Wang happily replied, “The main gate. Each new day starts and ends there. I like it because every morning, there are warm greetings of ‘Good morning.'" This main gate leads to the headquarters Main Building, whose biggest feature is the atrium hall that runs through its center. From the atrium hall, you can see people from the different departments at work. It’s a place where you can soak up the sounds of lively discussions and the openness of the atmosphere.
Li and Wang were seconded from plants in China to the headquarters in the spring of 2016. They were summoned as members of the Emergency Task Force after the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 14. A plant of another company producing electronic components was forced to stop production after suffering damages during the earthquake. Li said, “That was a really difficult time. If the supply of components is delayed, we can’t deliver to our customers in time. We sought assistance from plants all over the world."
Well versed in production sites, using that perspective globally
Wang joined the company in 2011, working on production control and promoting KAIZEN at Zhengzhou Plant in China, and playing an active part within the Supply Risk Group in Japan. She is responsible for collaborating with other plants around the world to support production when risks such as earthquakes and floods happen, an important task in production control. Wang’s skills are put to good use as she is well versed in the issues of production sites.
Meanwhile, Li joined Xiang Yang Plant in China in 2009, and was also in charge of production control and promoting KAIZEN. Since coming to Japan, she has been promoting KAIZEN activities to improve global production control capabilities. Her eye for KAIZEN, nurtured through his time at a production plant, is being deployed from the headquarters to plants around the world. “It feels like the Production Division at our headquarters is looking at all the global elements. I was surprised at how wide the range spans," said Li. “I can experience the thrill of managing everything from here without having to travel to the each country and plant," said Wang. It is as if the large atrium leads into the world.
The place where diversity can best be felt at the headquarters
Before the two of them were seconded to the headquarters, they both spent two months at the Gunma Plant and Oppama Plant in Japan, learning about production control at the production site level. It was there that Wang felt “a lot of emphasis is placed on developing people." Wang added, “I can grow because there is full support given to hardworking people. I hope to become an well-rounded person capable of contributing to any department in any part of the world." The two of them, who understand the strengths and weaknesses of both Japan and China, will go on to further contribute at the global level. When asked about the future, Li said, “I like challenges, so I hope to work at sites with high risks. And I hope to eventually become a plant manager. That’s because the job of a plant manager can only be fulfilled by someone who thoroughly knows many different things in totality."
”I can really feel diversity at the headquarters. It is interesting because there are all kinds of people," said Li. His favorite place in the company is the canteen. That may be because it is a bright place that brings the world together into one spot, with a rich menu and many different tastes.