Calsonic Kansei Mexico (CKMX) Production Engineering Business Service, Production Technologies María López
Realizing the importance of working in a global environment
Since its establishment in 1997, Calsonic Kansei Mexico (CKMX) has expanded its plants to cater to increased production, and gradually become one of the Group’s most important production bases. María is in charge of the Engineering Business Service (line loads and CAPEX management), and works together with all departments engaged in manufacturing.
In 2013, María had the opportunity to spend a year in Japan working at Global Headquarters: “I became a member of the Manufacturing Planning Group’s Global IE Team, together with four Japanese. Each member of the team had their own opinions and way of looking at things which were based on their experiences, but we complemented each other’s knowledge and were able to form a strong team. Recognizing different perspectives and experiencing different workplace atmospheres made me realize the importance of working in a global environment. My experience in Japan was fulfilling from both a work and private point of view.”
Overcoming national boundaries and language barriers
María’s work in Mexico is not easy at all. Her job is to draw up detailed, medium-term production plans for the entire plant according to customer order volumes. Based on these plans, she then establishes concrete capital investment plans. María is even involved in increasing productivity through the reduction of cycle times, personnel allocation and efficiency improvements.
However, such business processes are not concluded solely at the CKMX: “I frequently communicate with the Japanese Business Unit to draw up common strategies. Of course, it’s not just Japan—communication with other regions and plants is also essential. We are continually sharing information. Overcoming language barriers leads to mutual understanding, and this enables us to demonstrate teamwork which proves effective in our daily operations.”
Astute use of networks makes us stronger
“Global networks are one of the company’s most valuable assets,” says María. “By connecting various sites and sharing information, we can strengthen our business processes and disseminate improvement concepts across the world. We can learn best practices from other plants and implement them at our own; in return, we can support the business processes of other regions. Global networks make companies stronger. And, astute use of these global networks can provide benefits not only to our own workplaces, but also to workplaces located thousand of miles away.”
“We cannot trust to luck,” notes María. “Instead, we must recognize that success is achieved via hard work and dedication.” María’s ambition is to expand and globalize her team. Surely her endeavors will end in success.