Calsonic Kansei Thailand Interior Products Manufacturing Assistant Manager Chalit Apiraksantikul
The Thai production line is supported by the world’s bases
Calsonic Kansei Thailand is situated in Chonburi Province, to the east of Bangkok. Here, there is an industrial zone which houses a large number of plants, including those of Japanese companies. Since its establishment in 2001, Calsonic Kansei Thailand has played a role in the Group’s business expansion in the ASEAN region. Chalit is in charge of producing components used in instrument panels, the focal point of a vehicle’s interior.
“At Calsonic Kansei Thailand, we are engaged in the manufacture of instrument panels using foam molding. This is the first time the process has been used in Thailand. We were in charge of successfully establishing the production line. We gathered information from Calsonic Kansei sites across the world and benefited from the cooperation of various teams to design the manufacturing process and set up the machines. It was a challenging job, but we learned a lot and accumulated a great deal of knowhow. We realized that, even though we work in different regions and locations, we are all part of one big Calsonic Kansei team.”
Passionate about our products at all times
Chalit says: “Our team spirit is demonstrated in all the products we manufacture.” At all times, he and his team aim to create an ideal workplace, engage in discussions, adjust line layouts, and modify their tools and machines. They cooperate and exchange opinions with the aim of increasing their productivity. Such efforts lead to better products.
“The team is the driving force for enhancing organizational performance. The desire for improvement is what draws a team together. I welcome proposals from team members, make a point of listening to interesting ideas, and discuss with them what actions we ought to take. Recently, we undertook a major project to relocate production lines from an external supplier to our site, and we had to complete the relocation in just one month. All of us on the team worked to our maximum potential and successfully managed to complete the project. Our production line is just one of many Calsonic Kansei lines dotted across the world, but we continue to be incredibly passionate about our products at all times.”
Each component contributes to Calsonic Kansei’s global brand quality
Through his characteristic honesty, Chalit has gained the trust of his team members. What he values most is “the desire to supply the highest quality products to our customers around the world,” and he spares no effort in order to achieve this goal. When he had the opportunity to visit Japan, he actively sought to acquire new knowledge and technologies and apply them back in Thailand. “If I consider that the products we create are used in the cars of our customers around the world, I feel extremely satisfied,” says Chalit with a shy smile. “Each component we make contributes to the quality of the Calsonic Kansei brand. The world is our stage—it is where we must demonstrate our skills.”
Chalit’s eyes gaze steadily forward. The world he sees is vast and full of potential.