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Akebono is nurturing associates who bolster its production frontlines throughout the world and unique manufacturing capabilities.

Training at the Monozukuri Center

Internships

Not only does Akebono proactively accept interns from abroad, it also organizes exchange events where interns and associates find their sense of being part of an international concern nurtured through the exchange of ideas. In fiscal 2012, the Company began holding such events under the title “Internship Forums.” Stepping up this initiative, in fiscal 2014 these events were renamed “Diversity Forums,” with the scope of participants being expanded to include trainees from overseas Group members as well as Japanese expatriates. Approximately 60 attendees participate in each of these forums, which facilitate understanding of countries around the world through presentations on local industries and cultures and question and answer sessions. Going forward, we will provide further opportunities for exposure to diverse cultures and value systems, thereby nurturing a greater number of human resources capable of succeeding on the global stage.

In fiscal 2015 we started supporting training held at each location. Based on the concept of training that can change human behavior focusing on the basics of safety and the 4Ss (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize) the Monozukiri Center will provide knowledge and training expertise to play its part in Akebono’s structural reforms.

Fundamental Skills Training Schools and Monozukuri Dojo opened

Date Training course Location Country
Oct. 2006 Monozukuri Dojo Ai-City (Headquarters) Japan
Apr. 2010 Fundamental Skills Training School Iwatsuki Manufacturing Japan
Sept. 2011 Fundamental Skills Training School Yamagata Manufacturing Japan
June 2012 Fundamental Skills Training School Sanyo Manufacturing Japan
Oct. 2012 Fundamental Skills Training School Fukushima Manufacturing Japan
June 2012 Fundamental Skills Training School ABCT U.S.
Sept. 2012 Fundamental Skills Training School AAIJ Indonesia
Dec. 2012 Fundamental Skills Training School ABE U.S.
Feb. 2013 Fundamental Skills Training School ABG U.S.
Feb. 2013 Fundamental Skills Training School ABCS U.S.
Feb. 2014 Monozukuri Dojo ABC associates participating in a training session at the local Monozukuri Center U.S.
May. 2014 Monozukuri Dojo Yamagata Manufacturing, Fukushima Manufacturing, Iwatsuki Manufacturing and Sanyo Manufacturing U.S.
May 2015 Monozukuri Dojo
(New Dojo opened)
Domestic sites ( Sanyo Manufacturing, Iwatsuki Manufacturing, Fukushima Manufacturing, and Yamagata Manufacturing) Japan
Scheduled Training support ABCS
Dojo maintenance support ABSK

Fiscal 2015 Training

During fiscal 2015, a total of 1,322 associates completed Monozukuri Dojo training courses Monozukuri centers in Japan and North America or Fundamental Skills Training School courses at four Japanese and four North American locations as well as one Indonesian location.

  Location Number of associates who completed training courses
Monozukuri Dojo / Quality Dojo Monozukuri Center (Japan) 288 (domestic)
43 (overseas)
North American Monozukuri Center (1,322) 135
Fundamental Skills Training School Yamagata Manufacturing, Fukushima Manufacturing, Iwatsuki Manufacturing and Sanyo Manufacturing 122
ABCT 49
ABE 82
ABCS 122
ABG 168
AAIJ 122

Localizing Training Programs

ABC associates participating in a training session at the local Monozukuri Center

ABC associates participating
in a training session at
the local Monozukuri Center

Since 2012 the center has been proactively organizing “Fundamental Skills Training School” courses at overseas locations. This initiative began at sites in the United States and Asia to instruct local trainer candidates and certify their teaching skills. Up to the present, 30 have completed their instruction and gained qualification and are now serving as trainers at five locations overseas.

Furthermore, in March 2014, we established the first overseas Monozukuri Center at Akebono Brake Corporation (ABC) in North America. The new center kicked off operations with a training course on the preparation of the 3 Basic Sheets,* and in November 2014, it initiated the provision of Quality Dojo courses. In a bid to secure trainers from among locals, a total of six candidates are currently being trained at four North American locations. Meanwhile, in March 2015 our Japanese business sites began to set up Monozukuri Dojo training framework locally, with a total of seven candidates at four locations being developed into trainers.

Looking ahead, we intend to provide training programs tailored to the needs of Group locations around the world while enhancing content even further.

  • * 3 Basic Sheets
    Standardized work combination table, standardized production capacity sheet and standardized work chart

Open Seminars

Since fiscal 2013, the Monozukuri Center at Ai-City headquarters has conducted two open courses: a “Training Program Focused on 3 Basic Sheets” and a “Workshop on the Production Survey Sheet.” The former program has participants learn the basic steps for identifying and remedying problems in manufacturing processes. The latter program is for directors and associates at the general manager level involved with administrative operations and aims to facilitate understanding of significance of key indicators presented in the production survey sheet.

In addition to these courses, we hold other training sessions to teach associates about the basics of manufacturing, aiming to provide a wide range of learning opportunities.

In fiscal 2016, to help attract participants, we changed the name of the courses to make the course content easier to envisage. We also took steps to improve convenience for participants, such as revising the training application procedure.

Training session on 3 Basic Sheets

Training session on 3 Basic Sheets

Workshop on the utilization of the production survey sheet

Workshop on the utilization of the production survey sheet