AKEBONO REPORT 2011 Akebono Brake Industry Co. Ltd. 13HR Management and DevelopmentSocial ReportGlobal Educational Programn Introduction of Akebono Standard Packageakebono’s Akebono Standard Package is an educational packagefor use throughout the Group in educational programs for newlyrecruited associates. The package covers information on akebono’sfounding and history business features by region and akebono’scorporate culture and philosophy including the akebonoProduction System (APS) and corporate brand management. Thepackage can be used for lectures in basic knowledge and themindset that all akebono associates need to share. In addition we intend to establish educational programs suited to specificcountries and locations by adding original programs tailored to theunique characteristics of each region. We began to introduce theAkebono Standard Package from 2011 and aim to disseminate itamong all akebono facilities worldwide by the end of fiscal 2012.n Global Leader TrainingIn fiscal 2011 akebono is planning to conduct global leader trainingfor management-level associates at every facility in Japan andoverseas. During this training people who play a central role attheir facility gather to share ideas about the global business strategyand improve their understanding of each other’s role in eachcountry and region while nurturing a sense of unity as the akebonoGroup. The first training session will be held in Japan and we arecurrently preparing for its implementation.Diversityn Internshipakebono is proactively promoting internship with the aim of developingassociates’ sense of being part of an international concernmeeting diverse needs and expanding in global markets as wellas of supporting young non-Japanese people’s career choices.In fiscal 2011 we aim to assign more than one intern to eachHeadquarters department. By creating an environment in whichinterns from various national origins can gather and get involved inprograms alongside akebono associates we will lay the groundworkfor global human resources.’95 ’98 ’00(Number of interns)’03 ’04 ’05 ’06 ’07 ’08 ’09 ’10212 27434111210National Origins of InternsUnited States United Kingdom Italy India Greece Sweden Austria Spain Thailand Slovakia Germany Turkey France Finland Portugal Mexico(Year) 036912Number of Interns AcceptedCross-cultural workshop for youngakebono associates and interns(November 9 2010 at Ai-Cityheadquarters)Initiatives at Monozukuri CenterWith the aim of developing human talent capable of pursuing theultimate efficiency in production the Monozukuri Dojo (traininghall) was established in 2006. In fiscal 2010 akebono integratedthis Dojo with the Basic Technique Class the purpose of whichwas to spread and disseminate appropriate standards regardingoperations conducted at each production facility and the ModelLine which was designed to demonstrate the ideal manufacturingprocess. The result of this integration was the Monozukuri Center where personnel are given the opportunity to develop in new directions.The Monozukuri Center is a place where anyone can learn andget hands-on experience of the principles of monozukuri (manufacturing)in a short period at any time while building partnershipswith other akebono associates. With the addition of the newQuality Dojo to the existing five Dojos (Safety Dojo APS Dojo Maintenance Dojo Environmental Dojo and Friction MaterialsDojo) in fiscal 2010 we now offer a wealth of learning opportunities.A particularly notable feature of the Monozukuri Center isthat all training programs include hands-on experience. The trainingprocess begins with classroom lectures followed by hands-onexperience and then qualification testing and we expect traineeparticipants to bring back truly useful skills. As of March 2011 1 326 associates in total had gone through training programs overthe last five years.In fiscal 2010 we also began taking the initiative inglobalization. Starting with the plant managers of ABCT and theAkebono Brake Columbia Plant (ABCS) in the United States weaccepted a total of 41 trainees from over seas. akebono is nowfacing its third phase of transition and the Monozukuri Center isplaying a crucial role in spreading the benefit of akebono’s monozukurias well as the benefit of Japan’s mono zukuri to overseasbases.ABCT and ABCS Plant managers taking atraining courseNew recruits at the Basic Training ClassTrainees and Monozukuri Center staffTraining seminar foroverseas traineesn Trainees from Overseas BasesIn February 2011 we welcomed seven trainees from ABCT andABCS in the United States. We held training mainly at the APSDojo and Quality Dojo and received such feedback from traineesas “I would like to bring back what I learned here to our plant inthe States and reflect it to our operational improvement.”Feature Social Report Environmental Repor t Economic Repor t Reference Materials