ISOWA NEWS LETTER
2019/06 Vol. 122
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and its products – information you won’t find on our home page
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1├ Part Two of Looking Back at ISOWA during the Heisei Era
2├ Seasonal Tradition at ISOWA
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello, people from all over the world. This is Taka
of the Export Department, who is wishing for world peace every day.
This may be a sudden question, but what kind of a day is the birthday for you?
・ Is it a day on which others celebrate you?
・ Is it a day to cry because you have gotten a year older?
・ Is it a day on which you receive presents?
・ Is it a day on which you can do what you like to your heart’s content
without feeling guilty?
・ Is it a day on which you feel good squandering money?
However you spend them, I think that, without a doubt,
they are special days. For me, they are days on which I express
gratitude to my mother. (Of course, I express my gratitude to her every chance
that I get, but my birthday is when I particularly want to express my gratitude.)
I think there are some who would think, “What? Isn’t that what
Mother’s Day is for?” I completely understand that sentiment.
However, Mother’s Day is a fixed date, but in my case,
my birthday is the day on which I express gratitude to my mother.
While I was in my mother’s womb, her womb was the most important
thing to her in her life. Also, I can only feel gratitude for the fact that
she gave time to bringing me into this world, while feeling me get bigger
in her womb every day, feeling joy, and sometimes dealing with agony
and immense pain.
With this kind of thinking, I actually do this because my birthday,
the day on which I was brought into this world, makes me strongly
feel the need to express my gratitude to my mother.
When the ISOWA News Letter featuring this introduction is published,
I should have expressed my gratitude to my mother and gotten one year older.
Thank you, mother!
P.S.: My family asked me what kind of present I would like,
and my answer was “a stylish cook coat.”
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 122 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Part Two of Looking Back at ISOWA during the Heisei Era
This is Tamura from the Customer Support/Service Department,
continuing from the previous issue.
“Looking Back at ISOWA during the Heisei Era” is a two-issue
feature spanning the previous issue and this issue.
The new era, Reiwa, started last month.
In this issue, I would like to look back at the second half of Heisei
while bringing you back the issues of ISOWA PRESS, established
in 2006 (Heisei 18), which is an e-mail newsletter for customers in Japan,
and is the origin of ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
The inaugural issue to be remembered!
(October 6, in Heisei 18 (2006))
“Has your company been raising the price of boxes？
The inaugural issue came out at a time when there was an increase
in the price of sheet cases. Oddly enough, the industry conditions in Japan
at that time are still the same as they are now.
In this case, many have said that there was an average price
increase of 2.97 yen for boxes while it was 4 yen increase
per square-meter sheet 13 years ago. Last year, it was an increase
of 8 yen for boxes while it was 10 yen increase per square meter sheet.
With a price pass-through of 80%, things are just as they were 13 years ago.
〇 First appearance of Flexo Folder Gluer IBIS!
(Issue 48. November 20, in Heisei 20 (2008))
“A bit different! Public Operation of ISOWA with Open Seminars and Open House”
The first unit of the Flexo Folder Gluer “IBIS”, a type of machine
which many customers enjoy using, was installed in 2008, and the number of
total units surpassed 100 last year.
The first appearance of the IBIS was in ISOWA PRESS vol.48.
The members of the development project team were interviewed,
and they shared their secret stories for completing it.
Some of the things mentioned were:
>>I think the further advancement of IBIS will be accomplished
from running at work sites.
>> I would like to improve the IBIS, which is loved by customers,
to the same level as the Falcon, the flagship of our company.
Certainly, the IBIS has actually entered fields and has been
advanced daily with the [Edge Opener], [Variable Lead Edge],
[Batch Separator], and the like, in order to solve the problems
of our customers.
The ideas at the time took a substantial form and brought us
the IBIS today. However, we will not be satisfied with the current
circumstances and will further advance the product to make it an
‘i Machine’ (machine that customers like the most).
It was a rather bombastic name…
(Issue 91. November 24, in Heisei 22 (2010))
“Corrugated Paper Practical Training Seminar”
Corrugated Paper Practical Training Seminar was a rather formal
sounding name, but the Corrugated Paper Seminar is currently
known as the “Danzemi” in Japanese, and a large number of operators
attend it each time in order to improve their skills.
The first seminar was hosted on November 10 and 11, in Heisei 22 (2010).
Now, two types of Danzemi, one for corrugators and one for
flexo folder gluer machines, are hosted every year.
So far, there have been 379 participants at Danzemi.
Also, we have made many improvements to this seminar,
making it easier to understand and more practical, based on opinions
from our customers.
〇 All employees celebrate the 90th anniversary of our company!
(Issue 126. August 8, in Heisei 24 (2012))
[Holding the Everybody Celebrate “Minkyu” Event Celebrating
the 90th Anniversary of ISOWA]
This issue talked about what happened at “Minkyu”, an event which
celebrated the 90th anniversary of our company.
At Minkyu, there were a creative cooking contest by 30 randomly assigned
teams and an off-site exchange of opinions concerning “manufacturing”.
*” Minkyu is shortened from “Minna de 90 (Kyu-ju) shunen,” which means
“Everybody celebrating the 90th Anniversary together.”
Also, there were lectures by Professor Fumikatsu Tokiwa, a special lecturer
and former President of Kao Corporation, and by Professor Ichiro Furukawa
from Hitotsubashi University.
This event provided an opportunity for employees to interact with
other employees who they were not close with and for everyone
at the company to interact with each other at once.
Next, the 100th anniversary will come in 2020.
The project members are currently planning the event.
I would like to tell you about this event at a later date.
The new plant is finally finished!
(Issue 195. April 20, in Heisei 28 (2016))
〇“New Factory Completion Ceremony and Start of Operation”
At a new plant (although you probably can’t call it a new plant anymore)
which had its completion ceremony on March 18, in Heisei 28 (2016),
a project was started to provide countermeasures against the deterioration
of our previous plant, to expand production slots, and to make
the plant environmentally friendly.
Construction officially began from Heisei 26 (2014), and operation started
without any issues two years later.
Before the installation season, the plant had a number of
flexor folder gluer machines, such as the IBIS and Falcon, ready for
deliveries. In recent years, it is often the main venue of the Open House,
hosted every year, and I think that this plant has been visited by
many readers of this newsletter.
Our goal is to continue developing/making a showroom-like factory,
that people will always say is clean and well organized.
This completes our look at 14 years of ISOWA Press and our look back
at the history of ISOWA.
I think that ISOWA has gone through various changes during the 31 years
of the Heisei era, and it has grown.
We can now look forward in anticipation to the history that ISOWA
will trace during the next era, Reiwa.
Also, we will continue devoting ourselves to being able to provide
even more value to our customers.
Seasonal Tradition at ISOWA
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Beginning of May is one of the biggest holiday seasons
in Japan called “Golden Week”.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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