The TATSUTA Group leverages its technologies to develop products useful for society, taking into account social issues and customer needs.
Provision of advanced, high-quality products and services to benefit society
Develop products and services that resolve social issues and satisfy customer needs
Strengthen quality assurance systems
We consider that consistently supplying safe and high-quality products to society is one of the key management challenges to the TATSUTA Group achieving sustainable growth. We therefore operate management systems pursuant to our Quality and Environment Policy. At the same time, we strive to achieve the quality goals of (1) reducing defective products, (2) strengthening cost competitiveness, improving productivity, (3) adhering to production plans and shortening lead times, and (4) enhancing product lineup and customer support.
- In order to ensure that the Corporate Principles are upheld and in line with our Corporate Code of Conduct, we will implement initiatives that continuously and appropriately improve the business process, improve products and services, and promote environmental preservation.
- Based on the requirements for the ISO standards, we will build quality and environment management systems and by implementing these systems, comply with applicable laws and customer requirements.
- TATSUTA will identify risks which must be addressed and by responding to them, take up initiatives that will improve quality, prevent pollution, and preserve the environment.
- TATSUTA will maintain its quality and environment management systems and continuously work to improve performance through the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Action) cycle.
Quality assurance system
The TATSUTA Group has constructed and utilizes quality management system (QMS) based on ISO 9001 to provide our customers with useful, safe, and superior products. We work to promote information exchange regarding decisions on corporate policy and quality targets as well as issues and initiatives related to quality through management review (MR), meetings, etc. We also audit the operation of QMS within business groups and TATSUTA Group companies.
Quality management education
The purpose of the quality management education conducted at the Wire & Cable Group’s Technical Education and Training Center is to facilitate understanding in TATSUTA’s quality policy and raise awareness toward quality, which improves each production site’s ability to produce and operate. At the Electric Wire & Cable Division, each business division takes its own initiatives to strengthen the quality management system, such as establishing an in-house certification for operation of testing instruments used in each manufacturing process.
Initiatives taken by individual business units
Each business unit undertakes a variety of initiatives to provide safe and high-quality products and services.
Electric Wire & Cable Division
All information on process abnormalities is aggregated into the Quality Assurance Department, through which we have established and implemented systems to autonomously improve the standards that form the basis for quality. By continuing repetition of this process, we aim to confirm the validity of our quality standards, review control items and enhance our quality management. These activities have led to a constant improvement of standards at each workplace, and steady improvements in quality.
From the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 onwards, we will continue to implement efforts through these systems to autonomously improve the standards that form the basis for quality. We will also work on the planned development of new quality control system construction (such as operational status monitoring and materials management systems).
Equipment Wire and Cable Division
At Tatsuta Tachii Electric Cable, the basic policy is to “provide products that satisfy customers and match the required quality,” and the quality improvement has been achieved through review of work standards and inspection systems. From the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 onwards, we will also engage in further quality enhancements while working to transition to high-efficiency production systems.
At Chugoku Electric Wire & Cable, each division planned and implemented initiatives to realize more flexible production systems by developing multiskilled workers and to enhance customer satisfaction. From the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 onwards, we will work to enhance quality by strengthening production base, demonstrating greater flexibility in manufacturing systems, and evolving our style of sales and marketing through DX, among other efforts.
Electronic Materials & System Equipment Group
As an expansion of business revenue requires new and different products and an expansion of supply chain is predicted, we strive to achieve optimal quality assurance and management. We are also implementing measures to enhance manufacturing efficiency and quality levels. From the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 onwards, we will continue to work on achieving optimal quality assurance and management to support new products and expansion of the supply chain for the business revenue development. We will also continue with measures to enhance manufacturing efficiency and quality levels.
Strengthening of BCP systems
The TATSUTA Group takes seriously its responsibility of supplying products and services even in times of emergency such as a natural disaster or pandemic. To discharge this responsibility, we have a business continuity management system (BCMS) in place and conduct business continuity planning (BCP), striving to operate them in an effective manner.
The year 2011 was one in which many businesses were affected by natural disasters, most notably the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Thailand floods. These events prompted the entire market to strongly call for business continuity. At TATSUTA’s functional films business, too, major customers began requesting us to build a BCMS and inquiring about the progress on our efforts toward business continuity management (BCM) and BCP, in 2014.
Our functional films business boasts an overwhelming share in the global market and, as such, has a duty to consistently supply customers. Therefore, to minimize the impact of any business interruption and promptly resume operations, we started working on BCM. In addition, we decided to build a BCMS and obtain ISO 22301 certification for it from a third-party certifier with an eye to continuous improvement.
In July 2015, we began working on BCP in earnest, which was designed to cover not only natural disasters such as large earthquakes but also various other incidents ranging from supply chain disruptions and pandemics to information system failures including cyberattacks. What was aimed at was, even if such incidents occur, to continue or promptly resume our business and minimize the impact on supplying products and services for customers. It was in July 2016 that we completed building our BCMS. Thereupon, we obtained ISO 22301 certification from BSI Group Japan K.K., a third-party certifier.
Going forward, TATSUTA will continue with employee education and training to enhance their skills and ensure consistent supply to customers.
BCP basic plan for COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic that began in early 2020 has caused chaos around the world. The TATSUTA Group has been taking proactive actions to ensure the safety of employees and society through strict COVID-19 measures and meet its duty to supply customers. Such actions include establishing an Emergency Response Headquarters, undertaking an array of infection prevention measures, and formulating a BCP basic plan for COVID-19.
BCP for major natural disasters
How the TATSUTA Group responds to an emergency is governed by its Crisis and Emergency Response Rules (while the functional films business relies on the BCMS). In recent years, major natural disasters have occurred with increasing frequency. Hence we work hard to make BCP better and more effective.
Supply chain management
To achieve optimal procurement on a stable basis, TATSUTA has a Basic Procurement Policy in place. The policy is founded upon TATSUTA’s Corporate Principles and Corporate Code of Conduct. Also, it incorporates and adjusts to the perspective of corporate social responsibility, such as environmentally responsible procurement and BCP. We endeavor to instill the policy in our business partners, too, asking for their understanding and cooperation.
- We build sound and productive relationships with business partners in the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation.
- We seek to promote procurement activity that is not only legally compliant but also highly fair, equitable, and transparent.
- We carry out procurement activity that is aimed at symbiosis between nature and humanity.
- We endeavor to build and maintain systems instrumental in stably supplying products to customers.
- We stringently safeguard business partners’ confidential information to honor confidentiality.
As a company regarding environmental conservation activities as one of the most important management challenges, TATSUTA has developed Green Procurement Guidelines in an effort to provide products with lower environmental impacts. These guidelines are designed to reduce our ecological footprint, advance environmental conservation activities, and help create a sustainable recycling-based society. The means to these ends include identifying chemicals contained in the raw materials, parts, subsidiary materials, subcontracted supplies, and other items we purchase from business partners; and prioritizing the purchase of items not containing hazardous chemicals. In light of the fact that the trade of conflict minerals finances armed groups committing atrocities in countries bordering conflicts, these guidelines also stipulate that we investigate business partners to prevent us from purchasing raw materials, products, and such that contain conflict minerals and their derivatives.
BCP for procurement
TATSUTA endeavors to purchase key materials and raw materials from more than one business partner, in anticipation of the possibility that a problem occurring at a business partner may make it impossible for us to purchase that partner’s materials and raw materials. We have also created a framework that, should any incident occur at a business partner, enables us to swiftly gather information and take action. On top of these, TATSUTA’s functional films business has built a BCMS, given that the business boasts an overwhelming share in the global market and thus has a duty to consistently supply customers.
With the primary aim of fostering mutual trust and sharing information with business partners, TATSUTA’s Functional Materials Division holds supplier meetings where participants exchange ideas, and otherwise works to build sound and equitable relationships.
As part of compliance education, TATSUTA provides training on legal compliance for personnel who liaise with business partners.
TATSUTA aspires to achieve sustainable growth by developing, and providing to society, products that meet customer needs and help resolve social issues. Toward that end, we have been working to cement our products’ superiority by acquiring rights to inventions and such used in the products, to build a management system that ensures development respecting other companies’ intellectual property rights, and to create an environment that motivates employees to dedicate themselves to developing highly unique technologies.
Employee inventions are evaluated and rewarded fairly when they are filed for patent applications, are patented, and generate profits, respectively.
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