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Hello. My name is Takashi Iwai. I'm the president of Showa Giken Industrial, or "SGK". As you may know, we are a leading manufacturing company in Japan, specializing in rotary joints and swivel joints. Let me tell you about our past, our strengths, and our future.

Firstly, I'd like to explain my company's history. We started in Japan just under 70 years ago. In 1948, my late grandfather, Masamitsu Iwai, founded "Pearl Precision Industries", or "Pearl" for short, as a subcontract factory of the automotive industry. To develop our own products, my father, Masami Iwai, established a new company, "Showa Giken Industrial" in 1966. Our nickname, SGK, derived from the abbreviation of our fomal company name in Japan, which reads "Showa Giken Kogyo". Pearl was assigned to making, and SGK to designing and selling. After expanding our sales offices to Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, our proceeds increased steadily until 1990. Our current factory was built in 1993.
As with many industries, we were also affected by the bubble collapse in the 90's. After great difficulties, our annual revenue rose to 2 billion yen in 2006. 2 years later, the 2 companies, Pearl and SGK, were brought together into the new Showa Giken Industrial, and I was elected to be president of the company at the same time. We've continued to grow since.
After the recent world wide financial crisis, we took charge of customer's services of "Takeda Works", a pioneer joint maker in Asia before they went bankrupt in 2009. As a result of our hard work and dedication to reconstruction of Japanese manufacturing industries in the wake of March 11th disaster, our sales marked a record high at 2.2 billion yen, or about 22 million US dollars in 2012. Today, our financial situation is in a comfortable place, with the current total manpower just over 100.

Next, I'm going to tell you about our strengths in Japan's joint trade market. Our 2 biggest strengths are customizing our products to meet the customer's needs, and prompt delivery of a variety of high-quality products based on statistical analysis. We watch our inventory numbers and money flow by not mass-producing, even if they're a well-selling line. Incidentally, about 70% of our sales consist of "made to order products" and "small-lot production ". This has allowed us to focus on providing top quality products for our customers.

Finally, I'm interested in training our employees up to be full-fledged technical experts who can prosper our company in the future. We provide continual on-the-job training, and offer support for external training and seminars, which include language study, manufacturing knowledge, and product development. We are always thinking about developing our workforce to continue to be a leader in the joint market. We hope to expand our network across the globe, including emerging economies in Asia, as well as the US and Europe. Our current 5-year middle term business plan has been revised and it states that our attention be focused on technology by investing more time and money in R&D as well as stimulating our engineers' creativities, which will give us another edge over the competion and will undoubtedly appeal to our potential customers while the world's economy is sluggish. We believe that will result in getting our reputation even more positive in this field.

Thank you for your time and consideration. All of us here at SGK, welcome the opportunity to be of service to you.

The President of Showa Giken Industrial, Takashi Iwai

October 11th, 2016
The President of Showa Giken Industrial, Takashi Iwai

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