Join Date: Feb 2008
MAPP Member Spotlight: Sanko Gosei Technologies
With another $2.5 million being invested into its Fort Wayne, IN facility, MAPP member Sanko Gosei Technologies is seeing upgrades in its equipment and its culture. The 40 year old automotive supplier currently has 23 injection molding machines ranging from 200 ton to 3000 ton capacity. While many people may not know about this facility, customers know Sanko best for its responsiveness. According to VP of Sales, Jeff Baker, “We can react quickly to customer requests, and we have developed close relationships with our customers.”
After purchasing the Bhar Inc plant in May 2015, the Fort Wayne facility has undergone changes for the better. Since that time the facility has had new systems and technologies brought in – adding both molding and tooling equipment. As the automotive marketplace is a very fast paced and technically driven industry, embracing these changes and additions have been paramount to the company’s continued success.
In addition to new equipment, the Sanko Gosei culture has been a positive change to the company, according to Baker. “We are seeing our culture change from a privately owned, one plant operation to a globally owned company.” Sanko Gosei LTD has 21 production sites located in 13 different countries worldwide.
Baker goes on to report, “We are seeing and reaping the benefits of manufacturing expertise that we have never had before. This is more than just equipment. Now we have access to proven systems developed by company experts that focus on everything from 5S housekeeping to better work-cell layouts to improved safety methods. We also have a more intense focus on operator training, which is helping with both better quality and safety in the plant as well as increased quality of parts.”
When discussing the biggest challenge the plastics industry is facing, like 82% of MAPP members, Sanko believes it is finding skilled employees, followed by developing the new technologies that customers demand. The recent $2.5 million investment is helping the Fort Wayne facility overcome these challenges. This investment is bringing in new equipment such as a new 950 ton electric UBE and a new a 2250 ton Krauss Maffei machine. Sanko is also making additional changes to upgrade production systems to better fit the automotive OEM business needs. Adding a machining area and new presses is allowing Sanko to keep up with sales and increase production capacity.
Looking ahead, Baker notes that the company’s top three priorities are employee training, facility upgrades and implementing new manufacturing systems. Because the new global systems, technology and knowledge are being matched with new facility upgrades, Baker feels optimistic. “Our future is very bright.”
To learn more about Sanko Gosei Technologies, visit http://www.bharinc.com/
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