With an investment of 5 million dollars, the Japanese company opened its first plant in Mexican territory, choosing SLP as strategic point for its growth.
Since 1915, the Grupo Nanjo Sobi aims to be comprehensive manufacturers of automobiles interiors, providing Mazda, its main custumer, of developing technology and quality manufacture.
After the arrival of the Japanese assembler to Salamanca, Guanajuato, which started operations in February 2014, the company that belongs to the Group, Midori Nanjo Auto Interior (MNAI,) decided to expand its business and locate at an strategic point in Mexico, not only to supply Mazda, also to make the business grow to the United States and join the supply chain of Toyota.
That was how it opened its first plant in Mexican territory, choosing San Luis Potosi given the industrial dynamism it has and the logistics, but mainly because the sister company Midori Auto Leather, same that supplies them with leather seats for vehicles, is located in the entity.
“In November 2013 the first business was made with the company with which was achieved to increase to double, project we achieved this 2018 and as of next year we will reach about 10 million dollars, the business is five times larger,” said Hiroki Choshi, executive director of Nanjo Sobi, in exclusive interview for Mexico Industry.
The Japanese company fulfilled an investment of about 5 million dollars in the new plant, 51 % of the capital comes from Grupo Midori Anzen and 49 % of the Grupo Nanjo Auto Interior.
Currently, on the production lines of the Mexican plant they manufacture armrests of the door, the door panel and support for the Mazda 3 model; and for the Tacoma truck, from Toyota assembler, they fulfill the console box (lib.) Midori Nanjo Auto Interior is certified in IATF 16949:2016.
The industrial building is formed by forefront equipment, injection molding machinery and vacuum module machine.
“They are equipment identical to the ones we use in Japan, they were brought to manage the same quality and if they are not built with those characteristics of design, they cannot be manufactured. That is why we think about Mazda in in a future for the other assemblers with which we wish to work to offer them the same benefits and quality,” said the executive director.
The facilities have 10,000 square meters and its workforce consists of about 80 people.
They provide them with courses and workshops to develop them inside the company, they have flexible schedules for studying employees, in addition, they recognize the effort they perform in their working space and give them the opportunity of growing in the management, accounting, human resources, quality, and production among other areas. They support new talents, therefore they work with young people willing to fulfill their professional practices in the company, and students are granted with a monetary scholarship.
“We have too many young workers in Mexico willing to contribute to the company’s growth, with that we will increase the business,” said Muneo Oshima, president of Midori Nanjo Auto Interior.
The Japanse company has a production capability volume of sets of more than a million pieces, being one of its main suppliers:
*Nationals based in Tijuana, Estado de Mexico, Mexico City, San Luis Potosi and Leon.
*Foreign with imports from Japan and the United States.
After a week, the Japanese company fulfills exports with fixed shipments of more than 20,000 pieces that are moved for their customers located in North America.
Meanwhile, the plant located in the WTC Industrial Park, trains and makes its personnel aware about environmental damages; therefore they have implemented as sustainability measure the classification of wastes identifying them as dangerous or not dangerous.
In the official presentation of the plant, Muneo Oshima, president and Hiroki Choshi, executive director, they invited the directives of Mazda, Kasai and Daikyionishikawa Mexicana for them to know the new facilities and the machinery with which they manufacture their products was presented.
“It is a good thing to increase the business and if we have that opportunity, not only in Mexico, but also in Latin America. From now on we will not only work with Mazda, but with another OEM such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Japanese assemblers, but also we would like to reach GM and Chrysler among others,” said Muneo Oshima.
PATENT TECHNOLOGY WORLDWIDE
MNAI is a level 1 supplier, with experience in the interior sector of automation, the products fulfilled are manufactured with machines of patented technology of Grupo Nanjo Sobi, being the most important they have the NPM, which works under molding in a single take for multiple layers and based material, and is mounted at the SLP plant.
“A machine was made for the SLP plant and in January of the current year it was imported, we started the settling in June. This manufacturing method is to make the new projects we have for Mazda products,” said Mitsunori Fujihara, vice-president of MNAI.
The vice-president explained that the vertical molding press fulfills the injection with resin, it is a molding insert by lower pressure injection, and this is that this technology adheres PVC lamination, without the need of using an adhesive.
“It obtains the shape of the product and this helps reducing the number of steps in the processing. In addition, these outstanding parts can also be molded minimizing damages in PVC lamination,” he said.
The result of the procedure is that car users, as they feel the texture through touch, they feel a completely softness, resulting in a product full of luxury.
“Through the products we are manufacturing for Mazda with that machine, we will develop our own technology worldwide and in turn we will perfect the competitiveness of the costs to achieve having contracts with other companies,” ended Mitsunori Fujihara.