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Coexisting with Local Communities

Basic Concept

The Tsubaki Group’s manufacturing and sales bases extend to 26 countries and regions across the world. We not only contribute to society through our business activities but also understand cultures and laws and regulations that differ by country and region and carry out a host of activities rooted in local communities as members of those communities. (In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, many activities were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Initiatives in Japan

Social Contribution Activities

As a member of the local community, in addition to active communication with the local people, we conduct a variety of social contribution activities.

eLINK V2X Bi-Directional EV Charging Systems Donated to Three Cities to Support Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Tsubaki donated eLINK V2X bi-directional EV charging systems to three cities (Kyotanabe, Hanno, and Nagaokakyo), in order to be useful for disaster prevention and disaster mitigation measures in the cities where our main plants are located. At donation ceremonies held in Kyotanabe City (June 6, 2020) and Nagaokakyo City (July 22, 2020), in the presence of Mayor Takashi Kamimura and Mayor Kengo Nakakoji respectively, our President held demonstrations using an electric automobile. (Due to COVID-19 outbreak, a planned ceremony in Hanno City had to be canceled, with the charging system being installed on March 31, 2021.)
In the event of a power outage resulting from a large-scale natural disaster or other such cause, electricity is supplied to civic halls (which serve as the emergency headquarters) and other facilities via the eLINK, using electric vehicles as the power source. The eLINK will be opened to the public as an electric automobile charger during normal times.

Kyotanabe’s Mayor Kamimura (right) with then President Ohara (now Chairman Ohara)
Kyotanabe’s Mayor Kamimura (right) with
then President Ohara (now Chairman)
Utilizing eLINK as an emergency power source during a power outage

Nurturing the Next Generation

We plan and host events designed to deepen understanding of manufacturing corporations through visiting national institutes of technology to give lectures to students and inviting students from elementary and junior high schools to experience plant tours and students from junior and senior high schools for work experience programs.

Held the 4th Tsubaki Future Product Creation Contest at NIT, Maizuru College

Presentation
Presentation

This marked our 4th collaboration class with NIT, Maizuru College. In FY 2020, due to the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, classes, groupwork, and final assessment all had to move online. The theme in FY 2020 was “proposing new products that make people happy.” Taking into account future megatrends and SDG perspectives, virtual users were set up for the distant future. Under this premise, we received proposals for products that we should develop over the next 10 years. The assessment stage saw the participation of some Tsubakimoto employees who are actually alumni of Maizuru College, and they engaged in a productive exchange of information with the students.

Hands-on Events for Local Elementary and Junior High School Students

While we were forced to cancel them in FY 2020 because of the pandemic, under normal circumstances we organize the following events on a regular basis.

Tsubakimoto Chain Kyotanabe Plant

Tsubakimoto Chain Kyotanabe Plant
The Summer Vacation Parent-Child Plant Tour for local elementary school students in Kyotanabe has become a very popular local institution. Particularly popular are the chain assembly race and cafeteria experience.

Tsubakimoto Chain, etc.

Tsubakimoto Chain, etc.
Our various plants, as part of career education activities for local junior high school students, bring in students for work experience programs.
(The photo shows students of Noda Junior High School in Saitama)

Tsubakimoto Chain Saitama Plant

Tsubakimoto Chain Saitama Plant
We organized a tour of the Saitama Plant by elementary school students, as part of an exciting summer vacation activity program entitled Let’s Go and See a Local Plant! sponsored by Hanno City’s Namiyanagi Community Center.

Environmental Activities

Our environmental activities include community environmental events and visiting elementary schools to give environmental classes, as well as the cleaning of areas surrounding company buildings, which is done independently by individual Tsubaki locations. Employees actively participate, working to be good members of the community.

Tsubakimoto Mayfran Inc., etc.

Tsubakimoto Mayfran Inc., etc.
As an aspect of environmental education, we were invited to local elementary and junior high schools to conduct classes on the environment. We explained our environmental initiatives and social responsibilities at the plant.

Tsubakimoto Chain, etc.

Tsubakimoto Chain, etc.
We participated in local events at various plants to introduce the environmental impact reduction activities at our plants and our efforts to reduce environmental impact through our products.

Overseas Initiatives

Overseas, we are engaged in various charity and environmental activities to accommodate the unique character of each region.

Mangrove-planting Activities in Thailand

Tsubakimoto Automotive (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TAT)
Mangrove-planting Activities in Thailand

Tsubaki Automotive (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TAT) began mangrove-planting activities in 2008. With the expansion of business, the number of employees who volunteer each year has been growing, and in FY 2020 we planted some 2,800 trees. Over the course of 12 years, we have planted a total of 32,753 trees, which equates to a carbon dioxide reduction of 408.31 metric tons. These steady and continuous activities contribute to global warming countermeasures.
We have been expanding our CSR activities across the board, not just these mangrove-planting activities, but also conservation activities for wild animals (salt and nutrient supplementation activities) as well as selling recycled goods brought in by employees and donating the proceeds to elementary schools.

Initiation of a Land Reclamation Project in Collaboration with the Local Government (Germany)

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH (TKG)
Initiation of a Land Reclamation Project in Collaboration with the Local Government (Germany)

TKG, in collaboration with the municipal government of Wenden (where the main plant is located), initiated a land reclamation project on its plant grounds. This project’s goal is to restore the greenery to the brownfield area that emerged with the increase in the number of factory buildings, and to realize production activities in harmony with nature. The first step was planting trees and putting beehives in place, as well as laying down a pathway. Future activities to deepen collaboration with the municipal government, such as collecting ideas from the local residents for restoring the brownfield, are also planned.

Charity Activities in Various Countries

U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc. (United States: Holyoke & Chicopee Plant)

U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc.
(United States: Holyoke & Chicopee Plant)

We participated in Volunteer Week, organized by a Japanese automobile manufacturer. We also did volunteer work at the warehouse of a foodbank.

U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc. (United States: Tennessee Plant)

U.S. Tsubaki Holdings, Inc.
(United States: Tennessee Plant)

At the Tennessee Plant, employees take part in various local volunteer activities, such as food drives to donate food items to local welfare organizations and the like.

Tsubakimoto Europe B.V. (Netherlands)

Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.
(Netherlands)

Our team participated in NN Marathon Rotterdam. The company made a donation, of an amount corresponding to the run time of the employees, to a group supporting sports for the disabled.

Tsubakimoto UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Tsubakimoto UK Ltd.
(United Kingdom)

Our employees sold handmade cakes and donated the proceeds to a cancer support group.

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH (Germany)

Tsubaki Kabelschlepp GmbH
(Germany)

Thanks to in-house fundraising activities, we donated money to a food bank and two other organizations.

Toward a Sustainable Society

The Tsubaki Group is engaged in the “art of moving” and aims to provide value that exceeds expectations
to become a company that continues to be needed by society.