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Interview: Kazuo Kawashima PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 November 2009
Kawashima president of Ichikoh: “You will see fantastic LED products at the end of the next year.”

Driving Vision News: Please introduce yourself, and tell us a little about your education and your professional experience.
Kazuo Kawashima:
I am a mechanical engineer of Osaka University and I have a master degree from Tsukuba University in Kanto area at 100km at the north of Tokyo.
I started at Nissan R&D in 1981 to do heating tests on engine systems before being transferred in 1993 to body assembly section as manager. Nissan at this time never transferred R&D people to production.
I then was transferred to Mexico to take care of quality at transmission and assembly Mexico plant.
In 2001, I came back to Japan in a quality special project to select the best suppliers following the decision of Carlos Ghosn to define a new supplier strategy

DVN: And one year later, you arrived at Valeo. Could you summarize your best result at Valeo?
I was during 6 years Director of Quality at Valeo.
Some data I am proud about.
In 2002, 185ppm customer lines return.
In 2007, 10ppm customer lines return.
This results are obtained from a continuously progress in all the 11 branches of Valeo.
In 2006 and 2007, Valeo won the Superior Quality award for Toyota Europe and last in 2008, Toyota invited Valeo to their global Quality Superior day to share their experience with Toyota management.

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Editorial PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 November 2009
The Tokyo motor show closed two days ago. Next week, Driving Vision News will present all the lighting and driver assistance information from the show in our report “Tokyo motor show 2009”.
The show was largely populated with Japanese automakers. Nevertheless, there were two points of focal interest for us:

1) Large number of new Japanese cars, production and concepts
2) Presence of main of Japanese lighting suppliers and worldwide driver assistance suppliers.

With so many new Japanese models, we glean a better sense of the forthcoming trends of these car makers and the confirmation of their first priority of energy reduction which means for lighting suppliers wattage reduction, weight reduction and depth reduction.

Over the last few years, more and more European and American lighting suppliers are skipping the motor shows, making it difficult to benchmark them. The presence for example on lighting of Koito or the presence on driver assistance of Hitachi emphasized the high dimension of these two companies on innovations. We aren’t seeing so much of that lately from European and American suppliers.

The Tokyo motor show report will present all the products of exhibiting Tier 1 suppliers including Koito, Hitachi, Denso, Stanley, Bosch, Asahi Denso, Gentex, Gosei, and others. Stay tuned, and as always, thanks for being a part of the DVN community!

Sincerely yours

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