Challenge of Small to Medium-sized Manufacturing Industries

Revealing the secrets of companies having satisfactory achievement!

Title in Japanese Jidai ni Chousensuru Yuryou Chuken・Chushou Seizougyou
ISBN-10 4526072435
ISBN-13 978-4526072437
Total pages 160
Size 18.8 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
Language Japanese
Publisher NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN, LTD. (March 25, 2014)


In the electronics industry which used to be called Japanese “specialty”, Asian neighboring countries developed their technology rapidly and started showing their presence to the world. Afterwards, they created a large lead against Japan in the global market share.On the other hand, it used to be told that symbol of Japanese manufacturing industry’s strength is the car industry whose characteristic is “integral” technology. However, new styles of cars (electric cars, hybrid cars etc. which conventional integral technology does not apply), cars which placed more stress on design, etc. were released. After, Japanese car companies went into furious sales competition with companies from developing countries around the world. This happened earlier than expected, and it was unpredictable. What should Japanese manufacturing industry do for continuous sustainable growth? The answer is working on technological innovation more than ever, and increasing the number of companies which are able to produce technology and products from unbeatable ideas. The core party undertaking the responsibility of these is the small to medium-sized manufacturing industry. In Japan, there exists countless vibrant small to medium-sized manufacturing industries which have original products and technology that are unique or the top in their field.The reporters from NIKKAN KOGYO SHIMBUN, covered local medium-sized and small to medium-sized manufacturing industries which have been devoting themselves to developing technology for the next generation with overcoming various hardships.


Small to medium-sized enterprises take pride in their ability to create unbeatable technology and ideas. Japanese manufacturing industry is not to be undervalued as long as these enterprises stay vibrant. This book displays enterprises that are the top in their field or ones that are the sole producers of a product in their field, and that have been having satisfactory achievement with their owners’ leadership and philosophy. It introduces their technology, products and business model within six pages for each enterprise. This is a right book to have an overview of excellent Japanese small to medium companies. Additionally, the latest industry trends and materials have been included to make the reading more accessible.

Kaori Cegler

About the author

The Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun was found in 1915 in Tokyo as a newspaper aims to be guiding tool for those who work in the manufacturing industry, thereby contributing to the development of an affluent society. Their nationwide network allows them to continuously gather information of small to medium manufacturers all over Japan.


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