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Hatsuta Kakusanki: Steering through challenges with time-honored expertise

Article - December 8, 2023

From supply chain disruptions to an aging workforce, the President of Hatsuta Kakusanki discusses the company’s innovative strategies and long-standing commitment to quality in the ever-evolving manufacturing landscape.

It’s sometimes said that in Japanese manufacturing, tradition meets innovation, and Hatsuta Kakusanki, part of the Hatsuta Group, has been crafting excellence for over a century, and acknowledges how supply chain diversification is vital.

"Once we can acquire the engine parts and related components, we can promptly resume production and fulfill numerous orders," company president Minoru Hatsuda explains, highlighting how the COVID pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in procurement, both for Japanese and U.S. companies.

Given that it is heavily reliant on overseas parts, currency fluctuations impact the business, with a weakened Japanese yen presenting unique opportunities but also challenges. Another influencing factor is Japan's demographic shift prompting the integration of Vietnamese workers and special programs for younger generations.

From now on, we believe that by leveraging the group’s synergies, including product collaboration, information exchange, and worker fulfillment, we can develop new products and solve other problems that are difficult for us to cut through on our own.

Eyes are now on Southeast Asia, Europe, and Australia for global growth opportunities. And innovative products like the HS806, and the patented spinner design of the HDS1, showcase commitment to R&D. Mr. Hatsuda envisions a future focused on these overseas markets but adapting products to local standards. To enhance this growth, partnerships with local companies offering technical support are sought.

As Hatsuda Kakusanki continues its legacy, the president shares his ultimate goal. "Given our extensive history, we believe it's important to pass on our traditions, technology, and spirit of embracing challenges to the generations that will follow."