Focusing on customers
Steinau, 22 June 2015 By expanding its plant in the Czech Republic, the Anvis Group has enlarged its global footprint once again. The company has invested both in the expansion of its production facilities and in new, state-of-the-art equipment. “With these investments, we have bolstered our position in the Central and Eastern European market,” Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group and the Head of European Antivibration Business at Sumitomo Riko, said during an opening ceremony on 22 June 2015. “Acting almost like neighbours, we can supply customers based in the region with high-quality products while putting innovative automaking changes into practice.” Tetsu Matsui, who became the new president and COO of Anvis’ parent company, Sumitomo Riko, on 18 June 2015, mentioned another milestone in the overall strategy: “The plant expansion in the Czech Republic symbolises in particular the group’s good performance and growth.” In recent months, Anvis AVT s.r.o, a company based in the eastern Czech city of Vsetin, has invested 100 million Czech koruna (about €3.7 million). More than half of this money was used to acquire cutting-edge, high-performance machinery.
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The plant in Czech Republic has been a key part of the Anvis Group for years. In 2014, the plant generated turnover of €55 million, making a strong contribution to the group’s overall performance. Anvis AVT now plans to use its more efficient state-of-the-art production facilities to boost turnover to about €67 million in 2018. “We want all employees to be proud of the plant in the Czech Republic,” said Yoshiaki Nishimura, CEO and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sumitomo Riko. The parent company itself has also been restructured. During a Supervisory Board meeting held on 18 June 2015, Tetsu Matsui was elected the new president of the company and will retain his position as COO. During the same meeting, Yoshiaki Nishimura assumed the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board and will continue to serve as CEO.
In the Czech Republic, Anvis is already making good progress. In future, the plant will produce anti-vibration components for such customers as Daimler, GM and BMW. The entire product line ranges from chassis hangers, stabilisers and bearing bushes to catalytic converter mounts and cooling-system hangers. The plant expansion has also fuelled demand for skilled workers. In coming months, Anvis AVT will hire about 50 new employees. Once they are on the job, the plant will have a workforce of nearly 420 people. In the Czech Republic, just like all of the company’s 14 locations around the world, the Anvis Group focuses on employee qualifications. “We offer a broad array of professional development opportunities and qualification courses,” Hahn said in describing the company’s approach to human resources development. “After all, quality is our most important driver.”
Tetsu Matsui agreed: “Safety first and quality must. In addition to quality and safety, management is committed to environmental protection and compliance.” This Code of Conduct has made a deep impression on Anvis. In April, for instance, a group-wide compliance helpline was set up.
About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts or exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. Its main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group achieves a turnover of over €300 million at its 14 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Renault-Nissan or General Motors. The company also has expertise in other industries such as the rail and aviation industry. In 2013, the Anvis Group was taken over in full by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (formerly Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration technology sector.
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