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12.09.2018
| Sumitomo Riko at the InnoTrans 2018

Sumitomo Riko to Exhibit at Inno Trans 2018, the International Trade Fair for Railway Technology/Innovative Components, Vehicles, Systems

Exhibition at the world’s largest railway industry trade fair to accelerate overseas business development

Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (Headquarters: Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi; President: Tetsu Matsui) will jointly exhibit with Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (Chuo-ku, Osaka), the manufacturer of the air spring for railway vehicles and so on, at the Inno Trans 2018 to be held at Messe Berlin / Berlin ExpoCity Center in Germany from September 18 to 21, 2018. Furthermore, SumiRiko Industry France S.A.S. (France), the manufacturer and sales subsidiary of the Group's railway components, will also attend.
Inno Trans, held every other year, is the world’s largest railway industry trade fair; approximately 3,000 companies and organizations from 60 countries around the world exhibit. The numbers of visitors last time reached more than 140,000 that was a record high level.

Our Group is developing a worldwide 4-pole production bases in the railway business. In addition to Japan, China, and Europe, where production is already underway, full-scale production will also begin in the US in early 2019. Our company’s anti-vibration rubber for rolling stock has been used in every Shinkansen, starting with the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen in 1964, and we are proud to say we maintain the largest market share in Japan (by our own estimates). Our strength lies in our ability to produce these products—valued highly by the Japanese market—at the same quality around the world.
This year, we aim to introduce our global network, able to handle localization requests for product procurement from customers, rolling stock manufacturers and railway components manufacturers. In addition, by exhibiting products from all companies, we will work to introduce our varied product lineup to existing customers and acquire new customers to expand our global market share.

<Outline of Exhibition>
Exhibition name: Inno Trans 2018 (International Trade Fair for Transport, Technology/Innovative Components, Vehicles, Systems)
Date: Tuesday September 18 – Friday September 21
Place: Messe Berlin GmbH ExpoCenter City, Messedamm 22 D-14055 Berlin
Venue: Messe Berlin/Berlin ExpoCity Center
Booth area: Hall9 / Booth 608

<Overview of the Exhibited Products>
At the booth, we will exhibit our lineup of anti-vibration rubber products for rolling stock including sample of Hydro Bush for which there is high demand from European rolling stock manufacturers.

>> Anti-vibration rubber for railway rolling stock
Anti-vibration rubber for rolling stock is installed to the bogie of trains to significantly reduce vibration generated from the track. Our design technology and special rubber material produced by our polymer materials technology allows these products to feature excellent flame retardancy and weather resistance. Our products are used for various domestic and overseas rolling stock, including the Shinkansen currently in operation in Japan, and contribute to improved safety and ride comfort.

About Us--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Founded in 1929, Sumitomo Riko is a manufacturing company headquartered in Nagoya-shi, Aichi,
Japan. We changed our name from Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. in 2014. In the field of “Automotive
(Mobility)”, we manufacture anti-vibration rubber parts, in which we have a leading global share, as
well as rubber and resin hoses, urethane sound controlling & insulation products, and interior
equipment. We are also applying the technologies we have accumulated in automobile parts
development to expand our business in the fields of “Infrastructure and Housing environment”,
“Electronics”, and “Healthcare”. Utilizing our global network of 106 bases in 23 countries, we aim to
be a “Global Excellent Manufacturing Company” that contributes to the safety, comfort, and
environment of people worldwide.
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Contact Information
Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
Public Relations and Investor Relations Department
JP Tower Nagoya 1-1-1, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi 450-6316, Japan
tel +81-52-571-0259 e-mail kouhou@jp.sumitomoriko.com http://www.sumitomoriko.co.jp/english/
 

 

11.09.2018
| SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany: Implementation of Information Security and Compliance Management System

China site certified in accordance with ISO 27001 and ISO 19600 introduced at headquarters in Steinau

A further SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany GmbH site has been certified in accordance with the ISO 27001 standard. Following the headquarters in Steinau an der Straße, the Chinese plant (SumiRiko AVS Wuxi Co. Ltd.) was successfully certified in May. The plant in Wuxi is therefore not only the Group’s first production site to be certified in accordance with this standard – it is also one of the first in the whole of China. In this audit, the information security standards were checked, risks were assessed and processes adjusted accordingly. The ISO 27001 standard specifies the requirements of an information security management system (ISMS) that covers IT baseline protection, and now applies as a matter of course in the IT industry. The automotive industry has also recognised the need for this standard, and the site will therefore also meet the high requirements of international customers.

Information security is more important than ever in today’s networked world of the automotive industry. Vehicle systems and components are worked on by numerous suppliers in a global network, resulting in a constant exchange of sensitive data and information. For car manufacturers, it is particularly important that this information be treated confidentially. Information security has therefore become one of the most important factors contributing to effective and confidential cooperation between car companies and their suppliers. “We expect others to handle our data safely and securely, and of course precisely this is also what our counterparts demand. This applies to our private life just as it does to our business relationships,” says Prasarth Rabindran, Director Group Compliance & IT. ISO 27001 forms the basis of this information security and ensures the setting up, operation and continuous improvement of an ISMS.

The standard is updated at regular intervals and is gaining increasing importance in the business environment. SumiRiko AVS Wuxi is therefore one of the first companies in the industry in China to be certified in accordance with the standard. “Wuxi was particularly important here because it is also a development site where large amounts of sensitive data are exchanged,” says Rabindran. As the plant is a member of the Sumitomo Riko Group, this also shows how important this step is for the entire group. The certification of further plants is being prepared and will follow swiftly. “This kind of certificate is always a big investment, because the processes and systems must be adjusted to the standard before an audit,” explains Olaf Hahn, CEO of SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany. “After we’d gathered plenty of experience with the certification of the Steinau site in 2015, the job was then to adapt this knowledge to Chinese standards,” Hahn continues. “We are accordingly proud and are gradually continuing with our other sites.”

The ISO 19600 international standard enjoys the same relevance. This relatively new standard has been actively implemented in the Steinau headquarters since the end of 2017 and is continuously checked by independent partners. The standard includes guidelines that help to detect unlawful conduct in the company and to adequately respond to it. It also helps with the assessment of risks that could result from such incidents. “Of course, standards like these require very high expenditure in the company, but it pays off in the long term,” says Hahn.

“An internationally binding codex for all of the company’s sites was already defined in 2015 with the publication of the Code of Conduct, to which all employees must adhere,” says Rabindran in supporting the work of the Compliance Division. Together with the parent group, Sumitomo Riko, awareness is boosted in the entire Group with regular compliance training activities. “The whole thing can only work if all employees actually ‘live’ the guidelines,” says Hahn. At the same time, global whistleblower hotlines have also been set up, where violations can be reported both internally and externally.

The term ‘compliance’, which encompasses adherence to legal provisions and guidelines, has long been a very important matter in the Sumitomo Riko Group. This is why it also appears in the business philosophy, ‘the Sumitomo Spirit’, as a basis for the Sumitomo Group Management and the core principles of ‘S (Safety), E (Environment), C (Compliance), Q (Quality)’. “But we now also know that this topic is really increasing in importance with the current situation in the automotive industry. Such topics are therefore part and parcel in acquiring big projects when our customers are placing contracts,” explains Hahn. The long-term goal is to also implement the ISO 19600 standard in all sites.

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Issuer:
SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 19
36396 Steinau an der Strasse
www.avs.sumiriko.com

Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky
Phone: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
PR@avs.sumiriko.com

25.05.2018
| New Technology Center of the Sumitomo Riko Group in Steinau an der Straße

Steinau, 25.5.2018. Following the opening of the administration building in 2015, Sumitomo Riko is now launching the construction of a new technology center in Steinau an der Straße.


With this, the world market leader for vibration control components underlines its strategic position vis-à-vis European car manufacturers and aligns its development activities even more closely with the requirements of new mobility concepts. "The automotive industry is currently undergoing tremendous technological change through the use of electric drives and autonomous driving," said Tsutomu Matsuoka, Executive Managing Director of the Sumitomo Riko Group. The decisive factor is the opportunity to redesign a development center that is geared to the requirements of the customer. "The new Technology Center is an important milestone in our strategy of translating global innovation into tailored applications that support the challenges of European OEM customers in their global business."


"With the new center, we will not only optimize the current development processes. At the same time we will create space for the development of new technologies, "explains Hiroaki Tanahashi, CTO of SumiRiko AVS Germany. This will also create test benches for systems that improve the ride comfort of electric vehicles. "We are already developing many components for new vehicle concepts, which will soon go into series production, and are now also rigorously aligning our development conditions with the new challenges," says Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of SumiRiko AVS Germany and responsible for the AVS business Europe.


However, it is also pleasing that this investment of around 10 million euros is another commitment of the group to the Steinau location. The construction project will consist of an extension of the current administration building and a technology center and will comprise a total of 5,300 square meters of floor space. After the start of construction in April this year, a completion in spring 2019 is planned. As with the existing office building, SumiRiko has commissioned the construction company GOLDBECK with general planning and turnkey construction work.


Currently, the departments Development and Process Technology are still housed in a rented building. "Of course, the standards that were set during the construction of the administration building are also fully implemented in the new buildings. In this way, all employees benefit from the proven open and process-oriented building concept, "says Olaf Hahn.


The offices are spacious and bright, flooded with daylight through large windows and glass doors. Open, free communication islands offer the opportunity to exchange information "on the short service route". Also innovative is the concept of communication technology, which allows a completely paperless work.


Since the takeover of the Anvis Group by Sumitomo Riko in 2013, the Group is pursuing the strategy of further expanding its worldwide leading role as a specialist for anti-vibration systems in the European market. The investment decision that has now been made is thus further confirmation of this strategic orientation.

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Editor:
SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.avs.sumiriko.com

Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
PR@avs.sumiriko.com


About SumiRiko AVS
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts or exhaust mounts and vibration absorbers, throughout the car parts of SumiRiko AVS (renamed Anvis Group) are installed. Main subject is the development of anti-vibration systems, so systems for decoupling of oscillating parts in vehicles. The group generates sales of over 300 million euros at 13 locations worldwide. Customers include above all leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, or General Motors. However, the company's expertise also flows into other sectors, such as the rail and aviation industries. In 2013, SumiRiko AVS was wholly owned by Sumitomo Riko Company Limited (renamed Tokai Rubber Industries). Sumitomo Riko is the global market leader in the automotive vibration control segment.


About the Sumitomo Riko Group
The manufacturing company Sumitomo Riko was founded in 1929 and is headquartered in Nagoya-shi (Aichi), Japan. Until 2014, the company name was Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. The company is the world leader in the manufacture of rubber anti-vibration systems for the automotive industry. Other products include rubber and synthetic resin hoses, as well as sound insulation / polyurethane insulation and interior trim elements. The automotive parts development technologies are leveraging the company to expand its electronics, infrastructure and "home environment, health and care" businesses. With a global network of 106 locations in 23 countries, the company aims to become a "Global Excellent Manufacturing Company", offering its customers worldwide security, protection and comfort.

About Goldbeck
Goldbeck designs, builds and manages commercial properties with a focus on industrial and logistics halls, office buildings and parking garages. In addition, the company realizes schools, sports halls, senior citizens' real estate and day-care centers. The range of services also includes building management, construction in existing buildings and parking space management. Goldbeck is a partner for medium-sized businesses as well as large corporations, investors, project developers and public sector clients. In fiscal year 2016/17, the company realized more than 430 projects with a total output of € 2.45 billion. Currently more than 6,000 employees work for Goldbeck.
                                     
Hiroaki Tanahashi:
• CTO of SumiRiko AVS Germany
• Executive Officer of the Sumitomo Riko Group


Tsutomu Matsuoka:
• Executive Managing Director of the Sumitomo Riko Group
• President Automotive Anti-Vibration Products Business Headquarters
• President Automotive Polyurethane Products Business Headquarters

13.11.2017
| SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany: Joint venture in South Africa

Increased global footprint
Joint venture between Vanga Industrial Products and SumiRiko AVS Holding Germany GmbH / Deeper integration into the SumiRiko system / Reorganisation of SumiRiko South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

 

“With our new structure under the umbrella of the Japanese group Sumitomo Riko, we can meet the needs of our customers anywhere in the world,” said Olaf Hahn, CEO of AVS Europe of the Sumitomo Riko Group. “With the restructuring of the South African joint venture SumiRiko South Africa (Pty) Ltd., we have taken a further step towards increasing our global footprint.” The specialist for anti-vibration systems with its European headquarters in Steinau an der Strasse holds a 50 percent stake in the joint venture. Vanga Industrial Products took over the other half from the former Anvis partner Bel Essex in 2016. “Both partners have come up with a promising plan for the future and are keen to work as partners in the long term,” said Hahn. The contracts were signed during a small ceremony at the end of August. The ceremony which took place in Steinau was attended by the President of Sumitomo Riko Tetsu Matsui.

In addition to the new name, the partners agreed to restructure the entire company to get it on course for the future. “The plant in Port Elizabeth will be more closely integrated into the group structure and will therefore benefit from the SumiRiko system,” said Hahn, summing up the agreement. As a result of the changes, it will be easier to use innovative technologies and technical support from the group will be available more quickly.

Over 40 employees at the plant in South Africa produce anti-vibration systems and hose systems for automotive and industrial applications, for example engine bearings, chassis dampers, silencers, components for fuel filler systems or rubber hoses for liquid or gaseous media. The South African plant supplies OEMs such as Daimler, VW, Nissan, Toyota, Tenneco, Control Instruments, Alstom and Transnet. Thanks to the newly established joint venture, the company is now certified in accordance with Level 4 of the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (B-BBEE). As the basis for economic activities, this brings a number of business-related benefits.

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SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Strasse
www.avs.sumiriko.com

Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky
Phone: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
PR@avs.sumiriko.com

03.04.2017
| Anvis and Sumitomo Riko complete integration

SumiRiko AVS Germany is the “House of Automotive Comfort”

Steinau, 1 April 2017 The start of a joint future began in 2013 with the acquisition of the Anvis Group, the leading development and manufacturer of automotive anti-vibration systems (AVS), by Sumitomo Riko, the Japanese market leader for automotive vibration engineering. As part of a fundamental shift in global mobility, the deal represented a far-sighted step designed to actively help shape the direction of these changes.

“Our Vision 2020 lays the foundation for an expansion that will produce sustainable growth and create a globally excellent manufacturing company,” said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of Anvis Deutschland GmbH and Executive Officer of Sumitomo Riko. The crucial enhancement work was done with the construction of the new Anvis headquarters in 2015 and integration into the international Group structure. “On 1st of April 2017, we take the next step in the integration process,” Hahn said. The “House of Automotive Comfort” will combine not just the experience, know-how and innovative power of a global technology leader for automotive anti-vibration systems under one roof. 

A new name will also be displayed on the door: The Anvis Group is becoming SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH. “In this final step of the integration process, we are developing one truly visible entity that has a clear portfolio and is sending a strong signal about its ability to create innovative solutions for use in the mobility of tomorrow in part by applying expanded, globally available resources in research and development,” Hahn said.

The history of Sumitomo Riko began in the industrial city of Yokkaichi City, Japan, in 1929. The company’s expertise in the areas of rubber processing and vibration engineering grew rapidly. Innovations and the continuous refinement of the product portfolio to meet customers’ needs turned Sumitomo Riko into a global market leader. The Group’s expansion into worldwide automotive regions began in 1988 in North America.
Sumitomo Riko laid the key milestone for its expansion in the European market by acquiring a 100 percent stake in the Anvis Group in 2013. Innovativeness and the continuity of customer relationships that have been maintained for years flow into the centre of expertise for automotive vibration engineering.

About the Sumitomo Riko Group

In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. The group has 105 production sites in 23 countries. With 12 research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group generates a turnover of €3.3 billion annually. 
 

About the Anvis Group

From engine, gearbox, and chassis mounts to exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers, Anvis components are installed in all parts of automobiles. The company’s main focus is the development of anti-vibration systems, i.e. systems to decouple vibrating parts in vehicles. The group generates a turnover of more than €300 million at its 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, 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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Issuer:
SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.avs.sumiriko.com

Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky 
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

22.02.2017
| Anvis Group gains ISO 27001 certification

Protecting knowledge and acting in a dependable manner

Steinau, 22. February 2017. Undergoing constant and rapid change, the automotive market is calling for new solutions for future mobility. Key factors to success in this area include innovations and knowledge about products and processes. Competition for know-how and innovative solutions is increasing all the time, raising the general risk of setbacks such as loss of vital data. The diesel emissions scandal of 2016 was a worrying demonstration of how misconduct on the part of a few employees can endanger an entire company. On top of all this, reports of hacker attacks are continually on the rise as well. This is why compliance and data security have become two of the most important criteria for successful collaboration between OEMs and their partners. "It's a situation that is making ever-increasing demands on suppliers", said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group, the specialist producer of anti-vibration systems. As a consequence, in December 2016, the company headquarters and central development centre for European OEM customers in Steinau an der Straße was certified in accordance with ISO 27001 for the first time. "Our certification delivers a clear signal to our customers." The revised version of this standard was published in 2013. Anvis is one of the first companies in the rubber and automotive supply sector to comply with the ISO 27001 standard. "We have been working really hard on compliance issues as well", explained Prasarth Rabindran, Director Compliance at Anvis Group, "and we are preparing for ISO 19600 certification in this area." Published for the first time in 2014, ISO 19600 is an extremely complex and demanding standard that aims to provide internationally operating companies and organisations with a reliable and practicable system for compliant behaviour.

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Cyber attacks on international companies and public institutions have now become the norm rather than the exception. As IT networks and infrastructures continue to grow, the danger of data being intercepted becomes ever greater, particularly when working in global structures. Vital to international competitiveness, a company's "intellectual property" is under constant and growing threat.

As a consequence of their efforts to protect internal know-how, automotive manufacturers are making greater demands on their suppliers. OEMs are increasingly asking their suppliers for evidence that they meet compliance and data security standards. However, the larger the company is, the more difficult it is to supply the necessary evidence. As a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Riko Group, the Anvis Group has started out by gaining ISO 27001 certification for its head office and European development centre. "We plan to gradually extend the certification process to our other sites", said Hahn.

Certification brings security

The ISO 27001 standard is an important step in ensuring data security inside the company and making our conformity visible to the outside world. At Anvis, data security starts whenever someone steps onto the company's premises. "We have a personalised access control system and video surveillance", explained Hahn, "meaning employees and visitors can only enter areas for which they have authorization". Important documents are kept in secure locations, and employees lock their office doors and computers whenever they leave the room. As Hahn stressed: "This philosophy is also extended to our corporate networks, applying to our own data, of course, but also and particularly to that of our external partners."

ISO 27001 demands a whole range of additional measures. First of all, the goals and requirements with regard to information security need to be defined, and their implementation must be cost-effective and in conformity with applicable rules and laws. This is only possible when, as at Anvis, efficient information security management processes have been put into place. The company's information and documentation structures have been analysed and suitably modified. Ongoing group training sessions ensure that employees receive the necessary instruction and develop a heightened awareness of the importance of data security. "Achieving improvements and identifying and countering threats is a permanent process", admits Hahn. At the same time, employees learn what data security is all about, knowledge that is useful in their personal lives as well.

Compliance as a corporate philosophy

Compliance is equally as important as data security. "In this area too, globalisation is bringing an ever greater number of requirements. We have already made a good deal of progress with regard to compliance, particularly at our head office in Steinau, where a large portion of our development work and our central customer contact team is located", said Compliance manager Rabindran in describing the efforts taking place at the Anvis Group. "We're not just paying lip service to compliance – it's a central element of our corporate philosophy and comprehensively practised by our Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Riko. We have drawn up a set of guidelines and organized training sessions for all employees throughout the Group." Anvis has also set up a hotline for whistleblowers wishing to report breaches of conduct rules. "We can see our compliance rules taking effect throughout our business processes, and can sense that all employees have a heightened awareness of the issues involved", added Prasarth Rabindran.

The ultimate goal is to gain certification in this area as well, and these efforts already demonstrate the progress towards this objective. Published in 2014, ISO 19600 is the international compliance standard, helping businesses set up a reliable and practicable system for compliant behaviour. In ISO 19600, the key element of compliance management is risk assessment. Risks are assessed and prioritized on the basis of how likely they are to occur, and effective measures must be put in place to control the factors that are identified as the greatest risks.

The ISO standard also covers the roles and responsibilities of the managers involved. "We are already well equipped to undergo the certification process, but Germany still lacks bodies that can carry out such an audit and grant the subsequent certification", said Hahn in closing.

About the Sumitomo Riko Group

In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. The group has 105 production sites in 23 countries. With 12 research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems through to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group achieves a turnover of €3.3 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and IT industry as well as health applications.

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 13 sites around the world. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Daimler, 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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Herausgeber:
Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
Deutschland
www.anvisgroup.com

Pressekontakt:
Guido Stanovsky
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
E-Mail: presse@anvisgroup.com

03.09.2015
| House of Automotive Comfort at the IAA 2015

The future of mobility lies in the material


Steinau, 03 September 2015 Where is the automobile of the future heading? What role will driving comfort and driving dynamics play? And which innovative products and materials will impact these two characteristics today and tomorrow? Answers to these questions will be provided at the IAA 2015 by the "House of Automotive Comfort" that comprises Sumitomo Riko, the Anvis Group, which represents the Japanese group in Europe, as well as the Italian fluid handling specialist DyTech. The merger of these three companies resulted in the Sumitomo Riko Group which, as a global market leader for anti-vibration systems, has significantly expanded its development expertise and component portfolio, particularly for European OEMs. "It's all about managing the complexity of the next generation of vehicles," explains Olaf Hahn, Managing Director of the Anvis Group and member of the board of Sumitomo Riko. The group is therefore developing, among other things, controllable unit mountings for budget vehicles as well as for luxury limousines. A Smart Rubber will enable new solutions for many functions in the area of sensor technology in the future and the use of new materials will increase the durability and fatigue strength of components. The long-term innovation potential of the group and ground-breaking, series-production-ready, state-of-the-art solutions will be on display through illustrative demonstrations at stand A12, hall 6.1, in the "House of Automotive Comfort" area of the largest automobile show in the world.
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In 2013, the Japanese company Sumitomo Riko took over the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. Over the past 2 years, a successful integration process has taken place. With the new regional strategy, the three companies are combining not only their development skills. The products, which complement each other to a certain extent, will be delivered worldwide from 103 sites in 23 countries to customers.
Anvis is responsible for Europe and assumes responsibility for products throughout the Sumitomo Riko Group when it comes to OEMs and Tier 1 customers. The group will be presenting this range of services at the IAA in the "House of Automotive Solutions". The portfolio of products ranges from high-performance engine bearings and new concepts in fluid handling to reduced-weight engine covers and ultralight headrests through the use of innovative materials. "Weight reduction, minimisation of emissions, safety and comfort are our key drivers when it comes to developing automotive components," explains Hahn regarding the product range.

For a light future
In addition to the products, development expertise in particular plays a crucial role when it comes to dealing with future mobility needs. The Sumitomo Riko Group has twelve research and development centres worldwide. "The experience and expertise of Sumitomo Riko, Anvis and Dytech complement each other perfectly," says Hahn. The group is primarily focused on developing materials to optimise driving dynamics and comfort on a sustainable basis. Great potential exists, for example, in the improved reliability and performance of rubber mixtures and the use of plastics to replace metal for weight reduction. One OEM, for example, is about to start production of suspension bushings with an outer shell made of plastic instead of metal.
The Smart Rubber of the Sumitomo Riko Group possesses sensory qualities. The level of accuracy available for measuring pressure and temperature enables new solutions for various functions in automobiles. The measurement of biometric data can be used to deduce the driver's physical state, for example. However, existing sensor and actuator systems in the automobile can also be substituted by this material, which has a high level of reliability and durability due to the elimination of any mechanical and electronic components. The Sumitomo Riko Group will be demonstrating the principle of Smart Rubber in various applications at its stand at the IAA.

Active adjustment of the unit mounting
Controllable bearings will play a decisive role when it comes to driving comfort in the future. The Sumitomo Riko Group will be using a small vehicle model to demonstrate how innovative bearing systems and the resulting ability to adapt to different driving situation works. These adaptive bearings can be employed to optimise comfort properties further through an improved stiffness and damping behaviour.
 

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.

About the Sumitomo Riko Group
In addition to the Japanese company, the Sumitomo Riko Group also includes the German Anvis Group and the Italian company Dytech. With the merger of the companies in 2013, the number of production plants rose to 103 in 23 countries. With twelve research and development centres globally, the group develops innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. The products range from anti-vibration systems such as engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, exhaust system hangers and vibration dampers as well as hose systems such as molecular fuel hoses through to components made of polyurethane such as engine covers. The group achieves a turnover of €2.8 billion annually. Its customers mainly include leading automobile manufacturers such as the VW Group, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Renault-Nissan, Mazda, Toyota or General Motors. The expertise of the Sumitomo Riko Group also flows into other sectors, however, such as the rail and computer industry as well as health applications.
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Anvis Deutschland GmbH
Karl-Winnacker-Str. 22a
36396 Steinau an der Straße
www.anvisgroup.com
 
Media contact:
Guido Stanovsky 
Tel.: +49 6663 9128-121
Fax: +49 6663 9128-4121
Mobile: +49 151 1881 0714
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22.06.2015
| Anvis expands its plant in the Czech Republic

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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22.04.2015
| The Anvis Group at Auto Shanghai

Partner in the Chinese market

Steinau, 22 April 2015 The Anvis Group has successfully expanded its business in China. Even though such European OEMs as VW and Peugeot still generate more than half of turnover for engine bearings, exhaust system hangers, chassis springs and decoupling systems, the share of turnover produced by Chinese customers rose to 36 percent during the Group's last financial year. "The working relationship with domestic OEMs has evolved into a profitable partnership," said Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. In doing so, the world's leading producer of anti-vibration systems has solidified its ties to Chinese manufacturers. At the same time, European OEMs remain an important partner in China – particularly as a result of the company's development expertise. "We also draw on the know-how of our parent company, Sumitomo Riko," Hahn says. For the very first time, the Anvis Group is displaying its entire line of products and services at Auto Shanghai, an international trade fair being held from 22 through 25 April. The company is located at Booth 6B/E413 (German Pavillion) in Hall 62.
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Anvis generated turnover of €65 million in China during the company's past financial year. Sixty-four percent of this turnover was produced by engine bearings and 13 percent each by chassis systems and hangers. Anvis made 57 percent of its vibration components for European manufacturers and 36 percent for Chinese producers last year. In addition to these automotive products, Anvis produced parts for other industries, including rail system components and pipeline compensators. The share of turnover reached 7 percent.
"The way was cleared by our systematic growth strategy and the investments we made in our factory in China last year," Hahn said. Using state-of-the-art production facilities, the company can meet the special needs of its individual customers. With its local development and production teams, it can also fulfil the requirements of Chinese automakers. Thanks to their partnership with Anvis, these OEMs can reach global automotive standards more quickly.

Combined service
The Group structure also makes it possible to optimally allocate resources. As a result, project-related production capacities can be expanded and modified as needed. The Sumitomo Riko Development Centre in China plays a key role in basic research. The work required to develop a practical application is conducted by the Anvis Development Department in Wuxi. This produces the right products in a cost-efficient supplier structure for European OEMs as well as Chinese manufacturers. With the help of a broad supplier network in China, all raw materials and components can be acquired in the country. This also improves competitiveness in the local market.
In addition to its products, Anvis employees at Booth Stand XX in Hall XXX of Auto Shanghai are offering insights into production processes, explaining quality standards and providing information about Group-wide capacities and R&D potential. The company is also giving an overview of its global footprint.

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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07.04.2015
| Anvis Group launches worldwide compliance helpline

Strengthening trust

Steinau, 7 April 2015. Many companies have already set up systems to monitor and ensure compliance with laws, regulations, statutes and guidelines like the "Code of Conduct". Anvis, the world market leader in anti-vibration systems, is now expanding its commitment to this area by launching a global compliance helpline on April 1st. "With the helpline, we are providing not only our employees, customers and suppliers with an opportunity to report violations, but also all residents in our business locations," says Olaf Hahn, the Managing Director of the Anvis Group. This clear commitment to transparency and openness is being supported and encouraged by Anvis' parent company, Sumitomo Riko. "The key to successful compliance is anonymity," said Group Legal Manager Rainer Einmal. This is the only way to achieve the goals of compliance management and strengthen trust over the long term. The helpline can be reached by telephone and e-mail through its own portal. An external attorney will ensure that information can be provided anonymously to the Compliance Committee. He can also be reached by telephone or e-mail.
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Companies with international business operations must practice serious compliance management. Such a system needs structures that are capable of effectively fighting the denial of equal opportunity, harassment, corruption, child labour and much more. "Our customers also demand such a commitment," Hahn said in reference to the business terms and conditions of OEMs.
A complex compliance system is now mandatory for listed companies. At small and midsized enterprises like the Anvis Group, such structures are being introduced on a step-by-step basis. "Anvis' risk management has been given an important boost through its close relationship with our Japanese parent company, Sumitomo Riko," Einmal said in describing another reason for the introduction of the global helpline.

Full impact
The procedures are simple and effective. Complaints and violations can be reported through a special portal that can be accessed on the Anvis website or anonymously through the external attorney. These reports will then be sent directly to the Compliance Committee, which will then open an investigation into the allegations. Should violations be found, a systematic reform effort will be initiated. "By ensuring anonymity, our compliance management system can have its full impact." Group Risk Manager Prasarth Rabindran is certain that this is the only way to achieve such goals as minimising risk and improving efficiency and effectiveness.

About the Anvis Group
Whether engine, gearbox and chassis mounts, or exhaust suspensions 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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