Relationship with Our Customers
The aim of the Unipres worldwide quality control system is zero defects.
By developing a consistent quality assurance system spanning the entire process from development through mass production and basing quality control on the same standards at all our global sites, we provide the best possible products and quality all over the world.
Quality Management System
The Unipres Group’s manufacturing bases in Japan and overseas have IATF 16949, an international standard for quality management systems specifically in the automobile industry.
The manufacturing plants for transmission parts in the process of a switchover as well as resin parts manufacturing plants maintain the conventional ISO 9001 certification until they acquire IATF 16949.
|IATF16949||Domestic locations||Tochigi Plant (Moka)、Tochigi Plant (Oyama)、Tochigi Plant (Oppama)、Unipres Kyushu Corporation|
|Overseas locations||Unipres U.S.A., Inc.、Unipres Southeast U.S.A., Inc.、UNIPRES ALABAMA, INC.、Unipres Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.|
|Unipres (UK) Limited、UM Corporation, SAS、MA Automotive Brazil Ltd. ,Unipres Guangzhou Corporation|
|Unipres Zhengzhou Corporation、Unipres Precision Guangzhou Corporation、UNIPRES SUNRISE CORPORATION|
|Unipres India Private Limited、The commissioned manufacturing supplier of Unipres (Thailand) Co., LTD.|
|PT. Unipres Indonesia|
|ISO9001||Domestic locations||Fuji Plant (Fuji)、Fuji Plant (Fujinomiya)、Unipres Precision Corporation|
|Unipres Mold Corporation (Fuji)、Unipres Mold Corporation (Hiroshima)、Unipres Mold Corporation (Moka)|
Initiatives for Technological Development and R&D
The Unipres Group combines its basic technologies relating to equipment such as dies, jigs, and tools with core technologies comprising car body pressing, precision pressing, and plastic pressing to develop and manufacture products with an emphasis on safety and the environment. The Group’s Medium-Term Management Policy is “Promote UPS activities and enhance our profitability and competitiveness to be the No. 1 global company,” and in accordance with this policy, the Group is pushing ahead with deepening its core domain centering on press technologies, as well as tackling new domains including innovative methods and products.
On the R&D front, the Japan-based Unipres R & D Co., Ltd. is spearheading the development of new technologies and new products, as well as conducting joint research with automotive and steel manufacturers, and universities.
In addition, given that regulations on collision safety and fuel efficiency have become stricter and electrification has been rapidly progressing in recent years, we work on technological development for even lighter parts and vehicles using ultra-high-tensile and hot stamping materials, and on new product development using other materials. We have also begun to work on technological innovation in production through automation coupled with DX, aiming to become one of the industry’s most competitive companies.
At the end of FY2020, personnel involved in R&D numbered 737, and R&D expenditure for FY2020 amounted to 6.2 billion yen. Meanwhile, industrial property rights held by the Unipres Group as a whole at the end of FY2020 numbered 71.
Main R&D Challenges in FY2020
・Development of 1.5 GPa class super high tensile parts
・Development of hot stamping parts
・Development of transmission parts for future expansion of electrification
・Development of high-performance plastic parts
・Production technology innovation through DX
Unipres has been working on automating various processes since FY2018. In FY2020, we were able to establish integrated automation in a specific line, from material input to storage of finished products. As a result, we were able to reduce the number of employees on the line by approximately 70% of one line. We will use this line as a model line for reference and increase the number of automated lines in the future.
Relationship with Shareholders and Investors
We disclose information needed by the company’s shareholders, investors, and other stakeholders in a timely and proper fashion and thus aim to ensure accurate understanding and evaluation of our company. Aware of our social responsibility, we engage in fair market competition.
Disclosure of Information
Unipres strives to disclose information in a timely and proper fashion according to the laws, regulations, and rules relating to statutory disclosure and timely disclosure. Even when information is not subject to legal requirements, we recognize that the information society really requires goes beyond the information that must be disclosed under laws and regulations. Accordingly, we will continue to disclose information voluntarily through a variety of IR activities in order to earn trust as a transparent company.
We will continue our efforts to promptly communicate a full range of information by, for example, publishing news releases and reports (shareholder newsletters), posting up-to-date information on our website and delivering IR information through our IR News Mail service. In this way we will aim to help our shareholders and investors understand the Company in more detail.
As of March 31, 2021, the total number of shares issued by Unipres Corporation was 47,991,873, while shareholders numbered 22,108. Shareholder distribution is as shown to the right.
Relationship with our Suppliers
We build and maintain equal, fair, and transparent trade relationships with all our business partners and build strong cooperative ties through mutual understanding and respect as business partners. In this way, we seek our mutual benefit.
Unipres has established procurement policies because of the necessity to fulfill social responsibilities in conducting procurement activities with all domestic and overseas business partners.
Unipres shall conduct its procurement activities in accordance with the following three basic guidelines.
1. Fair Transactions
・Unipres shall build equitable, fair, and transparent relationships with all of its suppliers, inside and outside Japan. It shall also forge ties of
mutual understanding and respect, and aim for coexistence and co-prosperity with them as business partners.
・In addition, Unipres shall constantly pursue new technology, high quality, and low costs in keeping with its management philosophy, and
endeavor to strengthen its competitiveness through a concerted effort with its suppliers.
2. Compliance with CSR Procurement
・In recent years, Unipres has been engaged in various CSR activities accompanying changes in the social situation. These activities include
improvement of labor conditions, disclosure of environmental data on levels of CO2 emissions and energy use as well as establishment of
targets for their reduction, expanded contribution to communities, and preparation of business continuity plans (BCP) and other initiatives to
・Unipres also requests its suppliers to understand, and actively cooperate with, CSR activities as members of society.
i. Compliance with laws and regulations
ii. Reinforcement of in-house systems
iii. Sure notification to all suppliers throughout the supply chain
3. Approaches to Green Procurement
・At Unipres, each and every employee is taking action on his or her own initiative to protect the global and local environments, in keeping with
the Unipres Environmental Policies and Green Procurement Guidelines. Our product development takes account of not only product safety
but also reduction of environment-burdening substances and conservation of resources and energy, for the purpose of curtailing
environmental impact to a minimal level. ・Furthermore, we believe that the automotive industry as a whole, from automakers to small and medium manufacturers of parts throughout
the supply chain, must fulfill their social responsibilities from their respective standpoints. We are therefore requesting the cooperation of
our suppliers, too, in approaches to green procurement.
■CSR Guidelines for Suppliers
On the basis of procurement policies, we engage in business while pursuing compliance and environmental consciousness in cooperation with our partners.In August 2018, we established the CSR Guidelines for Suppliers, summarizing common items with the aim of enabling our business partners to reflect on their corporate activities from a CSR perspective and take clear actions for further improvement. In November 2021, we revised some of the contents of this guideline in light of the increasing importance of human rights issues. We have prepared and distributed Japanese, English, and Chinese versions to global suppliers. We also would like to ask global suppliers for their understanding and compliance with the guideline. In order to confirm suppliers’ compliance with the guideline, we request them to submit a supplier commitment of this guideline with a signature of the responsible person.
■Conducting Supplier Self-Assessment (Self-Check Questionnaire)
In order to confirm compliance with the UNIPRES CSR Guidelines for Suppliers, we have requested to cooperate in answering the supplier self-assessment to our suppliers since FY2021. The self-assessment consists of questions on compliance, safety and quality, human rights and labor, the environment, information disclosure, and entire guideline. Based on the results, we will request improvements from suppliers who fall below the standard points set by us, and provide advice and support to improve their CSR activities as necessary.
In addition, in the future, based on the results of the self-assessment from each supplier, we plan to conduct monitoring through hearings or on-site confirmation, etc. in order to reduce CSR risks in the supply chain by improving the level of our efforts in cooperation with suppliers.
The Supplier Self-Assessment will also be conducted for new suppliers prior to the start of transactions in order to ascertain CSR risks.
■Green Procurement Activities
Unipres established the Unipres Green Procurement Guidelines in April 2009. The guidelines have set forth our commitment to reduce the impact on the environment when materials, parts, and sub-materials are delivered by our supplies. In this way, Unipres promotes global environmental conservation activities with an aim to create a society that enjoys sustainable development throughout the supply chain.
■Initiative to Address Conflict Minerals
Conflict minerals are specific minerals mined in areas were civil war is endemic, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries, that may potentially be used to fund armed groups. The United States has legislation mandating that companies investigate and report on any use of metals derived from conflict minerals within their supply chains. To meet our own obligations from a CSR perspective, we at Unipres Group obtained the understanding and cooperation of our suppliers to investigate the use of conflict minerals within our supply chain. Our investigation revealed no use of such minerals.
Relationship with Employees
Human Rights Policies
The Unipres Group values the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, the Core Labor Standards by the International Labor Organization (ILO), and other international standards. We conduct our businesses in ways that respect the human rights of anyone we work with, including cooperative companies and business partners. We established our human rights policies in November 2018 with the aim of raising the human rights awareness of each Unipres Group employee. The human rights policies have been translated into multiple languages and applied to all of our global sites. In addition, we have linked “Basic Policy for Human Rights” with “UNIPRES CSR Guidelines for Suppliers” to make it known to all of our suppliers. We also encourage our business partners to comply with this policy.
Cultivating a Global Workforce
Guided by our management philosophy, “Perfecting Machine Press Technologies: Going a Step Beyond,” Unipres has been working on the cultivation of a global workforce. In addition to technical and special training provided by each department, we, as the global headquarters, focus on leadership and management training for employees in specific ranks and on language programs to improve employees’ skills needed to navigate through our global business with our overseas bases, suppliers, and customers.
Promoting Active Participation by Women
In accordance with Japan’s Act on Promotion of Women's Participation and Advancement in the Workplace, we drew up the action plan below to provide an employment environment in which women can participate actively.
[Duration of action plan] April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022 [Targets] - Ensure that 2.4 percent or more of managers are women The achievements in FY2020 for the active participation of women in the workplace are shown below.
We have also set a new medium- and long-term target of “increasing women managers to 7 percent of all managers by 2030.
Acquisition of Level-3 (i.e., the highest-level) Eruboshi
In 2020, Unipres acquired the Level-3 Eruboshi certification from the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare. The Eruboshi certification is given to companies that have developed and submitted their general employer action plans in accordance with the Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace and met certain requirements specified by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Unipres met all the five criteria and acquired the highest-level (level-3) certification on its first try.
Registration as a Kanagawa Women's Advancement Supporter
In 2020, Unipres’ representative became registered as a supporter for the Kanagawa Women’s Empowerment Program, which has been launched to increase the momentum of support for women’s empowerment across society. As a company capable of leveraging its talent and thriving on diversity, Unipres will continue its efforts to empower women in the workplace.
Online link:Kanagawa Women's Activities Support Group(in Japanese)
Employing People with Disabilities
At Unipres, we take a proactive approach to hiring people with disabilities. In FY2020, 2.53% of our employees were people with disabilities.(Statutory percentage of disabled people in workforce: 2.3%) In FY2020, the percentage of employees with disabilities in the entire Unipres Group was 0.78%.
■Health and Productivity Management
Unipres works to support employees’ health management, cut overtime hours, and encourage employees to take paid days off, coupled with the measures it has adopted to check employees’ stress levels and help with their mental health care, among others, as part of its efforts to create a healthy environment both physically and mentally for employees to work.
Unipres Group Declaration on Health
The Unipres Group, with our slogan “Unified Commitment to Manufacturing,” places top priority on the physical and mental health as well as happiness of each of our employees and their families.
We believe that employees and their families being healthy and happy encourages employees to be considerate of their peers and fosters mutual cooperation. This produces a vibrant organization which leads to value creation for the company as well as to our contribution to society.
To ensure all employees are healthy and can work energetically, we will take steps to create a safe and comfortable working environment and support the advancement of health and prevention of illness for each and every one of our employees.
We hope all employees will unite to advance in our efforts for health improvement so that we can be healthy and continue our challenges for our families as well as for ourselves.
Selected as a Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (Large Enterprise Category) for the First Time in 2021
In March 2021, Unipres was certified as a Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (Large Enterprise Category) in 2021 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi. The Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program recognizes small- and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises, among others, that practice especially outstanding health and productivity management. The program considers the companies’ initiatives to tackle local health issues, along with their efforts that are in line with the health enhancement efforts promoted by Nippon Kenko Kaigi. Unipres values each of its employees and gives the highest priority to the preservation and enhancement of employees’ health and safety. We will continue to promote employee health enhancement.
Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In May 2021, we set up special paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination in order to facilitate inoculations among our employees and their families.
When the newly established special paid leave for COVID-19 vaccination (effective as of May 1, 2021) should be taken: (1) On the appointment dates for a vaccine (2 days in total) (2) When an employee feels unwell due to side effects of the vaccine he/she has received (only the day following a vaccination) (3) When an employee needs to attend and/or care for a family member he/she lives with, his/her parents and/or grandparents on the days specified in (1) and (2) above
■Safety and Health
Unipres Basic Safety and Health Policy
Recognizing that it is the pooling of employees’ efforts that provides the driving force enabling a company to constantly grow, we value every single one of our employees and consider it of the utmost importance to preserve and advance their safety and health. In line with this fundamental stance, we maintain an unwavering commitment to avoiding workplace accidents of any kind as we pursue our activities for safety and health.
Occupational Safety and Health Performance
Unipres has been implementing a range of occupational safety and health measures as a management task since FY2006, and our occupational accident levels have consequently remained consistently better than the industry average. We will redouble our efforts going forward to further enhance our performance.
Involvement with the Local Community
We are actively involved in local communities and contribute to the development of our business activities and these communities. In addition to complying with international rules and the laws in the countries where we operate, we also respect those countries’ cultures and customs and contribute to their development.
■Supporting Charities in Conjunction with Our Shareholders
Unipres works together with its shareholders to contribute to society. We introduced a points-based system to our shareholder incentive program, enabling shareholders to donate their points to organizations contributing to society. As a company, we double the total amount of money (i.e., points) donated by shareholders, and at the same time donate any points that shareholders have not used. In FY2020 we donated a total of 1,909,000 yen to two organizations: More Trees, which is engaged primarily in forest preservation activities in Japan and overseas, and the Foundation for Orphans from Automobile Accidents, which supports children who have lost their parents as a result of car accidents.
In FY2015 we added Kids Smile QUO Cards to our incentive gifts for shareholders. For each Kids Smile QUO Card purchased, 50 yen are donated to support activities that make life better for children in the areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
■Plant Tours for Children
Unipres offers plant tours to elementary schools near each of its operating sites. We also conduct family plant tours, inviting employees’ children so that they can learn about Unipres by seeing their mothers or fathers at work.
■Efforts to Cultivate the Next Generation
In January 2020 an employee from Unipres R & D Co., Ltd. gave a lecture to graduate students researching machinery-related fields at the University of Electro-Communications. We have been sending our employees to the university each year since fiscal 2017. We hope that the lectures on areas of expertise by our engineers at the forefront of technological development help students in their studies and awaken their interest in new fields, leading to nurture highly professional talent.
Unipres provides sponsorship and financial support, focusing primarily on organizations and events in communities where its head offices and plants are located. We also play an active part in community events.
＜Main Sponsorships in FY2020＞
・Supporting members of General Incorporated Association F.Marinos Sports Club
・Federation of All Nissan and General Workers' Unions NPO Center u-life21
・All Japan Intercollegiate Women's Ekiden Championship (Mt. Fuji Women’s Relay)
・National Wheelchair Marathon (Nissan Cup Oppama Championship)*
・・Fuji Festival, Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture*
* These programs were cancelled in FY2020 due to the COVID-19.
■Initiatives by Group Companies
Unipres Group companies in Japan and overseas are also engaged in a range of initiatives.
* Some of the initiatives are listed as implemented in FY2019.
Safety Training for Interns from Abroad
Unipres Kyushu provides safety training for interns from abroad on their first day at work. At the session, police officers give a lecture on basic rules the interns need to know in their day-to-day life in Japan, including traffic rules for bicycles and crime prevention. In fiscal 2020, 20 interns received the training.
Activities to Support Elementary Schools
[PT. Unipres Indonesia]
As part of community contribution activities, we donate stationery to local elementary schools in collaboration with Japanese companies in the KBI industrial park, where Unipres Indonesia is located. We have been taking part in the donation for more than 10 years, and we will continue this initiative to contribute to the regional development.
Training Technical Interns at Training Academy
We have established a Training Academy in 2017, which accepts about 50 apprentices a year who aim to become technical personnel in the automotive field. The Academy's practical training program is aimed at not only gaining specialized knowledge but also learning at actual production sites.
[Unipres Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.]
Every year, Unipres Mexicana donates gifts to children in low-income families at Christmas time. In December 2020, the company gave Christmas presents to children at Cuitláhuac Kindergarten in the local town, as in other years.