2020 New Year’s Greeting from President Keiichi Kobayashi
- Summary for the Employees -

January 6, 2020

  • “Safety first” at all times as our basic approach to corporate activities;
  • Let’s revitalize communication and provide a “service” that contributes to society;
  • This year, we will bring our current Mid-term Management Plan to an end; let’s make it a wonderful year as we work towards a new group vision with a shared mindset

Happy New Year!
The global economy has remained at a standstill since last year, affected by the U.S.-China trade war. For now, it seems likely that the current situation will continue. However, I can also sense the gradual progress of the technologies that are expected to be the driving forces behind next-generation society, such as 5G and CASE. As we prepare for the approaching era, we need to further strengthen our safety and quality improvement activities. At the same time, we need to steadily promote investment, research and development in ways that target growth, and make sure that Furukawa Electric continues to make a positive contribution to society. With this in mind, please allow me to share my thoughts with all of our employees as we embark upon the New Year.

“Safety first” at all times

Last year, terrible damage was caused by natural disasters, including typhoons and torrential rain, and some of our operations were affected. Some of our employees were included among the victims of these disasters. Allow me to extend my heartfelt sympathies to those who suffered and their family members. In order to prepare for any unexpected disasters in the future, we will work hard to build workplace environments that allow all of us to work with peace of mind. We need to hold frequent dialog with those around us, create opportunities to share our thoughts, and continue to promote safety activities.

Keiichi Kobayashi, President

Keiichi Kobayashi, President

Let’s provide a “service” that is useful to society

On a regular basis, I try to encourage our employees to offer a service that will please our customers by “visualizing the quality demanded by our customers” and then supplying them with products, services, and technologies. This is how we plan to contribute to society. This means seeing things from our customers’ perspective, and also thinking in terms of society at large. Moreover, revitalizing communication and creating an environment where we can speak our minds will lead to improvements in the quality of our relationships as an organization.

2020 will bring an end to the Mid-term Management Plan

This year we will be concluding the Mid-term Management Plan that was launched in 2016. In the spring of 2018, we made an upward revision to the figures contained in the 2020 Mid-term Management Plan. Unfortunately, however, the global economy has since gradually cooled, and in November we made a downward revision to the forecast for the current fiscal year. Market conditions have remained difficult recently, but last year we set out a clear direction for the business domains we need to target in the leadup to 2030 under our “Furukawa Electric Group Vision 2030”. We have set out a policy of creating social infrastructure in ways that combine data, energy and mobility, with the aims of protecting the global environment and realizing safe, reliable and comfortable lifestyles. Let’s adopt the same One Furukawa mindset and make 2020 a wonderful year!