Story // 04.12.2019

KAIZEN: Continuous Improvement at SEKISUI

Innovative projects aiming at the continuous improvement of SEKISUI. This is what KAIZEN is about (KAIZEN = change for better). KAIZEN is integral to SEKISUI’s culture, a defining philosophy that inspires to constantly evaluate, refine and progress. Every year, there are teams competing against each other at the European KAIZEN convention.

KAIZEN, the practice of continuous improvement, is a crucial part of SEKISUI’s company culture – aiming to create a corporate culture of daily improvement, raising the growth of each employee. KAIZEN can be referred to different activities and involves employees of all areas and hierarchy levels. At SEKISUI, the nine-step process of continuous improvement is of high priority for all businesses.

Every year, the best ideas from all SEKISUI companies are presented in the so-called KAIZEN convention. Representatives from the European companies meet up and compete against each other in the European KAIZEN convention.

In 2019, the event took place in Vlodrop near Roemond, the Netherlands, and allowed various European teams to present their improvement activities to reinforce company structure and business performance.

The team from SEKISUI SPECIALTY CHEMICALS EUROPE made it to the top of the podium! And was invited to Japan. Every year, SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. invites the winners of each area – Japan, North America / Mexico, China, Europe, and Southeast Asia – to have them participated in the global KAIZEN convention in Japan.