Monday, June 18, 2018

Geared towards improving localisation: Toyota Motor Vietnam

Toyota Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd (TMV), one of the first automobile joint ventures in Vietnam, is continuously making efforts in expanding localisation by seeking investments from domestic auto parts companies, including Global Toyota. Thus, TMV has achieved the highest localisation rate compared to other automobile makers in Vietnam.

INTERNATIONAL METALWORKING NEWS FOR ASIA interviewed Mr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Manager of Business Planning, Government Affairs, Technical Affairs and Legal Division Sales and Service Group, Toyota Motor Vietnam Co. Ltd.

Mr. Pham Anh Tuan

IMNA: Tell us something about Toyota Motor Vietnam
Tuan: Toyota Motor Vietnam is a leading automaker in Vietnam established in 1995 as a joint venture company between three parties: Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) 70%, VEAM (Vietnam Engine Agriculture Machinery Corporation) and Kuo (Singapore). TMV assembly factory is located in Vinh Phuc province, 40km from Hanoi with a production capacity of 50,000 units/year. It employs nearly 2,000 workers and 49 dealers nationwide. In addition, TMV achieved No. 1 customer satisfaction for both sales and service (SSI and CSI) in 2017 according to JD Power survey.

IMNA: Recently, TMV sales volume increased by 3% according to reports. What is the reason behind the success you achieved?
Tuan: TMV sales in April was 4,234 units, an increase of 3% compared with the same period last year. Thanks to the increase of (completely knocked down) CKD vehicles, especially Vios with sales of 2,076 units in April, 89% higher than last year. Meanwhile, Innova reached sales of 1,300 units in April, up by 44% from 2017. This achievement lead towards TMV’s goal of promoting local production, in line with customers’ preference and Government policy.

IMNA: What do you think is the difference among the auto market of Thailand, China and India?
Tuan: Tremendous potential is seen in Vietnam for automobile industry with 96 million people and a US$2.385 million GDP/capita in 2017. The total automobile in operation is about 2.8 million, in which only about 3% people own a car. Motorisation is expected to materialise in Vietnam around 2025, expecting many people to shift from motorcycles to cars. However the current car market size is still very small, with total sales of 350,000 new cars a year. Moreover, the automobile market is forecast to increase quickly after 2025, reaching one million sales by 2030.

IMNA: In the process of key auto parts making in TMV plant, such as engine and driving system components manufacturing, do you apply any advanced metal cutting technology?
Tuan: In TMV factory, we have four main production processes: stamping, welding, painting and assembly. At the moment, TMV does not apply any advanced metal cutting technology yet.
IMNA: Do you think Toyota will apply new technologies, such as laser welding, laser brazing and soldering, hydroforming and hot stamping in the future?
Tuan: Certainly in the future, together with market expansion, production and localisation enhancement, TMV and our suppliers will need more advanced metal technology, such as laser welding, laser brazing and soldering, hot stamping, 4D printing.

IMNA: Lean manufacturing is the core of the development in industry competition. What is your successful experience on that area; are you also applying Industry 4.0 concept in your production plant?
Tuan: In TMV, lean manufacturing is based on just-in-time concept, where ordering is a pull system, not push system. We place an order to production based on customer’s need. For example, product, amount and timing. In this way, TMV can minimise stock, reduce investment and increase efficiency. With minimum stock or zero stock, we can quickly change our production and adopt to any sudden changes in the market, such as customer demand, buyer preference, Government policy, and competitor’s activities. Industry 4.0 or automation is also another key point in Toyota production system. However, application of automation at TMV factory is still limited to automatic delivery vehicles (AGV) of CKD parts from warehouse to production stations or from a production station to another.

IMNA: With regards to Human Resources, what has been Toyota’s strategy over the past twelve months with regards to recruitment, training and retention of skilled Vietnamese workforce?
Tuan: TMV conducts young talent recruitment in collaboration with various universities and Toyota Technician Education Program (TTEP) schools. For employees, we perform on-the-job training activities, like basic production skills training, Toyota Production System (TPS), and Toyota way done by our internal instructors.

IMNA: What changes have you seen in the market throughout the years? Any advice to companies considering market entry into Vietnam?
Tuan: Vietnam is a very promising market for the automobile industry. The Government is keen on automobile development and it’s supporting industries. However at present, the industry is facing difficulties due to market size, production volume, including 0% import tariffs from ASEAN, which poses a major challenge for domestic manufacturers. On the other hand, Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers' Association (VAMA) urges the Government for a stable policy to achieve steady market expansion in the coming years, and to attract investments, as well as reduce cost. Nonetheless, now is the perfect time for anyone to invest in the automobile industry as it approaches motorisation in 2025.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

TMTS 2018 Pre-conference highlights

TMTS officials and executives

International Media during TMTS 2018 pre-show conference

Taiwan is an extremely important region for machine tools and components manufacturing and continues to enjoy solid growth despite competition in neighboring countries around Asia.

The motto of this year's Taiwan International Machine Tool Show (TMTS) is "Manufacture Linking • Activate the Future". The smartification of machine tools links the industry to global smart manufacturing trends, enhances the competitiveness of end customers, and taps the capabilities of Taiwan's smart manufacturing in an effort to provide buyers with complete solutions.

In early May 2018, Taiwan Machine Tool and Accessory Builders’ Association (TMBA) held its TMTS 2018 pre-show press conference. International Metalworking Newsfor Asia along with other journalists from around the world explored key ideas and experiences on what to expect on the upcoming exhibition, which will run from November 7-11 at the Taichung International Exhibition Centre, and Greater Taichung International Expo Centre.

Mr. Jui-Hsing Yen, Chairman of TMBA said during the press conference, "Taiwan's machine tool manufacturers use their solid information and communication technology (ICT), coupled with mobile devices such as smart phones/tablets, to provide smart functions such as remote management and monitoring to end users. Also, various industrial sectors (such as: aviation, automobiles, textiles, printed circuit boards and plumbing hardware industries ) can store, process, and analyse sensor data collected from factory machines or equipment through the cloud system (National IIoT PaaS - NIP), and further provide service designs that will act for smart solutions in the market.

He added, "At the same time, Taiwan's machine tool suppliers have made use of smart technologies to enhance environmental protection and energy-saving functions so that their products can meet the standards and requirements of environmental protection in the international manufacturing industry. Therefore, Taiwan machine tool industry has not only spared no efforts to solidify the precision and reliability of the machines, but also dedicated to implementing smart functions to enhance their clients' competitiveness as global manufacturing system is moving toward intelligence."

Machine tool output value
Mr. Carl Huang, President of TMBA, explained, “The machine tool industry has the largest output value in Taiwan’s machinery sector, consisting of a complete value chain system, which includes: R&D, component processing and manufacturing, and even assembly, testing, sales, and after-sales service. Occupying a global market share of 5 to 6%, Taiwan is the seventh largest machine tool producer in the world.”

“Taiwan's machine tool sales are export-oriented with a share of 79%, making it the fifth largest exporter of machine tools in the world. In addition to meeting the production needs of the domestic market, Taiwan's machine tool makers also supply to the world's major machine tool manufacturing customers (such as those from China, United States, Japan and India), of which Taiwan has become the third largest exporter of ball screw in the world. Marketing globally and providing service to international clients are the characteristics of Taiwan machine tool and accessory industry,” he added.

Huang further explained that compared with other competitors, Taiwan's machine tool products have the competitive edge of price–performance ratio. Their application scopes include the manufacturing of automobiles, motorcycles, aerospace, rail transportation, 3C products, moulds and various mechanical accessories. Hence, they have significant influence in the international market.

Ms. Elisa Li, Vice President of TMBA, said, “An estimated 750 companies will participate in this year’s show, which will utilise 4,300 booths, occupying a total area of 91,000 square meters. Both the number of exhibitors and number of booths will break the record. The scale of the exhibition is larger than that of the previous show. It is estimated that 85,000 buyers from domestic and overseas markets will visit this year, making it the largest machine tool show in Taiwan this year.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chin Fong Machine: Innovator in metal forming

Simon Tseng, General Manager

Taiwan-based Chin Fong Machine General Manager Simon Tseng along with his team, Vice Presidents Helen Fang and Frank Tsai, Executive Office Manager Steven Wang, and Overseas Sales Dept. Director Jason Lee sat down with INTERNATIONAL METALWORKING NEWS FOR ASIA sharing their views on innovation, and strategies in emerging markets.

Keeping globalisation as its pace
Operating for 70 years, Chin Fong succeeds in establishing a variety of mechanical power presses. It has a number of specialised presses that are suitable for different industries and markets, as the capacity of the company’s products have reached the stage of sophistication. This solid foundation provided the company with all the requirements to expand their global presence.

In the year 1994, Chin Fong has set up a production centre in China, envisioning the importance of world factory. Following the shifts and changes of geography in the international trade, Chin Fong established branches and sales/service centres in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. And in 2017, the company set up its branch in Mexico in order to supply the Latin American customers locally.

“2018 will be the year that Chin Fong consolidates our global strategy. We are ready to use the successful experience from China, and elsewhere to bring it forward to the emerging markets” remarked Simon Tseng, general manager.

According to the market researches, it indicates that the demands in automobiles have saturated in the U.S., China and the EU. This message implies not a standstill in the overall demands in car markets. But that the new economies will jump to become the uppermost crucial regions in the future of cars manufacturing, said Chin Fong.

The company emphasised that being deeply involved in the ASEAN market since the late 1980s, they are looking forward to boost the presence in the region particularly that top auto suppliers of Japan, and China have located their factories there”, “We are also eying Middle East markets such as Iran, these are the regions that contain much potential for the new era automobile”, Simon Tseng added.

Steven Wang (Executive office manager), Helen Fang (Vice President), Simon Tseng (General Manager), Frank Tsai (Vice President), Jason Lee (oversea sales Dept. Director)

Symbolic technology to fuel new energy automotive
In the field of press manufacturers, integrating traditional technology to transforming manufacturing sector is the core issue manufacturers must confront especially at the time that the automobile industry is struck by disruptive technologies. Green vehicles that adopt light-weight techniques in manufacturing are attracting the spotlight, so as the trend of autonomous cars and shared economy that extends to the vehicle sector. In responding to these technological disruption, Chin Fong has succeeded in offering forming presses that are energy-efficient and economical in material consumption, while eliminating the need of post-processing.

“Chin Fong’s Knuckle-joint cold forging press is a compact version of press that blends in processes required for sheet metal forming. Diminishing the time and stages needed from the original processing thanks to its highly precise stamping capacity” the team explained.      

On the other hand, the company’s large-sized servo presses and hot forging presses are designed to meet definite requirements in processing high tension steels and component materials that are applied in renewable energy, light-weight vehicles.

“Contributing to the embedded sensors, smart monitor system, timely graphical stamping condition and statistics records, we were able to maximise the automation competency of the servo presses” the team stated. Via IoT, and high connectivity of the presses, the defect rate will be reduced as feedbacks of production information could be analysed and thus optimised to reach high accuracy. Chin Fong’s intelligent servo presses have also been installed at a smart factory demonstration plant in China.

Chin Fong’s role in the broader aspect of smart manufacturing sector
When asking about the expectation on Chin Fong amidst their 70th anniversary, the general manager and his team expressed a unified goal to make Industry 4.0 as the backbone for future developments. The editorial team further asked if the burgeoning shared economic model, (shared vehicle trend) challenges car ownership, and would this affect the overall sales of carmakers. Namely, what is Chin Fong’s role under the arrival of a shared economic model as well as driverless cars?

“We fully welcome the coming of a new style of transportation – whether it is autonomous car or electric cars,” said Simon Tseng. “In the future, the concept of transportation will change in all aspects, the question of vehicles as a commodity, or the ownership of it will not be the core issue, but rather it will be about the new service that people do on the wheels,” he commented.

Cars itself will become a platform of a new economic model. Therefore, for Chin Fong, sharpening their competency in software, and the capability to match production for carmakers of tomorrow becomes the urgent tasks while they embrace it with great confidence.

“Related to this new economic model, our president constantly stresses the goal of becoming a service-oriented press manufacturer” remarked the team. Very different from the image of a traditional mechanical press manufacturer, the aspiration of the company is dynamic and bold.

“As our presses and software systems keep upgrading and mature, we hope to head toward to a total-solution provider,” they stated.

Yet it is not without challenges. As the company stresses on highly customised presses, it has a relatively longer delivery than standardised press manufacturers.

“We recognise this as an issue to be dealt with, while we insist on the strategy of making customised presses for individual customers. In the next years we will thus explore more possibilities to shorten our delivery while maintaining this strength of designing original presses,” the team claimed. 

In the future roadmap of the company, readers will be able to anticipate innovative presses that process new types of sheet metals. They will also see stronger presence of Chin Fong in the emerging markets regarding services, and finally witness it to move towards becoming a 100-year-old company.

Direct Drive Servo Forging Press

Source: International Metalworking News for Asia

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Note in your calendar: reserve seat for Automotive Summit Vietnam

ASEAN Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit 2018

Technical Conference X Market Development X Factory Visit X Exhibition X Business Matchmaking

Date: 17-18 April, 2018
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Not to lie, there are only 3 reasons to attend a business conference.

1) To expand your knowledge about latest technologies, machinery and innovative raw materials – such as metal cutting tools, precision grinding technology, 3D laser cutting, magnesium alloys in lightweighting and others

2) Network with influential representatives from various international associations, renown OEMs manufacturers and government representatives.

3) Generate up to 200 sale leads in 2 days, while enjoying 5 star hotel environment.
But you have to admit, those are 3 really good reasons, right?

Conference theme:
To develop a strong manufacturing and assembling segment in a competitive regional market place, by introducing automation and Industry 4.0 applications.

In addition, here is the sample of some hot industry topics that we will cover:
Metalworking session:
l   CNC machine tool technology in high-performance machining
l   Metal cutting in automotive manufacturing -HOT
l   Increasing metal parts output with fast laser cutting machine systems and intelligent automation solutions
l   Precision components for cutting tool solutions
l   Magnetic clamping technology for mould making inserts
l   Cutting machine tools for moulds – HOT

Plastics session:
l   Structural carbon fiber reinforced plastics in automotive applications - HOT
l   High Pressure resin transfer moulding (HP-RTM) technology and its advantages
l   High performance engineering plastics in auto parts production
l   Plastic automotive wheel rims – challenges and benefits - HOT

General session:
l   Fiber laser & CO2 lasers – advantages and disadvantages for your business
l   How to update your production line – best machines and practices
l   Multi-material joining techniques to enable high volume lightweight manufacturing
l   Innovative magnesium alloys as a way to improve fuel efficiency

Reasons Why You Should Attend

l   Be Up to date with The Latest Market Trends And Prospects:
Get ideas, gain insights and learn best practices in processing and design in the metalworking and plastics industries.

l   Learn From The Industry Experts:
Discover new products, services and solutions for your business to generate higher profitability.

l   Build Your Business Network:
With focus in Auto and Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing, Precision Machining, Light weighting, Intelligent Automation, Testing & Measuring Equipment ROI and training.

Face-To-Face Communication with Your Peers:  industry experts, fellow manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, distributors, academe as well as R&D researchers from automotive, motorcycle and supporting industries like machining, metrology, cutting tools, plastics, automation, mold and die etc. Learn about regional needs and future manufacturing trends.

By Industry:
l   Auto Parts manufacturers Tier 1-3
l   Tier 1 automobile & motorbike assemblers
l   Government representatives
l   Machinery and tools manufacturers
l   Mould & Die manufacturers
l   Industry Associations & Industry Experts

By Position:
l   President / Vice-president / Chief Executive Officer /General Manager
l   Manufacturing Director
l   R&D Heads / Planning Director / Manager / Design /Engineers
l   Production / Process / Project Director / Managers
l   QC Director / Managers
l   Purchasing Director / Managers
l   Marketing & Sales Director / Managers

l   Standard Registration - USD180 / Person

Exclusive Package
l   Double Package - Free Hotel Room for 2 Nights
A complimentary twin room for 2 nights in official appointed satellite 3-star hotel located close to the venue for 2 persons from the same company.

l   Quad Package - Buy 3, Get 1 Free & Free Hotel Rooms
For every four or more delegates from the same company, the fourth person will enjoy a free registration.

For more information:
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The ASEAN Automotive & Motorcycle Parts Manufacturing Summit 2018 brings industry leaders together to discuss Auto parts manufacturing, High performance plastic components, Light weighting, Innovative alloys, Precise Machining, Developing skilled manpower, automation and Industry 4.0 applications.

During 2 days of the event you will participate in insightful technical information exchange during Seminars, have the possibility to visit Exhibitor Booths, join the Factory Tour and expand your business network during lunch breaks and other social activities.

About the Organizer

Taking advantage of powerful media resources, Ringier Conference covers the industries of plastics, food, personal care, medicine & health care, nonwovens, coatings & ink, automobile, metal, mold & die, package, composite material, and the latest technologies. Since 2003, we organize over 20 high level conferences bringing industry leaders together for information exchange and networking opportunities in China and successfully extend into S.E.Asia from 2014.
A series of conferences in S.E.Asia that cater specifically to industry verticals like metalworking technology, plastics processing, automotive, food beverage processing & packaging representing growth sectors in many S.E. Asia countries. These sectors require high levels of technology and

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid

Q1: As the transition to Industry 4.0 picks up speed, how do you see the future of the metalworking industry? What are your views on challenges and trends facing the metalworking industry?

Anyone who considers the changes with some foresight is on a good path to a positive future. High-tech for effective pipe processing is the key to progress for many technologies and an important solution driver in all area of daily work and life, for example, when you consider machine and medical technology. Over the course of digital development, we also discovered completely new solutions, which ensure even more efficiency in heavily connected processes. Like I said, anyone who’s forward-thinking and is ready to approach digitalisation challenges and the accompanying shift in thinking openly will be successful. The demand will continue to grow together with increasing productivity. We’re already witnessing this development, for example, with our individual automation systems t motion and our tube bending software t control.

The relevance of highly rigid materials in lightweight construction continues to increase. In the automobile area, the trend is developing towards low quantities together with flexible automatic production, i.e. small quantities and individual pieces in automatic processes. This results in advantages like employee-independent production, process reliability, and influence on traceable processes, for example module assembly. Overall, there’s more planning reliability. Of course, the potential for mechanical engineering is being defined worldwide by automation and digitalisation. I see the clearest opportunities and chance to grow in this area. We’re expanding these trends ourselves with our own innovative power.

-- Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid

International Metalworking News for Asia- December 2017 issue

It is clear; the market for connected equipment and devices will continue to grow. But, as product designers and engineers face the challenges of building smart products, they are realising they need faster, better, smarter tools with which to create them. Part of that solution is to use tools capable of bringing all the disparate processes onto a single, unified platform.

Global high-tech companies are melding Industry 4.0, automation and big data to create metalworking equipment, tools and solutions that will build empires in the industrial manufacturing. They are developing healthy ecosystems that can carry their strategies and values far.
Whatever the situation, Industry 4.0 is here, and manufacturers all over the world are doing their best to prepare. At this issue’s 2018 Outlook Report, industry leaders and senior executives share their views and initiatives on Industry 4.0, and the current and future of metalworking industry, as part of their overall efforts toward automation and big data in manufacturing.

The adoption of Industry 4.0 is indeed a major deportation from traditional manufacturing culture. It not only needs new systems and new set of skills but also a new mind-set, to create a new culture to drive Industry 4.0.

A true digital enterprise will deliver value through physical products or services at the core, through a network of customers and suppliers augmented by digital interfaces and data driven industrial digital ecosystems. These developments will profoundly change individual enterprise, as well as transform market dynamics across the globe.

Although this vision of the future of manufacturing may still be years away for some factories in South East Asia, things are clearly headed in the right direction. InternationalMetalworking News for Asia helps bring Industry 4.0 to life for companies in the region through our motivating technical articles.

Of course, there’s plenty more stories and topics aside from Industry 4.0. Take a moment to read the magazine’s latest print issue or download your copy on iTunes and Play Store. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.

Friday, November 3, 2017

A different method of turning

In a market as notoriously competitive as automotive, parts such as hub units, CV joint components and drive pinions share a common requirement: to maximise productivity without compromising quality. The question is, how can you produce these steel parts in high volumes? This is all about to change with a new turning methodology that challenges conventions to deliver productivity increases typically no less than double what can be achieved presently.

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