As globalization and information technology have advanced in the 21st century and the world becomes connected as one global market, it has become easy for anyone to obtain a variety of products and services even beyond national borders. Meanwhile, changes are occurring in response to new social and economic trends, including the response to the "new normal" triggered by the global spread of COVID-19, as well as the construction of a sustainable society.
In the manufacturing industry as well, in addition to the conventional individual production that strives for individuality by incorporating ICT while pursuing mass production efficiency, there is a necessity to respond to new changes such as the transition to automated and digitalized production systems as well as climate change.
As an example, the automotive industry is evolving toward manufacturing in a period of change by combining new mechanisms with conventional manufacturing practices, including technological innovations known collectively as "CASE*", modular production and the incorporation of robots to support the manufacture of various vehicle types, and the creation of advanced prediction and analysis systems using IoT.
Citizen Machinery proposes an innovative manufacturing style called "Ko No Ryosan(mass customization in Citizen’s style)” that combines aspects of customization and mass production efficiency, which is previously thought to be contradictory, with the trinity of production innovation solutions: “machines”, “IoT”, and “skills that fully utilize the technology”. There are a variety of ways of thinking and means of changing in response to new trends, including responding to this world of the so-called "new normal". However, we are confident that the issues and demands that have been inherent in the world have become incredibly apparent due to such major changes, and the products, services, and technologies created based on the concept of "Ko No Ryosan(mass customization in Citizen’s style)” will not only allow our customers to make great forward progress, but also contribute to finding solutions demanded by society to issues such as SDGs.
Moving forward, Citizen Machinery will continue to contribute to our customers’ peace of mind and growth and the development of manufacturing industries around the world through the realization of innovative manufacturing, and also keep taking on challenges and making efforts toward the realization of a sustainable society.
*A general term for new trends in next-generation automotive technologies and services, which stands for "Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared, Electric".