Let’s hear from some of the customers who have given their love and support to Kansai Paint’s products.
Sankyo Motor Company
CEO Mr. Nishioka
Ozawa Body Service
CEO Mr. Ozawa
Toyota Ono Group Service Co., Ltd.
Factory Manager Mr. Kitamura
Sankyo Motor Company was founded in 1975. In addition to bodywork and paint, we have expanded our business to include maintenance for automobile inspections, new automobile sales and car rental services. We began using waterborne paints with RETAN WB ECO BASE, the model preceding RETAN WB ECO EV, and first adopted these thanks to the advice of our shop managers.
Around the time regulations began clamping down on organic solvents due to concerns for worker safety and the surrounding environment, our employees suggested: “isn’t it about time we switch to waterborne paints?” Hearing this, I decided to take their opinions to heart and, considering overall cost and other matters, began introducing waterborne paints. As I originally worked on the shop floor myself, I place the utmost importance on evaluating daily matters from the same perspective as my employees. This is why I was convinced that the “power and opinions of the shop floor drive the company.”
Introducing waterborne paints was a new challenge for us. Using a new paint brought with it some confusion. However, our shop staff was really proactive in preparing for the introduction of this product. They studied the properties of waterborne paints at Kansai Paint’s Auto Refinish Center (ARC) and, after introduction, carried out regular information exchange sessions to address various issues individually. This allowed for the smooth introduction of these paints.
Our management policy is to create “a car-based society that is environmentally and people-friendly.” In order to realize this, we focus on providing continual value to future generations and have promoted various initiatives over the years, such as establishing paint booths in our company’s 3rd year.
We predict the automotive refinish paint industry to change year by year in order to adjust to increasingly strict regulations. It is essential that management welcome change and maintain foresight as professionals in the automotive refinish business. Our hope is to be a company that leads future generations and continually focuses on the issues facing the environment and car-based societies.
Our company was founded in 1965 by my father, the current chairman. I am the 3rd CEO. From when I was little, I watched my father working on the factory floor and spent my childhood with a fond appreciation for vehicles. Possibly a manifestation of my father’s disposition for cleanliness, from the beginning our factory was always well-organized with all tools and equipment neatly put away. Taking after this tradition, we instruct our employees to work regularly at keeping the factory clean.
We first considered introducing waterborne paints around 3 years ago. After seeing car manufacturers begin to reduce VOC emissions and expand the use of waterborne paints and anticipating what the industry will be like in 5 or 10 years, we felt it was essential to adopt these paints given their benefits to human health and the environment. What’s more, after witnessing customers’ reactions to the lingering scent of solvent-borne paints on their vehicles, we felt it was our first priority to begin immediately introducing waterborne paints in consideration of the safety and well-being of our customers.
After laying the groundwork for adopting waterborne paints, approximately 1 year has passed since our introduction of RETAN WB ECO EV. Today, we have established painting procedures for waterborne paints on small parts such as panels and are working towards 100% waterborne paint usage in the future. Following introduction, there was concern about competency and productivity at the worksite. As a manager, however, I felt a renewed sense of responsibility for protecting the health of our customers and employees above all else.
In order to continue to survive in the automotive refinish paint industry, we must not underestimate concern for health and the environment. By first raising the level of awareness for the health and safety of those around us and increasing the extent of environmental preservation in our cherished home of Yamanashi, we aim to be a company that actively contributes to society and better serves the world.
We introduced our color sensors in 1992 shortly after opening our bodywork and paint factory “BP Nanbu”. At the time of its opening, we only had one employee who could match colors and other staff struggled developing the sensitivity and technical skill necessary for the color matching process.
Exactly at this time, the managing director learned of color sensors and proceeded to introduce them immediately. From here on, thanks to multi-angle sensors capable of detecting colors from 3 angles, we were able to dramatically reduce color matching times. Color matching precision was also notably improved for nuanced colors such as pearl and metallic types, which change ever so slightly depending on the angle of view, and the sensors greatly assisted in supporting the color matching skills of new employees.
As a result, we have since standardized the usage of color sensors. Our company currently handles around 280 to 300 vehicles per month. By employing color sensors so that all employees are capable of maintaining a stable level of color matching, we were able to eliminate waste resulting from matching colors by sight and achieve an overall reduction to total cost.