Participation in and cooperation with the Lake Hamana Environmental Network
As part of environment education for employees and their family, since establishing the Lake Hamana Environmental
Network in 2005, Suzuki is actively participating in and cooperating with the network.
The Lake Hamana Environmental Network receives entrustment from the Environmental Protection Bureau of Shizuoka Prefecture, and conducts constant and aggressive activities including an education program in relation to environmental conservation of Lake Hamana, reuse project of eelgrass and sea lettuce, and transmission of local environment information. As of March 2017, 72 groups and bodies such as local civic groups, schools, NPO corporations, and various trade associations and companies are registered in this Network, which is the "place for gathering" for environmental conservation of Lake Hamana.
In FY2016, Suzuki's employees and their family members (76 persons in total) participated in activities such as "Lake Hamana Eco-Kids Experimental Learning Activity" which is a kind of environmental learning for children and "Vegetables Making Experience" using natural eelgrass compost.
Through lectures and experiential learning such as observation, cleaning of waterside and farming, Suzuki will continue to encourage people to recognise the bountiful nature of the brackish water lake, Lake Hamana by participating in and cooperating with environment preservation activities.
●Lake Hamana Eco-Kids Experimental Learning Activity in Murakushi (16 July 2016)
The following activities were held at the Murakushi swimming beach.
●Collecting of eelgrass at the lake shore
●Observation of creatures and eelgrass in shallow water
●Shallow water off the Murakushi shore
●Lake Hamana Eco-Kids Experimental Learning Activity in Kosai (30 July 2016)
Following activities were held at the Ochibanosato water park
●Observation of forest and river creatures
●Experimence workshop using natural material
●Into the forest
●Growing vegetables raised with compost made from eelgrass (25 September 2016)
Field-making and seed-planting of vegetables at NPO Murachanet’s field in Murakushi-cho
●Growing vegetables raised with compost made from eelgrass (17 December 2016)
Harvesting of radishes at NPO Murachanet’s field in Murakushi-cho
Supporting activities to the local society
The Suzuki Group made the following supports to the local society in FY2016.
|Japan||Suzuki||Aid for the Kumamoto Earthquake||Donated three million yen through the Japanese Red Cross Society as a support to the affected area.|
|Support for earthquake measures by the local governments||Donated a total of four million yen to the local governments (Cities of Kakegawa, Iwata, Makinohara, and Kakegawa in Shizuoka) to their earthquake measures|
|India||Maruti Suzuki||Maintenance of water supply
|Established sewage line for over 10km, fixed road pavement, sent eight janitors, established toilets for 1,100 households, established public drinking water facility, etc.|
|Maintenance of infrastructure at governmental schools||Established male/female separated toilets, set up new classrooms, fixed buildings and drinking/eating facilities, established interior and electricity, planted trees, provided fixtures, provided scholoarships, etc.|
|Support for local region||Established community halls, fixed crematorium, constructed paved roads, etc.|
|Paksitan||Pak Suzuki||Support for expansion of hospital ward||Donated approximately four million yen as support for expansion of burn ward hospital in Karachi.|
|Support for revamping of public elementary school||Made approximately 1.8 million yen of support for revamping school building and facility of local public elementary school.|
Introduction of Suzuki’s Monozukuri (production) to local students
For the purposes of cultivation of human resources and activation of researches, we give “Suzuki Endowment Lectures” at a local university by sending lecturers from Suzuki. Also, we hold “Suzuki Lectures” to inform students on what are happening in the industrial world.
●Suzuki Endowment Lectures
Aimed to nurture researchers and contribute to academic promotion
and society, Suzuki has been giving endowment lectures on efforts for
various researches of element technologies of automobiles to the Shizuoka
University (Faculty of Engineering).
Under the lecture titled "Advanced vehicle energy engineering”, the Company is making efforts in research aimed to realise advanced vehicle with high environmental performance.
The study is conducted at the laboratory by integrating production, experiment, and analysis.
At the lecture of automotive engineering for students in the third year of mechanical departments, we are offering unique education which only a company can present; for example, we introduce functions, materials, manufacturing methods, and latest technologies of automobile parts while looking at actual parts.
|Lecture course||：||"Advanced vehicle energy engineering" presented by Suzuki|
|Lecturer||：||Two employees are sent from Suzuki as specifically-appointed lecturers.|
|Term||：||15 years from April 2003 to end of March 2018|
We hold lectures that introduce current industrial status and activities for problems at two universities; Shizuoka Sangyo University (Iwata Campus) and Tokoha University (Hamamatsu campus).
|FY2016 theme||：||Suzuki’s initiatives in realising Team Suzuki and Strengthening of Manufacturing for management based toward the next 100 years|
|Lecturer||：||Employees from each department, depending upon the theme|
|Term||：||One lecture – 90 minutes, 15 times per year|
Student Formula Japan
“The 14th Student Formula Japan” sponsored by Society
of Automotive Engineers of Japan was held at Shizuoka
Prefecture Ogasayama Nature and Sports Park (ECOPA)
from 6 to 10 September 2016.
This competition is held every year to develop human resources that may contribute to development and promotion of automotive technologies and industries through cooperation of government, industrial, academic and private sectors, and teams of students compete with each other for their total abilities of manufacturing using vehicles that they design and manufacture.
As a member of the Society, Suzuki cooperates in operation of this competition and supports participating teams. At the tournament held in 2016, 92 teams including 71 domestic and 21 overseas teams participated, and Kyoto Institute of Technology that we supported won the overall first prize in the petrol engine car class (ICV).
“Kids Engineer” sponsored by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan was held on 5 and 6 August 2016. This is an experience-type learning event for elementary
school students in order to have them interested in
various fields of science technologies and manufacturing.
Suzuki provided the activity to learn the engine by actually disassembling and assembling the engine of the scooter Choi Nori.
We wish for kids to get to know the fun of manufacturing, as well as the industry to develop.
We provide “Monozukuri Workshop on Transportation Devices” for universities in Japan and other countries and local corporate through Suzuki Plaza and plant tour. Workshops were held in 2016 as listed on the right.
|Date||University, workshop name||No. of
|2016||7 April||Toyohashi University of Technology
|3 June||Hamamatsu Agency for Innnovation
Core human resource development
|7 July||Nagoya University summer program
(Study meeting by overseas university)
|19 July||Hamamatsu Agency for Innnovation
Core human resource development
|17 September||Shizuoka University Asia Bridge
Program (company experience by overseas students)
|10 November||Gadjah Mada Univeristy, Indonesia||15|
|17 November||Optional tour of international convention ICPE2016 organised by Japan Society for Precision Engineering||25|
|9 December||Yamanashi University||10|
|2017||24 January||Career forum for Shizuoka University doctors||40|
|23 February||University of Ontario Institute of
Cooperation in making of Manga Case Examples of Revitalising Local Community through Sports
Suzuki supports the idea of Japan Sports Agency in nurturing human
resources that bears the future of local community, and cooperates
in making of Manga Case Examples of Revitalising Local Community
through Sports. Approximately 20,000 sets (a dozen per set) of these
manga case examples were endowed to libraries of junior high schools
and high schools all over Japan.
Suzuki continues to support sports activities of local youngsters and cooperate in revitalisation of local community and nurturing of human resources that bear the development of the local community.
Track and field training program
The Suzuki Hamamatsu Athlete Club holds the track and field training program and lectures in various regions in order
to popularise athletic sports and improve physical strength of children. Based on their own experience, top athletes such
as Mr. Yamamoto (prosthetic leg) and other Olympians including Mr. Keisuke Ushiro (decathlon athlete), Ms. Yuki Ebihara
(javelin throw), and Mr. Ryohei Arai (javelin throw) present lectures.
The Athlete Club will continue the activities to awaken children's emotions through the athletic sports.
Since Suzuki started its business in 1909 and was organised as a
corporate in 1920 as a loom manufacturer, we have been devoted
ourselves to customer-oriented “Monozukuri” based on the word “valuable
products for customers”. Our enthusiasm for “Monozukuri” does not
change even today that we manufacture and sell products all over the
The Suzuki Plaza is an exhibition facility opened in April 2009 to introduce Suzuki's history and manufacturing spirit to the public. Visitors can see a lot of our products since our foundation including looms, motorcycles, and automobiles that had been developed with the times, and the current automobile manufacturing process from development to production.
On 23 April 2017, Suzuki Plaza achieved accumulated 500,000 visitors in eight years since it opened in 2009. We will continue to welcome more visitors by fulfilling exhibits and events.
Introduction to Suzuki Plaza
Suzuki’s history floor
You can see Suzuki’s history which started with looms in 1909 and vehicles in old times such as the motorcycle launched in 1952 “Power Free”, the first mass-production minicar in Japan launched in 1955 “Suzulight”, the first Jimny (LJ10) launched in 1970, and the first Alto launched with the price of 470,000 yen in 1979, by elaborate presentation.
Suzuki’s Monozukuri floor
Based on the current manufacture of automobiles as the theme, the process from planning and development to
production and sales of a new model is displayed in order.
You can see how Suzuki’s automobiles are manufactured at the plant in the powerful 3D theater “Factory Adventure”. In addition, there is a full-size assembly line and you can experience the simulated manufacturing site of automobiles.
There are various tricks including robots utilised at the plant, movie “World Adventure” that introduces manufacturing by Suzuki in foreign countries, sections that introduce the local Enshu area, etc., and not only car lovers but children who just start to get interested in automobiles can enjoy this facility.
The Suzuki Plaza is utilised by a number of local elementary schools as a good place for field study on the automobile industry. By experiencing the "plant tour" where they can see Suzuki's manufacturing site and by also visiting the Suzuki Plaza that introduces the development phase before manufacturing automobiles, they can learn the manufacturing process of automobiles in details.
We hold events for children as an opportunity to enhance our relationship with the local community and to have them interested in "manufacturing". Those events are related to the history and manufacturing spirit of Suzuki, allowing children to enjoy learning through experiencing in a different way from textbook-oriented study.
The Suzuki Plaza will continue to hold such events to stimulate children's interest in "manufacturing". We hope that we can help children deepen their knowledge of the automobile industry by accepting field trips of many elementary schools. And, we will continue to do our best to become the institution that makes local people happy.