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NHK Seating of America
the experience of nhk's
staff allows the company
to grow and overcome
ate 16 to 18 hours a day and run two
shifts to accommodate production.
Seats are assembled at the same time
that cars are being painted; once completed, they are shipped to Subaru and
Nissan's production facilities.
"We maintain less than one day of
raw inventory - product on the floor
today is gone by tomorrow," he adds.
"We only carry about three hours of
finished goods, and deliver products
to our customers every 40 minutes."
Seats manufactured in Frankfort
are shipped to Subaru's assembly
plant in Lafayette, Ind. Nissan frame
structures manufactured in Murfreesboro are shipped to assembly plants in
Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss.
NHK Seating of America uses a maPrecision Wire Forms has been working as NHK Seating of
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2008. Since then, NHK's business with both Subaru and Nissan
has surged well past expectations. In order to keep up with the
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expanding its capabilities to include MIG & RSW welding complex
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Precision Wire Forms and NHK have built a solid working
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terial requirements planning (MRP)
system to manage its inventory. Orders to and from suppliers and customers are sent and received through
electronic data interchange (EDI).
The company looks at its suppliers
and customers as full partners in its
business. "We don't look at our team
as being just the NHK team, we look at
it as the Subaru or Nissan team," Reck
says. "We strive to create a very transparent relationship with our supply
base and hold our suppliers to the
same quality expectations that our
customer requires of us."
Being a Tier 1 JIT supplier requires
NHK Seating of America to continually invest in its manufacturing capabilities. "We are challenged every
single day to overcome the impossible," Reck says. "When the customer
wants to add a new model, we add
a new model. When the customer
wants to increase production, we increase production."
Subaru for the past several years
has increased its production to meet
growing demand for its vehicles. Sales
of Subaru vehicles have increased
year-by-year for the past nine years.
"They're one of the only brands out
there that continues to grow," he
adds. "They have a hot-selling vehicle,
and that affects us in terms of overtime hours, bringing in new platforms
and increasing our volume."
NHK Seating of America next year
will begin making seats for Subaru's
new eight-passenger SUV model.
NHK Seating of America is investing
$10 million in capital in preparation
for production, including purchasing
new equipment and expanding manufacturing operations.
The Frankfort facility will add two
seat assembly lines and expand one of
its welding lines. To do this, the company will add a new 50,000-squarefoot facility located roughly one mile
from its existing manufacturing plant.
Roughly 150 jobs will be added to handle the added work, Reck adds.
Reck credits the company's ability
to manage increased demand to its
management and hourly staff. "We
have a strong, long-tenured staff.
Many members of our management
staff have been here for more than 25
years, and a quarter of our hourly staff
has been here for 15 years or more,"
he says. "Our staff's experience has
allowed us to persevere through our
steady growth." mt
ML Industries, Inc. is proud to supply and support
NHK Seating of America as a valuable partner. They
are an industry leader in technology, innovation, and
capability. MLI has a long-standing tradition of aligning
itself with strategic manufacturing partners around
the world. We bring a wealth of experience in logistics,
cost, and quality initiatives to provide a competitive
advantage to our partners in the industry. Our core
values demand investment in education, training, and
communications for our associates at all levels, so that
our culture of self-directed work teams of associates
throughout the organization is the foundation of our
growth and success in our global operations. We constantly strive for continuous improvement in our processes, and work to be a strong and valuable partner to
NHK and other leading automotive industry companies
globally. Congratulations to NHK Seating of America
from all of the associates at ML Industries, Inc.