Machine Tool Maker Takisawa Opens Technical Center in Schaumburg
• A machine-tool maker, Takisawa, Inc.
opened its North America’s headquarters and technical center in Schaumburg
and held a grand opening ceremony on May 28. At the newly built facility,
the visitors made a short trip to the showroom where several machines
• The visitors moved to the Renaissance
Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel where the grand opening ceremony was
• Consul General Toshiyuki Iwado congratulated Takisawa saying, “The new facility would add a new chapter to Takisawa’s 90 years of remarkable history.” He also said that the company’s continuous innovation and advanced technology would bring benefits across the Midwest and the U.S., and as a global company, Takisawa would be dedicated to communities.
• Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson welcomed Takisawa and hoped that the company would create high-tech jobs. He mentioned that the Village of Schaumburg has attracted the biggest number of Japanese companies compared to any other cities in Illinois, and also developed good hotels and a well-equipped convention center.
• Kevin Kishida, President of Takisawa’s distributer Yamazen, Inc., said that the new facility would be another milestone after Takisawa expanded its business in the U.S. in the 1970s. He said that if you built a facility, a business god would come with purchase orders. “Our responsibility is to sell more, get customers to the great showroom every day, every week, and every month.”
• Yasumasa Kondo was actually president of Takisawa’s headquarters in Japan; however, after completing his four goals, he passed his position to Harada in 2012 and decided to leverage its American business.
• An Interview with Kondo
• Takisawa was started in Japan in 1922
and incorporated in 1944. The company expanded its business in the U.S.
in 1979. Kondo was assigned to work in the overseas department and in
charge of the U.S. He made many business trips back and forth between
the two countries.
• Generally, the machine-tool industry is much influenced by the boom-and-bust cycle. Takisawa was no exception; it was hit by the collapse of the bubble economy in Japan. The company decided to sell the building in Vernon Hills and continued its business in a rented office.
• Kondo was transferred to the U.S. in
1997 and oversaw the branch office, but he had to return to Japan in 2001
to become president of the headquarters.
• During the 11 years of his presidency, he achieved his four goals. The first was reforming Takisawa as a non-debt company. The second was building a factory in China. The third was building the fourth factory, which belonged to the headquarters. The fourth was concentrating and closing overseas plants. He opened overseas affiliated companies in Thailand and Indonesia. On the other hand, he successfully sold a technical center in the U.K.
• He completed his four goals by the
end of 2011 and thought, “I have nothing to do. What should I do for the
next five to 10 years?”
• Kondo soon took actions. He appointed Harada as president and obtained an approval from the company board. He thought that having the company’s own facility was necessary, so that the employees would have more pride. He said, “That’s why I built this facility. We’ll put our spirit in it.” He is confident to expand its sales volume to $50 million and then $60 million. He has already prepared enough office space for additional employees when $50-million sale is achieved.
• Takisawa’s headquarters in Japan has
about 700 employees including affiliated companies. It might seem unusual
that Kondo withdrew from the president’s position. Kondo, however, smiled
and said, “I’m pleased to be here because I have only two dozen employees
who fully understand my policy.”
• Through his presidency, Kondo also
experienced the greatness of competent personnel. “Now I wonder what I
did during the company’s tough time. I feel that the company’s brains
did everything,” he said.
Yasumasa Kondo, President and CEO of Takisawa, Inc.,
North America’s headquarters and technical center
Takisawa's showroom in Schaumburg