Shin Maekawa, President and CEO
Our core competence
Mayekawa Manufacturing Company has expanded its business by focusing on freezing and compression technologies ever since its establishment in 1924. As a thermal engineering company we have long contributed to providing business solutions to our customers based on these technologies and in turn continuously evolved our technology and services. This process is indicative of our business development style whereby Mayekawa creates ‘cooperation’ based on trust with our customers to develop ‘Basho’, Mayekawa’s unique concept of problem solving in which Mayekawa engineers and our customers collaborate closely by sharing a common challenge and vision, and synthesizing knowledge without functional/organizational boundaries. Synchronization with customers’ vision is the key, and in such Mayekawa has succeeded in creating a unique market where no other competitor can enter, thus freeing competitive energies for utilization in creative initiatives.
As a result of this Mayekawa-unique approach we have generated over 100 small subsidiaries in Japan and 40 extra subsidiaries overseas, all of them small enough to keep close relations with each customer. We call these small entities Doppo or Independent Units.
Recently, however, we have realized that these small units alone may not satisfy the needs of a growing global market which is at the same time becoming more and more complex. Mayekawa, therefore, has decided to consolidate and reorganize the Independent Units both in Japan and abroad, based on industry sectors in order to meet the greater and deeper needs of our customers.
To explore a new horizon
Mayekawa has thus expanded its capability by combining R&D and manufacturing understanding in order to cope with a wider and deeper range of problems that confront customers in the 21st century, going beyond what the Independent Units could have dealt with alone. For example in the food market, by synthesizing Mayekawa’s expertise in freezing technology with the customers’ existing food production process, we are now developing new food processing technologies together with customers to dramatically improve flavors, tastes, colors, and smells of the final products. Another example in the food market is robotics. Mayekawa has been developing robotic equipment for deboning chicken, pork, and beef along with harvesting-robots for strawberries and tomatoes that enhance productivity and working conditions significantly. Furthermore, in the heat pump market Mayekawa, through its participation in the Government of Japan Program launched in the 1960s, has managed to create a heat pump that provides 150℃ hot water (steam) by adopting natural refrigerant. An absorption heat-pump, using water as a refrigerant, has also been developed to produce cold water by utilizing low-temperature waste heat of just 60℃ as a power source.
Mayekawa has been active in the gas compressor market as well. We started with manufacturing of the refrigeration compressors, and then entered into the gas compressor field, developing helium and hydrogen compressors. Now we produce almost all types of gas compressors and deliver them to customers all over the world. In regards to helium compressors particularly, we have delivered our refrigerating machines to not only the Fermi Institution in the US and CERN in Europe etc. but also the Linear Motor Car Project in Japan.
Beyond the competition
Our development of myriad unique technologies derives from our unique approach; Basho management. Mayekawa, in each case, develops together with customers where we align our vision. We can thus closely integrate and synthesize ‘sense-based tacit knowledge’ and genuine experiences of the engineers from both parties having confident relation and constructive cooperation. We are now facing an era which will require much greater and deeper solutions and development, but Mayekawa is ready to fullfill these needs. We look forward to contributing to your success in this new, increasingly complex world by developing creative solutions and building close cooperation with you.