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Woodworking mastery reborn in Japan

In Japan, the number of experienced wood workers has rapidly decreased as the wood-making craftsmanship has not been widely passed on to younger generations due to a low demand of such a specific skillset.

Challenge: 
In Japan, the number of experienced wood workers has rapidly decreased as the wood-making craftsmanship has not been widely passed on to younger generations due to a low demand of such a specific skillset. As a result, Soyano faced high labor costs and a workforce shortage. The situation worsened after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 with energy scarcity driving costs through the roof.

Approach/solution: 
DKSH’s Business Line Precision Machinery in Japan took up the critical role of establishing a factory with high efficiency and eco-friendly automated processes for Soyano. The factory includes a saw mill as well as interior materials and flooring manufacturing. From defining the factory layout and technical specifications, gaining approval for a government subsidy and ordering machines and setting up to final performance fine-tuning, DKSH  helped Soyano to realize its vision of being eco-friendly wood working manufacturer, fully automated every step of the way. 

Result/impact: 
With the automated manufacturing line, the Soyano factory requires the use of only one-third of the workers compared to factories that have limited automation processes. It generates electricity by burning wood tips recycled from the wood manufacturing process which helps to lower energy costs. 
 
For Soyano, DKSH Japan is a proven “one-stop shop solution provider” and valuable business partner. The success of Soyano factory even caught the industry’s attention and was featured in Japan’s leading industrial magazine.  
 

In the beginning, we approached DKSH for one machine. In the end, they gave us the whole factory. I appreciate to have a team with such flexibility, capability and can-do attitude to help us achieve above and beyond.

Deputy Director of Soyano Wood Park, Mr. Tsubouchi