Japan Economic News reported on the 21st that Japan’s mold industry has ushered in a critical moment. The mold survey conducted by the media from February to March showed that more than 70% of enterprises answered China as a “threat”. China has surpassed Japan in the export volume of molds, ranking first in the world. As a manufacturing industry-based mold industry, its decline may affect the overall competitiveness of Japanese manufacturing. In the intensification of global scale competition, what is the current status of Japanese mold companies?
From 2009 to 2010, the “OGIHARA Shock” attacked the Japanese mold industry. OGIHARA, a large-scale mold company known as one of the “Big Three in Japan”, was incorporated into the foreign-owned auto parts manufacturer, Thai Summit Group and BYD. OGIHARA is the largest manufacturer of automotive stamping dies and has deep relationships with automotive manufacturers in Japan and abroad.
OGIHARA’s former Tatebay Factory is now BYD’s Tatelin Mould Company (March 12) OGIHARA’s former Tatebay Factory, now BYD’s Tatelin Mould Company (March 12)
It takes 5 minutes by car from Gunma Prefecture Tatebayashi Station to reach a pastoral area, and it is to OGIHARA’s former Pavilion factory. On March 12th, the Japanese economic journalist went to the forestry mold company owned by BYD, and the mechanical sound kept ringing. On the bulletin board, there is a map of the base of China’s domestic BYD vehicle and mold. In the factory where all the processes are gathered, the operators are constantly busy.
China’s mold export volume has increased to nearly 2 times that of Japan
Realizing the self-production of high-quality molds – BYD’s intentions are clear. The person in charge recalled that at that time, BYD needed technical strength in order to get rid of the image of the cottage enterprise. Within one year after the acquisition, the Tatebay Factory stopped supplying to companies other than BYD. The factory is also very deserted.
At that time, the technological gap between China and Japan was clear at a glance. “The body is pitted and people are skeptical about whether the car can be sold.” When OGIHARA’s relevant personnel visited China’s BYD, they said that BYD still did not reach the universal quality. If the mold processing of the body is not in the range of 1 micron (micron is 1 millionth of a million meters), it will directly lead to poor appearance. Chinese companies are racing to pursue Japanese technology.
Post time: Jun-03-2019