JK activity means a circle activity peculiar to the Japanese steel industry that started when the Japan Iron and Steel Federation established an “Autonomous Control Activity Committee” in 1969. This activity is “the activity based on the autonomy of employees”, and therefore, is called JK activity taking the initial letter of J=Jishu and K=Kanri. At Topy Industries, various autonomous improvement activities are performed in small groups every day, and engage in improvement beginning with quality and extending to issues such as cost, productivity, safety, and environmental maintenance.

Ayase Factory receives an impressive award from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation at its JK meeting 
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Topy representative with a certificate of commendation
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Topy representative with a certificate of commendation

On September 15, 2016, a circle representing Ayase Factory received an honor for impressive presentation in the 78th JK presentation convention by the Japan Iron and Steel Federation. The convention at Yokohama invited some 380 people, introducing 52 presentations by the participating companies belonged to the federation. Topy missed the most honorable award but obtained a special impressive award together with other three companies after voting by the participants. This helped to appeal the industry of high levels of JK activity at Topy.

The First All Topy Small Group Activity Presentation Convention

All Topy Small Group Activity Presentation Convention
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All Topy Small Group Activity Presentation Convention

On December 2, 2016, the First All Topy Small Group Activity Presentation Convention was held at Topy’s head office. In order to get out of a rut from the past JK activity, and advance and promote management efficiency, we changed a selection method effective from this year to make a new start by including indirect department.

Shouting in unison, prior to the opening, the JK slogan“Small group activity allowing you to break out of your shell and produce tangible effects by taking on the challenges”, Y. Fujii, then president and CEO of the company, delivered greeting a message which included following.

“We started the Medium-Term Management Plan“Growth & Change 2018” but we have a strong feeling that the situation has started changing dynamically in the past eight months. It is very important for the Topy Industries Group how to maintain sustained growth under such circumstances and we believe this is what our stakeholders expect us to do. I believe, continual improvement and JK activity is a driving force to realize that objectives. Sustained growth is hard to achieve if we fail to tackle across the organization ubiquitous improvement themes not only at the manufacturing sites but also at the head office and the administrative departments. Having the JK activity as a driving force, we would like to realize sustained growth as a group for which I appreciate your understanding the significance of JK activity and rendering your cooperation to that end.”

Participating members
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Participating members

Five circles from Topy Industries and three circles representing the group company including overseas location, all preselected, made presentations introducing improvement examples. After closing the meeting, an exchange meeting was organized where the presenters, their assistants appreciated each effort in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying a lively conversation with the Topy Industries management including the president.