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Monozukuri Seminar ものづくりセミナー

  • 18 Nov 2010
  • 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Lexington


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Monozukuri Seminar and Luncheon
Encouraging a Culture of Talent and 
Innovation in Manufacturing

November 18, 2010

Opening Remarks
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Consul General of Japan, Mr. Hiroshi Sato

Presented by JETRO & JASK
Register Now for $50
Includes Plated Lunch and Seminars

Monozukuri is the process of making things; it conveys the deep pride and dedication invested in developing high quality products and constantly improving the production process. The purpose of this seminar is to elucidate the "Monozukuri" method.  Japanese and American companies will learn how they might apply "Monozukuri" practices.  The Monozukuri Seminar has attracted hundreds of attendees throughout the MidWest.  Lexington is pleased to bring the program to the manufacturing community throughout the South. 


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11:00am Registration
11:30am Welcome Remarks
TATSUHIRO SHINDO, Chief Executive Director, JETRO Chicago
HIROSHI SATO, Consul General of Japan in Nashville

Opening Remarks
HONORABLE STEVE BESHEAR, Governor, State of Kentucky
12:00pm Luncheon
12:25pm Luncheon Keynote
MARK REICH, General Manager, Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC, Inc.), Erlanger, Kentucky
1:00pm Question and Answer Session
Introduction of Supporting Organizations

RALPH INFORZATO, Director of Business Development, JETRO Chicago
1:15pm Break
1:35pm Opening Remarks
HIROAKI ISHII, Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Tokyo, Japan

1:45pm Seminar Objective
TED KAWASHIMA, Director, Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), North America Office, Novi, Michigan
1:55pm Keynote Speech
KEN FUNASAKI, President, Hitachi Automotive Products (USA) Inc., Harrodsburg, Kentucky
2:35pm Coffee Break
2:55pm Panel Session:
JIM TOENISKOTTER, President & COO, Hirotec America, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan
JOEL LORENTZEN, President, Genesis Systems Group, LLC, Davenport, Iowa
Moderator: MARIO WINTERSTEIN, Director, Business Development, Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), McLean, Virginia
3:50pm Panel Session:
TAKAYUKI KIKUKAWA, President, JATCO Mexico S.A. de C.V., Aguascalientes, Mexico 
DONNA RUSSELL‐KUHR, Vice President, PTM Corporation, Fair Haven, Michigan
Moderator: ROY VERSTRAETE, President, Anchor Danly Corporation, Windsor, Ontario
4:45pm Commentary
GLENN STEVENS, Vice President, Marketing, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), Troy, Michigan

Closing Remarks
KIICHIRO SATO, President, JETRO New York
5:00pm Networking Reception and Innovation Showcase

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Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630

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