Under the leadership and guidance of our founder Kenichiro Sato, who passed away in January 2020, and for more than 50 years since ROHM was founded, quality has always been our top priority. The company has grown steadily after facing a number of challenges – including entering the semiconductor business – while staying true to our corporate objective of contributing to the advancement of culture.
In recent years, issues related to the environment, resources, and energy have taken on greater urgency, impacting not only various markets but society as a whole, while the automotive industry is seeing major changes, including the evolution of AI and technological innovation for achieving autonomous driving. Furthermore, in early 2020 the world experienced an unprecedented pandemic in the form of the novel coronavirus, and in May I was appointed president.
To respond to these changes and create products that can help resolve social issues, we are accelerating and promoting reform utilizing the indomitable spirit inherited from our founder, which will allow us to improve business performance.
And to achieve our next growth cycle, we look towards management measures that include focusing on the automotive/industrial equipment sectors along with overseas markets while strengthening our development capabilities centered on analog power – together with a manufacturing system to support it.
As an officer in charge, I have implemented measures and enhancements related to quality, safety, and production, but the effects of the coronavirus have exposed challenges within the supply chain of the ROHM Group that call for manufacturing reforms, such as optimizing production systems and reducing labor. At the same time, we will promote a strong BCM system, including a review of work styles.
We will overcome these difficulties as ONE ROHM, a unified ROHM Group working together, infused with a venturesome spirit and unwavering dedication.
Thank you and I look forward to your continued support in the future.