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A Visit To Isuzu’s Manufacturing Centre

A personal visit to Isuzu’s Fujisawa Plant in Japan this week made me realise how much more I had to learn about vehicle production. Simply put – it was one
10 Oct 2015 09:33
A Visit To Isuzu’s Manufacturing Centre
Isuzu trucks being assembled at its Fujisawa factory in Japan.. Photo: Rachna Lal

A personal visit to Isuzu’s Fujisawa Plant in Japan this week made me realise how much more I had to learn about vehicle production.

Simply put – it was one of the most educational trips in addition to being an eye-opener.

I can now confidently say I know how a truck gets assembled and indeed made.

An experience not many people in our part of the world get to experience or see.

And if anyone tells you the Japanese hospitality is one of the best in the world – NEVER doubt this because indeed their hospitality is the best and this was something I experienced during my short stay in Japan this week.

Carpenters Motors, Isuzu and Ace Creations (the distributors of Isuzu trucks in the Pacific Islands countries) sponsored my trip as a media personnel to visit Japan and experience first hand how Isuzu trucks are manufactured.

This was the first time a such visit had been organised for media from the Pacific to be invited for such a visit.

The plant which started in 1961, is spread across a magnificent 1 million metre squared of land and employs over 7800 staff members (as at March 2015).

The site itself seemed to be larger than Suva City’s central business district by the looks of it.

The factory manufactures light duty, medium duty and heavy duty trucks of different variations and is for both the local market as well as the export market.

Close to 169,000 Isuzu units were produced in 2014 and forecast for this year is 170,000 units.

And while Fiji imports only a small portion of this number, Isuzu nevertheless holds its long-standing partnership with Carpenters Motors as its dealers very close to its heart.

The past year, around 150 units of Isuzu trucks were imported in Fiji. However, it has been indicated that the number has grown over the years and will continue to grow in the coming years.

In fact, Isuzu is one of the fastest selling trucks in Fiji. There are more than 30 variations of the vehicles in the Fijian market as far as demand is concerned.

But Isuzu is happy to increase the variations if the need arises given the economic activity currently taking place in the country.

This was just a brief overview of my visit to Isuzu’s Fujisawa Plant in Japan which is at least one and a half hours drive out of the capital City of Tokyo.

Next week we will go into deeper details about the manufacturing process and other key details which are indeed very interesting.

So stay in touch to learn more from our journey in Japan in the weeks ahead.

Sayonara (goodbye in Japanese) for now.

Feedback: rachnal@fijisun.com.fj

 

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