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Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.Dongfeng Honda New Plant Development Project

Associates who were available for the interview

Makoto Shimoosawa

Makoto Shimoosawa, Vice President, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1976. Currently serves as Dongfeng Honda's production, quality, and purchasing officer, environment officer, and responsible for the second plant development project.

Shinichi Ikeda

Shinichi Ikeda, Plant Manager, Vehicle Assembly Plant, Large Project
Leader (LPL) in charge of the second plant development project, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1975. As LPL of the second plant development, led new concept planning and the development of basic specifications, aiming for the most environmentally advanced assembly line with a focus on people

Ji Wang

Ji Wang, Section Manager, Coating Technology Section 1, Coatings and Resins Plant, project leader (PL) of coating operations, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2004. Set and devised measures to achieve itemized performance management targets for the new plant. As project leader of coating operations, conducted overall advancement and coordination of overall process design and introduction of new equipment and materials, and oversaw development of core technologies for coating process and implementation of specific measures.

Masahiro Hirao

Masahiro Hirao, Plant Manager, Engine Plant, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1977. Responsible for planning, evaluation, and execution of introduction of the second plant's engine assembly line. Conducted overall management toward concept realization in collaboration with Japanese associates, support team members, local project leaders, local associates, and others.

Shinji Yasuda

Shinji Yasuda, Section Manager, Synthetic Resins Section, Coatings and Resins Plant, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1981. Planned and managed Synthetic Resins Section during second plant launch. Environmental committee chairman.

Yoshihisa Ota

Yoshihisa Ota, Plant Manager, Coatings and Resins Plant, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1982. In the second plant development project, designed and formulated an action plan for reducing VOC and CO2 emissions prior to operation of the Coatings and Resins Plant, which has a large effect on the plant's overall environmental performance. Ota's current role is to help stabilize production and increase efficiency in preparation for 240,000-unit production. "No matter how advanced your technologies, it's people that use them. Level of awareness is an important factor."

Toshio Sugawara

Toshio Sugawara, Plant Manager, Body Plant, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Honda in 1982. "Nowadays, high quality and efficiency is simply a given when building a line. The question is, rather, how to improve quality and efficiency while also making environmental improvements. For example, manufacturers tend to try to increase the speed of their robots or use as many of them as possible, but you can actually save energy use by decreasing their speed. So changing robot speeds as production levels change is one things we're working on as we try to reduce energy use in production."

Ning Luo

Ning Luo, Unit Manager, Environmental Management Unit, Safety Section, Administration Division, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2003. "In the second plant development project, I took a lead role in pre-project planning. I was also in charge of promoting and monitoring progress in wastewater recycling during construction."

Zonglong Song

Zonglong Song, Technician, Power Unit 2, Facilities Management Section 2, Second Plant, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2004. "In the second plant development project, I was in charge of supplying energy and mechanical power to construction work, preparing equipment specifications, and managing construction work. As we scale up to 240,000-unit production, I'm looking into installing a device to reduce electricity costs by taking advantage of changes in electricity rates, which are based on time of day in China."

Xuejun Xia

Xuejun Xia, Master Technician and Unit Manager, Construction Implementation Unit, Manufacturing Management Division, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2004. "For construction of a 110,000-kilowatt power center in the second plant development project, I conducted the selection and validation of a power supply station and validation and testing for the construction of the station building and walkway."

Xin Gong

Xin Gong, Interpreter for Coatings and Resins Plant Manager, Secretary Section, Administrative Division, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2012. "Construction of the second plant was completed a month after I came to the company. During that time, I went with the plant manager almost every day to check on progress in the final stages of construction and address problems with the production lines.

Li Wang

Li Wang, Interpreter for Synthetic Resins Section Manager, Secretary Section, Administration Division, Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
Joined Dongfeng Honda in 2011. "Since taking part in the construction of the second plant I've made efforts to save energy in my own ways. For example, I turn off the lights during the day, and also turn off appliances in the office during lunch. I think associates are now more aware of the things they can do to save energy."

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