Kouichi Uehara - HoF

Summary : Kouichi Uehara saved what was one of Japan’s treasures: Shinkawa

Kouichi Uehara (2007) saved what was one of Japan’s treasures: Shinkawa

  • Shinkawa was once the world’s largest wire bonder manufacturer, based on Mikiya Yamazaki’s development of the first microprocessor controlled wire bonder in the 1970’s
  • Shinkawa (which means new stream) led the way in establishing Japan’s reputation for quality and reliability in this industry
    • Sadly, they lost the way in the eighties and followed Japan’s down in the nineties
  • But there were always lots of great people there, they just needed a great leader to turn them around
  • He’s been with the company since 1965 and became president just after the Y2K boom became everyone’s nightmare
  • He has definitely proven wrong the old saw about needing outside management to get different results
    • It just takes good people and they can be insiders

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