Europe and the Americas

France 21st Toray Europe Labor-Management Conference Held in Lyon

The Toray Group organizes an annual Europe labor-management conference as a platform for senior management and employee representatives of group companies in Europe to actively share and discuss business information. The fiscal 2016 conference included a visit to the plant facilities of Toray Films Europe S.A.S., as well as discussions about improving safety awareness. The participants were also briefed on the progress being made to achieve the targets in the medium-term management program, helping to further the mutual understanding between management and labor.

Czech Republic Toray Group Company Receives University Students and Organizes Seminars at University

In April 2016, Toray Textiles Central Europe s.r.o. welcomed nine students from Palacky University for a tour of plant operations. During the construction period of a new waterless plate plant from 2012 to 2013, the students from Palacky assisted the company with interpreting and translation. Since that time, the company and university have enjoyed good cooperation. The visit gave the students an opportunity to directly interact with native Japanese speakers and fostered friendly relations. The company also organized a lecture at the university on the subject of declining science enrollment in Japan and initiatives to address it by Japanese corporations, given by a company employee.

VOICEMessage from a Manager

Yusaku Okumura Manager, Corporate Planning Section, Toray Textiles Central Europe s.r.o.
Yusaku Okumura
Manager, Corporate
Planning Section,
Toray Textiles
Central Europe s.r.o.

In an effort to support education in our community, we have sent employees to give lectures at the Japanese department at Palacky University. These lectures are helping to foster the Japanese perspective of the Czech university students by introducing them to Japanese society and culture.

United States U.S. Safety Summit Aims to Eliminate Accidents

Toray organized the 2016 U.S. Safety Summit at the Rhode Island plant of Toray Plastics (America), Inc., with the involvement of Toray Group companies in the U.S. as well as from Mexico and France. Managers from Toray's head office also flew in from Japan for the conference. The participants discussed the importance of raising safety and environmental awareness in their respective organizations.

United States Celebrating Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, Toray Composites Materials America, Inc. invited actor Lee Stetson, a pioneering activist for nature conservancy, to give a performance of John Muir Live. In the live performance, Stetson portrayed John Muir (1831–1941), who is considered the father of America's natural parks, to a very appreciative audience.

VOICEMessage from an Employee

Mike Hendershot Manufacturing Department, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.
Mike Hendershot
Department, Toray
Composite Materials
America, Inc.

We organized a tree-planting event to celebrate Earth Day and commemorate the U.S. National Park Service turning 100 years old. We learned from a waste recycling company about how our recycled materials are recycled and where the process takes place, which was useful for our employees.

Mexico Hungary Celebrating Family Day

Zoltek Companies, Inc. organized Family Day events for some 1,500 employees and family members at its Mexico plant and another 5,000 people at its Hungary plant. The festivities included a variety of programs that appealed to persons of all ages.