Everything from production to the delivery of steel products is processed at Ichinotsubo Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Strong emphasis is placed on the development and manufacture of OEM products. These products often require quick delivery, making speedy production essential. Factories are located in Nara Prefecture and Mie Prefecture, and there are certain processes that can only be done at each location, due to differences in the scale of facilities. As a result, considerable time was previously required to complete products, which made it impossible to maximise production speed. Managing the production processes at the manufacturing sites also took on greater importance, and supervisors had to gain a complete understanding of each process. Drawings related to managing production processes and sharing information were sent by mail, instructions were sent by fax or relayed by telephone, and products were delivered directly to the people in charge, so it took an extremely long time to share information between distant factories. Part-time workers are hired on a regular basis, so the amount of time required to train them for each job was even greater. With no way to simultaneously share information with a large number of people, the process of sharing instructions and information was time consuming.
Ichinotsubo Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was founded 60 years ago, and is headquartered in Nara Prefecture. The company mainly manufactures steel OEM products. With a vast amount of knowhow acquired through years of mass-producing products, the company supports a wide range of processes, from development to design, metal processing, assembly and delivery. The product line includes both OEM products and the company's own products. Development and manufacture recently began for display stands specifically for videoconference systems. The company continues to manufacture unique products.