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New year´s message to the employees from KSE president

Dear KSE family, 

Šťastný nový rok!  

I wish you and your families a happy New Year!

I hope you had a pleasant and peaceful holiday season. 

On this occasion, I would like to convey my New Year’s message to you.

In 2019, we celebrated our company’s 20th anniversary; it was one of the year’s most remarkable events. This truly was a memorable milestone marking the company’s history and the result of everyone’s effort and dedication. Over more than two decades, the company has steadily grown and now KSE is one of the leading companies in the Nippon Kayaku Group and also in the Vsetin area. Aside from continuing the high level of production volume in each of the product groups, a lot of work toward further capacity expansion has taken place as well.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for their efforts and positive contributions. One piece of good news was that no major accidents occurred in 2019, although there were a couple of minor incidents so we still have room for improvement in current year. 

Looking to the company’s external environment, the automotive industry is said to be facing a revolutionary period that emerges once in a century. The business environment is changing at high speed. In addition to stricter ambient regulations being implemented in Europe in particular, there are several unknown factors, such as Brexit and US-China trade friction, any of which could profoundly affect our industry; the slowdown in market growth is expected to be especially pronounced in Europe. 

In simple terms, the KSE value chain is represented by: Make (create the products), Make (produce the products) and Sell (sell the products), thereby contributing to society by providing the best products. These values are supported by all departmental activities within the company. We need to maximize our “values” within every process, and in order to maximize our values I think that, first of all, we need to understand how the Market (customers) is evolving and what it wants. Then, we need to be able to change and adapt ourselves in order to grasp and satisfy market needs. Each of us strives to understand the current situation better and to think about how we can maximize the added value for the customers. Simultaneously, we should not hesitate to change and adapt to the market requirements. 

Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest that survives, it is the one that is most adaptable to change”. 

The prosperity of our employees brings further prosperity to the company, and the prosperity of the company should pass on additional prosperity to the employees. 

Let us continue to serve our customers, co-workers, shareholders, neighbours, community, society, and, in fact, all stakeholders in the New Year. Needless to say, our corporate vision is the KAYAKU Spirit. I would like to reiterate once again that having the KAYAKU Spirit together with always having Safety and Quality first in our minds is our highest priority for our future success. 

May 2020 turn out to be the happiest and the best year for you and your families!! 

Sincerely, Shinji 

Ichikawa President

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