THK’s daily operations are performed in accordance with our policy to manufacture products in the optimal location and to conduct our business and improve our technology in a way that meets the needs of our customers.
In order to continue to provide THK products that satisfy our customers, we establish good, healthy, and mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers.
THK considers suppliers to be valuable partners for ensuring mutual growth. We share the common goal of continuing to provide customers with satisfying products, so we provide forums for sharing information about new technology, production methods, and materials; build collaborative frameworks; and promote product improvements. Furthermore, we exercise our social responsibility and environmental awareness by rejecting dealings with criminal organizations and promoting green procurement throughout our supply chain.
Based on our belief that efforts at every step of the supply chain are essential to the promotion of CSR activities, we distribute our CSR Procurement Guidelines to our suppliers and request that they actively engage in CSR activities.
THK meets with suppliers to exchange technical information about processes in order to improve and refine both party's techniques. Businesses in the THK Association actively conduct value analysis proposals relating to machining technology, and the number of proposals increased from 992 in 2020 to 1,052 in 2021.
(2020: 992 proposals)
Throughout our supply chain, from design to sales, we strive to adhere to social norms and be environmentally conscious in order to create a sustainable society. The response to the European RoHS restrictions on lead is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022 as relevant components are gradually replaced with lead-free alternatives.
In addition, there is an increasing trend of customers requesting environmental surveys such as SVHC and TSCA as well as surveys related to various laws and regulations, and we have received cooperation from our business partners on a scale larger than usual.
This year, the pandemic made holding in-person meetings with our affiliates more difficult than last year, and remote meetings became the norm even for THK Association events.