Kawano takes over as MD of JTEKT In­dia

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Ak­i­hiko Kawano has taken charge as Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of JTEKT In­dia Lim­ited, (For­merly known as Sona Koyo Steer­ing Sys­tems Lim­ited), from July 1, 2018. He has 37 years of ex­pe­ri­ence and has held sev­eral lead­er­ship roles within JTEKT Cor­po­ra­tion, both within and out­side Ja­pan. Kawano joins JTEKT In­dia after head­ing JTEKT’s Nara op­er­a­tions in Ja­pan. Prior to this, he served as Pres­i­dent for JTEKT Group com­pany in Malaysia, and as Pres­i­dent for JTEKT in the Czech Re­pub­lic.

“We are thank­ful to Kiy­ozumi Kamiki who has re­turned to Ja­pan after his term of five years. He has taken his next as­sign­ment in JTEKT Ja­pan,” Hidekazu Omura, Chair­man, JTEKT Group In­dia, said. “We also take this op­por­tu­nity to wel­come Kawano to In­dia dur­ing th­ese ex­cit­ing times. He joins us soon after our re­cent name change. I am now look­ing for­ward to his vast ex­pe­ri­ence of lead­ing Nara op­er­a­tions which has been rated the num­ber one fa­cil­ity across JTEKT glob­ally,” he said.

“I am ex­cited to join JTEKT In­dia team and am look­ing for­ward to build­ing on the growth po­ten­tial for the com­pany. We are ex­tremely fo­cused on how we want to drive In­dia op­er­a­tions for JTEKT and are am­bi­tious about our roadmap ahead,” Kawano said.

JTEKT Cor­po­ra­tion Ja­pan holds lead­er­ship po­si­tion in the man­u­fac­tur­ing and sale of steer­ing sys­tems, driv­e­line com­po­nents, bear­ings, ma­chine tools, elec­tronic con­trol de­vices and home ac­ces­sory equip­ment. It has 149 sub­sidiaries in 28 coun­tries and 1 re­gion sup­ported by a strong team of about 49,589 em­ploy­ees.

JTEKT In­dia is the coun­try’s lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of steer­ing sys­tems and is the sup­plier of choice to ma­jor auto man­u­fac­tur­ers, sup­ply­ing steer­ing gears, col­umns and RPS as­sem­blies to al­most all In­dian pas­sen­ger car and util­ity ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers.

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