A Message from the Chairman

Striving to establish Japanese Brand

Japan Valve Manufacturer’s Association (JVMA) is a time-honored organization who celebrated their 60th Anniversary in March, 2014.

Members consist of wide range from large companies to small- and medium-sized companies and from various industries type such as gas, water, power, atomic energy, shipbuilding, petrochemical, construction facilities and some relative makers and distributors. JVMA are created from fluid control business related, but it is not too much to say that JVMA was organized with different type of business industries.

For that reason, it takes time to gather everyone’s opinion and solutions. However, I often feel that this versatility could be a strong point for this association in future.

I think this is new chairman’s responsibility to strive for using the versatility and to strive establish Japan brand.

I as a chairman would like make efforts in especially following three tasks from now on.

1. To complete the final stage of the transformation of the general incorporated association

We were transformed into the general incorporated association from the previous incorporated association in April, 2013 and we are scheduled to complete “spending plan for public interest purpose” within the next year. This “spending plan for public interest purpose” completion leads to completion of the transformation of the general incorporated association. Hence the achievement of this year and next year’s business plans are the top priority for us.

2. To work on the final stage of the formulation of “the vision of the valve industries”

JVMA formulated “the vision of the valve industries 2007” in March, 2007 under the “the vision of formed and fabricated materials industries” formulated by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

We have declared a policy using the contents of vision as “to clarify “the ideal situation after 10 years“ and “action plan” and we aim at the establishment of Japan Brand”.

We formulated “the expand edition of the vision of valve industries” in March 2011 to present through 3 years of the second period plan from 2011 to 2013 to receiving any affection of the economic climes later on. Moreover, we have presented through 3 years of the third period plan from 2014 to 2016 in March, 2014 and we are currently promoting the plan.

It will be 10 years in 2 years time since our first vision; “the vision of the valve industries 2007” was formulated. The third period plan will be completed in 2016. I would like to start verification of the 2007 edition and to study our new vision; “the vision of the valve industries” formulation.

3. To work Japan valve industries more attractive

First, in Japan, we must improve Japan valve industries to be an industry that grabs young people’s hearts. One of the challenges our Japan valve industries is facing is technical succession problems. In the serious concerns of rapid aging and very low birth rate today, young people have less interest in the manufacturing technologies year after year.

In these circumstances, it is not easy for young people to look at valve industries. In fact, there are not a few members of small‐to‐medium‐sized companies that face difficulties to adopt young people as planned.

To create a favorable situation, I would like to gather every member’s energy to promote solution.

Other developing countries’ Infrastructure Investments including Asia are starting to garner more attention now. For these infrastructure, I would like to expand Japan brand products and technologies using all valve industries to nominate Japan valve industries devices.

During my term of office, it will be a big challenge to achieve the establishment of Japan brand and I would like to at least complete the foundation.

I would like to use the variety that JVMA has to offer and strengthen further mutual communication among JVMA members to challenge these tasks with all JVMA members.

May, 2015
Yoshinori Nakamura
Japan Valve Manufacturers' Association