Yuzo Kamimura, President
The electronics manufacturing market is consistently evaluating options to materialize high-quality and performance of products. A lightweight yet effective contributor to this cause is the thin film technology. Made of metal film extremely thin as 1/100 micrometer, resistors using thin film technology have proven to be groundbreaking in the electronic industry. Some of the many benefits these thin film resistors offer include space-saving, high-density mounting, a wide range of applications, and labor savings. When it comes to the thin film resistor market, one name that has carved a niche is Susumu. Since 2001, Susumu has been developing new thin film resistors for next-generation electronics, which are being used in many specialized markets, including automotive electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation, measurement equipment, new generation of sensors in IoT such as LiDAR, and more.
Susumu’s journey is nothing short of hard work and dedication toward innovation. When Susumu introduced thin film technology in manufacturing resistors 56 years ago, they were completely alien to the technology used in mass production. “However, we were optimistic that one day we would be the leading specialist in thin film resistor technology,” says Yuzo Kamimura, president, Susumu. The company built its production equipment, made mass production possible, and continued its effort to develop new markets for thin film resistors. The relentless endeavor to push the characteristics of thin film resistors to the limit yielded an ultra-precision thin film chip resistor, first in the market.
Thin film, by its nature, is extremely thin, and there has always been concerns about its environmental tolerance. Over the years, Susumu finetuned its skills to overcome this concern. The company first analyzed and understood the mechanism of electro corrosion and then created an unmatched environmental shield against outside factors.
We are continuously evaluating and improving production control system to attain the shortest lead time by optimizing the efficiency
Here, Susumu eliminated the outside factors that originated from its production process and design, which has resulted in extremely reliable products. Since then, Susumu has been expanding its brand by applying the same technology in various specialized products exceeding customer expectations.
The company also takes into account the changing trends in the electronics industry. In the world of mass and instant information, the industry is looking for quick response time, in other words, speed. Susumu’s hallmark is providing QCDSS (quality, cost, delivery, service, speed) compliant products. The company works toward reducing the lead time right from the acceptance of an order to the shipment. “We are continuously evaluating and improving the production control system to attain the shortest lead time while optimizing efficiency. Currently our lead time is 10-12 weeks,” extols Kamimura.
Susumu’s goals of offering cutting edge products without compromising quality and performance have given the company an edge over its competitors. To that end, Susumu is constantly working to stay ahead of the curve. For example, Susumu has built a plant in Japan to make parts used in the automotive industry. The automotive industry is about 25 percent of its business and is very quality/price competitive. This new state-of-the-art automated plant will keep Susumu competitive for many years to come.
Susumu has always believed in new ideas rather than following others. Over the years, the company has developed breakthrough technologies and products, and marketed these products worldwide to materialize continuous growth of the company and employees. Next, the company aims to become a global company by expanding its footprint into South Asia, the Middle East, and some parts of China while having a strong sales network in North America, Europe, Far East, and Southeast Asia. Susumu will also identify the customers’ immediate needs and invest and expand strategically in specific, focused areas quickly. “We envision our expansion strategy to be adaptive, flexible, agile, and always customer centric. At Susumu, the customer always comes first,” concludes Kamimura.