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SMK Global Strategy

Spans the seas and transcends national borders.
In the global movement of products, and its human resource development,
SMK's fields of activities continue to expand.

Human resource development fundamentals stress the importance of each employee striving toward his or her own personal goals, while the company supports each employee in achieving personal growth. SMK seeks to achieve sustained growth by developing such a company culture and such systems.

With business facilities in 16 countries around the world, SMK hires employees without regard to nationality, age, or gender, believing that the globalization of its workforce is as essential as the global movement of products. Its human resource development programs, implemented through standard training for recruits as well as a wide range of other opportunities, applies the same outlook at all business facilities. Its skills assessment system draws on the same standards worldwide. Japanese, English, and Chinese are used as official languages in venues such as videoconferences linking all facilities together in real-time. Naturally, employees are dispatched to facilities around the world from Japan on assignment or other business travel on a daily basis, and negotiations occur at the global level. SMK's fields of activities, which span the seas and transcend national borders, continue to expand. A pool of human resources capable of operating effectively around the world will power SMK as it advances into the future.

To promote transnational management, SMK took early action in appointing a Director from outside Japan (Paul Evans).
Paul Evance
1984Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin
1984Joined SMK
1986Served as Sales Engineer at SMK Europe (Brussels)
1989Relocated to the UK to open the UK Sales Office
1999Appointed President, SMK USA
2006Appointed SMK's first non-Japanese Vice President
2016Appointed SMK's first non-Japanese Director and Executive Vice President
1. Globalization of company personnel | Distribution by nationality (not including operators)
2. Globalization of human resources | A.Trends in numbers of employees with university or postgraduate degrees (by nationality and university/graduate school)
2. Globalization of human resources | B.Trends in numbers of university-graduate employees (science & engineering/arts & letters)
2. Globalization of human resources | C.Employee alma mater

[National and public universities]

University of Tokyo, Hitotsubashi University, Osaka University, Nagoya University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kobe University, Chiba University. Tsukuba University, Tohoku University, Kyushu University, Hokkaido University, Kanazawa University, Niigata University, University of Miyazaki, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Osaka Prefecture University, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Shinshu University, Yamaguchi University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, University of Tokushima, Yokohama National University, Okayama University, Kagoshima University, Shizuoka University, Ibaraki University, University of Fukui, Utsunomiya University, Gunma University, Saga University, Iwate University, Kyushu Institute of Technology, University of Electro-Communications, Nagoya Institute of Technology, University of Toyama, Yamagata University, Akita University, Nagasaki Prefectural University, Akita Prefectural University, Muroran Institute of Technology, Yokohama City University

[Private universities]

Waseda University, Keio University, Sophia University, Tokyo University of Science, International Christian University, Aoyama Gakuin University, Chuo University, Rikkyo University, Gakushuin University, Tsuda College, Ritsumeikan University, Doshisha University, Meiji University, Kansai University, Kansai Gaidai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Dokkyo University, Hosei University, Meiji Gakuin University, Kinki University, Seijo University, Senshu University, Toho University, Fukuoka University, Seikei University, Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Jissen Women's University, Aichi University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Musashi University, Meijo University, Konan University, Kokugakuin University, Kanagawa University, Toyo University, Musashi Institute of Technology, Asia University, J.F. Oberlin University, Komazawa University, Tamagawa University, Tokai University, Nihon University, Osaka Institute of Technology, Kogakuin University, Tokyo Denki University, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Kanto Gakuin University, Osaka Electro-Communication University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Fukui University of Technology


STANFORD University、University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles(UCLA)、University of WASHINGTON、UCSD、UCSB、OHIO STATE University、ARIZONA STATE University、Boston College、California State University、Illinois State University、Kansas State University、San Diego State University、University of Michigan、University of Phoenix、Utah State University、Ottawa University


Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico、Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey、Instituto Tecnologico de Tijuana、Universidad Autonoma de Baja California


TRINITY College Dublin、University College Dublin、University of Limerick


University of LEEDS、University of LIVERPOOL、LOUGHBOROUGH University、ASTON University、Northumbria University


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen、Ruhr-Universitat Bochum


Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN、University of ANTWERP
China area

[Hong Kong]

Universuty of HONG KONG、The CHINESE University of Hong Kong、The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


Chang Gung University、National Chung Kung University


Harbin University of Science and Technology, Henan Polytechnic University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Jilin University, Hunan University, Hunan Normal University, Hubei University, Guangxi University, Sichuan University, Chongqing University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Shanghai Normal University, Fudan University, Xi’an University of Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xibei University, Dalian University of Technology, Zhengzhou University, Northeastern University, Wuhan University, Wuhan University of Technology, Beijing University of Technology
Rest of Asia nations


University of the PHILIPPINES、Mapua Institute of Technology、Polytechnic University of the Philippines


Universiti Kebangsaan MALAYSIA(UKM)、Universiti Teknologi MALAYSIA(UTM)、Universiti Utara MALAYSIA(UUM)、Universiti Putra MALAYSIA(UPM)、Universiti Teknologi MARA

[South Korea]

CHONBUK National University, Wonkwang University