Tadayuki Abe was made president Mitsui Seiki Kogyo Co., Ltd., the parent company of Mitsui Seiki USA, Inc. (www.mitsuiseiki.com) , on June 27, when Takehiko Higuchi retired from the company.
Higuchi hand-picked his successor with whom he worked closely for years.
Higuchi and Abe recently formed the alliance between Toyoda Machine Works and Mitsui Seiki Kogyo. Abe also has been a part-time member of Mitsui Seiki’s board of directors since 2003 as an outside corporate auditor.
Abe began his career in 1967 with Toyota Motors Corp. and held various engineering managerial positions in its special machinery division, then moved to the machine tool group, Toyoda Machine Works, in the late 90s. Soon thereafter, he rose to executive levels at Toyoda Machine Works. Most recently, Mr. Abe was senior managing director of JTEKT Corporation, the new company formed after the merger of Toyoda Machine Works and Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd.
In a statement on Abe’s succession to the presidency, the company said it is expected that Mitsui Seiki Kogyo will continue to apply the Toyota Production Control system to its machine tool business and institute efficient purchasing, inventory control, and human resource techniques developed at Toyota Motors.
Mitsui Seiki is an international manufacturer of high-precision machine tools.
Higuchi was president of Mitsui Seiki Kogyo for seven years.