JKE, a job shop in Taiwan, is striving to achieve success, elegance and good cheer. In the tube business, for instance.
At the “wedding table” in the break room, Wu Chung-Hsien and Chen Hui-Wen have created a quiet refuge in the middle of the busy industrial district of Taichung, a city of millions in the heart of Taiwan. This is the small table where this married couple receives business partners, serves tea, and shows them the countless tiny wedding pictures they have collected, all shielded behind a pane of glass.
There have not been many restful moments in the break room for Mr. Wu and Ms. Chen in recent years. Fifteen years ago they founded JKE as a job shop for high-precision metal parts. Success was quick in coming. The company grew rapidly at first, and then even faster. Today JKE employs a staff of 190.
We began with the aim of being among the best.
Examples of the products they produce include parts for lawn mowers, industrial sewing machines, fire engines and elevators. Its customers are involved primarily in mechanical engineering, the electronics industry, medical technology and the energy sector. JKE makes 65 percent of its parts for export. They are shipped to Japan, the USA, Europe and Australia. Wu explains his business success: “We began with the aim of being among the best. To do that, right from the outset, we worked with only the finest in the market. TRUMPF is one example. German technology enjoys an outstanding reputation in Taiwan.”
The Service team in close by
Now Wu and Chen have discovered a new business field: Demanding 3D designs in metal. “We are one of the first companies in Taiwan to offer such assemblies,” Wu notes. In particular Taiwan’s machine tools industry, which is rapidly expanding, is now demanding ever more complex tube designs. As a consequence, domestic manufacturers like JKE are now venturing into this market.
Decisive for us when making our purchase was that the machine is highly automated and that TRUMPF has an excellent service team right on site here in Taiwan.
A pipe cutting machine using a laser has been on hand in the JKE plant since 2014. The TruLaser Tube 7000 is automatically loaded by a LoadMaster Tube and cuts tubes up to 250 millimeters in diameter with wall thicknesses of up to 8 millimeters in mild steel. An optional technology package makes it possible to cut angles of up to 45 degrees. “The machine turns out constant high quality, setting us apart from our competitors,” says Wu. “Decisive for us when making our purchase was that the machine is highly automated and that TRUMPF has an excellent service team right on site here in Taiwan.”
A “culture of joy” for success
Wu continues: “TRUMPF and JKE are both family-owned companies. I believe that we share the same values — sustainable management, striving to achieve top technical performance, and attracting and keeping good staff. That is why we are loyal TRUMPF customers.
”Values are very important for Wu and Chen. They have developed a company philosophy that is close to their heart. Wu explains the most important items: “We deliver attractive products at the highest quality to our customers. We support them as they become even more successful. At the same time we apply our creativity to make the world better through prosperity, success and love. We will never forget that we started out from modest beginnings and now want to return something to society.”This is reflected, for instance, in the casual, family-like atmosphere in the company. “We want our staff to be thoroughly satisfied and do their work with pleasure. We are doing everything possible to create a ‘culture of joy’ at JKE,” Wu concludes.
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This article war first published in April 2015.