15 April 2021
Inari Festival and Tree Planting Ceremony to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Establishment of the Itami Works
On April 4, I participated in the Inari Festival, a festival to celebrate the anniversary of our founding, and a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the 80th anniversary of establishment of the Itami Works, both of which were held at the Itami Works.
On the first Sunday of every April, we hold the Inari Festival at all our works in Japan, celebrating the anniversary of our founding. Since this year marks the 80th anniversary of establishment of the Itami Works, we conducted a tree planting ceremony following a Shinto ritual of the Inari Festival.
Every year at the Inari Festival, various events with a lively atmosphere are held that day, such as a charity bazaar, refreshment booths, and musical performances by members of local schools or organizations. Many people enjoy the events, including our staff, their families and the local communities. However, as a measure to prevent COVID-19 infections, this year we limited the number of attendees and held only a Shinto ritual to pray for the prosperity of Sumitomo Electric and the safety of our staff.
Next, we planted a Japanese white pine tree to commemorate the 80th anniversary of establishment of the Itami Works. Since the Japanese white pine is resistant to both hot and cold weather and pests, and has green leaves all year round, it is regarded as an auspicious tree that represents longevity.
The Itami Works was launched in 1941. Since then, it has developed over 80 years, performing a “mother function” for the non-electric-wire divisions. The Itami Works was the first workplace to which I was assigned after joining the Company in 1975. At that time, the Itami Works was a business establishment centered on the production of industrial materials, such as sintered products, powder alloys, diamond products and special steel wires. New divisions were also established in later years and have developed to this day, including one specializing in semiconductor products. With the introduction of the business unit system, the production bases of each business division have spread widely both within Japan and overseas. However, the Itami Works is still performing a mother function for many business divisions.
We planted a Japanese white pine tree in the hope that the Itami Works will continue to respond well to changes in trends and further develop as a business base with a mother function for many business divisions.