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Takeshi Kanda

神田剛志

I want to connect with society through manufacturing

Mr.Kanda was born in Tokyo and his interest in manufacturing was naturally developed through the influence of his father who ran a press factory. Even as a high school student he had already decided that he wanted to be involved in the product development of wooden manufacturer. Mr. Kanda said that when he thinks about the future, he wants to connect with society through manufacturing. After graduating, he studied industrial design and gained experiences in the repairing and reupholstery of antique furniture. In 2009 he joined Hida Sangyo which is in Gifu prefecture. At first, he was in charge of the manufacturing of custom-made order, and subsequently, he moved to the development division which was what he had wanted to do all along. Currently, Mr. Kanda is engaged in the prototyping and development of new products. He is also involved in the development of furniture using compressed Japanese cedar, which is a special technique of the company. In the development division, there are few opportunities to talk with the customers directly, so the imagination is essential. Mr. Kanda said, “we are doing our best everyday”. He constantly thinks about what type of furniture does society need. Everyone is putting in 120 percent of effort but is there another one percent that he could add to it, wonders Mr. Kanda. There is passion for manufacturing in his words.

ものづくりを通じて、社会と繋がっていたい

東京出身の神田さんは、プレス工場を営んでいた父の影響で、自然とものづくりに興味を抱くようになった。高校生になると、木工メーカーの製品開発を目指すことを決意。将来を考えたときに、ものづくりを通じて、社会と繋がっていたいと感じたという。卒業後は、工業デザインを学び、アンティーク家具の修理や椅子張りの職を経た後、2009年、岐阜県の飛騨産業に入社。特注品の製造現場を担当して数年後、念願の製品開発部へ。新製品の試作・開発に従事し、同社の特殊技術である、杉の圧縮材を用いた家具の開発にも携わった。顧客と直接話す機会の少ない製品開発の現場は、想像力が欠かせない。「日々、全力」と話す神田さんは、社会に必要とされている家具とは何かを、考え続けている。毎日120パーセントの力を出し切っても、もう1パーセント頑張れたのではないかと省みるそうだ。神田さんの言葉の随所に、ものづくりに対する熱い想いが込められていた。

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