Daisuke Takei, the Head of CADDI VEITNAM COMPANY LIMITED, is driven by his goal to deliver transformational results. With multi-faceted work experience, his motive is to bring order through system implementations and strategic process improvements. From improving the problem-solving skills and cognitive performance of the team to strategic planning and focused execution, Daisuke has been lending his valuable knowledge and expertise to strengthen CADDi in the manufacturing domain. By successfully overcoming every challenge, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Daisuke has emerged as a dominant leader and his contribution to the manufacturing domain is simply unparalleled. On a personal mission to set high standards and exceed them, Daisuke aspires to lead by example and keep getting better every day.
We spoke with Daisuke to get a sense of his background as a business leader and his future plans for the organization.
Aspioneer (A): Thank you for doing this with us, Daisuke. Can you enlighten our readers a bit about your services and how the operations are carried out?
Daisuke Takei (M): “CADDi was founded by CEO Yushiro Kato and CTO Aki Kobashi in November 2017. By aggregating partner manufacturers, we provide a unified procurement platform for sheet metal, machining, framing, and plastics. Using our original production management systems, we optimize QCD, expand capacity, and keep up with demand fluctuations. We enable integrated production of complete sets of equipment consisting of custom-made parts. Using an automatic quotation system based on a proprietary cost calculation algorithm, we select the processing company that best matches the quality, delivery date, and price of the order and build an optimal supply chain. CADDi receives orders from industrial machinery and plant manufacturers for complete sets of custom fabricated equipment, consisting mainly of sheet metal, machined parts, and structural frames. We undertake all aspects of production including quality assurance and final delivery. We leverage our software technology along with our manufacturing expertise to create resilient supply chains, and continually optimize the flow of orders and goods. We continue to invest in our technology to enable new manufacturing applications, as we strive to unleash the potential of manufacturing. In June of this year, we launched CADDi DRAWER, a cloud system that makes drawing data an asset to reduce procurement costs. Our offices are located in Tokyo (HQ), Osaka, and HCMC in Vietnam. We are also opening a new office in Hanoi this year.”
"We have four values. Think Big, Be Distinctive, As One, Uphold Integrity. We have made a culture book since our early days, and there are nine statements in it. Among them, the CEO especially values "Focus on the issues." We are striving every day to realize our big mission. To achieve this, we believe it is important for each one of us to continue to focus on what really matters."
(A) Since its launch, CADDi has shown massive growth. What is your modus operandi to grow it further? Are any new products in the pipeline?
(M): “The demand for CADDi’s services has seen significant acceleration. Our business has been growing very fast, and our orders have grown more than six times compared to the previous fiscal year, leading to the company’s expanding presence not only in Japan but also in the global area to meet this increase in demand. Going forward, in addition to continuously expanding our ordering platform, we will also start to provide purchasers and supply partners with our technology directly to promote the digital transformation of their operations, for example, the production management system and drawing management system. As a start point, we have launched our new drawing management SaaS, “CADDi DRAWER”, which has been used internally for CADDi’s ordering operation, to help customers solve operational pains in handling piles of drawings. CADDi DRAWER technology will not only help manage drawings as documents properly but also allow utilization of data from drawings in a practical way for future decision-making and action in their procurement process.”
(A): What’s the culture like at CADDi? Can you tell us a bit about your values?
(M): “We have four values. Think Big, Be Distinctive, As One, Uphold Integrity. We have made a culture book since our early days, and there are nine statements in it. Among them, the CEO especially values “Focus on the issues.” We are striving every day to realize our big mission. To achieve this, we believe it is important for each one of us to continue to focus on what really matters.”
(A): What effect has COVID-19 had on your business? Where does CADDi go from here?
(M): “COVID-19 had a different impact on different industries in the procurement and manufacturing sector, with the automobile and machine tool industries being negatively affected by the pandemic and experiencing an up to 90% temporary drop in sales, while other industries, such as the medical and semiconductor industries, have experienced explosive growth in demand. The overall result of COVID-19 is that the company has captured more demand because CADDi’s system rebalances receipts across multiple industries. CADDi’s solution of aggregating and rebalancing supply and demand has once again proven to be indispensable to both purchasers and manufacturers, with the pandemic disrupting the entire supply chain in manufacturing. The pandemic made the manufacturing industry’s supply chain vulnerabilities quite clear early on. For example, if a country is on lockdown or a factory stalls its operations, its customers cannot procure the necessary parts to produce their products. This impact amplifies, and the entire supply chain is affected. Therefore, the demand for finding new, available, and accessible suppliers in a timely manner increased in importance, which is CADDi’s primary value-add.
Now that the business world is slowly getting back on its feet, we plan to achieve steady growth, expand our business globally, and establish ourselves as a leader in the domain. Our focus will be on strategic planning, pinpoint execution, and growth the way we have done till now. With our business intelligence processes, we look forward to establishing a more agile system that can quickly adapt to the ever-changing business scenario and yield desired business outcomes in a cost-effective manner.”