May, 2019

FY2018 Monozukuri Hands-on Workshop Activities Results

Social Contribution Initiatives

Since 2014, Isuzu has been holding Isuzu Monozukuri Workshops, in which employees involved with production and development come up with workshop classes where participants can experience the joy and value of "monozukuri" (craftsmanship).
In 2018, we held workshops in places like the Isuzu Plaza, Fujisawa City, and earthquake disaster sites in Tohoku, which were attended by 478 participants, consisting of families with children.
All participants actively engaged in the four different detailed programs on offer, in which they created works filled with personality.

Casting Class

In this workshop, participants used the casting technology employed in creating engine parts and household goods to create tin versions of their favorite Isuzu characters (Giga-kun, Elf-kun, Elga-chan). This was a popular workshop in which children and adults alike had fun experiencing the casting process.

Design Class

Isuzu designers gave children advice as they drew designs of original papercraft versions of Elf (N series) trucks and assembled them.
Children and their parents had fun "driving" the completed trucks at the test course, which was so popular that waiting lines formed.

Plastic Class

In this workshop, participants created Isuzu character soap using plastic molds, as well as sculpted out Isuzu character wall ornaments that were drawn on sheets of plastic.
The participants added color and scents to the soap, and the wall ornaments were made colorful with stickers and masking tape.
These workshops were very popular with elementary and middle school children, and the method for creating these two different items takes advantage of the prototyping technology used in manufacturing cars.

Wreath Class

In this workshop, participants created Christmas wreaths using vines and berries collected near Isuzu's Tochigi and Fujisawa plants.
This is a new program which makes use of natural materials, and it was implemented through various departments within the company working together.
The workshop was particularly popular with females, and children and adults alike had fun making wreaths with colorful decorations.

We plan to continue holding Isuzu Monozukuri Workshops that can be enjoyed by a large number of people.

[2018 Activities Results]
Date Description Venue Number of participants
July 27, 2018 Plastic Class Isuzu Plaza 63
August 1, 2018 Design Class Isuzu Plaza 60
October 20, 2018 Casting Class Toyoma Community Center, Fukushima Prefecture 18
November 9, 2018 Design Class Minami Nursery School, Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture 17
November 24, 2018 Casting Class Zengyo Community Center, Fujisawa City 33
December 20-21, 2018 Wreath Class Isuzu Plaza 100
February 17, 2019 Plastic Class Shonandai Cultural Center, Fujisawa City 35
March 21, 2019 Design Class Tsujido Seaside Park, Kanagawa Prefecture (Fujisawa City) 104
March 24, 2019 Casting Class Tsujido Seaside Park, Kanagawa Prefecture (Fujisawa City) 48
Participants listen intently to the explanation of how sand molds are made.(Casting Class)
Putting in a strong effort in both design and assembly.(Design Class)
Participants used plastic to create colorful soap and wall ornaments.(Plastic Class)
Making beautiful Christmas wreaths using natural materials.(Wreath Class)
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