The world is our stage.
And each individual staff member plays a leading role.
Contribute to culture and industry through creativity — that is the Corporate Motto of the TDK Group.
Our mission therefore remains unchanged: developing useful products and services of real value and supplying them in a timely fashion.
The inspiration and driving force that enables us to do so are our employees, imagining a positive future and meeting challenges without fear of failure.
Yes, it is they who play the leading role as we meet multifaceted challenges on the global stage.
Becoming a global company and a worldwide leader in electronics.
The TDK Group currently has factories, research institutes, and sales offices in over 30 countries and regions worldwide. The number of employees is about 100,000 people in total. Reflecting these increasingly globalized operations, the ratio of sales outside Japan has grown to 91.1% and that of production outside Japan to 86.1%, making us a truly global company.
Carrying out research & development that spans the globe.
The TDK Group uses a four-base system to carry out R&D activities in Japan, Asia, Europe, and the U.S. This closely linked worldwide framework enables us to take advantage of the business strengths of each region to meet the needs of that region.
- Japan (Headquarters)
Japan is the country where TDK was founded and this base can therefore be seen as forming the core of the group. It handles medium to long term oriented development of new materials, new processes, and new products.
The expanding Asian market is served by a number of sites in this region. One of these is located in Shenzhen, China and handles technology development covering all types of applications such as automotive, ICT and industrial equipment and energy. The Shanghai site works on solutions for EMC support and optimized components propositions.
Europe is a region with a high awareness of environmental and energy issues. In-depth technology studies and development are pursued here, in fields such as automotive applications and industrial equipment.
Centered on areas such as San Jose with its high concentration of semiconductor and related industries, studies into cutting-edge ICT technology and development of advanced products are the focus here, taking advantage of the sophisticated environment.
TDK people — active in a global environment
At TDK's bases around the world, specialists in many fields and with various areas of expertise employ their skills and passion every day to tackle challenging tasks. A very small sample of such people is presented here, providing insight in what motivates them and what the special advantages of their respective workplaces are.
Mobilizing skills and knowledge to respond to each challenge.
任 永吉Yongji RenManufacturing Technology / TDK Dalian Corporation / China
My role is to exert as a team leader in coordinating all aspects of Quality, Cost and Delivery (QCD) efficiency improvements, from proposals through final implementation. We are handling extremely small size products. To further improve our products, it is vital to focus in on tiny components invisible to the naked eye to make meaningful improvements. I firmly believe that the fruits of such efforts will not only raise efficiency, but also support growth both on a personal level and for the company as a whole. Another appeal of TDK is the stance of respecting employee individuality, combined with a corporate culture devoted to steadily nurturing personal skills. This is definitely the key to working with enthusiasm while fueling the desire for self-improvement. Based on a firm grasp of the expectations directed to me as a team leader, I undertake each challenge without fear of failure. Rooted in that attitude, I pledge to continue to do my very best from here on as well.
Innovation in step with the times.
高 鈺婷Yu Ting KaoFinancial Affairs / TDK Taiwan Corporation / Taiwan
Ever since joining TDK Taiwan, I have been in charge of financial and accounting duties. The words “Vision, Courage and Trust,” which are also contained in the company principles, have taught me many things and inspired steady changes in my own thinking as well. Yet another fine quality of TDK is the ability to build relationships based on by mutual trust between employees, who develop by working side by side in constructive rivalry. The workplace environment of respecting individual thinking and bringing out the best in each other’s abilities supports the growth of all members of the team. Under this approach we take responsibility for our individual duties, always seeking out new challenges and living up to the expectations of the customer. The goal is to continue to generate innovation closely matched to the times. That spirit, so alive and well in TDK, has also emerged as the driving force in my own life and endeavors.
Drawing out answers across divisions and national borders.
Thantip ParinyaprasertManufacturing / TDK(Thailand) Co.,Ltd / Thailand
As our Japanese language coordinator, I work to support communications between the Japan design and Thailand manufacturing divisions. Besides interpreting for those traveling here on business from Japan, I am also closely involved in the work of launching new equipment installations. Another key phase of my duties is to help with opinion exchanges across different divisions and countries in order to arrive at unified answers. While the responsibilities are heavy and the work can be quite formidable, the ability to undertake new challenges every day is the source of great pride and satisfaction. At TDK Thailand, we are also actively involved in traditional Thai events. One such example is the “Song Kran” water festival, in which water is sprinkled over managers as a means of showing respect. In such ways, there are numerous opportunities to engage in exchanges across the lines of divisions rank and position. I truly enjoy that part of the corporate culture here.
TDK is like a family to me.
Elyse TesmanSales / TDK Corporation of America / United States
As a member of the TDK Corporation of America sales team in San Jose, California, I work closely with Silicon Valley-based customers on the development of next-generation products. I feel a great sense of professional fulfillment from being involved in the creation of advanced technology from scratch.
For more than 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with many outstanding, talented colleagues representing a variety of cultures and ideas that are always a source of inspiration.
TDK has a spirit of family that encourages the achievement of excellence through teamwork.
I aspire to deliver continuous, exceptional quality to my customers and colleagues for many years to come.
The inspiration of customer encounters.
Patrick Loh Shi SiongSales Promotion / TDK Singapore (Private) Limited / Singapore
After living in Japan for five years, I decided to join TDK business base in Singapore. My current duties involve proposing solutions to the issues faced by our customers, planning product promotions and other areas. I am stimulated by every encounters with customers and TDK members from overseas as well as Singapore. Besides , I sometimes travel abroad on business trip. The opportunity to meet and network with customers from around the world through my work leads to a major increase in motivation. My personal aim is to steadily expand my knowledge of today’s technology, which literally continues to evolve day in and day out, while steadily furnishing proposals exceeding the demands of our customers. Joining hands with the trusty members of our team, I will continue to devote my energies to the challenges ahead, in a concerted push to contribute to the company’s growth.
Continuing to make challenges together with outstanding members
Franck BONTEMPSSales / TDK Europe GmbH / France
My job as a sales staff member is to develop and cultivate a long-term partnership with a strategic customer. When the customer and TDK reach a win-win compromise after tough negotiations, I feel very satisfied indeed. When I joined TDK, I was often told by one of my bosses to “Enjoy the pressure!” The TDK culture is to accept difficult challenges as your own and to tackle them in a forward-looking manner. The other employees around me also have a desire to challenge high hurdles and are proud of fulfilling an important role. They have a sense of contributing significantly to the TDK Group. This team spirit, which bonds outstanding employees together, is TDK’s strength. I am very happy to be able to work in such a stimulating environment.
Aiming ever higher in a corporate culture of mutual support
Ariel YerushalmiFinance & HR development/TDK-Lambda Ltd./Israel
As a Finance director I am Generating and analyzing financial reports at TDK Lambda Israel, which is one of TDK’s overseas affiliates, and as HR development Director I am driving the positive culture and environment in the company. I feel that TDK is especially outstanding in its stance of making challenges and aiming ever higher with positive attitude. The state of mind of our company is that in every activity and result, as good as it can be, there is a room for improvement. What is necessary to success and achieve those challenges is cooperation among employees and strong sense of belonging to the company and identification with its values. TDK has a deep-rooted culture of mutual support. I myself often see employees helping co-workers who have been in distress or difficulty. I am proud to be a member of an organization like TDK.
Seeking the best solutions to satisfy customer needs
Achim Kimmerle (Dr.)System Engineering / TDK-Micronas GmbH / Germany
I am engaged in research and development aimed at satisfying customer needs in terms of systems. I was very interested in microelectronics before, so after acquiring my PhD, I chose TDK as my new base for research. At TDK we are always tackling new challenges, so it is never boring. Another of TDK’s many attractions is that its corporate environment is fair; good ideas to satisfy customer needs are welcome from anyone, regardless of position. In the process of seeking ways to find the ideal solutions for customers, it is very stimulating to discover knowledge in unknown fields. My aim is to develop epoch-making new products in my own field that become the global standard.