The final stage of the UD Trucks 2016 Gemba Challenge, the company’s aftermarket competition, will take place on November 15, 2016 in Japan. Out of the 289 teams who began the competition, eleven winners from local markets will compete for top honors during the final stage.
First held in 2014, this year marks the second UD Trucks Gemba Challenge for frontline employees worldwide, including Asia, and Africa. Teams from Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan and countries in the southern Africa region joined the competition for the first time. The aim of UD Gemba Challenge is to develop skills, team spirit and pride among UD aftermarket frontline personnel. It is an important activity for nurturing the unique UD Gemba Spirit to live up to UD Trucks’ brand promise “Going the Extra Mile” and the core value of “Ultimate Dependability”.
The 2016 competition began in June with two online theory rounds. The final competition stage – which will be held live at the UD Experience Center at the company’s headquarters in Ageo – will cover several subjects at physical stations. Four teams from Japan will compete, making Japan the market with the most teams entering the final stage. South Africa’s BB Truck & Tractor Polokwane, winners of Gemba Challenge 2014, also returns for the final stage to defend their title.