In commemoration of Mazda's 80th year since its establishment, Mazda has published "Mazda Technological Chronicles," a large collection of Mazda's key vehicle manufacturing technology and technological know-how.
The publication of this work first came about
through the formation "Sanmoku-kai," a volunteer group of former Mazda
directors. The volunteer team set out in June of 1995, to chronicle and
pass on to the next generation the technology and technological know-how
occurring in the sphere of Mazda manufacturing from the Toyo Kogyo Co.,
Ltd. period to now. The group also wanted to do this work as a contribution
to the improvement of Mazda's technology and technological ability.
Subsequent groups were formed, composed of specialists in the vehicle manufacture process ranging from, among others, materials to vehicle assembly, production control and quality control. The nearly 700 current and former Mazda employees cooperated over a five-year period in artifact and information recovery activities.
This large collection of approximately 10,000 items has been summarized in the current publication of "Mazda Technological Chronicles," organizing the content into three parts, with another publication describing the chronological table.
The first part, "Mazda Advances," covers Mazda's manufacturing history and features on technological know-how, with some notable episodes. The second part, "Mazda's Various Control Systems Viewed from the Perspective of Manufacturing Functions," concerns the people who are engaged in the manufacturing process and how the associated processes are maintained while making vehicles in terms of the changes in control systems for manufacturing, quality, cost and labor. The third part, "Changes in Technology and Technological Know-How of Separate Manufacturing Fields," describes in a series, the changes in the processing of vehicle parts from material casting to molding, lathing and assembly. It also includes the process of metal stamping, welding and painting to the final process of how a vehicle is assembled.
This publication was given to the National Diet Library, the Hiroshima Prefectural Library, Hiroshima City Central Library, university libraries nationwide, government and public offices, related industries and the Kyoshin-kai Association, as well as to individuals who graciously cooperated in the compilation of this publication.