Message from the President

President Mamoru Ito

I would like to express my condolences to everyone who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has upturned life around the world and severely impacted economic and social activities in 2020. The foundations of civil society diligently built up by the human race have received serious blows in the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have no choice but to shift to new systems and ways of doing things.

At the Achilles Group, we have always strived to engage in robust communication activities to build mutual understanding. Meanwhile, pressing issues including global warming and envi-ronmental preservation have required a further acceleration of activities on a global scale. Now, however, countries must adapt and respond in new ways amid restrictions on travel. In addition, social problems at the local level requiring solutions have grown more complex, and the path forward to the solutions seems even farther away. The vulnerable among us are becoming more vul-nerable, and this aspect of our society must change. Plastic prod-ucts for preventing infections are being used and thrown away in greater numbers, and energy efficiency is declining due to needs for social distancing. While these trends may be unavoidable in the short term, they could also become new sources of future problems down the road. To overcome these problems, we must change our-selves and build a new normal.

We at the Achilles Group are looking at what products and services are best suited for this new normal and pursuing them in depth as part of our mission to make the world a better place. Through our connections to customers in a wide range of fi elds, we aim to make contributions to society on a new stage, with products and services that only the Achilles Group is capable of providing.

Right now, the key to fighting the invisible enemy is being able to quickly respond to needs amid the demand for new materi-als, products and services. We must partner with many customers to meet these needs as quickly as possible. We will always be thinking about how we can work together with customers while COVID-19 remains a concern. As a corporate group, we are striv-ing to create comfortable environments for life’s activities that are friendly to both people and the environment.

September 2020