Giken Ltd.’s group company, Giken Seko (Head Office: Kochi city, President: Atsushi Ohira) received the third annual JAPAN Construction International Award from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism. This award recognizes small to medium scale construction companies in Japan who lead in the development of high-quality infrastructure overseas. This is the first time a company from Shikoku region in Japan, has won the award.
13 Mar 2020 NEWS RELEASE
■ JAPAN Construction International Award (Small to Medium-scale Construction Enterprises Category)
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan established the Japan Construction International Awards in 2017 with the object of enhancing the international presence and supporting further expansion overseas by promoting high-quality infrastructure overseas advocated by Japan. Nominated companies for this award are small to mid-scale construction companies, engaged in overseas design, construction and supply of construction materials and equipment.
The Review Committee evaluated the company on pioneering, achievements, risk management, and whether it aligns with the principles 1 to 5 of G20 Principles for quality infrastructure investment. Of the eight companies applied, two received the award.
■ Evaluated Points of Giken Seko
The Silent Piler™ was first exhibited overseas at an international construction machinery exhibition in Germany, 1987. Since it’s introduction, the Silent Piler™ characteristics, which include but not limited to, low noise, no vibration and working in limited access areas, has seen an increased market demand and thus Giken has allowed for Giken’s expansion into overseas projects. As a specialist in press-in construction, Giken Seko will continue to expand the overseas market with its revolutionizing technology.
Giken Seko has conducted a wide range of infrastructure-related construction projects, including levees, roads, and bridges. The press-in method has been adopted in more than 30 countries worldwide. Recent international works are mainly undertaken by Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) program, of which continues to thrive and expand.
Giken Seko’s approach to risk management is thorough. Prior to overseas assignments, employees are given instruction on local business practices, cultures and disaster response. An emergency contact network is created to contact every employee in an emergency event. Since the foundation of the company in 1967, there has been no major incident has reported.
■ Comment from the President
We are very grateful to receive the JAPAN Construction International Award.
Our company’s first overseas job was in 1983 at Giessen, Germany. Ever since then, we have implemented and demonstrated the superiority of the press-in principle in overseas markets and continue to promote this construction method. With privilege and honor, we will continue to contribute to the development of overseas infrastructures as a global engineering company.
※ G20 Principles for quality infrastructure investment
Principle 1: Maximizing the positive impact of infrastructure to achieve sustainable growth and development
Principle 2: Raising Economic Efficiency in View of Life-Cycle Cost
Principle 3: Integrating Environmental Considerations in Infrastructure Investments
Principle 4: Building Resilience against Natural Disasters and Other Risks
Principle 5: Integrating Social Considerations in Infrastructure Investment
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