Mitsubishi Motors Canada announces its new President and CEO
Following this week’s announcement of current Mitsubishi Motors Canada CEO, Tony Laframboise, it has been revealed that Juyu Jeon (JJ) is soon to enter this new exciting role. The appointment is effective April 1, 2019, the beginning of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. fiscal year.
Previously the company’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Corporate Planning and Business Control, Jeon is well versed across a multitude of Mitsubishi’s business functions. Joining the business in 2017 under Laframboise, he has been part of the company’s exponential growth and record sales. He will also lead the company’s journey towards the acceleration of plug-in hybrid sales, the subsequent launch of the Outlander PHEV, as well as the development of connected cars.
"JJ brings a unique combination of leadership, analytics and passion to this role and I can't think of anyone more fitting to take the reins and move the brand to the next level. In the years ahead, what Mitsubishi Motors means to Canadians will be different from today and I'm excited to see how JJ will help shape this new vision in Canada," commented Laframboise in a recent press release.
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A seasoned global automotive executive, Jeon joined Mitsubishi Motors in 2005 and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia before joining the business. He has also played a critical role in strategic corporate planning that led to the repositioning and growth of the brand in key global markets for Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Jeon's appointment coincides with the company’s decision to embark on a dealer image rejuvenation programme, which will enable the company to meet the changing needs its evolving customer base. "Dealers are critical partners in our success," commented Jeon. "I'm looking forward to helping this vibrant brand evolve during this extraordinary time. We have shown Canadians very recently what Mitsubishi Motors is capable of with Outlander PHEV and this is just the beginning."
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.