Iris Liu is the Founder and President of GOICHI Consult Company, a firm that provides technical consultancy and training for the electronics manufacturing industry. The firm’s consultancy arm helps companies solve real world problems such as helping to set up quality control and quality improvement systems. GOICHI also provides training in topics such as operational excellence, strategic quality planning, and Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Prior to founding GOICHI, Iris held global leadership positions in quality and engineering management at Nippon Mektron, under the global brand “Mektec”, which is subsidiary of NOK Corporation. Mektec is one of the biggest flexible printed circuit board (FPC) makers in the world, with past revenues of US$2.8 billion. She joined Mektec as the Engineering Director in China and eventually relocated to the headquarters in Japan, where she learned Japanese from zero to business level. Iris supervised the Mektec global sites in Zhuhai; Suzhou, China; Thailand; Vietnam; Taiwan; Japan; Germany; and Hungary and helped them organise the sites according to Lean Six Sigma principles. Iris also trained more than 20 Mektec employees to attain the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. This training included teaching them how to use data through data mining and analysis to help the business as processes get more complicated and production cycles get shorter.
Before she joined Mektec, Iris was the engineering director at Multi-Fineline Electronics (MFLEX) in Suzhou, China. MFLEX is a Nasdaq listed electronics company with past revenues of US$825 million. Iris helped oversee the manufacturing process of both frontend (FPC) and backend (Surface mounting technology (SMT) and assembly), including new product introduction (NPI), process and equipment engineering, automation, testing and facility. Iris helped MFLEX improve the SMT first pass yield from 95% to 99.3% in 15 months. Also, by adjusting the SMT line configuration through a different product portfolio, Iris helped MLEX increase their capacity by 50%. Furthermore, by using automation, such as replacing human operators with a robotic arm, MFLEX reduced the number of workers by 2000 and thus achieved 12 million RMB reduction in labor costs yearly.
Iris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University of China and also has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore. She is certified by the American Society of Quality (ASQ) as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She is a senior consultant at the Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA), where she writes a monthly column for JPCA News, the organization’s newsletter. She is also a lecturer at the Academy of E-ESMAP (Electronic circuit ultra-high Efficiency System of Manufacturing for Agile Production).
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