Asahi Kasei appoints representative in US
Asahi Photoproducts has appointed long-time Asahi customer and senior industry expert Gene Martin to represent the company and its products in the United States.
Martin has been in the flexographic industry for 40 years, the last 30 of which were with a major provider of flexographic services, where he rose from Graphics Division manager to plant manager. As plant manager, a role in which he served for nine years, Martin and his team completely reinvented prepress at the company, moving from solvent-based flexographic plate making to Asahi AWPTM CleanPrint plates that use a water washout process and deliver cleaner plates that require fewer press stops for plate cleaning.
In addition to being more sustainable, its faster processing time increased platemaking capacity by 33 percent and improved overall quality, according to Asahi. Martin has also served on the FTA board for six years as well as serving on the FTA Scholarship Committee from 2006 to 2019. In those volunteer roles and others, he earned market credibility and built a good network of U.S. flexo operations.
‘Ten years of successful printing with Asahi AWPTM CleanPrint water-wash plates has led me to this new role,’ Martin said. ‘Based on that experience, these are products I truly believe in. I am proud to be on the Asahi team and look forward to working with them and sharing my experience with the U.S. market about the value of these plates, in terms of productivity, profitability, time to market, and importantly, sustainability.’
As Asahi’s agent for the U.S. market, Martin will be working directly with Asahi customers in partnership with distributors in the United States to provide value-added services to both Asahi’s distributors and their customers. This includes providing color management best practices and procedures for all U.S. customers, working with potential customers to understand their current printing process and provide plate specifications to Asahi distributors for print trials, and addressing all customer complaints and resolving any plate-related issues. He will also act as an advocate for Asahi AWPTM plates, promoting their platemaking and printing attributes, with an overall goal of increasing Asahi’s U.S. market share.
‘We are absolutely delighted to welcome Gene to our team,’ said Yuji Suzuki, Development and Technical adviser for the U.S. ‘It was a pleasure working with him during his previous company. We appreciate the thorough due diligence he did during the process of revamping the company’s platemaking department. That knowledge, and the experience he had since implementing AWPTM water-washable plates, gives him great credibility as he is out in the marketplace meeting with customers. We are delighted that he is working with Asahi in this role!’
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