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Asahi Photoproducts to Reorganize North American Sales Network

Friday, May 13, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

ATLANTA, GA – Asahi Kasei E-materials Corp. (Asahi), a world-leading supplier of photopolymer printing plates to the flexographic printing industry focusing on providing high value added products and unique photopolymer technology for flexographic printing plates and systems, announces that it is reorganizing its photoproducts sales network in North America. Going forward, Asahi will discontinue its direct sales efforts, and will rely on its reseller network for all sales and technical support activities. In doing so, Asahi is in the process of closing the Atlanta Office of Asahi Kasei America Inc.(AKA).

Strength of Japanese yen and slow recovery of North American economy

In the view of the strength of the Japanese yen compared to the US and Canadian dollars, and the slow recovery of the North American economies, Asahi decided to provide technical and sales support through its strong network of distribution partners.  
Resellers to provide sales and technical support in North America

While Asahi had overseen its North American sales efforts from the Atlanta Office of AKA since 2008, the company has provided its products and service through the North American distribution network it has utilized since 2000. These reseller partners include Correct-Touch Graphic Arts, Inc. (www.ctgraphicarts.com), RBCOR, LLC. (www.rbcor.com), All Printing Resources, Inc. (www.teamflexo.com) and Heidelberg Canada Graphic Equipment Limited (www.ca.heidelberg.com).

The office in Atlanta will conduct business until existing accounts are transitioned to the reseller network. Any questions can be directed to Joe Bauer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Photoproducts Division. He can be reached at 404-344-1223 X101 or via email at jbauer@asahi-photoproducts.com.


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