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Komori CEO Yoshiharu Komori on the company's new digital strategy

Published on September 24, 2012

President, Chairman, and CEO of Komori Yoshiharu Komori talks with Cary Sherburne about their new strategies relative to a hybrid offset/digital manufacturing workflow.

Cary Sherburne: Hi, I'm Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com, and it's my great honor to be here with Mr. Yoshiharu Komori, who is Chairman, President and CEO of Komori. And with us also today, helping with translation, is Kosh Miyao, who is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Komori America. Welcome to both of you.

Yoshiharu Komori: Thank you very much.

Kosh Miyao: Thank you.

Cary Sherburne: So, I'd like to start by just talking about some of the new strategic directions that Komori is taking. And the company's been around a long time; traditionally offset environment. But recently, at Drupa and before Drupa, you've made a number of digital announcements. So maybe you can talk to me a little bit about your strategy, especially as it relates to a hybrid manufacturing workflow.

Kosh Miyao: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Yoshiharu Komori: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Kosh Miyao: Komori's been building presses for 90 years and we continue to do so. However, the - we always listen to the customers - and customers, the trend and also the business direction has been changing. And we continue to support their direction and we are for the business directions, as our customer goes.

Cary Sherburne: And recently, you have announced partnerships with companies like Konica Minolta and Mr. Benny Landa and some others. So, maybe you can talk just a little bit about what led up to that and why you chose those companies.

Kosh Miyao: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Yoshiharu Komori: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Kosh Miyao: We've been building offset, again, for many, many years. However, we have chosen the Konica Minolta and as well as Landa as the inkjet - the partnership, because we know how to build the offset print presses. And it is very important that we partner with the high quality manufacturers, as Konica Minolta as well as Landa. By doing so, the gross market demands of the short run variable printing for the future, it can be satisfied with the high quality printings, by partnering with company like Komori and Konica Minolta or Landa. Those are the two different know-hows and the collaboration of those two will make - deliver the higher quality good for the customer demanded.

Cary Sherburne: Thank you, that's very interesting. I'm just curious though, do you think offset is dead or is this - are these strategies going to extend the life of offset? Or how does that fit in?

Kosh Miyao: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Yoshiharu Komori: [FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

Kosh Miyao: I believe the offset printing is continue to be the mainstream of the printing industries. And by collaborating with the digital press printings, we will satisfy the market demands on - for the future. Therefore, we continue to believe that offset is going to stay in the industry for a long time.

Cary Sherburne: Well, great. Thank you very much for sharing with us your vision. It's quite an honor to have you here and we thank you for talking with us.

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