Manager, Advanced Printing Solutions Business Development, Chemical Business Globalat
Direct Marketing Divisionat
Business Development and Brand Innovation Managerat
HP Japan Inc.
Kenta Taguchi, HP Manager at HP Japan Inc, has been involved in the graphics packaging industry for over 10 years, and he is passionate innovator and leader in the digital transformation of Japan printing industry.
Prior to joining this industry, Kenta has engaged in business consulting and system engineer for the manufacturing and retail industry in Hewlett-Packard Japan Co., Ltd.
Kenta holds a master's degree in engineering from Tokyo University. He resides in Tokyo with his wife.
Sales and Swiss subsidiary in Altech, export sales of pouch making machines in Nishibe Kikai, export sales of specialty packaging films in Toray Advanced Film, currently working for Miyakoshi.
Director, Advanced Printing Solutions Business Development, Chemical Business Globalat
VP of Sales, Digital Print, Asia Pacific Regionat
Ichiro Kawahara joined Japan Kodak Co., Ltd. in 1991. He has consistently been involved in the sales and marketing of the Graphic Arts business. After serving as a product manager for the Digital Proofing System (Approval System), he moved to the high-speed inkjet business in 2006, where he was involved in product launch, marketing and sales for the Prosper S series and Prosper Press. Since this year, he has been assigned Vice president of digital sales in the Asia Pacific region including Japan.
Packaging Innovation Research Institute, R&D HQat
Vice President, Recycling Science Research Centerat
Division Director at
Ohno Inkjet Consulting
Ohno Inkjet Consulting (OIJC) is a consulting firm, founded by Akiyoshi Ohno. Executive Office of Konicaminolta, the division director at industrial inkjet, provides solutions of how to be successful in business development based on his rich worldwide experience and human network.
VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Information Divisionat
Ciaran is responsible for delivering Smithers global growth initiatives and supporting Smithers Asian client base.
Ciaran has been working for Smithers for nearly twenty years supporting the packaging, print and paper value chains with key market and technical information in the form of conferences, reports and consulting. Ciaran has worked on winning and delivering a wide range of market consultancy projects to major industry players, recent projects include a global assessment of printing and packaging growth trends and market assessment for a major new product launch for one of the world’s largest packaging converters.
Ciaran has launched and managed many international conferences in this sector including Digital Print for Packaging, SustPack, Specialty Papers and Print Futures.
President & Chief Consultant, Professional Engineerat
SUMIMOTO PACKAGING CONSULTANT OFFICE
Joined Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. in 1967 and engaged in product planning, research & development, sales promotion, sales education, etc. in the packaging field. Mr. Sumimoto had developed retort pouch, aseptic packaging, liquid paper containers, pharmaceutical packaging, industrial materials, etc. for flexible packaging. In addition, engaged in the application of LCA, user-friendly packaging, and applications of RFID (IC tags). Retired in 2004 and opened Sumimoto packaging Consultant Office and visited 24 countries as a packaging consultant, Now he has working for many companies to advise research & development of new packaging.
Kamei has been dedicating himself to digital print since 1996 throughout his carrier and established the affiliate of PODi, which was the world largest organization to promote digital print since 1996, in Japan since 2013.
Since that, Kamei has been helping the members of PODi Association to promote their business through the web site information such as case studies and latest industry insite articles as well as on site sales & marketing training and consulting for management.
Concurrently assigned for multiple board of directors at key industry players.
A member of Japan P.E.N. club.
Flexo Business Development, Sales Division, Digital Flexo Business Unitat
From major printing company, joined the Kaigai Hell Graphic Center (currently Heidelberg Japan), a plate-making equipment trading company, in 1986.
Involved in the prototype of the initial color profile and in charge of plate-making printing management.
After moving to Creo Japan (now Kodak LLC) in 2003, In charge of flexo plate making system technology.
After that, transferred to Esko Graphics Co., Ltd. in 2019, and currently mainly in charge of business development of flexographic printing in the sales department.