Mimaki Europe has announced the appointment of Takahiro Hiraki as its new managing director.

Mr Hiraki, who succeeds Yuji Ikeda, joined Mimaki Engineering in 1997, becoming responsible for progressively larger teams and markets until joining the board of directors in 2019.

Mimaki said that his appointment to managing director ‘reflects his commitment to the organisation and enthusiasm for this diverse, innovative, and successful part of the Mimaki business.’

‘From very humble beginnings in a pre-fab building and one of only 180 employees selling cutting plotters and CAD plotters, my Mimaki journey has been one of industry innovations, technology breakthroughs and significant growth,’ Mr Hiraki explained.

‘My goal as MD for Mimaki Europe is to further develop relationships with our partners and customers to meet the evolving local needs of these businesses and take Mimaki Europe into its next phase of success.’

Mimaki Europe also welcomes Ryosuke Nakayama as executive assistant to Mr Hiraki. Mr Nakayama joined Mimaki Engineering in 2012 and during his eight years at the company, is said by Mimaki to have excelled in marketing, sales, and product management roles worldwide.