Mimaki Europe has announced the appointment of Takao Terashima as its new managing director, succeeding Takahiro Hiraki.

Manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting technologies, exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services, Mimaki Europe has looked to long serving Mr Terashima to take the company forward.

Starting his career at Mimaki in 1997 as part of the R&D department, Mr Terashima has developed his knowledge of Mimaki’s technology portfolio and the surrounding market over the past 26 years.

Prior to his new role, Mr Terashima was senior general manager of the Asia Oceania business unit, a position he first started in 2017. Formerly to this, he spent six months as senior deputy general manager of quality management between April and October 2017.

Mr Terashima’s career path has also led him to work beyond Mimaki’s headquarters in Japan, in positions across the company’s branches. He spent four years as managing director of Mimaki Singapore between 2013 and 2017, and he also worked at Mimaki USA early in his career as part of the technical support staff.

Mimaki Europe’s new managing director aims to bring his industry expertise, analytical thinking, business, and team-building skills, as well as his extensive company knowledge, to this new role.

Excited by this latest challenge, Mr Terashima commented, ‘Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the European headquarters, we can look back on the past two decades proudly, thanks to the ongoing hard-work and effort of the team.

‘Looking to the future, it is key to ensure our principles of innovation, collaboration, and sustainability continue to drive us to provide excellence for our customers.

‘Being part of this company and the print industry for over 25 years, I am committed to taking Mimaki into the next 20 years of success.’