Sumitomo (SHI) Demag today announced that Shoichi Ohira will join the management board of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery as COO (Chief Operations Officer) and Head of Production, effective 15 January 2019. In addition, the company said that Hideki Kuroiwa, who was appointed Chief Collaboration Officer last November, will return to Japan shortly, where he will be responsible for global planning and for coordinating future joint projects within Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Group.
Ohira, a certified production expert, has worked for three decades at parent company Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan, China and the US, gaining vast experience as an injection moulding machine expert. Prior to joining the management board of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery, he spent many years as head of Production and Quality Management. In his new role, he will focus on further optimising production efficiency and significantly reducing cycle times, which he considers his first priority.
In the statement from the company, Gerd Liebig, CEO Sumitomo (SHI) Demag said that, following the past several years of burgeoning growth, the focus was now on increasing production performance and stabilising production capacity at the current high level. “Mr Ohira has valuable experience in the optimisation of complex production processes. He will follow through with the already initiated investments in our facilities in Schwaig, Wiehe and Ningbo,” said Liebig.