Teknek Continues Asian Expansion with Opening of Kobe Office

Teknek, the global leader in contact cleaning and yield improvement technology, continues its Asian expansion with the official opening of its office in Kobe, West Japan.

Glasgow, United Kingdom, August 31, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Leading Teknek’s growth in Japan is country manager Akiyoshi Doda who is expanding the team. The latest recruit is Mr Tomoya Hiraka who has been appointed as the new area sales manager for the West of Japan. He has substantial experience in the wide web converting and extrusion markets.

Earlier this year Teknek announced ambitious plans for expansion in Asia-Pacific with the opening of a number of new offices and a forecast of doubling the headcount in the region.

Ruaridh Nicolson, Teknek’s sales and marketing manager said: “Asian growth has been driven by the substantial demand for our market-leading contact cleaning and yield improvement technology. Manufacturers in electronics, Flat Panel Displays and solar cells are all looking for ways of trimming costs, improving quality and eliminating defects. Our equipment helps them deliver on these objectives.”

He added: “The opening of the Kobe office is very exciting for us as it brings us closer to our customers in the West of Japan. I am also delighted to welcome Tomoya Hiraka as the newest member of the Asian team.”

Teknek pioneered the development of contact cleaning technology 25 years ago and has remained at the forefront of innovation in this field ever since. Its “clean machines” are used by leading manufacturers world-wide. The machines help manufacturers maximise production yields, cut down time and reduce waste by eliminating contamination from critical processes. Sectors served range from electronics, printing and converting to Flat Panel Displays, solar cell and medical.

For further information please visit www.teknek.com or call +44(0)141 568 8100.

Kobe office contact details:

1-2-4, Minatojima-Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0046 Japan
T: +81.78-304-5780
F: +81.78-304-5781


About Teknek

Teknek is the global leader in contact cleaning equipment for a number of sectors including semi-conductors, converting, printing, medical and solar cells.

The equipment helps manufacturers increase production yields and reduce wastage by removing contamination. Over 90% of Teknek’s equipment is exported overseas.

Since July 2011 Teknek has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc. With nearly 100 years of history, Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer. The Company's value-added consumables, equipment and service businesses serve customers in developed as well as emerging markets around the globe. ITW's key business platforms, including welding, automotive OEM, industrial packaging, food equipment, construction, polymers and fluids, test and measurement, electronics, decorative surfaces and automotive aftermarket, employ more than 60,000 people worldwide. ITW's revenues totaled $15.9 billion in 2010, with more than half of these revenues generated outside of the United States.

To learn more, please visit www.teknek.com or www.itw.com.
Rory Nicolson