Powerlase opens Japanese facility

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Powerlase has opened an office in Japan, headed by newly appointed Takanori Uematsu.

The new facility is the third fully-owned international operation to be opened by Powerlase, following operations in the UK and Korea. Rapidly expanding markets, including photovoltaic (PV), solar cell and active-matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays, have made opening a local office in Japan an attractive prospect for the company. A number of Powerlase's existing customers also maintain head offices and manufacturing operations in Japan.

Uematsu will be responsible for business development at Powerlase, where he will support Powerlase's growing profile in Japan and encourage expansion into new markets within Asia. Uematsu brings more than 16 years' experience in commercial sales to Powerlase, spanning high technology capital equipment sectors including the semiconductor and Flat Panel Display (FPD) markets. Prior to joining Powerlase, Uematsu held the position of sales manager for New Wave Research KK, where he was responsible implementing strategic growth plans in Japan by focusing on FPD repair applications.