MPS opens official branch in Asia
MPS celebrates the official opening of a dedicated branch in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
from l-r: Tim Klappe, managing director MPS Asia; Wim van den Bosch, CEO; George Tan, area sales manager; Willem Huijink - CFO.
As the next step in MPS’ strategy to expand local presence in Asia, the Dutch-based narrow-web press manufacturer has officially opened an Asia branch office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Leading operations of the new branch is Tim Klappe, who joined MPS on December 1, 2017 as managing director Asia Pacific. Living and working in Asia for over 27 years, Klappe is well-known in the printing industry through his executive positions with Heidelberg, Manroland and Norde International Distributors, representing reputable print-industry brands including HP Indigo, Kodak, Xeikon, and Esko. Prior to joining MPS, Klappe led operations for Ferrostaal Indonesia and OneVision Software in Singapore.
Klappe commented: “With its central location in the South-Asian region, Kuala Lumpur is an ideal location for a dedicated MPS office. Now that the infrastructure of the local branch is fully operational, we are focusing our efforts on business development through supporting our existing Agent network and increasing local representation. In fact, we just signed an agreement with a new agent in Taiwan, Chimeng Packaging. Soon we will be announcing a newly signed agent in the Philippines.”
Recently appointed MPS representatives in Asia Pacific include Intercom Trade Services (a K-Group company) in Pakistan, and PT. IDG in Indonesia, who since finalized its first MPS EF press sale to PT. Surya Baru. MPS also has long-term partnerships with Genius Flexo Machinery in India and Bangladesh, Maxteq in Australia, and Nekkorb in New Zealand.
Overseeing sales in the new MPS Asia office will be George Tan, MPS area sales manager. Tan was employed by the company in June 2017, previously representing MPS as an agent at EP Digital.
MPS has hired local service engineers to provide service and maintenance to MPS presses in the field, with plans to expand the team further with additional service engineers and sales representatives.
“These are very exciting times for MPS in Asia,” said Wim van den Bosch, CEO of MPS. “With our official MPS Asia office in Malaysia, a demo center in Japan, and regional representation in the complete Southeast Asia region, our presence will be vast with a strong service network for existing and new MPS customers. We are ready to show Asia how MPS is truly ‘Operator Focused, Results Driven’.”
Asia demo centers
Another part of the expansion plan in Asia includes expanding the new MPS Asia office with a demo center where printers can view press demonstrations and test a variety of applications.
T&K Toka, the local MPS agent in Japan for many years, offers a dedicated demo center at their Saitama facility with a fully equipped MPS EF multi-substrate press that is available for personal demonstrations.