Toine Prudon joins Screen Europe as wide format International Sales Manager

Toine-PrudonScreen Europe is pleased to announce that it has appointed Toine Prudon as International Sales Manager for its Truepress Jet range of UV wide-format printers. Toine brings 25 years of experience in the industry with leading suppliers, including Thieme, Spandex, Oce/Canon and swissQprint

Toine’s appointment strengthens Screen Europe’s commercial team and he is based at Screen’s European Solutions & Technology Centre in The Netherlands.  “It is an incredibly exciting time to join Screen,” says Toine. “The company has a range of highly-engineered solutions that are ideal for print service providers looking to work flexibly in the growing wide-format market.”

Bui Burke, Screen’s VP Sales, adds: “Toine brings considerable experience to our expanded sales and support team and joins us at a time when we are experiencing tremendous success with the Truepress Jet W3200 range throughout Europe.”

Screen’s family of Truepress Jet wide format UV printers are manufactured by Screen’s subsidiary company Inca Digital and are ideal for the creation of displays, point-of-purchase materials, billboards, vehicle graphics and backlight signage. There are three models in the range including the latest and highly versatile six colour + white Truepress Jet W3200UV flat-bed printer. This printer, manufactured by Inca Digital, is available as 85sqm/hr and high-speed 150 sqm/hr versions, with or without roll-to-roll capability.

Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GP) is a subsidiary of Screeen Holdings (Kyoto, Japan). SCREEN GP is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of system components for the prepress and printing industries. Its large range of equipment includes workflow systems, RIPs, proofing systems, platesetters and digital printing presses. The company is also a well-known manufacturer of equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries.

Uster Technologies with new CEO as of April 2016

Uster Technologies will have a new CEO as of April 2016 in the person of Thomas Nasiou, currently the company’s Head of Textile Technology. In a carefully-planned and phasedThomasNasiou_new USTER CEO_April2016 handover by April 2016, and on his own request, current CEO Dr Geoffrey Scott will take early retirement.

Dr Scott, who has been CEO for the past 16 years, has chosen early retirement: “Since the formation of Uster Technologies in 2003 following the first Management Buyout, we have been through some exciting and challenging times, including being publicly listed on the Swiss SIX Exchange, managing through the financial crisis, the investment and subsequent takeover by Toyota Industries and most recently the successful acquisition of Jossi Systems,” he says. “We have developed a profound focus on the needs of our customers. We are committed to providing the best solutions to help our customers with the many challenges they face in today’s demanding market environment. The work has been enjoyable but demanding. It is time to slow down a little and to spend more time with my family. It is the right time to step back from the CEO role and hand over the leadership role to a ‘new set of hands’. And I believe that now is an optimal time from the viewpoint of both the company and our customers. We have the ideal successor here already, so we can work towards a seamless transition for the future sustainability of the business.”

The new CEO will take over on April 1, 2016. Dr Scott will continue to provide support to the company and to the USTER management in future as a member of the Board of Directors.

As Head of Textile Technology and a member of the Executive Board, Thomas Nasiou has extensive experience of the textile industry, with USTER’s customers, markets and the company. His experience has been gained working through the value chain from cotton farming, ginning, and spinning and through various roles in USTER. He has a detailed understanding of the needs of modern textile manufacturers.

“This background makes him uniquely qualified to take the next step as CEO”, says Dr Scott: “Thomas Nasiou’s deep textile expertise, knowledge and commitment to USTER and its long term strategy will ensure continuity and stability of the USTER business.”

From 1995 until 2006, Thomas Nasiou worked as a mill manager and head of quality control at Selected Textiles SA, in Farsala, Greece. His special responsibilities covered customer support, optimization of production cost and quality, raw material management and liaison with cotton ginning firms. This diverse skillset was the foundation of his expertise in quality-minded spinning.

Nasiou joined USTER in 2006 as a Textile Technologist. In 2011, he was promoted to Head of Textile Technology and became a member of the USTER Executive Board. In 2014, he became member of the Spinners’ Committee of the International Textile Machinery Federation.

Thomas Nasiou holds an MBA from H.M.A. (Hellenic Management Association) in Larissa, Greece. “Learning is important for me. That means learning from the customers, our collaborators and our colleagues“, he says. “Only by applying that knowledge can I help our company to remain focused on ‘Think Quality’ and remain successful developing solutions that create value”.

Thomas Nasiou, born in 1970, is a Greek citizen. He has lived in Switzerland since 2006. He is married and has two children.

The Board of Directors and Toyota Industries are pleased that the successor for the CEO has been found timely. They are also happy with the decision of Dr Scott to remain as a Board member, giving continuity of support for the company.

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