This week, we have the pleasure of introducing you to Kenji-san, our Japanese black belt sales manager! Kenji has been an integral part of Wipak Japan since day one, and we are excited to take this opportunity to learn more about him and his thoughts on Wipak.
What do you do at Wipak?
Since the establishment of Wipak Japan branch 15 years ago in February 2008, I have been involved in various operations such as customer development, sample testing, import operations, inventory management, delivery, complaint handling, and sales collections. Despite differences in business practices compared to the European market and a challenging sales environment for overseas products, our sales have increased year by year from zero. In 2022, our sales exceeded EUR 3 million.
To provide more detailed services that meet the needs of Japanese customers, we began slitting films with a Japanese contractor in 2019, and we have seen an increase in inquiries about Wipak products. In order to achieve double sales in the short term, we are currently exploring sales strategies for not only our conventional products but also our GreenChoice and WIICARE products
What is it like to work at Wipak?
I am grateful every day for the experience that is hard to get at a Japanese company and for being able to work with excellent colleagues. Participating in company meetings in Europe is very informative and meaningful, and it always inspires me to take on new challenges.
What are your thoughts on Wipak valuing sustainability?
I believe this is something that must be done for the next generation. Clearly defining the company’s vision and mission, along with efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2025, as well as product management and educational activities inside and outside the company, are wonderful. Our management is admirable!
What is something unique about you that not many people know? Do you have a passion, hobby, or new skill you’d like to share?
I always try to take on new challenges and be interested in various things. This year, I am aiming to break my full marathon personal record at the Yokohama marathon in October. On top of that, I would like to start learning sign language.