Asahi Kasei introduced on the finish of January 2022 a change within the firm’s administration. As of April 2022, Koshiro Kudo will assume the function of President & Consultant Director. The present President Hideki Kobori will develop into Chairman of Asahi Kasei. Koshiro Kudo takes over the place in a sturdy enterprise setting because the just lately offered quarterly outcomes present. With 40 years of company expertise as a strong basis, the brand new President will lead the corporate into a brand new century of its historical past, as Asahi Kasei celebrates its one hundredth anniversary in Could 2022.
Koshiro Kudo was born on June 5, 1959, on the island of Kyushu in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, in southwestern Japan. He graduated from the famend Keio College in Tokyo in March 1982 and began working for Asahi Kasei the next month. After holding numerous positions, Kudo turned head of the ROICA enterprise unit, producing premium stretch fibers from elastic polyurethane filament, in Could 2008. He pursued his profession within the discipline of technical textiles and filaments within the following years, changing into President of the Fibers & Textiles Strategic Enterprise Unit (SBU) primarily based in Osaka in 2017.
Two years later, new duties have been added as President of the Efficiency Merchandise SBU, along with fibers and textiles, he was in command of the engineering plastics, artificial rubber, elastomers in addition to family and packaging supplies enterprise. Kudo was additionally concerned within the institution of a brand new mobility supplies division, launched in April 2020 to concentrate on merchandise for the automotive sector.
The brand new President of Asahi Kasei will proceed the profitable strategic work of his predecessor Hideki Kobori, who has considerably formed the Group since 2016. The regular administration throughout pandemic in addition to the concentrate on sustainability, carbon neutrality and biobased productions processes are milestones of his work as President. Equally, again in 2016, the Asahi Kasei Group moved to an operational holding construction and divided its enterprise areas into Materials, Houses and Well being Care, leading to environment friendly collaboration throughout the firm.
Throughout his presidency, Kobori additional expanded Asahi Kasei’s international presence. One key achievement was the profitable institution and improvement of Asahi Kasei Europe’s enterprise actions since April 2016. Moreover, he was accountable for targeted enterprise improvement actions together with capability expansions for battery separators, filaments for airbags, artificial rubber and virus filters. This additionally included the strategic positioning targeted on the automotive and medical sectors with the essential acquisitions similar to Sage Automotive Interiors within the USA, the Swedish sensor firm Senseair in addition to Veloxis Prescribed drugs, Inc., targeted on the commercialization of immunosuppression medicines in the US.
The coronavirus pandemic confirmed how essential individuals’s lives and well being are. Asahi Kasei will deepen its operations within the medical enterprise with options that may tie collectively choices within the chain of prevention, prognosis, therapy, and aftercare making its Well being Care operations into a 3rd pillar of enterprise alongside Materials and Houses. Moreover, Asahi Kasei is aiming to attain carbon neutrality by 2050, seeking to cut back its absolute greenhouse gasoline emissions by at the very least 30 p.c till 2030
As the brand new president, Koshiro Kudo may even be persevering with to guide Asahi Kasei’s Sustainability Technique Planning Division, with efforts now being made round actions that contribute to making a sustainable society below a unified company-wide coverage. The Inexperienced Resolution Undertaking, a brand new organizational unit immediately reporting to the corporate President may even be one in every of his foremost duties.
Asahi Kasei Company is a globally lively diversified expertise firm with operations within the Materials, Houses, and Well being Care enterprise sectors. The Materials sector encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, efficiency polymers, efficiency supplies, consumables, battery separators, and digital gadgets. The Houses sector gives housing and development supplies to the Japanese market. The Well being Care sector consists of prescription drugs, medical gadgets, and acute crucial care gadgets and methods. With greater than 44,000 staff all over the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves clients in additional than 100 international locations and achieved gross sales of 17.3 billion euros (2,106 billion yen) within the fiscal 12 months 2020 (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021).