Asahi Photoproducts appoints Daniel Illmer as International Sales Manager

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, has announced that Daniel Illmer is joining the company as International Sales Manager, responsible for managing sales and distributor resources in Eastern Europe, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and other countries to be determined moving forward.

Illmer brings to Asahi Photoproducts a strong background in sales and business development in the region, including 20 years in international sales, where he was responsible for managing, leading and motivating sales in the screen printing and flexo business units. He also held full responsibility for business development in the fields of logistics, customer service, planning, budgeting and forecasting activities for the managed countries.

In his new role, he will be focused on increasing market share for Asahi Photoproducts photopolymer plates, especially AWP™ CleanPrint line of water washable flexographic plates for the packaging industry.

Just prior to joining Asahi Photoproducts, Illmer held a sales role with UTB Envirotec, a company in the wastewater sector, whose focus was on sustainability and which required a complex sales cycle. Illmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree as a Printing Engineer from Budapest Technical University.

‘I am pleased to be joining Asahi Photoproducts, an industry leader with a dedication to sustainability,’ Illmer said. ‘I strongly believe in the changing trends driven by the climate crisis, and Asahi has an excellent reputation for the quality, durability and sustainability of its AWP™ CleanPrint water-washable flexographic plates. I look forward to not only increasing market visibility for these outstanding products, but also helping to educate customers and prospects about the importance of Carbon Neutrality, a goal which Asahi Photoproducts is looking to achieve for its AWP™-DEW flexographic plates.’

Illmer will be joining the Asahi Photoproducts team at Proflex in Stuttgart, 13-15 September, and will be available for one-on-one meetings with visitors to the conference at Asahi’s stand in the event’s exhibit hall.

No Solvents Required

Asahi AWP™ CleanPrint water-washable flexographic plates are processed without VOC-based washout solvents, use less energy in the production process and deliver a faster time to press than VOC solvent-based plates. Asahi´s CleanPrint water-washable flexographic photopolymer plate technology’s ability to deliver high quality print performance is a result of its engineered photopolymer chemistry design.

The water-wash technology also features a low surface energy plate resulting in fewer press stops for plate cleaning, for significantly improved OEE in the pressroom and reducing press waste. All of these elements make them one of the most sustainable flexographic plates in the industry. In addition, AWP™-DEW CleanPrint plates deliver extremely high-quality print due to their precise registration and ability to deliver perfect printing balance between highlights and solids.

‘We are delighted to have Daniel join the Asahi family,’ said Philip Mattelaer, Managing Director, of Asahi Photoproducts. ‘His extensive experience in the region will be invaluable in achieving our growth goals and raising the visibility of our CleanPrint flexo plates and our dedication to sustainability for the industry.’