Bekaert appoints Kenji Yamamoto as Application Engineer in Japan

Bekaert is well-positioned to pursue expanding market demands in AsiaBekaert, the global partner for progress in providing rotatable magnetron solutions, today announced the appointment of Mr.

Kenji Yamamoto as Application Engineer for the Asian market.

Bekaert has continually expanded its presence in the Asian market since the 1990s. The company has strengthened its position as the market leader by being a total solutions provider and proactively addressing market and customer demands. Yamamoto's appointment underscores Bekaert's current strategy to address the opportunities presented by the conversion from planar to rotatable technology in various market segments.

In his role as Application Engineer, Yamamoto will focus on supporting the high-growth large area glass market in Asia. An innovative and experienced problem-solver, Yamamoto will be responsible for translating customer needs into concepts for application-specific sputter products. Yamamoto will also handle the validation and implementation process of the sputter products into the customer's application. Mr. Yamamoto will be operating from the Tokyo office.

Prior to joining Bekaert, Kenji Yamamoto worked at ALPS Electric Co., Ltd, and contributes 14-years of technology development experience. He attained the title of Team Leader and his responsibilities included directing and implementing programs, managing research projects, and providing high-level technical support for the sales division and customers. Yamamoto began his career as an engineer at Kawatetsu Mining Co., Ltd, where he worked on a number of successful design and research projects.

Kenji Yamamoto received a B.S., Applied Physics from the Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo Faculty of Science.

Contact details

For more information, please contact Mr. Koen Staelens, Product Market Manager Bekaert, at: +32 (0)9 381 61 61 94,

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About Bekaert Sputter Products

Sputtering is a vacuum coating process and one of the core methods for depositing thin films on glass. Bekaert works closely with its customers to enable them to upgrade from planar to rotatable technology and offers lower cost of ownership through longer production runs, faster coating deposition and a more complete use of coating material. Bekaert has built its experience in the sputtering technology field through its own plastic foil coating for window film and industrial applications. Bekaert was the first to bring rotatable targets to market and has successfully partnered with customers to develop the most advanced and complete sputter equipment to effectively use these targets for glass coating lines worldwide.

Industrial customers who execute a coating process for applications such as architectural and automotive glass (including Low-E and solar control films, and anti-reflective coatings), display glass and photovoltaic glass, can significantly benefit from adopting Bekaert’s rotatable sputter solutions and technology. Customers can also rely on Bekaert’s world-class customer support and leading research and development.

About Bekaert

Bekaert ( pursues a long-term profitable growth strategy based on its two core competencies: advanced metal transformation and advanced materials and coatings. Bekaert wants to strengthen its position on a global basis as market and technology leader in its field. The company offers its customers high added value due to a wide range of high technology products, solutions and services.

Bekaert (Euronext Brussel: BEKB), based in Europe and present in 120 countries, has its headquarters in Belgium. The company employs 17,000 people and generates revenue of € 3.1 billion.

600450 Bekaert appoints Kenji Yamamoto as Application Engineer in Japan
Date: 2 March 2007
Source: Bekaert

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