Yamauchi joins SEKISUI KYDEX with over 18 years of experience developing his leadership skills and business acumen across multiple cultures and countries. He has an extensive background in management at SEKISUI Chemical, (corporate ownership of SEKISUI KYDEX) and is ready to bring his understanding of both the US and Japanese working cultures together. In addition, his knowledge of resin compounds and products, especially PVC, make him an ideal leader to focus on both business and engineering within SEKISUI KYDEX.
When asked about his first-year goals at SEKISUI KYDEX, Yamauchi shared “I am looking forward to focusing on both our business strategy and product engineering. Over the next year, I will spend time understanding our product, how it’s made, and the differentiation factors, ensuring we provide the best service to satisfy customer needs.”
Educated at University of California Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration & Finance, Yamauchi went on to build his career working in Vietnam, USA, Germany, and Thailand. During his time in Thailand he served as Business Development Manager, developing new market applications. He went on to become the Head of the Sales department for a business size of 500 million. From 2005 to 2016, Yamauchi worked for SEKISUI Chemical in the Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Planning (UIEP) business in the International Division, Civil Engineering System Division, and Overseas Pipe Renewal Division. He moved into the High-Performance Plastics Company (HPPC) business in 2016 to work in the Specialty Chemicals Division, where in 2017 he was the HPPC Thailand Head of Sales. Since 2019 Yamauchi has been the Specialty Chemicals Division Head of Sale Office.
“The future of SEKISUI KYDEX is exciting. We will focus our efforts on enhanced quality, product diversification, and our sustainability initiatives, as part of SEKISUI CHEMICAL group and its long-term vision 2030 statement ‘Innovation for the Earth’. We are poised to deliver more than our customers can imagine,” says Yamauchi.
About SEKISUI KYDEX
SEKISUI KYDEX innovates and creates sustainable thermoplastic material solutions for the next generation of product design. SEKISUI Chemical’s corporate commitment to Speed, Service, and Superiority is realized through the KYDEX® Thermoplastics business model of manufacturing bespoke materials with short lead times in small quantities. This Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) model at three manufacturing campuses expands beyond thermoplastic sheet. The KYDEX® portfolio also includes injection molding resins, proprietary Infused Imaging™ technology, integral special effects, unique textures, and custom products and design. The SEKISUI KYDEX appLab™ and designLab® Innovation Centers are collaborative spaces for clients and customers to bring the supply chain together for rapid prototyping and design development. These spaces are the bridge between engineering and art. More than 300 dedicated professionals in Bloomsburg, PA, and Holland, MI, working with a global network of sales and distribution partners, are committed to delivering more than their customers can imagine. Visit www.kydex.com for more information.