05 November 2012

KVH Industries Opens Office in Tokyo, Japan

Middletown, RI – 05 November 2012 – KVH Industries, Inc., has opened an office in Tokyo to further strengthen KVH’s position in the market and to provide additional support to its Japanese partners. The opening of the KVH Industries Japan Co., Ltd., office reflects the growing market in Japan for KVH’s maritime satellite communications solutions.
 

KVH Industries’ Japanese partners include SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, which provides the mini-VSAT Broadband service under the OceanBB brand name, as well as Furuno Electric Co., Ltd., and Japan Radio Co. Ltd., which provide and install KVH TracPhone communications systems. 

The company is also pleased to name Mr. Yoshito Yamane as the Country Manager and Representative Director for KVH Industries Japan Co., Ltd. Mr. Yamane has collaborated with KVH Industries for the past three years as a sales consultant, developing relationships with KVH Industries’ Japanese partners. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington. 

“We are extremely excited about opening our KVH Japan office, which represents a significant step forward in enabling further market penetration for our services and products in Japan,” said Brent C. Bruun, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development at KVH Industries. “We are particularly pleased to have Mr. Yoshito Yamane as our Japanese country manager. He has vast experience in the maritime industry and is extremely knowledgeable about KVH products, services, and technology.” 

KVH Industries’ business interests in the region have grown steadily in recent years. Since 2009, KVH Industries has provided mini-VSAT Broadband service coverage in Asia Pacific waters and in the Indian Ocean through a satellite-capacity leasing arrangement with SKY Perfect JSAT. 

Japan’s maritime shipping industry has experienced a boom in recent years due to improved shipping rates and increased demand for goods throughout Asia. Japan ranks second in the world in the amount of deadweight tonnage it controls as a percentage of the world’s fleet, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s “Review of Maritime Transport 2011.” In addition, Tokyo is one of the world’s busiest ports for container traffic. KVH Industries also has offices in other centers of the global commercial maritime industry, including Singapore, Denmark, and Norway. 

KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. The company is based in Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, Singapore, and Japan. 

Source: KVH Industries