The judging panel for the Label Industry Global Awards 2012 has awarded Mitsuo Komiyama, chairman of the Japan Federation of Label Printing Industries, the Label Industry Lifetime Special Recognition Award. The award was presented during the VIP reception on 26 July as part of the 2012 Label Forum Japan which is being held at Tokyo’s Bellesalle Shiodome Center.
Mr Komiyama was born in Tokyo in 1942 and joined the Fuji Shikou Co. (currently Lintec Corporation) in 1965. After working in Fuji Shikou’s sales department, he established Mimasu Seal Printing (Nakano-ku, Tokyo) in 1985 which became MSP Incorporated (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) in 2005. Focusing on the industrial label market, the company has three factories close to Tokyo in the Yamanashi Prefecture and operations in Thailand and the Philippines.
A prominent force in the Japanese label sector for over 40 years, Mr Komiyama has been responsible for strengthening Japan’s cooperation with the global label industry and trade associations. Personally involved with many Japanese industry bodies including the Tokyo Tag and Seal Printer’s Association of which he was appointed president in 2005, he also became chairman of the Japan Federation of Label Printing Industries in the same year. The Federation is comprised of 10 associations throughout Japan, including the Tokyo Tag and Seal Printer’s Association.
Mike Fairley, chair of the judges said: “We are delighted to present Mr Komiyama with this prestigious accolade. He is worthy of this special recognition for very many reasons, but most importantly the honor has been made in tribute of his pioneering innovation, input into the industry associations and his utmost dedication and unshakable passion for the industry as a whole and his own company.”
Roger Pellow, Labelexpo managing director commented: “This award is truly well deserved. Mr Komiyama is a leading light in the Asian label market and frequently attends global conferences as a true ambassador for Japan’s label industry. I extend the Labelexpo Global Series team’s sincerest congratulations on winning this fantastic accolade.”
The judging panel was chaired by Mike Fairley, director of strategic development for the Labelexpo Global Series and included Kurt Walker, president of FINAT, Art Yerecic, TLMI chairman, Andy Thomas, group managing editor of Labels & Labeling, Steve Katz, editor of Label & Narrow Web and Tony White, editor of NarroWebTech.