KVH Industries recently opened an office in Tokyo to strengthen the company’s position in that market and 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, which include the mini-VSAT Broadband service and the TracPhone satellite communications systems.
Rhode Island-based KVH Industries' Japanese partners include SKY Perfect JSAT Corp., which provides the mini-VSAT Broadband service under the OceanBB brand name, and Furuno Electric Co. Ltd. and Japan Radio Co. Ltd., which provide and install KVH TracPhone communications systems.
The company also named Yoshito Yamane as the country manager and representative director for KVH Industries Japan Co. Ltd.
Yamane has collaborated with KVH Industries for the past three years as a sales consultant, developing relationships with KVH’s Japanese partners. His experience includes directing Stratecht Inc., a communications technology firm specializing in improving vessel operational efficiencies, performing IT planning and management for Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, and doing computer software product management for Microsoft Corp. He has a doctorate 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," KVH senior vice president of global sales and business development Brent C. Bruun said in a statement. "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."
Japan's maritime shipping industry has experienced a boom in recent years because of 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. Tokyo is one of the world's busiest ports for container traffic.
KVH also has offices in other centers of the global commercial maritime industry, including Singapore, Denmark and Norway.