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Kaneka Nutrients – Deep in the heart of Texas

Sep 18, 2015
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Kaneka Corp., which began producing yeast-fermented CoQ10 in 1977, established its American home — Kaneka Nutrients — in Pasadena, Texas in 2006. By doing so, the Japanese group became the first company in the U.S. to manufacture ubiquinone, the oxidized form of CoQ10.

Following years of extensive research and development, Kaneka became pioneers in the field again in 2008 when it made the active, antioxidant form of CoQ10, known as ubiquinol, which is superior to its predecessor because it is the predominant form of CoQ10 produced by a healthy body.

For almost 10 years now, Kaneka Nutrients has been producing top quality ingredients in Pasadena, Texas for the nutritional supplement and food and beverage industries.

Ubiquinol is a vitamin-like substance that contributes to the production of over 90 percent of the cellular energy utilized by the heart and other organs to operate at their optimum levels. The body’s ability to naturally produce ubiquinol diminishes with age and declining health.

Kaneka Ubiquinol™ can be found in hundreds of dietary supplements available to health-conscious consumers in many health food stores, grocers and pharmacies marketed under numerous well-known, high-quality brands.

Manufacturers of those supplements look for and trust Kaneka ingredients because they know that the company adheres to the strictest quality control at the Texas facility.

“As the American market for CoQ10 grew, we wanted to show our customers how committed we were to delivering CoQ10 and in particular ubiquinol, which was the next generation of CoQ10,” said Kaneka North America President Kazuhiko Fujii.

In clinical studies, ubiquinol has been shown to be more bioavailable than conventional CoQ10 and effectively replace depleted levels of CoQ10/ubiquinol associated with statin drug use. Also, because ubiquinol is the preferred form of CoQ10 in the body, studies have shown it is better for the heart and vascular health than conventional CoQ10.

Fujitsu edges out the competition from Texas

Sep 18, 2015
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When Fujitsu Network Communications established its North American operations in 1980, the company initially imported its products for distribution in the United States.

But to meet growing demand and ensure long-term success, Fujitsu set up full operations and a manufacturing plant in Richardson, Texas.

Fujitsu President and CEO Minoru Sakata

“Our operations here include research and development, manufacturing and customer service. This allows us to respond rapidly to our North American customers,” said Fujitsu Executive Advisor Makoto Hamada, who previously served as president and CEO of the company.

A provider of networking solutions to telecommunications carriers, large enterprises, public utilities and government offices, Fujitsu has established itself as an industry leader in the U.S., where it holds the top position in metro optical networking.

“As we look to the future, we see networks getting more virtualized and software controlled. Our focus is to enable our customers and provide them with faster, on demand, more agile products and solutions,” said Executive Vice President and COO Doug Moore.

Keeping up with the rapid growth of technology, Fujitsu’s biggest priority is to adapt to a shift in the industry — transforming from a hardware-based to a solutions-based business model. With 1,500 employees, the company is confident it can adjust its focus swiftly and smoothly.

Fujitsu President and CEO Minoru Sakata, who assumed the position in May, has reaffirmed his commitment to adapt to the fast-evolving market and to ensure the company reaches its full potential in the region.

“We’re focused on the North American market. It’s an important market for us,” said Sakata, who is mindful also of the company’s global mission to improve people’s lives through social infrastructure.

Kuraray finds winning formula in America

Sep 18, 2015
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When natural gas prices declined in 2008, companies around the world didn’t realize the impact of shale gas on the global economy. Since 2004, the costs to produce specialty materials in the United States has more than doubled, making it difficult for most chemical companies to keep up with the rise in cost.

Kuraray America CEO George Avdey

Then when raw material and energy costs collapsed in 2009, many assumed the global recession was the cause, instead of attributing the sharp fall to the transformation of the shale gas industry.

Faced with this opportunity, the CEO of Kuraray America, George Avdey, urged global leadership in Japan to set up manufacturing sites in the U.S. that could source abundant ethane and propane-derived products.

With approval from Tokyo, construction of a polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) plant began in mid-2012. The plant is due to open in October and will make Kuraray among the world’s largest PVOH producers.

“Kuraray had to transform itself from an innovative fibers company to a specialty materials company with a wide range of products. Kuraray understands that its product markets are global. They’ve created training programs to globalize their business,” said Avdey.

 In 2013, when DuPont announced the sale of its glass laminating solutions businesses, Kuraray acquired three facilities in the U.S. In four years, Kuraray America’s workforce has grown from 200 employees to 715 as it acquired technology and production sites.

 “I am humbled that Kuraray has given me the responsibility to manage their business here in the U.S.,” added Avdey, who started with Kuraray in 2000.

Texan city builds for the future

Sep 18, 2015
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The city of Richardson, Texas is showing the world how to attract foreign investment and build a dynamic urban center that meets the current benchmarks of sustainability as one of the world’s most livable cities.

Michael Skelton, Director, Mayor’s Office of International Business for the Richardson Economic Development Partnership

Home of the Telecom Corridor®, so named because of the high concentration of telecommunications and related companies from the industry, Richardson also attracts foreign companies from other technology and financial service industry sectors because of “soft–landing” services designed to make the move to the city easy and hassle–free.

For its initiatives and efforts, Richardson received the No. 1 ranking as the “Small Cities for FDI Strategy” award in the “American Cities of the Future 2015-16” list compiled by fDi Magazine, which evaluates cities across North, Central and South America on their attractiveness for foreign direct investment.

“We are proud to have been recognized by fDi Magazine for our strategy in identifying and attracting investors from around the world that have similar industries to Richardson,” said Michael Skelton, Director, Mayor’s Office of International Business for the Richardson Economic Development Partnership.

Working closely with local foreign chambers of commerce, Richardson is stepping up efforts at home and abroad to highlight and promote the economic advantages, highly skilled workforce, cost effectiveness and connectivity of the city and its surrounding areas to attract companies from around the globe.

“We’re also working hard to create partnerships with foreign and local organizations that know of companies from their homeland that need to globalize to maximize their business opportunities,” added Skelton.

In September, Skelton traveled to Japan to head a trade mission that promoted the city to potential investors and met with head office officials of Japanese companies already located in Richardson to discuss additional investments.

Southern USA 2015 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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