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“We’re not resting on our laurels”: MD

Yokogawa’s managing director claims that what doesn’t beat the industrial automation provider will only make it stronger, in an exclusive interview with PACE magazine.

Yokogawa is gearing up for growth amid troubled times, according to its Australian subsidiary managing director, John Hewitt.

In Hewitt’s first major press interview since he took the helm at the Australian subsidiary in March 2005, he claims Yokogawa is “well-placed” to tackle the rough market, equipped with a “strong order book” to take them into 2009.

“We have done a lot of hard work over the past several years to achieve the position we’re in now — and that’s not just the work of one person, but many,” he told PACE magazine.

“Whilst the economies of the world have taken a savage hit, eventually we will come out of it and I want us to be well-positioned for the next phase of growth.

“People see a lot of problems for the future but I see a lot of opportunities. This includes offering good solutions to both existing clients and potential clients, to once again position their businesses and ours to be much stronger than we are now,” said Hewitt.

Which means competing players in the market should look out, if the company’s recent accolades are anything to go by. Winning both 2008 Frost & Sullivan Distributed Control System (DCS) Company of the Year gongs for the Asia Pacific and Australia/New Zealand markets, Yokogawa is proving that you don’t have to scream to succeed.

For the full interview with Yokogawa managing director, John Hewitt, including an insight into his “evolution, not revolution” policy, watch out for PACE December, available from 5th December 2008.

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