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The IHI Shibaura Machine Corp Team with Steve Wilson, Business Development Manager, Asia-Pacific
The IHI Shibaura Machine Corp Team with Steve Wilson, Business Development Manager, Asia-Pacific

Bernhard Announce Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year 2014

Posted on October 01, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Steve Wilson, Business Development Manager for Bernhard Asia-Pacific, is pleased to announce that IHI Shibaura Machinery Corporation in Japan has been awarded Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year 2014.

Steve said, “It was not just the strong sales numbers that won the award for IHI. Their absolute commitment to training and running seminars has been impressive. They put their strong sales figures down to owning their own demo grinders, which they have loaned to various customers for trials all over Japan. We have been enormously impressed with their ingenuity and intelligence and they are very deserving of this award.”

Sales Director for IHI Shibaura, Koji Yagasaki said, “Thank you very much for this honored award. It is always good to have hard work recognized.  It’s been a tough time for sales in Japan generally with the decrease in the number of golf courses being built, but we are hopeful that our association with Bernhard will change that.

We make a good team because I think Bernhard grinders are the only grinders that can ensure 100% performance of the Shibaura mower.”

Naoki Shimoda, Bernhard products specialist for IHI agreed, “As a Bernhard distributor we concentrated on SEA (Speed, Ease, Accuracy) and demonstrated this at seminars and by loaning grinders to our clients. They could see for themselves that with this machinery you can always have ‘new’ blades and just how important grinders are for a successful mower maintenance program.  We have high hopes and will continue to work with Bernhard’s Mirai Takahashi to get the message across.” 

Mirai Takahashi, Territory Manager for Bernhard Japan, added, “I want to thank the team at IHI Shibaura for their hard work. Japan’s golf industry has had a tough time since the 2011 earthquake, and IHI’s people have worked really hard selling our product and promoting its benefits across the country. I am very happy and proud to know that they are receiving this award and look forward to working with them long into the future.”