The Ex-Nihon-Scitex (STN) Takashi Hidaki, director of System Integration department at GA City has sent us this interesting update on another ExScite-intensive company, this time, in Japan.
Hidaki-San has been working for GA City since July 2003, together with other Ex-STN people. The 10 Ex-STN people (a third of the total company employees!) are :Toshibumi Iwabuch, Hiroshi Umekage, Masao Obata, Mitsutoshi Konishi, Takeshi Obikawa, Singo Kotsugai, Yasuko Adachi, Kazuhito Hasegawa, Takashi Yanase.
GA-City is a 50-50 joint venture between TOYO INK and SAKATAINX, an alliance encompassing several prepress technology areas since 2000. GA City?s mission is to provide technical sales support for TOYO INK and SAKATA?s prepress equipment business.
Half of the 30 employees come from STN/TOYO INK and the other half are from SAKATA. Located in Tokyo Japan, GA City has a multi-vendor show room, which is very unique in Japan. The equipment includes: CTP (Creo, DN Screen), DDCP (KPG, Fuji, Konica), RIP (Creo, Screen, Hidelberg, Fuji, H/Q, ArtworkSystem, Eskograhics), Inkjiet printers (HP,Epson,Cannon) and other peripheral equipment. They can now demonstrate to customers using multi-vendor equipment, emulating actual work flow at a customer site. In addition, they provide customers with various technical services including CMS as well as preparing a total system proposal from input to output in multi-vendor configuration to the customers. GA City has two main departments:
1) System Integration department, which covers system consultation and proposal to the customers (managed by Hidaki).
2) Marketing Information department, which operates the showroom and provides technical services for the customers.