DKSH and SOMA, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced machinery and printing and converting solutions for flexible packaging, have signed an exclusive distribution agreement covering its full range of products for Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India.
Zurich, Switzerland, September 23, 2019 – DKSH Business Unit Technology, the leading Market Expansion Services provider for technology companies seeking to grow their business in Asia, has partnered with SOMA, a leading manufacturer of printing and converting solutions for flexible packaging. The collaboration covers Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and India. DKSH will provide sales, marketing, application engineering and after-sales services for SOMA.
SOMA’s portfolio includes flexographic printing presses, slitter rewinders, laminators, plate mounters and die cutters. Its technology finds application in flexible packaging for food, non-food, labels, shrink sleeves, paper and paper board and aluminum closures. DKSH has partnered with SOMA in Japan since 2017. DKSH will continue the success in other markets by introducing SOMA’s leading technology to industries such as in-house flexible packaging production, plastics film producers, printers and converters.
Pavla Kusa, Commercial Director, SOMA stated: “We are excited to expand our partnership with DKSH. DKSH has helped us successfully expand the market in Japan. With DKSH’s deep experiences in new market development and their strong commitment to joint projects, we believe they will be a solid and trustworthy partner for us in other markets, too.”
Hanno Elbraechter, Head Business Unit Technology, DKSH commented: “Flexographic printing method has recently gained increasing acceptance in Asia and contains high growth opportunities. We believe through our systematic market development approach and our local market expertise, we will substantially increase SOMA’s presence, business volume and market share.”
About SOMA (www.soma-eng.com)
Launched in the early 1990s, SOMA produces an entire range of machines, including flexographic printing presses, slitter rewinders, laminators, plate mounters and die cutters. All products are manufactured and assembled entirely in-house enabling the company to oversee all aspects of production and quality control. The company is committed to developing new products with added value and to providing long-term service and maintenance to ensure the longevity of its products.
Continuous growth over the past decades has seen the establishment of a new production and administration complex encompassing both research and development. More recently, new innovations in product design have led to investment in the SOMA Globe Centre, where customers are able to run product and development trials using the latest machines in the SOMA range.
SOMA serves an international market from its EU based facility in Lanskroun, Czech Republic via sales representatives & distributor network.
DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. The Group helps other companies and brands to grow in the Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Performance Materials and Technology sectors. DKSH’s portfolio of services includes sourcing, market insights, marketing and sales, distribution and logistics as well as after-sales services. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the Group operates in 35 markets with 33,000 specialists, generating net sales of CHF 11.3 billion in 2018. With its Swiss heritage and long business tradition since 1865, DKSH is deeply rooted in Asia Pacific. The DKSH Business Unit Technology offers complete solutions for specialized industrial applications. With around 1,220 specialists, the Business Unit generated net sales of CHF 412.1 million in 2018.