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Hideo Tanaka

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., June 25, 2013: Hideo Tanaka, retiring as president of the global plastics machinery supplier Toshiba, has joined Gunther Hoyt Associates as manager of sales in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan for the international plastics trade exposition NPE2015, it was announced today by company president Gunther Hoyt.

Mr. Hoyt’s firm was appointed exclusive sales agent for NPE2015 in Europe, Japan, and Korea by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE shows. NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, FL, U.S.A.

“Hideo Tanaka’s distinguished 42-year career with Toshiba culminated in his leadership of the company’s worldwide business as a premier supplier of injection molding machines, extruders, die casting systems, machine tools, robotics, and controllers,” said Mr. Hoyt. “Among his many accomplishments for Toshiba was the negotiation of a collaborative venture with Krauss Maffei in 2008 to draw on both companies’ expertise for developing innovative equipment systems.”

“We are very pleased with the addition of Hideo Tanaka to Gunther Hoyt Associates,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s vice president of trade shows and conferences. “Mr. Tanaka is a highly respected industry veteran with a strong understanding of the value NPE offers to the plastics communities in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.”

Mr. Tanaka joined Toshiba Machine Engineering Co. Ltd. in 1971 as an engineer. His success with the company eventually led to his being appointed general manager, then managing director in 2003. The official date of his retirement from Toshiba is June 30, 2013.


GUNTHER HOYT ASSOCIATES is headquartered in Salem, VA, U.S.A. President Gunther Hoyt is an international business consultant specializing in plastics equipment and machine components. From 1979 to 2009 he worked for screw and barrel manufacturer Xaloy Inc. and was executive vice president when he left the company to form Gunther Hoyt Associates. He served on SPI’s board of directors from 1987 to 2007 and held various positions on the NPE Committee, culminating in his chairmanship of NPE2003. SPI appointed his firm as a sales representative for NPE2012 in 2010. In 2012 Mr. Hoyt was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. Email: Tel: 1-540-230-4546. Visit

NPE is a triennial international plastics exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. NPE2012 had 1,933 exhibitors, 40% of which came from outside the U.S.A. The event attracted 55,359 participants, 26% of them international visitors.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and