Matthews quits Kyocera

Jo Francis
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Kyocera is poised to appoint a new head of production printing after Chris Matthews resigned from the role.

Matthews: future plans currently unknown
Matthews: future plans currently unknown

Matthews joined the business as production print manager a year ago, and was seen as a key hire in the Japanese manufacturer’s push into digital printing. 

He had previously spent nearly a decade at Heidelberg UK helming its digital business.

Industry sources said Matthews was currently working his notice and was set to depart at the end of this month. 

Rod Tonna-Barthet, president and CEO at Kyocera Document Solutions UK told Printweek that Matthews had resigned for personal reasons, but would be leaving the business with a strong order pipeline.

“Our push into production printing continues apace,” he said. 

“Our pipeline is pretty bonkers at the moment with several orders at or nearing completion.”

Tonna-Barthet said the firm was in the final process of putting in place a replacement in the role. 

Printweek could not reach Matthews for comment at the time of writing. 

In 2019 Kyocera launched its first production inkjet press, the cut-sheet TASKalfa Pro 15000c. It subsequently added two high-end models to its range of toner-based office printers. The TASKalfa 7535ci can print at speeds of 73ppm black and white and 65ppm colour, while the 8535ci prints at 83ppm black and white and 70ppm colour with both reaching print resolutions of 1,200dpi.

Kyocera founder Kazuo Inamori grew the business using the Kyocera Philosophy of ‘living in the right way as a human being’. 

“Through the years, I have continued to encourage employees to follow this philosophy, because I believe it will make each employee happy while also making the company prosperous,” he said. 

 

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