Former Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK head Keith Dalton, who stepped up to a European role two years ago, has left the business.
In statement, Fujifilm said: “Following a strategic change in Fujifilm’s European Graphics organisation, resulting in some restructuring, after 16 years of service with Fujifilm, Keith Dalton will be leaving the business having taken redundancy.”
Dalton, who headed up the Japanese manufacturer’s graphics business in the UK for 14 years before taking on the role of head of service for the business across EMEA in 2017, left the business at the end of March. He is currently on gardening leave.
“There is invariably a right time to move on and having had a good innings with Fujifilm, I am looking forward to a new challenge going forward,” said Dalton.
He joined as director of the Fujifilm UK Graphics Division in 2003, overseeing the transition of the business as it evolved through CTP, workflow and digital printing.
In its statement, Fujifilm said that during his tenure he “significantly increased turnover and increased market share to position Fujifilm as the leading [UK] pre-press supplier”.
Dalton spent much of his early career in the web offset market, first with Baker Perkins, then Rockwell, before joining Heidelberg to head up its UK web division in 1990. He left the UK operation in 1995, undertaking a two-year stint at the group’s French operation before spending seven years in Germany as Heidelberg’s group corporate strategy senior VP prior to joining Fujifilm in 2003.
Speaking to PrintWeek he said he hoped to remain in the printing industry.
“I have a lot of good experience gained with Fujifilm and the companies beforehand. I think I’ve still got a lot to give to the industry and I’m completely open-minded about what I will do next.”
Dalton had been Fujifilm’s head of European Technical & Service, leading the central service and support functions across all product areas, since May 2017.
“We would like to thank Keith for his commitment and hard work in driving our Graphics business forward over his considerable service with the company, and wish him well for the future,” said Fujifilm’s statement.