Apr 10, 2015

Daifuku North America Holding Company Promotes Aki Nishimura, Adding CEO to His Title

Brian Stewart, Chairman & CEO, Steps Down After 34 Years of Service

Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 10, 2015)

— Daifuku North America Holding Company – the leading provider of material handling solutions – is pleased to announce the promotion of Aki Nishimura. Aki was named President of Daifuku North America on January 1, 2015, and will add CEO to his title.  Brian Stewart, Chairman & CEO is stepping down after 34 years of dedicated service on April 24, 2015, to focus on other endeavors, including completing his book that provides advice to young people entering the business world.

In Aki’s new role, he will focus on expanding North American sales, increasing profitability and promoting the importance of workplace safety.  He is a graduate of Hiroshima Institute of Technology, located in Saeki , Hiroshima , Japan .  He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.   He has over 25 years of experience in the material handling industry and has worked with Daifuku since 1987.  He has held several instrumental positions within the organization, such as President of Daifuku America Corporation, a subsidiary of Daifuku North America Holding Company.

“I want to thank Brian Stewart for his many years of service, guidance and tremendous leadership, which has led our company to unprecedented growth,” said Aki Nishimura, President of Daifuku North America. “We are sorry to see him leave and wish him the very best in the future.”

Daifuku was named the largest material handling company by Modern Materials Handling magazine in early April with $2.54 billion in revenue.

About Daifuku North America Holding Company

Daifuku North America Holding Company is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with sales and manufacturing locations throughout the continent. It is comprised of Daifuku America Corporation, Jervis B. Webb Company, Elite Line Services, Inc. (ELS), and Wynright Corporation and is a global leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of innovative material handling technology such as automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems, cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku North America specializes in integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries.