Hiroyoshi Asakawa, President
|Born in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture
|Graduates from Osaka Institute of Technology
|Resign from the Technology Department of a nozzle manufacturer. (16 years on the payroll as a plant superintendent))
|Establishes Nozzle Network Co., Ltd. and assumes role of Company President
|Member of the Institute of
Materials (United Kingdom)
Member of The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers
Member of ILASS-Japan
Member of The Hyogo Industrial Association
Member of The Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member of Hyogo Prefectural Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry
Why the name "Nozzle Network"?
The name speaks for itself, really. I felt that building a network to match nozzle users with nozzle makers would generate major synergy effects in the nozzle market, driving the building of win-win relationships throughout the network. My staff, who believe absolutely in the worth of the network, are my greatest asset, striving constantly as they do to hone their skills and always taking a positive approach to new challenges.
The first business model of its kind worldwide
Spray nozzles are not exactly familiar territory for most people, but they are absolutely essential components in many different kinds of industry, and there are many spray nozzle makers throughout the world. However, information on the spray nozzle industry is scarce enough that most nozzle users know of maybe only two or three suppliers. I feel that a one-stop global portal for information on the spray nozzle industry is vital to environmental protection, industrial development, and the improvement of living standards, and yet no such service existed. I decided to gather information on spray nozzles manufactured throughout the world into an online database that could be accessed from anywhere in the world in the belief that such a source would be of benefit to all kinds of industries. It was a lofty dream of a business plan for the spray nozzle industry, but I felt that it would be well worth giving it a go if it could contribute directly or even indirectly to society. The idea led to the creation of the world's first ever business model of its kind, the Spray Nozzle Global Search Systemin effect, an on-demand spray nozzle market. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hyogo Prefecture, and related organizations backed the project, and after two years of research and development, we finally launched our services. Furthermore, we completed the second stage of our business plan, the development of Spray Nozzle Virtual Laboratory System (SVS) in November 2005, and launched the new system the same month. In addition to being able to identify the right nozzle, our users can now also conduct real-time virtual experiments to determine the ideal number, and the arrangement of nozzles that will bring about their desired results. This saves time, prevents design errors, optimizes performance, and greatly reduces spray system development costs. We will now begin work on the third element of our service.
"Adversity is an opportunity for growth"
I can vouch for the veracity of these words from my own experiences in development up to now. We met with new obstacles almost every day in our development efforts, and as by hook or by crook we came up with ways of surmounting those obstacles, we expanded our technological capabilities, and also grew in ourselves. We have in fact developed enough original technology to have filed a number of patent applications both in Japan and overseas in the past three years. However, rather than aiming for the growth of our company, we shall continue to put priority on using our original technology to boost our contribution to society.