Tokyo, Japan, October 21, 2014 --- Teijin Limited announced today that Eiso Alberda van Ekenstein, former Teijin Group Senior Executive Officer and CEO of Teijin Aramid B.V. (Arnhem, the Netherlands), was named an Officer in Order of Oranje Nassau. The royal distinction was awarded in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Dutch-Japanese relations and his social contributions to the communities of Arnhem and Rozendaal.
Alberda van Ekenstein helped to oversee the production and commercialization of Twaron para-aramid fiber at AkzoNobel N.V., based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He played a significant role for the Teijin Group after it acquired the Twaron business in 2000. Through his enlightened efforts, Teijin has helped to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands. Among his legacies are Teijin’s sponsorship of the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam and main sponsorship of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. When he became a corporate officer of the Teijin Group in 2005, he was the first non-Japanese ever to assume this post.
Order of Oranje-Nassau
The Netherlands’ established this prestigious decoration in 1892. The order decorates persons who deserve society’s gratitude and recognition for their special contributions. Alberda van Ekenstein is the third Oranje-Nassau recipient in Teijin Group, along with former CEO Shosaku Yasui in 2002 and former CEO Toru Nagashima in 2009.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY784.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 768.4 billion (USD 7.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
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