Senior-level machinery professional Markus Haid was hired as chief operating officer of Maruho Hatsujyo Innovations (MHI), the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s second largest pharmaceutical packaging machinery manufacturer, Maruho Hatsujyo Kogyo (MHK), the company announced Wednesday.
Haid, who previously served as strategic accounts manager for Mettler Toledo, will be responsible for leading, managing, and directing operations, developing sales personnel and sales channels, and strengthening technical resources of the MHK’s U.S. operation.
“We believe Markus brings a depth of experience that will help the U.S. market better appreciate the quality, precision and performance that the Eagle offers in a compact footprint,” said Gregory Zaic, president and chief executive officer of MHI, in a statement. “His expertise also will be an asset as MHI brings additional packaging innovations to the North American marketplace.”
The incoming COO will focus on providing customer guidance and consultation for – and continuing to raise market awareness of the Eagle, a version of MHK’s PF-D1S blister machine for the U.S. market introduced in 2016.
Capable of handling all commonly used forming and lidding materials, the Eagle can produce up to 100 blisters per minute at a maximum index length of 90mm and maximum index width of 130mm. The machine features fast, tool-free changeover in less than 10 minutes, offers multi-zone pre-heating, recipe-driven format change, and is compatible with third-party feeders.
Featuring both platen forming and rotary sealing, the new Eagle blister machine’s attributes include ease of operation, user-friendly HMI, and easy expansion of feeder area when required. MHI also stresses its responsiveness and commitment to product support, providing U.S.-based installation, maintenance, spare parts and 24/7 technical support.
Haid earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Handwerkskammer Reutlingen in Germany. He resides in Hackettstown, New Jersey.