New President and CEO of API Group plc

I was recently appointed the President and CEO of API Group plc (“API”) and just want to take a few moments of your time to communicate to you our vision for the future.

Firstly let me explain our acquisition by Steel Partners.  As a NYSE listed conglomerate Steel and its affiliate companies bring API a strength and depth beyond what we have ever had before.  From purchasing to manufacturing excellence we are already seeing the impact of becoming part of this group, and this change has paved the way for us accelerating the implementation of our key strategic goals.  Steel have been long term investors in API, starting their investment with us in 2004, and taking their long standing 32.3% ownership position to full ownership in March 2015.

Beyond operating zero harm manufacturing facilities, our primary goal is to be your preferred partner in supplying brand enhancing laminates, foils, holograms and authenticating holographic material.   I believe there are a few key critical items we must deliver to get to this preferred status.

We have embarked on API’s largest capital investment campaign over the past 3 years, and are now matching it with our commitment to training our workforce in the API Business System.    The API Business System will be based on the systems and processes of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement that Steel and its operating companies have deeply embedded in their cultures.    This system is driven by improving our products and processes as dictated by the voice of the customer.   We will be relentless in the implementation of this system with the results visible in making each of your orders a ‘perfect order’ – on time, in full, zero defect and invoiced accurately.

You may have noticed API in the press more with regards to our contribution to award winning packages.  Our newly formed Creative Development group is already providing brand, printer converters, and designers with new ideas in how to enhance your packaging.  We will work with you right from concept, through mock ups, and provide support on press and at the packaging lines. 

Finally we want to innovate with our customers.  We invite you to come to our facilities and work with our teams on your opportunities and let us help you develop the brand enhancing and security solutions that you need for your package.   I am particularly excited in speaking with our customers about the opportunity to partner on innovative new substrates and packaging design.

I hope to get to meet you all at Luxepack in Monaco, stand VA16 where we will be hosting a champagne reception at 1600 on the 22nd of October where we will be able to show you our eye catching, brand enhancing substrates.

Thank you for your custom,

K.J. Dino Kiriakopoulos

President and CEO API Group