North Kingstown, Rhode Island (August 8, 2023)—Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is pleased to announce that Christopher Roy has been appointed CEO and will continue as President and COO. Roy has been with Toray Plastics (America) for more than 25 years and will assume full P&L responsibility for the company. He replaces Ken Kurokawa, who has been on assignment at Toray in Rhode Island since 2018 and has returned to Japan for a new position as Senior Director and General Manager of the Shiga Plant. Toray also announces that Christopher Voght has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Torayfan® Division. Voght most recently served as General Manager of that division. The changes were effective July 1.
Roy has been President and COO of Toray Plastics (America), Inc., since 2022. He has managed the company’s three operating divisions—Torayfan and Lumirror® films and PEF foams. He also oversaw Toray’s finance, human resources, environmental health and safety, IS, purchasing, engineering and maintenance, R&D, and marketing support functions. Before that appointment, he was Executive Vice President of the Torayfan and Lumirror divisions. He has also been the Torayfan Division’s Senior Vice President, General Manager, and Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. He launched his career at Toray in 1998 as a Director of Sales.
In his new position as Vice President and General Manager of the Torayfan Division, Voght has full P&L responsibility for the division. He joined Toray in 1999 as a Process Engineer and has held several positions with increasing responsibilities in the division, including an assignment at Toray Films Europe in Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost, France, where he supported the startup of its OPP business. Voght was promoted to General Manager of the division in 2020.
“First, I want to thank Ken Kurokawa. He has had a long, successful career with Toray that spans over thirty-eight years and has been an integral part of Toray Plastics (America)’s success during his tenure there,” says Kei Shimaji, former Chief Representative for Americas, Toray Industries, Inc., and President, Toray Industries (America), Inc. “He will be missed at Toray’s Rhode Island headquarters, and we wish him continued success in his new role in Japan.”
“Christopher Roy will make an excellent CEO,” adds Shimaji. “He is a great visionary with the knowledge and skill to take the company to the next level. He possesses tremendous knowledge of the company and its markets, has a highly analytical mind, seeks and uses data wisely to make decisions, and is an outstanding communicator. The company is in excellent hands, and I’m confident it will thrive under his leadership.”
Roy, who has worked with Christopher Voght for many years, says, “It has been very gratifying to witness Chris’s growth from a technical position to a valued member of the senior operating team. He’s an independent, analytical thinker with a high degree of integrity. He has built strong relationships in the Torayfan Division and throughout the company, within the global Toray organization, and externally with our customers. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity as a vice president and to the contributions he will make as he becomes more involved in the corporate planning process.”
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., is a leading manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, and metallized films and polypropylene and polyethylene foams. The company is committed to environmental, social, and corporate governance. It aims to contribute to society by creating new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products that help address global issues. R&D is focused on developing fossil fuel-free, compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable materials. The company’s sustainability initiative, launched in 2004, includes operating two solar farms and two cogeneration systems, energy and water conservation, recycling, and zero landfill.
Toray Plastics (America) is a subsidiary of the Toray Group, which believes that materials change lives and provide real solutions to world challenges. The Toray Group is the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and high-performance films and has annual sales exceeding US$18.4 billion. For more information about Toray Plastics (America)’s products, contact James Ota, Torayfan Product Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-594-5837. Toray Plastics (America), Inc., headquarters is 50 Belver Avenue, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7500; telephone 401-294-4511, fax 401-294-3410. Visit the Toray Plastics (America), Inc. website at www.toraytpa.com.