QubicaAMF Worldwide has announced a new agreement with American Bowling Service, Inc., for distribution in Japan. As of the first of April, ABS serves as QubicaAMF’s exclusive, full-line distribution partner for capital equipment, automatic scoring, parts, supplies and pins for Japanese entertainment centers.
According to QubicaAMF, ABS is the largest distributor and manufacturer of bowling supplies in the Far East, and has been in the game for over 52 years. It was established in 1964 as a distributor of bowling balls in Japan, and now is headquartered in Ota-ku, Tokyo.
“We wanted a local partner whose main focus and primary business is bowling,” said Emanuele Govoni, president and CEO of QubicaAMF. “ABS has a long history in bowling, a well-respected reputation and strength as a company. We are looking forward to this partnership and to further develop and grow the bowling market in Japan.”
As of March 31, 2017, Daifuku Plusmore (Daifuku) and QubicaAMF mutually decided to end their distribution agreement. According to QubicaAMF, Daifuku’s primary business is in machine automation, and this is where they see the company focusing in the future.
“We would like to thank Daifuku for their long association with our company,” Govoni continued. “They have served the market and our Japanese customers very well. We are very appreciative of all they have done for our customers for almost ten years and we wish them continued success.”
The majority of Daifuku’s employees associated with bowling have transferred to ABS; for customers, it will be business as usual ensuring a seamless transition of skills, projects, warranty, customer support and continuity of service.
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