Expands to Japan with New Sales Office in Tokyo

MISSOULA, Mont. (August 28, 2001) – Technical Sourcing International, Inc. (TSI) today announced it has established a new sales office in Tokyo, Japan, to serve nutraceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Japan and portions of southeast Asia.

TSI has named Mr. Yoshikatsu Sono as its business manager in Japan. Sono brings several years of hands-on international business practice in Japan and other Pacific Rim countries in a variety of sales roles. He most recently was the overseas business development manager for a prominent Japanese chemical company. Sono has also served in research, working at Shanghai Textile Research Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from China Eastern University in Shanghai and earned an MBA from Hosei University in Japan.

"The opening of our new office in Tokyo further enhances TSI’s position as a global leader in supplement raw material distribution," said Larry Kolb, TSI president. "Sono's strong background and commitment to the development of American business in Japan will further support TSI in expanding its presence in the overseas nutraceutical market."

"Since the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) took steps to deregulate vitamins and botanical supplements in Japan, the ingredients we offer have been widely embraced in the country," said Kolb. "The consumption of dietary supplements is expected to continue to grow dramatically. By establishing an office in Tokyo, TSI will be better able to support its growing manufacturer client base in Japan."

TSI’s Tokyo, Japan office will be located within its corporate partner’s international headquarters (Inabata & Co., Ltd.) at: 8-2, Nihonbashi Honcho 2-Chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8448, Tel: 03-3639-6415, Fax: 03-3639-6410.

TSI, headquartered in Missoula, MT, has grown rapidly since its inception in 1996 and now has sales offices in Los Angeles, CA, Englewood, NJ, and Salt Lake City, UT. Its Asian operations are headquartered in Shanghai, China.

About Technical Sourcing International, Inc.

Technical Sourcing International, Inc. (TSI) is a leading researcher, producer, and marketer of nutraceutical ingredients to the dietary supplement, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage industries. Its products include OstivoneÒ, MSV 60ä, Ginkgo 24/6/5ä, Rusperin Cä, PUREFLEXä Chondroitin and Glucosamine, as well as, botanical, marine, and natural product extracts and synthesized compounds. The company is based in Missoula, Mont., and can be reached at (406) 549-9123 or www.tsiinc.com.
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CONTACT: Liz Smith, Creative Marketing Associate
Technical Sourcing International, Inc.
(406) 549-9123, [email protected]

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