American Bowling Service (ABS) will serve as the exclusive Distribution Partner for QubicaAMF in Japan representing the full product line.
April 3, 2017 (Mechanicsville, VA) – QubicaAMF Worldwide (QubicaAMF), the world’s leader and largest manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Distributor Agreement with American Bowling Service, Inc. (ABS) in Japan. Effective April 1, ABS will serve as QubicaAMF’s exclusive, full line distribution partner in Japan for capital equipment, automatic scoring, parts, supplies and pins.
ABS is the largest distributor and manufacturer of bowling supplies in the Far East, celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2014. The company was established in 1964, as a distributor of bowling balls in Japan and currently has headquarters in Ota-ku, Tokyo. In 2003, the ABS Logistics R&D Center was established in Ichikawa-City, Chiba. ABS sponsored the 37th ABS Japan Open Bowling Tournament in Inazawa, Aichi in 2013, which was the 10th Consecutive Crown Sponsorship.
ABS Head Office Building in Tokyo Mr. Govoni and Mr. Watanabe
“As the world’s leading marketer and manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products, we wanted a local partner whose main focus and primary business is bowling; and like QubicaAMF, whose success is linked to the bowling industry,” says Emanuele Govoni, President and CEO of QubicaAMF. “ABS has a long history in bowling, a well-respected reputation, and strength and longevity as a company. We are looking forward to this partnership and to further develop and grow the bowling market in Japan.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to add full line of QubicaAMF equipment to our offering,” says Mr. Watanabe, CEO of ABS. “QubicaAMF is the leader in the bowling industry. We are eager to represent the industry’s best and broadest product line in our market, including some of their most innovative products such as the BES X Bowler Entertainment System, XLi EDGE Pinspotter, Harmony Furniture, the new CenterPunch Deck Lighting and the highest quality pins in the industry. We see this as a great fit for our operation.”
Effective March 31, 2017, Daifuku Plusmore (Daifuku) and QubicaAMF mutually decided to end their distribution agreement. 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,” continues Emanuele Govoni. “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.
About QubicaAMF Worldwide
QubicaAMF Worldwide is the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of bowling and mini bowling products. With U.S. headquarters near Richmond, Virginia and European headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the company offers a complete line of high-quality, innovative solutions for new and existing bowling and entertainment centers.
QubicaAMF has over 75 years of experience, an installed base of more than 10,000 centers worldwide and can provide the perfect combination of bowling equipment, products and services to build a bowling entertainment center, an FEC or entertainment facility to suit any budget. The company has sales offices in 10 countries, a distributor network with worldwide reach and maintains the largest R&D team for electro-mechanical products, software, electronics and entertainment systems in the industry.
Additional information about QubicaAMF is available at www.qubicaamf.com.
About American Bowling Service, Inc.
American Bowling Service, Inc. is the largest distributor and Manufacture of bowling supplies in the Far East with over 50 years’ experience. With the Head Office and its foreign trade subsidiary, ABS International Corporation, in Tokyo, ABS Logistic R&D Center in Ichikawa and Business Offices in Osaka, Nagoya and Okinawa, Japan, the company offers a full line of bowling products from bowling balls to Scoring Systems.