Regale ‘hangs the flags out’ for Panasonic chief

L-r: Barry Clark, director, Regale; Patrick Bray, MD, Regale; Osamu Fukuya, Panasonic Japan; and Iain Phillips, national accounts manager, Panasonic UK.

Regale Microwave Ovens recently received the general manager of the appliance group of Panasonic Japan (corporate overseas marketing division) Osamu Fukuya, at its head office in Gosport.

Fukuya requested that when visiting the head office of Panasonic UK his priority was to visit the manufacturer’s UK supplier Regale too. Patrick Bray, MD of Regale, said he was greatly honoured by the request and made sure that the flags were hung out for the visit.

On arrival at Regale, Fukuya reported he was delighted with the reception and insisted that a photograph of the group was taken outside.

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After the formalities he took great interest in the history of Regale and the memorabilia that Regale has accumulated over the years since it became a major Panasonic UK wholesaler for commercial microwave ovens.

Furthermore, he received a preview of the Panasonic Microsave Cavity Liner new design, details of which have been secretly guarded until the design became fully registered. Being designed and produced by Regale Microwave Ovens, it should hit the market sometime in November.

Regale now have 13 registered designs for the Microsave Liners and research and development director Barry Clark explained to him that it sports a new ‘wave’ base design and should be able to stand up to the rigorous use that the Panasonic NE1853 is normally put through in busy pub and restaurant kitchens.

On inspection of Regale’s warehouse, Fukuya was also impressed by the stock holding of Panasonic commercial microwave ovens by Regale, which always exceeds over a quarter of a million pounds.  Bray said: “It is vital to hold every model in quantity that Panasonic produces to meet the demand in the UK market. When a busy restaurant or public house needs a microwave oven they normally want it as soon as possible from our dealer network, so we offer a free UK mainland next working day service direct to site for them.”

After a busy afternoon and tour the whole group went for an evening meal at ‘Bistro 8’ overlooking the International Marina at the River Hamble in Hampshire. Bray and Clark presented Fukuya with a wooden mounted brass clock and weather barometer as a memento of his first visit to the south coast.




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