Kallonen Appointed CEO of Specim

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OULU, Finland, April 27, 2018 — Hyperspectral imaging instrument developer Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd. Oy has appointed Tapio Kallonen as its CEO, succeeding Georg Meissner.

Tapio KallonenKallonen will lead Specim after significant investments in new products for the next phase of its ongoing rapid growth plan.

“Specim has completed its all-time largest investment in new products that are particularly fitted to meet the needs of industry OEM clients in a variety of professional applications,” said Risto Kalske, chairman of Specim’s board of directors. “Tapio brings a wealth of experience from his earlier role to further develop Specim as a close-to-customer supplier and OEM partner. Without losing Specim’s role as the leading hyperspectral imaging developer, Tapio with his team will ensure that Specim’s products and partnership are easily and professionally available to our rapidly growing industrial clientele. At the same time, Specim will further deepen its position as a globally respected manufacturer of demanding solutions for the scientific clientele.”

Kallonen received his master’s in technology from Aalto University in Finland. He completed his studies at Universitat Politècnica de València in Spain and Waseda University in Japan. He previously worked as sales director at Obelux Oy, a manufacturer of LED aviation lights for professional use. Many of his commercial initiatives and operations have spurred on the company for rapid growth and excellent profitability in a short time frame.

“Specim is a global industry leader in its field with an extensive and solid track-record for over 20 years,” Kallonen said. “I am proud and honored to join and lead the Specim team, which possesses exceptional industry insights and understanding of both the technology and how it creates a significant value add to our clients and partners. We have an intriguing job ahead of us to extend the usage of our technical solutions to machine vision and other industrial applications at a large scale. Specim’s impressive inhouse capabilities from all of our functions provide a solid base for us to grow further together with our partners and clients.”

Specim is a manufacturer of imaging spectrographs, hyperspectral cameras, and systems.

Published: April 2018
BusinessSPECIM Spectral ImagingTapio KallonenGeorg MeissnerpeopleImagingEurope

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