Glaston Corp. announced its president and CEO Arto Metsänen will transfer to Asia for the next year and a half to promote the company’s growth in in the region—particularly in the areas surrounding China—as well as its development projects in the Pacific region.

“The significance of the Asia-Pacific market will grow in the coming years and, as living standards rise, demand for demanding glass solutions will grow,” says Metsänen. “As the importance of Asia increases, we are also seeking to invest further in more customer-oriented business development. We want to understand our customers’ needs and plans better. The Asia-Pacific region also offers many new growth opportunities.”

The Asian region accounted for 22 percent of Glaston’s net sales in 2013, according to the company. At the end of 2013, it had approximately 200 employees in Asia.

The company has sales offices in Singapore and Shanghai, as well as an assembly plant in Tianjin, China. Work on extending the Tianjin plant is under way, and the extension is expected to be completed in autumn 2015.

The company also announced chief financial officer Sasu Koivumäki has been appointed as its deputy CEO, effective January 1. Koivumäki joined the company in 2002 and has been chief financial officer since 2012.

With Metsänen transferring to Asia temporarily, Koivumäki will assume a more active role in strategic projects, as well as responsibility for investor relations, according to the company. Human resources issues, meanwhile, will be transferred from Koivumäki to general counsel Taina Tirkkonen.