Held in June this year, at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, the event included the 17th Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo (M-Tech); the 4th Medical Device Development & Manufacturing Expo (MEDIX); the 24th Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) and the 21st 3-D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR), 1,930 exhibitors. Among the 1,930 exhibitors, 223 came from 23 overseas countries – including Austria, Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.
Unveiled front-line technologies
The 17th Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo (M-Tech) featured products that aim to reduce manufacturing time and streamline manufacturing. The 24th Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo (DMS) showcased the latest 3-D printers from small-size low-price units for personal use to high-definition units capable of producing millions of colours for professional use. Some exhibitors also provided hands-on demonstrations.
Special seminars held in each of the four concurrent shows offered technical and management talks by top-notch executives, researchers and government officials: Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Manufacturing Management Research Centre of the University of Tokyo, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Disney Research Pittsburgh, and more, packing the rooms with hundreds of professionals. Lively business meetings were also conducted in each booth at the exhibition.
DIARY DATE: Manufacturing World Osaka 2013 2-4 October 2013
As western Japan’s largest manufacturing technology trade fair, and given the umbrella title Manufacturing World Osaka 2013, this event will include the 16th Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo Osaka (M-Tech); 16th Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo Osaka (DMS) and the 4th Medical Device Development & Manufacturing Expo Osaka (MEDIX).
The show organiser, Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd., predicts a turnout of over 900 exhibitors and 32,000 visitors from around the globe.
As home to many local companies, the Western Japan area, centred in Osaka, has led the Japanese manufacturing industry for years. Hence, the event always attracts decision makers and industry professionals from Asian countries as well as Japan. This year, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand will have their own pavilions, creating a meeting place to see and discuss Asia’s most advanced technologies.