Nanofactory Mission to Tokyo

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 in News| Share this article
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February 13 – 15, 2008, saw the world’s largest annual nanotechnology trade exhibition, Nano Tech 2008, take place at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre. Almost 50,000 delegates attended, to see exhibitors from 23 countries. Nanofactory, Yorkshire Forward‘s project to represent our region’s R&D excellence in practically all aspects of nanotechnology, was invited to occupy a pod on UK Trade & Investment‘s stand. Sean Kelly, Nanofactory manager, and Shelagh Cowley and Liam Sutton from the Polymer Centre attended the event, receiving generous support to do so through regional UKTI contacts and first-class back-up from the North of England Office, Japan, based in Tokyo.

Highlights of a very busy three days included meetings with senior managers from giants of the Japanese chemical industry, interviews with a leading Japanese business daily and important trade journals, and an intense and productive networking session at the UK Embassy, hosted by the UK Ambassador to Japan (and Sheffield alumnus!), Sir Graham Fry.

It is anticipated that the contacts made will develop into further interactions of Japanese and East Asian companies with Nanofactory centres of excellence like the NanoManufacturing Institute, Precision Technologies CIC and the Polymer IRC.

For more information about Nanofactory, please contact Sean Kelly at the University of Leeds. Japan-based readers wishing to find out more about working with Yorkshire universities are invited to contact the North of England Office, Japan.