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Technology & Advanced Manufacturing opportunities in Japan

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 9:00 am to 10:00 am


Join key officials from the Department for International Trade (DIT) Southwest, British Embassy Tokyo, and DAC Beachcroft for a comprehensive look at the Japanese Technology and Advanced Manufacturing market in 2021.


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What will I learn?

Listen to the experts to gain an overview of the sector and explore the opportunities it may bring.  This webinar is suitable for both new and existing exporters to Japan and will cover steps to start or further expand presence in the Japanese market. Both the legal and regulatory environments will also be discussed, ensuring attendees receive the most relevant updates on market conditions.


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Who is this event for?

This webinar is open to companies offering innovative technologies from Smart Mobility which could include but not limited to; Zero Carbon Public transport, Electric Vehicle charging stations and supply of EV equipment along with technologies in hydrogen supply, research and development across Infrastructure, Renewable Energies in Advanced Engineering. 

We would welcome all companies cross-sector to join the webinar on advanced technologies with a focus on greener energy production and a zero-emission future.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept bookings from service providers/intermediaries.


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Why Japan?

Japan is one of the world’s leading high-tech advanced engineering and manufacturing centres, with a global reputation for high-quality production and innovation. Large Japanese multinational conglomerates are world players in aerospace, chemicals and industrial sectors, amongst others.

In car production, Japanese manufacturers account for around 30%of global market share. Although selling to the large domestic market is important, Japanese manufacturing currently makes up around 90% of exports from Japan.

Major opportunities exist for UK companies in the advanced engineering sector with the UK’s strong credentials in innovative low-carbon technology. With the recently signed FTA, we are seeing a lot of interest in the Japanese market from SW Advanced Engineering companies with specific market opportunities in aerospace, automotive technologies, maritime and tooling.


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Please Note: We will send you details of the online platform and login details prior to the event.


This event is organised in association with the Western Gateway Partnership.


Business West (delivery partner for the Department for International Trade)  is committed to providing a professional, friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all participants at its events. Inappropriate behaviour on video, audio & chat facilities will not be tolerated during any portion of a meeting or event. It will be at the sole discretion of the host/facilitator to immediately expel any participants from the event if their behaviour is deemed to be inappropriate and/or offensive.

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We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. This event is organised by Business West, delivery partner for The Department of International Trade for the SW,  their privacy policies are available at DIT Personal Information Charter.

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Sarah Hildersley - High Growth Market Specialist from the Department for International Trade SW

With extensive business development experience as a British diplomat all over the world helping UK companies achieve sales success, and private sector experience from Iraq, Sarah now advises South West companies on their approach to selling in complex markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  Having worked extensively with small businesses and some of the largest UK firms, Sarah is well placed to help our companies secure sales in the most efficient way.  Sarah helps companies analyse their route to market and to secure sustainable sales.  She recently took on the expanded role of High Growth Markets Specialist in recognition of our levelling-up plans to help South West companies break into new markets.


Andrew Clare - Legal Director from DAC Beachcroft

Andrew Clare is a corporate lawyer in the firm's Manchester office.

Andrew has been involved in a number of ground breaking transactions at previous law firms, including:

  • US$1.2 billion refinancing of a major Japanese telecoms company, then the largest financing deal of its type ever done in Asia;
  • Simultaneous disposal of shares and assets in a brand name telecoms group across three European jurisdictions;
  • Reverse takeover and IPO of a significant Scandinavian cosmetics company;
  • Global business process outsourcing (BPO) agreement for a major pharmaceutical group.

Having spent almost a decade in Japan, Andrew also has particular expertise in advising Japanese businesses both in Japan and the UK and is able to work in the Japanese language.


James Carter - Head of Renewable Energy and Automotive trade for the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy Tokyo

The team is split between Tokyo and Osaka, and primarily focuses on offshore wind and automotive, while covering other energy related sectors such as hydrogen and electricity grid management.


Rhydian Pountney - Former Director of Group Commerical Services at Renishaw

Rhydian Pountney recently retired as the Director of Group Commercial Services at Renishaw plc responsible for marketing, commercial support and the field service operations. Joined Renishaw in 1979 and spent most of his working career in International Sales & Marketing including spending four years in Hong Kong and China. During his time at Renishaw Rhydian has been responsible for establishing numerous offices throughout Asia and Central Europe.

Rhydian was also the UK chair of the Technology Collaboration and Advanced Engineering Working Group of the India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) and is a DIT South West Export Champion.