Opportunities In The Wind Power Market In Japan

Watch this recorded webinar to learn about the recent changes towards pro-wind energy in Japan and the possibility for UK companies to get involved in wind energy projects. 

The Great East Japan earthquake and the subsequent incident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 have brought about big discussions on Japanese energy policy among both the government and the public.

About 50 nuclear power plants in Japan are still under suspension. The current government have proposed the increasing of renewable energy in their long term energy plan and have introduced a new Feed in Tariff scheme. Among several available options of renewable resources Japan has a huge potential for wind power energy, including off shore wind.

The speaker will talk about the current wind power projects in Japan, including the feature of off shore wind projects, and will touch on how UK companies might be able to get involved in these projects in Japan.

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This webinar was recorded on 18 December 2014.

The Fourth UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is arranging the Fourth UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum to be held at the British Embassy in Tokyo. Supported by the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum and the UK Nuclear Industry Association.

Senior members of the nuclear community from both Industry and Government from the UK and Japan will be in attendance, UK companies are invited to register to attend the event.

Forum Programme

  • Mon 17th Feb: Briefing for UK Companies at the British Embassy + Forum Dinner
  • Tue 18th Feb: 4th UK-Japan Nuclear Industry Forum, comprising of plenary sessions, panel discussion sessions, and a networking reception. The theme of the event will be “Creating an Environment for Collaboration”.

Please note that this event is expected to be very popular, numbers will be limited, and there will be a selection process for companies who wish to attend. Companies should be aware that there are a selection of invited speakers covering UK and Japanese government policy, and updates on the decommissioning landscape in both countries. There will also be a number of speakers talking about methods and mechanisms of working together on nuclear decommissioning.

Event Terms and Conditions

  • There will be a limit of ~20 UK companies, and attendance for the forum will be limited to two people per (UK) company.
  • DIT will select UK companies based on how appropriate their capabilities are to the Japanese market.
  • There will be an OMIS* charge of £990 per company.

* OMIS: DIT Overseas Market Introduction Service

If you are interested in attending this high profile event, please express your interest by Fri 17th January 2020 by filling in the registration form below:

https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/41B3o6

Techs in the City Powered by PechaKucha 20×20

On February 20, the BCCJ will be hosting a special lunchtime event as part of International PechaKucha Day. With the theme of this year’s session, ‘Techs in the City’, we will be handing over the mic at The CORE Tokyo Shimbashi, to a selection of pioneering BCCJ members and friends who are creating transformative tech and innovation platforms to tackle some of the 21st century’s most probing challenges.

Attendees will be invited to enjoy a fantastic line-up of presenters from the Tokyo tech scene, as we learn and take inspiration from their stories and visions for 2020 and beyond.

This exciting event arrives as part of International PechaKucha Day 2020, a celebration of worldwide creativity and interconnectedness designed to showcase some of the brightest and most progressive global ideas.

Join us and be inspired!


50% Discount for E2J members

Use code PK_2000_CPN when registering, to receive a 50% discount on the price.


PechaKucha 20×20

What is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha (Japanese for “chit chat”) is the world’s fastest-growing storytelling platform, used by millions around the globe. PechaKucha is what “Show and Tell” always dreamed of becoming.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That’s it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections.

PechaKucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the PechaKucha platform to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes.

UK-Japan 3rd Country Infrastructure Collaboration – Workshop & Business Forum

The Department of International Trade (DIT) hosts a set of events focusing on the UK-Japan collaborations in the 3rd country infrastructure projects.

Background

Following the bilateral business objectives agreed by the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan in January 2019, DIT in liaison with the Japanese stakeholders has implemented a new structure to help UK companies exploring opportunities through collaboration with Japanese companies in 3rd country projects, such as transport (e.g. rail, airports, roads and ports), water, plants, energies and smart cities.

This is the subject in which other nations have also shown strong interest. It is essential that UK expertise and commitment by industry is well known amongst Japanese stakeholders in order to win against keen competition.

Who should attend?

UK companies with expertise in business services (consulting, legal services, risk management and architecture/design etc), finance/insurance, engineering etc with good experience in the 3rd country projects and a willingness to explore business through UK-Japan collaboration.

Why attend?

Promoting your business (expertise) and building a good connections with Japanese stakeholders is crucial. This event will help you achieve both objectives. In addition, you will be furnished with fundamental information about Japanese ODAs from Japanese stakeholders such as JICA, JBIC etc.

Programme

Monday 16th March – Workshop (for UK participants)

New Hall, British Embassy Tokyo

  • AM: Briefing by the Japanese stakeholders (planned speakers include JICA, JBIC etc)
  • PM: Internal Meeting with DIT Network
  • Evening: Casual Dinner (optional – at your own cost)

Tuesday 17th March – Business Forum (Seminar)

Ambassador’s Residence, British Embassy Tokyo

  • Keynote speech by Japanese stakeholder (MoFA – tbc)
  • Company presentations
  • Panel discussion
  • Networking Reception

Cost

The cost for the events including simultaneous interpretation for your presentation will be covered by DIT. A tailored meeting arrangement service (for an extra stay in Japan) will be possible through DIT’s Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) which is subject to the modest time-base charge. (The deadline for this request is 7 February.)

Registration

Please apply via the form below:

Please send enquiries to UK.JapanCollaboration@fco.gov.uk 

By submitting the form, you agree for your information to be processed by Export to Japan and shared with Department for International Trade (DIT) in accordance with the privacy policies of each organisation. 

 

Smart Cities and Living (Webinar)

Invitation for British start-ups interested in entering the Japanese market

‘Smart Cities and Living’ (Webinar)

Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka is an equity-free opportunity for high-growth mature startups to accelerate their market entry into the world’s 3rd largest economy, with a focus on business development and running pilots with some of Japan’s largest corporates.

By focusing on seed-funded companies with validated business models, the program is designed to help founders from around the world scale their business in Japan, by collaborating with billion dollar companies on PoCs across various sectors under the broad theme of “Smart Cities & Living”.

Smart Cities Webinar

Japan Wind Energy Virtual 2020

JAPAN WIND ENERGY is a large wind energy conference which is happening virtually this year for the first time. An advanced digital platform provides delegates of JAPAN WIND ENERGY VIRTUAL 2020 access to a full-on virtual event space, with conference, virtual exhibition and a multitude of valuable networking and business opportunities.

See website for full programme.

(Webinar) APAC Market Briefing for Healthcare and Life Sciences Sector

The Northern Powerhouse will run an International Market Programme focusing on doing business in APAC Market (Japan, South Korea and Taiwan) and welcome participation across all UK regions.  International Market Programme will help Health and Life Sciences businesses to choose their next market and learn all they need to know for successful market entry. 

For Japan, DIT and EY will give market overview and trends on Japanese Healthcare and Life Sciences industry.  Participants will have an opportunity to join ‘virtual roundtable’ for discussion and Q&A.

Asahi Kasei Pharma Open Innovation

Asahi Kasei Pharma, a research-based Japanese pharmaceutical company, is calling for candidates for research collaborations related to drug discovery with universities, research institutes, and enterprises around the world.

Theme

New drug seeds (drug target and drug candidate) in the following five fields:

·       Neurodegenerative Disease

·       Autoimmune Disease

·       Critical care medicine

·       Bone and/or Cartilage disease

·       Muscle-related disease

UK Japan Free Trade Summit

On the 11th of September 2020, the UK secured a free trade agreement with Japan, which is the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation and will increase trade with Japan by an estimated £15.2 billion.


The UK and Japan have a long-shared history as free trading nations and this deal has given both countries an opportunity to deepen the partnership in a number of industry sectors including finance, digital trade, technology, manufacturing, food and drink.


Against this background, The City and Financial Group will be hosting The UK-Japan Free Trade Summit, which will take place on the 20th of January.


Opened by The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade and chaired by Sir David Wright GCMG LVO, Chair, TheCityUK Japan Market Advisory Group; Global Advisor, SMFJ and Former UK Ambassador to Japan, this high-profile conference will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the agreement’s key benefits as well as an analysis of the business opportunities in the key industry sectors, both in terms of export potential and direct investment.

Full details can be found here.

Partnering with Japan: Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement series – Launch Event’

There has never been a better time to do business with Japan.

Since January the UK has a new Free Trade Agreement with the world’s third largest economy, opening even more opportunities for UK companies to forge partnerships and generate new business in this dynamic Asian country.

Marking this exciting new chapter in trading relations between the UK and Japan, the Department for International Trade is delighted to announce a series of business focused UK-Japan Trade Missions, to be run over the spring.

These events have been specifically designed to inspire and support companies to export with Japan. In the coming days and weeks our event calendar will be updated with the events taking place as part of this exciting and ambitious series – in the meantime please do check regularly to see what is on offer!

Join the free launch event on March 2 with Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, and leading figures from UK companies.

The 90-minute event will not only provide expert insight into the Japanese market and how the Free Trade Agreement can benefit your company, but participants will be able to develop their knowledge on how to succeed in the Japanese market with the Export Academy and Export to Japan.

Trade advisors in Tokyo and UK firms who have successfully launched and thrived in Japan will also be available to answer your questions on the issues that matter to you.

Now is the time to spring into Japan.

Speakers

UK Government:

  • Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports
  • Julia Longbottom CMG, HM Ambassador (Designate) to Japan
  • Chris Heffer, Director, DIT Japan
  • Marie-Claire Joyce, Head of DIT Japan Trade Team
  • Shehzad Chaudhary, Deputy Director, DIT UK Regions – Midlands

Trade Bodies:

  • David Bickle OBE, President, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Steve Crane OBE, CEO, Export to Japan

Business:

  • Chris Sheldrick, CEO of What3Words, one of the UK’s leading innovative tech companies
  • Chris Horobin, CEO of Hotel Chocolat (Japan) one of the fastest growing UK brands in Japan today
  • Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace, the UK’s leading cyber security company in Japan
  • Leslie Balfour-Lynn, Co-founder Balfour Winery at Hush Heath Estate

*Breakout Rooms from 10:00am*

We will be hosting breakout rooms immediately after the webinar to give you the chance to ask questions to sector specialists. 

The themes of the breakout rooms will be as follows:

  • Consumer/Food & Drink
  • /Education and Professional Business Services
  • Life Sciences
  • Tech
  • Automotive & Energy
  • Defence
  • Japan & FTA (general discussion on Japan market)

Innovation Leaders Summit 2021

REGISTRATION is CLOSED for 2021

Innovation Leaders Summit (ILS) was first held in 2014 with the support of 30 promoters and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). It consists of business matching events between start-ups with innovative technologies and Japanese blue chips. 

Last year, 600 promising start-ups and 115 major corporations participated in “Power Matching,” an invitation-only matching program that is the highlight of ILS.  

The event takes place from 3 to 5 March 2021, online.

For further information on the Innovation Leaders Summit please visit the ILS website.

If you are interested in taking a part of Innovation Leaders Summit next year, please contact ils-info@project-nippon.jp 

WIND EXPO 2021

REGISTRATION for UK exhibitor is CLOSED for 2021 

UK Pavilion at WIND EXPO 2021 

The UK is a global leader in offshore wind with 10.4GW of installed capacity and with vast potential for further significant growth.  

The UK Pavilion at the 2021 edition of Japan Wind Expo will showcase leading UK supply chain companies that are actively involved in the UK‘s offshore wind industry and are now looking to develop partnerships to enter the Japanese offshore wind sector 

Please find UK companies info here. (English / Japanese available)  

The event takes place from 3 to 5 March 2021, at Tokyo Big Sight on site and online.  

For further information on the WIND EXPO please visit the website .  

If you are interested in taking a part of WIND EXPO next year, please contact James.Carter@fcdo.gov.uk

  

International Women’s Day: Women in Trade

To mark International Women’s Day, on Monday 8th March from 1200-1330, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan and the British Embassy Tokyo will host a discussion on the challenges facing women in business and trade, both in the UK and Japan. This discussion is especially pertinent as the UK and Japanese Governments highlighted their commitment to Women’s Economic Empowerment in a standalone chapter of the new Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which came into force earlier this year. The event will provide a forum to discuss current challenges; share best practice; and explore potential solutions for both the UK and Japan.

We will hear from the UK Chief Negotiator of the UK-Japan CEPA and CPTPP (and Gender Champion in the UK’s Department of International Trade), Graham Zebedee, followed by a panel discussion, chaired by the Charge d’Affaires at the British Embassy, Sue Kinoshita. The panel will include senior representatives from both Japanese and UK business and government, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your experiences.

**This event is closed to the public.

UK TechFest: Networking Opportunities

REGISTRATION is CLOSED for UK companies  

This is a virtual business matching event between 29 leading UK smart cities companies and local companies in APAC following Round Table chaired by the Minister of Export, Graham Stuart. 

It aims to connect with the British technology companies that are creating innovative solutions for many of the problems associated with modern urban areas. 

Minister for Exports at the UK’s Department for International Trade, Graham Stuart MP, will launch TechFest in March with a keynote speech. 

This will be followed by a discussion on UK capabilities and the APAC smart cities landscape with industry and public sector leaders.  

The event takes place from 8 to 12 March 2021, online. 

For the participating company information, please refer to HERE.  

(*Registration for UK companies is CLOSED)  

FOODEX 2021

REGISTRATION for UK exhibitor is CLOSED for 2021 

UK Pavilion at FOODEX JAPAN 2021 

FOODEX UK Pavilion will take you on a culinary journey of the United Kingdom.  We will introduce the culinary delights of all four corners of the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) with sparkling wine, craft gin, meat, seafood and cheese. Food and drink is a key sector for the UK, highlighted in the new UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed in October 2020. At our stand, we are going to have a bar counter by taking Covid-19 safety measures so that visitors can try English sparkling wine, craft gin and cheese. 

The event takes place from 9 to 12 March 2021, at Makuhari Messe.  

Due to the COVID situation, virtual exhibition is available at https://www.jma.or.jp/foodex/ from 2nd of March.  

For further information on the FOODEX please visit the website .  

If you are interested in taking a part of FOODEX next year, please contact info@exporttojapan.co.uk 

Webinar: Spotlight on Japan

In partnership with the Department for International Trade and Business Link Japan, we will be hosting a live webinar, Spotlight on Japan, on Friday 12 March 10am – 11am.

Aimed at Northern Ireland companies seeking to enter the Japanese market for the first time, companies looking to expand their business in Japan, or those looking for more information on doing business in the market, Spotlight on Japan will focus on the United Kingdom-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership – a free trade agreement between the two countries – as well the opportunities available for NI businesses.

Speakers:

Mark Graham, Invest Northern Ireland’s Regional Director for North East Asia In his role with Invest Northern Ireland, Mark has responsibility for delivering the North East Asia strategy, supporting local companies and education organisations to access new markets and business opportunities to grow their exports; and to attract new foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland.

Marie-Claire Joyce, Head of Trade at the British Embassy Tokyo Head of Trade at the British Embassy in Tokyo, Marie-Claire comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience of UK-Japan trade and economic policy. She, along with her team were instrumental in negotiating and implementing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between UK and Japan in 2020.

Steve Crane OBE, CEO of Business Link Japan Steve established his first company in Japan 20 years ago, and his experience identified opportunities to support other international companies enter the market, and Business Link Japan was then incorporated as a vehicle to do just that. In 2013 Steve established Export to Japan, a Non-Profit Organisation online digital platform which has gone on to support supported thousands of UK businesses to sell their products and services in Japan.

Nick Shindo, Sales and Business Development Director at First Derivatives/Kx Nick has 12 years’ experience in marketing and selling pioneering technology solutions, and is responsible for bringing First Derivatives, and its platform Kx, to Japan. Kx is the world leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence.

The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session, providing customers with the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.

Recorded Webinar: Exporting Health Tech & Life Sciences to Japan

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.

The focus of the webinar will be on the Japan’s digital health market.  Key presenters from the Department for International Trade (DIT) South West, DIT Japan, DAC Beachcroft and Matador Japan will provide a comprehensive look at the Japanese digital healthcare and medical devices market in 2021.

Both the legal and regulatory environments will also be discussed, ensuring attendees receive the most relevant updates on market conditions.

This webinar was hosted by the Department for International Trade. Please fill in the form below to get access to the video.

Nikkei FINSUM: FinTech Summit 2021

STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION APPLICATION is CLOSED for 2021 

Nikkei FINSUM is one of the most well-known Fintech conference organised by Nikkei (Financial Times equivalent). The UK Fintech start-ups have been participating in their pitching sessions for the past years and won prises.

The event takes place from 16 to 18 March 2021, on-site at Marunouchi building, Tokyo and available to watch free live broadcast 

For further information on the Nikkei FINSUM please visit the website

Please find the programme HERE (*only available in Japanese) and registration to watch Free live broadcast HERE.  

If you are interested in taking a part of FINSUM next year, please contact info@xsum.jp 

Recorded Webinar: Introduction to Japanese eMarketplaces – Rakuten, Amazon and PayPay Mall

Join key officials from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Export to Japan for a comprehensive look at the Japanese eCommerce market in 2021.

Ecommerce in Japan is led by two brands that are little known in the west: Rakuten and PayPay Mall. The third name is more familiar: Amazon.

Overall, online marketplaces, rather than conventional online stores, dominate ecommerce in Japan. A survey of Japanese consumers by the Ecommerce Foundation found that 39% had bought from an online marketplace in the last month.

This webinar was hosted by the Department for International Trade. Please fill in the form below to get access to the video.

Education Webinar “Market Overview Japan 2021”

Japanese educational institutions need to respond to the rapidly declining birth rate and increasing demand for world-class resources.  The UK, which has a global reputation for education, has lots to offer. But is Japan ready to accept the offer from UK?  If so, where do the opportunities exist?    

The Department for International Trade, Japan will host the first Education sector webinar with the British Council, alongside British and Japanese education business consultants. 

This is an opportunity to learn the market overview, areas of opportunity for foreign suppliers in junior/high school business and market for International Schools in Japan.   Information on future activities may also be shared. 

Programme:

8:30 Opening

8:35 “The educational landscape in Japan – opportunities for the UK”

– Matthew Knowles

8:43 “Opportunities and challenges for market entry in secondary education”

 – Masatoshi Fukumoto

8:58 “Japan’s international schools market: opportunities for British brands”

  – Freddie Cloke

9:06 Q&A Session

Speakers

Matthew Knowles Country Director of the British Council, Japan

After his university studies in Edinburgh and a year-long scholarship to the USA, Matt  began his career as Policy Officer in the Scottish Government’s Education Department in 2002. On joining the British Council in Edinburgh, Matt assumed the post of Manager, Scottish Networks International and Visits Coordinator (2003–2007).

From there he moved to Berlin, to facilitate the change in the British Council’s operation there, and then to Italy as Director of Programmes (2007-2008). There followed a five-year posting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as Head of Programmes and Partnerships, after which Matt was London based as British Council’s Regional Head for East Asia, EU Europe, Wider Europe and the Americas (2012-2015).

Moving to Shanghai Matt served as the East China Area Director (2015-2019), before his appointment to the post of Director, British Council Japan in January 2020.

Masatoshi Fukumoto Corenet Educational Research Institute

Yokohama Research Center Manager

After graduating from university, Masatoshi was a teacher at a private high school.

Since 2006, he has been supporting the management of private junior and senior high schools at the Corenet Educational Research Institute. He was assigned to his current position in 2016. He also has experience in coaching children between 3 -12 years old in a local football club.

His area of expertise is the theory of enhancing the effects of learning and also careers education directed at meeting the needs of the modern world.

Freddie Cloke ISC Research School Development Manager

As School Development Manager at ISC Research, Freddie works closely with investors and schools, helping them to identify commercial opportunities within the international K-12 schools sector. Freddie is based in Shanghai, China and spends much of his time visiting schools and investors globally and advising them on the international schools’ market and associated opportunities for development.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from University College London, Freddie embarked on a Masters’ programme in International Relations, taught in Mandarin, at Wuhan University in China. Following that, he established an education consultancy business there to recruit Chinese students to UK independent schools and universities.

Facilitator: Kirsten O’Connor

Kirsten O’Connor is Senior Education Advisor at Clarence Education Asia. She is also the Founder and Director of QUEST TOKYO KK, a company offering a range of educational services and tutoring to the Japanese and international communities in Tokyo. Kirsten is a UK qualified teacher and taught in London before moving to Tokyo in 2001.

During her 17 years at The British School in Tokyo she was Head of Years 1 & 2, Deputy Head Teacher and for the final six years served as Head Teacher of the Primary School. An Entrepreneur Member of the BCCJ (British Chamber of Commerce in Japan), Kirsten is also an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Japan Fellows Network and founder of Talk Education Tokyo.

Japan – Supply Chain Cyber Security Virtual Pitch Event Call for Applications

The offer: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen increasing and more sophisticated cybercrimes targeted at supply chains. Japan is no exception, with leading firms in the automotive and defence industries amongst others falling as victims to cyber attacks that have disrupted supply chains. This has led to increased interest in solutions to this challenge and prompted a cross-industry initiative to address this critical thread to business.  

The pitch event, together with the UK-Japan Supply Chain Cyber Security Webinar on 23 March, will be part of the Partnering with Japan – Spring ’21 Free Trade Agreement series which aims to promote the UK-Japan industry partnership under the recently signed Free Trade Agreement. The pitch session will provide an opportunity for UK cyber security companies to introduce their innovative technology and solutions to a Japanese industry audience and to explore business opportunities in Japan.

Fee:Free of charge

Places: 6

Accepted applicants will be notified by 26 February.

What to expect from the opportunity:

  • Opportunity to pitch to a business audience in Japan (via a recorded pitch for 5 mins, provided prior to the event) and to engage with them via a live Q&A session.
  • Contact details where agreed with Japanese audience
  • Promotion to local traditional and social media
  • Company info translated and published on the event website

Eligibility to apply for the opportunity:

  • UK registered company
  • You have a compelling offer to address issues/challenges in supply chain cyber security such as OT security, IoT Security, supplier IT security management, global IT security governance, hardware embedded technology etc.
  • You have been trading in the supply chain cyber security sector for a minimum of two years
  • You have products/services ready to trade (i.e. not under development or concepts)

Deadline:

GST 23:59, Monday, 22 February 2021

 Full detailed information available here.

Technology & Advanced Manufacturing opportunities in Japan

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. 

Full details of the event are available here.

Speakers

Sarah Hildersley – High Growth Market Specialist: 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 at 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 Comerical Services, 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

Manufacturing World Osaka 2021

As Asia’s leading & the largest show in West Japan for the manufacturing industry, Manufacturing World Osaka will be celebrating its 23rd Anniversary this year.
Manufacturing World Osaka is dedicated to present wide variety, high quality and valuable exhibits, providing a One-Stop-Solution platform for industry professionals to gather industry information and find business partners. Categorized into 6 specialized shows, thousands of mechanical components, engineering design, subcontracting services, factory equipment, IT, AI/IoT, 3D printing,  additive manufacturing solutions and comprehensive range of high-quality products/services/technologies can be found under one roof.