THE MISSION IN BRIEF
The Board of Trade’s team of international trade experts, the World Trade Centre Montréal, is organizing a trade mission to Tokyo, Japan, from February 24 to 27, 2015, during World Smart Energy Week 2015. The world-renowned trade fair will be holding specialized exhibitions on energy production, processing, storage, and savings, in addition to presentations on intelligent grid systems.
More than just a gathering of industry sectors, the event aims to be a key business platform, bringing together exhibitors and visitors from around the world. The trade fair also features a number of technical conferences on the industry’s most recent innovations.
Quebec businesses operating in the green technology sector can benefit from special access to the industry’s developers and buyers, and thereby take advantage of unrivalled business opportunities.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO…
- Establish ties with potential partners and buyers
- Network with other Quebec businesses
- Network with businesses related to the energy sector
- Position your company and products on the market
- Define your business development strategy
- Take part in technical conferences
- Benefit from the expertise of industry leaders
Since the 1970s, Japan has been notable for its avant-gardism, its leadership, and its competitiveness in the area of green technology and clean energy, considerably outdistancing other members of the OECD in terms of its investment in research and development (3.4% of its GDP in 2013 according to the World Bank).
There are many business opportunities to be seized: transportation (hybrid vehicles, rechargeable hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles), “smart” electricity distribution networks, geothermal energy, insulation, climate control, heating systems, construction (engineering, eco-friendly materials, energy consumption), and public services, to name but a few.
As a leader in the eco-friendly vehicle market, in 2012, Japan alone represented 28% of the global battery electric vehicle (BEV) market and was the world’s second-largest market as far as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) go.
As such, the growing needs of this market of 128 million inhabitants are expected to quickly increase the number of Quebec companies (722 according to Industry Canada) actively exporting to Japan. Indeed, as resources are rare, Abe’s government has no other choice but to promote the implementation of programs that aim to stimulate imports and the effective use of clean energy.
In addition, in 2013, Japan was the world’s second-largest investor in renewable energy, reaching a threshold of 23 GW of installed renewable energy sources (including 9 GW of hydro power and 5.6 GW of solar power) by June of that same year.
Japan is a country with high purchasing power, where the price factor is not a priority. As such, quality and relevance are equally important, which, for example, allows Quebec companies to export promising albeit developing technology.
World Smart Energy Week 2015, facts and figures:
- 70,000 expected visitors
- 1,900 exhibitors
- The 3rd international wind energy expo and conference
- The 5th international smart grid, eco-house, and eco-building expo
- The 6th processing technology, rechargeable battery, and photovoltaic power generation system expo
- The 11th international hydrogen and fuel cell expo
- An “international partnership” space dedicated to B2B meetings
- A conference space welcoming internationally renowned green energy specialists, and influential figures from the business milieu
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
All businesses interested in the green technology sector or operating in the sector and seeking to learn more about its most recent advances.
The activity will be of particular relevance to individuals and businesses interested or operating in the following sectors:
- Natural gas
- Solar energy (cells, modules, panels)
- Wind energy
- Processing technology/products
- Storage technology/products
- Analytical technology/products
- Hydrogen and fuel cell technology
- Photovoltaic system integration/installation technology
- Technology relating to smart grid systems
- Public services
- Eco-construction products
- Insulation, refrigeration, climate control, heating systems
- Automation systems
- Cogeneration systems
Showcase your business in the Land of the Rising Sun!