(Kanto Region) DTF Technical and Business Mission to Finlald (FY2006)
The Suwa area in Nagano Prefecture is an excellent industrial center where many companies that have fine processing technologies and manufacture products with high added value are located. In this area, which is unique in the world as an industrial center, the launch of the DTF Research Consortium was mainly led by local companies in 2000 and the Consortium has since been making technical examinations concerning DTF parts and equipment. IIST, in cooperation with this Consortium, dispatched a mission comprising Consortium members and others to Finland in order to highlight the superiority of DTF internationally and increase the number of DTF users overseas. Specifically, the mission visited local companies in Finland to market the DTF technologies (“matching” activity).
Dates: September 3 (Sunday) - September 9 (Saturday), 2006
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) and the DTF Research Consortium (Nagano Techno Foundation)
Supported by: Kanto Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Place: Tampere and Helsinki, Finland
・Nokia Mobile Phones, Salo
・Cencorp Oyj. Lohja
・Singulase Oy. Lohja
・VTT & Centre of Expertise of Micro & Nanosystems and Adaptive Materials, Espoo
・Suunto Oy, Vantaa
Many local DTF-related people, including those from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), gathered at DTF International Workshop in Tampere to actively exchange information with the Japanese mission through briefings on the development of and achievements for DTF and on the most advanced micromachining technology. The mission visited research institutes such as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and local companies representing the Finnish micromachining industry such as Nokia Corporation, which is a cellular phone company. Through these visits, the mission learned how micromachining technology is applied for practical use in Finland.
More than the expected number of Finnish DTF-related people (approximately 40 people) attended the International Workshop, which demonstrated high local interest in the DTF technology. Participants of the Workshop commented that through the Workshop they could learn the international superiority of DTF and the necessity for bilateral cooperation between Japan and Finland in DTF research and development. As a result of dispatching the mission, it has been newly recognized that research conducted in Finland on the practical use of micro factory technologies is closely related to and compatible with the DTF field. It is expected that linking R&D in the DTF and micro factory fields together will lead to the creation of new businesses.
IIST was able to dispatch the mission thanks to support from Dr. Reijo Tuokko, Professor of Engineering at TUT, whom the Institute invited to the International Forum on Desktop Factory in SUWA (DTF 2005) under its Invitation Program.
International Exchange Dept.