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JSMEA attends Posidonia 2016

Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) attended Posidonia 2016 in Greece on June 5-10. With financial support from The Nippon Foundation, it led a delegation of 12 member companies to the international shipping exhibition.

On the first day, Mr. Masuo Nishibayashi, Japanese ambassador to Greece, and Mr. Kazuo Tsukuda, president of the Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA), joined Mr. Motoyoshi Nakashima, chairman of JSMEA, in cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Japan Pavilion. Mr. Alexis Tsipras, prime minister of Greece, came to the official opening ceremony for Posidonia 2016. After the ceremony, the premier stopped by the Japan Pavilion, where he exchanged greetings with Mr. Masaharu Ono, vice-chairman of JSMEA.

On the second day, JSMEA held a seminar at the exhibition venue jointly with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); the JSEA; and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). Six JSMEA-affiliated manufacturers and two Japanese shipbuilding companies introduced their respective energy-saving and/or safety products at the seminar, which saw more than 150 attendees from local ship owners as well as other companies and organizations.

On the third day, Mr. Ono visited the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), accompanied by representatives from four member enterprises, who met with local ship owners to provide briefings on products and other up-to-date information. The ship owners, which were represented by 15 individuals, requested facilities to be established for training on Japanese ship machinery and equipment. They also asked questions about after-sales services and other matters. Mr. Ono said that JSMEA would like to see more regular interchanges with Greek ship owners to develop stronger business relations, while stressing the importance of listening to the voices of customers. The UGS agreed that exchanging information and opinions with Japanese ship machinery and equipment makers is meaningful.



In preparation for participating in Posidonia 2016, JSMEA had updated its catalog of energy-saving and environmentally friendly ship machinery and equipment manufactured by its members. While in Greece, it promoted its members’ products extensively by distributing copies of the new edition at the exhibition, including the abovementioned seminar, and introducing it to local ship owners.

Posidonia 2016 welcomed more than 22,000 visitors, an attendance surpassing the previous event, according to the organizer. The Japan Pavilion was also visited by a great many people, making JSMEA delegation efforts a success in providing information on its members’ ship machinery and equipment while building better relations with Greek ship owners and other customers through interchange of ideas and opinions.

Number of exhibitors and visitors
Exhibitors: more than 1,800 (from 90 countries and regions)
Visitors: more than 22,000
JSMEA members: 12

JSMEA members exhibiting products and/or services: Azuma EngineeringSPTE Ltd.; Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co, Ltd.; Fuji Trading Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery and Engine Co., Ltd.; MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd.; Taiko Kikai Industries Co., Ltd.; Yokogawa Denshikiki Co., Ltd.; and Yanmar Co., Ltd.

JSMEA members with displays: Kobe Steel, Ltd.; Kyokuyo Electric Co., Ltd.; Manabe Zoki Co., Ltd.; and Nippon Paint Marine Coatings Co., Ltd.

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