International Technology Conference
05 May 2018
On the 3rd May, the International Technology Conference was held, hosted by Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Every year, the conference features the latest technology trends, business models, challenges and solutions in the UK. It was the 5th conference this year and there were over 200 guests from government organisations, industry and acedemia, all actively networking and trying out new technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality), during lunch time and coffee breaks.
This year, subjects included Technology entrepreneurship, Spin-out, Spin-in and Innovation in an organisation. As an example of new technology application to a practical business, case studies of AR (Augmented Reality) were introduced. Panelists also discussed how we should embrace new technologies and how we can help the next generation to become creative and innovative thinkers in the midst of this fast-changing society.
Every year we have guests from the Japanese government and companies, and have received fantastic feedback from them. We hope that more Japanese companies based not only in the Thames Valley but anywhere in the UK will join us. You don’t have to be a member of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.
From the UK to Japan, exhibiting at “Smart Energy Week 2018”
05 March 2018
From the 28th February to the 2nd March, our clients OKAYA & CO., LTD and Crowd Charge Ltd co-exhibited in the Smart Energy Week 2018 in Tokyo.
This partnership derives from an existing partnership between OKAYA & CO., LTD, Nichicon Corporation and DriveElectric Ltd, which was established in September 2017 where the three companies agreed to bring Nichicon’s V2G chargers to the UK market. In this new partnership, OKAYA & CO., LTD and Crowd Charge Ltd (100% subsidiary of DriveElectric Ltd.) will work together to introduce the Crowd Charge’s services to Japan.
Crowd Charge Ltd. has developed an energy management system called the Crowd Charge platform, which controls EV charge timing, making the most of energy stored in EV batteries. This platform is beneficial for many scenarios including V1G (smart charging), V2H (Vehicle-to-Home), and V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) and has been used in Electric Nations, which is the largest trial in the world where 700 EVs are involved.
The Japanese energy industry is facing some challenges whilst the FIT (Feed-In Tariff) for residential solar generation will be terminated 2019 and EV and PHV are expected to increase. At the OKAYA & Crowd Charge stand in the Smart Energy Week 2018, we received many visitors including Network operators, EV OEMs and car sharing management companies and received considerably higher interest than we had anticipated.
OBM supported meetings at the stand and outside of the exhibition with Japanese companies and government officials. In addition OBM provided the design of the exhibition panel contents and the Japanese subtitles on the promotional video.
The same team will exhibit again in the Smart Energy Week 2018 Osaka on the 26th-28th September 2018. We look forward to seeing you again there.
The Second Trade Mission from Thames Valley to Kansai, Japan
26 January 2018
From the 15th to the 19th January 2018, a trade mission from the Thames Valley visited Japan. It was the second trade mission from Thames Valley since Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) signed an MoU in 2014.
Over the last 8 months, we (OBM) have supported both Chambers including strategic planning, identifying focus sectors, recruiting UK companies, arranging B2B meetings (prior to our visit) and managing the schedule during our stay in Osaka.
As always, the primary objective of trade missions is to create relevant business opportunities for the participants.
In this trade mission, the sector focus was on AI, IoT and Energy and as many as nine companies from Thames Valley joined. In Osaka, all the participants made a presentation in the seminar, followed by B2B meetings with local companies. Separately, we had meetings with Mr Toru Asai, Director General of METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) Kansai, Ms Sarah Wooten, British Consul-General and Mr Minoru Furukawa and Mr Junzo Tateno, Vice Chairmen of OCCI.
We are so pleased to have received fantastic feedback from all the participants: - “I cannot believe we did all this in only 2.5 days – meeting with government officials and so many businesses and I now have some potential business leads.” “The whole programme was so well organised and I have not received such hospitality before. It totally surpassed my expectation.”
This successful trade mission was achieved with great effort and teamwork with TVCC, OCCI, METI Kansai and other organisations and companies. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the people involved.
From now on, it is important to focus on following up opportunities. We will continue to support the participants so that they will create actual businesses from this trade mission.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Regent Street (London)
22 December 2017
We would like to express a BIG thank you to our clients and business partners. We thouroughly enjoyed working with you this year to overcome challenges and develop new business.
We wish you all a lovely Christmas and a prosperous new year.