Additive Manufacturing Forum

2nd German-Japanese Digitalisation-Dialogue


On July 2, 2019, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) held the “Additive Manufacturing Forum - 2nd German-Japanese Digitalisation-Dialogue” at Bellesalle Kanda for two days. 17 Japanese-German affiliated organisations and industrial associations supported the event and a total of 300 visitors from the industry participated in the two-day event. The forum consisted of symposium lectures and panel discussions from participating companies and experts, as well as an exhibition where eight booths were on display, ranging from 3D printer manufacturer, processed product suppliers to material manufacturers.

At the beginning of the symposium, Mr. Takanori Ito, Deputy Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Mr. Stefan Moebs, Minister, Economic and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany emphasized the importance of a Japanese-German collaboration in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM). Mr. Soichiro Murata, Director, Internet of Things / Forth Industrial Revolution, Industry Value Engineering, SAP Japan Co., Ltd., who held the keynote speech on the first day, presented Japan´s current state of digitalisation and its needs. On the second day, Mr. Yasuhide Yokoi, General Manager & Industrial Designer, Business Development Division, Kabuku Inc. talked in his keynote speech about the impact of AM and introduced the audience to examples of collaborations between Kabuku Inc. and other companies in the automotive industry.

The two-day symposium was composed of three sessions, with the first session – Session I – being focused on 3D printer manufacturers. Session II and Session III were both held on the second day focusing on the topics of industrial applications for 3D printers and challenges of certification procedures as well as on current developments and future perspectives of AM.

In addition to the sessions and panel discussions, Mr. Shuichi Yamaguchi, president and CEO of the companies 3D-Printer Research Institute / MICROJET Corporation reported on the status of inkjet lamination molding and its binder development. Mr. Nobuhiro Komatsu, General Manager, Sales & Marketing Department, JAMPT Corporation talked in detail about PREP powder for AM. The final presentation of the forum was held by Prof. Hideki Kyogoku, professor at Kindai University and project leader for TRAFAM (Technology Research Association for Future Additive Manufacturing), who presented TRAFAM's activities and results. With an introduction of TRAFAM’s event in September, where their final report and results will be presented, the symposium was closed.

At the exhibition, which was held simultaneously with the symposium, participating companies were able to display their products and services for two days. Visitors and the participating companies engaged in lively exchanges and business talks, providing an ideal platform for future AM cooperation and business development.

We received highly positive feedback and comments from visitors and participating companies saying that the forum was an insightful event, which allowed them to learn more about German companies that are active in the field of AM and one step ahead of Japanese companies.


German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan

Supported by

German Engineering Federation, IoT Acceleration Consortium, Japan Auto Parts Industries Association, Japan Cutting & Wear-resistant Tool Association, Japan Die&Mold Industry Association, Japan Fluid Power Association, Japan Forming Machinery Association, Japan Foundry Society, Inc., Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association, Japan Robot Association, Japan Valve Manufacturers' Association, Monodzukuri Nihon Kaigi (The Japan Manufacturing Industry Forum), Robot Revolution & Industrial IoT Initiative, Technology Research Association for Future Additive Manufacturing (TRAFAM), The Industrial Value Chain Initiative, The Japan Society of Industrial Machinery Manufacturers, The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (alphabetical order)

Participating Companies

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Keynote Speeches and Presentations by Invited Speakers

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Additive Manufacturing Forum Program (PDF)

Introduction of Participating Companies