WIND EXPO to launch offshore wind and O&M zones (Tokyo, Japan)

Reed Exhibitions Japan to launch new "Offshore Wind" and "Operation & Maintenance" zones at WIND EXPO 2015

(Tokyo, Japan) September 18, 2014 - Reed Exhibitions Japan

will be launching "Offshore Wind" and "Operation & Maintenance" zones at
WIND EXPO 2015 - 3rd Int'l Wind Energy Expo and Conference.
http://www.windexpo.jp/en/

With the effects of the new stand-alone feed-in-tariff (FIT) for offshore
wind and the forecasted increase in the number of wind farms requiring
maintenance from the installation boom in 2000, the business for offshore
wind and operation and maintenance (O&M) related to wind energy are expected
to expand in Japan. In order to provide a new platform for wind energy
professionals to conduct business related to such categories, Reed
Exhibitions Japan will be launching new "Offshore Wind" and "Operation &
Maintenance" exhibit zones at the next edition of WIND EXPO.

From the previous edition of WIND EXPO, visitors have revealed the needs for
an Offshore Wind zone:

(Translated and excerpt from WIND EXPO 2014 visitor questionnaire)

"We are looking to extend our offshore business into Asia so we hope to seek
components and disaster resistant products which will match the marine and
wind conditions of Asia" - Visitor, SIEMENS

"Maintenance services, wind atlas, ocean current/motion simulators are the
main exhibits that we would like to see at the show" - Visitor, SB ENERGY

"We are very grateful for the launch of the new zone specialising in
offshore as the installations will be increasing. As well as materials for
foundations, transportation and construction related services would be what
we will be looking out for" - Visitor, KAJIMA KENSETSU

"As well as blade materials we would like to see products for substations.
We would like to meet and negotiate with new comers to the field as well as
firms already with experience." - Visitor, HITACHI

O&M related exhibitors have already started making business connections
through previous editions of WIND EXPO but providing an independent zone for
O&M may further facilitate the business between
professionals:

(Translated and excerpt from WIND EXPO 2014 exhibitor questionnaire)

"Throughout the 3-days we were able to meet around 400 customers. We were
able to find
10 new deals which are estimated to reach an annual sales value of JPY 30
million."
- Maintenance service provider, Exhibitor, JFE MECHANICAL

"We mainly made connections with O&M related customers but we were able to
meet a wide range of professionals at the show. We are currently following
up on 15 new deals." - Grease supplier, Exhibitor, FUCHS JAPAN

Since the announcement of the launch, new and existing exhibitors are
starting to confirm their participation in the new zones. Various categories
of products, technologies and services specific to offshore wind and O&M are
to be showcased such as firms related to meteorology of Japan, ocean
development, Asia air survey, lightening proof CFRP, marine transport etc.

To name a few, FUKUSHIMA OFF SHORE WIND CONSORTIUM, ELECTRIC MITSUI OCEAN
DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING, CHUGOKU MARINE PAINTS, EKOHOU etc. will be
exhibiting in the Offshore Wind zone and JFE MECHANICAL, EOS ENGINEERING AND
SERVICE, FUJI DENKO etc. will be exhibiting in the Operation & Maintenance
Zone.

The show itself has been successfully expanding since the launch in 2013 and
is now recognised as Japan's largest and only B-to-B trade show specialising
in wind energy.

250 exhibitors including SIEMENS, ENERCON, SENVION, HITACHI, FUKUSHIMA OFF
SHORE WIND CONSORTIUM, ZEPHUR, THE JAPAN STEEL WORKS, YASUKAWA, ELECTRIC
MITSUI OCEAN DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING, OLYMPUS, FUJIKURA, JFE MECHANICAL,
EOS ENGINEERING AND SERVICE, FUJI DENKO CHUGOKU MARINE PAINTS, EKOHOU etc.
will exhibit and 70,000* professional visitors are to participate.
(*expected, including visitors from concurrent shows)

A 10% increase was seen in the last edition of the show but Reed Exhibitions
Japan expects the show to expand even further in 2015 with the rise in the
number of firms entering the wind energy industry and increasing involvement
of overseas firms in the Japanese wind market.
Evidently, the proportion of firms exhibiting from overseas has been
increasing (14% from 2013 to 2014) and the show is becoming a hub to conduct
business with wind energy related professionals in Japan. Reed Exhibitions
Japan may need to expand the exhibition space for WIND EXPO 2015 to
accommodate the increase in exhibitors joining the show.

As well as individual exhibitors, many countries will be exhibiting as a
national pavilion gathering a number of exhibitors showcasing products and
technologies unique to their country.
For instance, Korea, USA, Netherlands and Denmark have already confirmed
their participation as a pavilion, portraying their commitment to join the
Japanese market.

In combination with the exhibition, comprehensive Technical Conference
sessions (covering topics such as market outlook in Japan, global market
trends, floating offshore wind turbines, bottom-fixed offshore wind
turbines, gear-less wind turbines, earthquake disaster prevention
strategies, O&M offshore O&M etc.) and networking events will be held. Thus
making WIND EXPO 2015 an ideal venue for professionals to make further
connections in the growing Japanese wind energy market and discover the
latest trends to support the further growth of business between
professionals in Japan, Asia and the World.

Show Director of WIND EXPO, Takeshi Tanaka is confident about the show and
the launch of the new zones:
"The Japanese government is now supporting the development of the wind
energy industry, such as the new feed-in-tariff introduced by the Ministry
of Economy Trade and Industry this April.
Japan being a maritime nation with strong manufacturing technologies will
surely and rapidly develop a wind energy industry starting with offshore.
There are still technological, legal and policy related obstacles but we
hope WIND EXPO will provide a platform for industry professionals to discuss
and share ideas to overcome such issues. By launching the new Offshore Wind
and Operation & Maintenance zones, we aim to provide a wider window of
opportunity for firms specialising in these areas as well as new comers to
the field to find new business in Japan and overall promote further growth
of the industry."

For further information about WIND EXPO or the new "Offshore Wind" and
"Operation & Maintenance"
zones: http://www.windexpo.jp/en/

For exhibiting information requests: http://www.windexpo.jp/en/ex/ For a
free invitation ticket, register online :
http://www.windexpo.jp/en/inv/

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