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Japan is the world's largest producer of machine tools. It produces approximately one-fifth of the world's value of machine tools, estimated at $14.4 billion, up 7%, in 2007. It is also the second-largest consumer, after only China (Gardner Publications).
The Japanese machine tools market has never been so robust in the past few years, with both domestic and imported products expanding orders from domestic manufacturers. The current upward trends have been primarily driven by the automotive industry, spreading to auto parts suppliers and related fabricators and molders. The IT industry's rush in the capital investments for manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays and digital consumer products has fueled further demand for machine tools and peripheral products.
In the metal cutting machine tools segment in 2007, U.S. suppliers rank the second at 14% of the imported products after Germany's 25%. Switzerland is the third largest supplier at 12%.
Japan's analytical instruments industry has enjoyed its continuous growth in the past several years, due to the recovery in the corporate and governmental R&D investments, the boom in exports and the new environmental and food safety regulations.
The wide-ranging spectrum of user applications indicates that anlalytical instruments as the core manufacturing and service industry tools have vital roles in R&D, production, inspection and monitoring processes.
Japan's $3.7 billion market for analytical instruments presents U.S. suppliers of advanced technology ever-expanding opportunities, as Japan focuses on four priority areas -- life science, information technology, environment, and nano technology/materials -- in coming years.
FOOMA (The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturer's Association);
JMTIA(Japan Machine Tool Importers' Association);
JPI(Japan Packing Institute);
JEMA(The Japan Electrical Manufacturers'Asso.);
JFPA(Japan Fluid Power Association);
NECA(Nippon Electric Control Equipment Industries Association);
JAIMA(Japan Alytical Instruments Manufacturers Association);
JRAIA(The Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association)