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Invest in Bavaria and the Bavarian representative office in Japan honoured eleven Japanese companies for their exemplary commitment in Bavaria
As part of the 15-year anniversary celebrations of Invest in Bavaria, the Bavarian representative office in Japan awarded the prize for the first time, which was presented to eleven Japanese companies in Tokyo on 4th November 2014. The prizewinners have displayed outstanding commitment to locations in Bavaria and represent important pillars of the Japanese business community in Bavaria.
Around 40 top decision-makers from various sectors were invited to attend the ceremonial presentation at the Tokyo Prince Park Tower. The certificate and prize (glass object made by the company Zwiesel) were presented by Dr. Hübschle, Head of Invest in Bavaria and Dr. Geltinger, Chief Representative of the State of Bavaria in Japan. In his keynote speech, Dr. Hübschle presented the Bavarian strategy on the subject of Industry 4.0 and emphasised the importance and appreciation of Japanese investors in Bavaria.
Bavaria hosts today the second-largest Japanese business community in Germany with over 420 Japanese companies and more than 7,000 Japanese citizens. Accompanied by Bavarian beer, brewed at the foot of Mount Fuji, Franconian wine and a Bavarian menu, prizewinners and participants exchanged experiences on living and working in Bavaria.
A portrait of the prizewinners:
AMADA CO., LTD
Founded in 1946
Headquarters: Isehara (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Business objective: Manufacture of metalworking machines
Location in Bavaria: Eching (district of Landshut) Technical Center
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS Co., LTD.
Founded in 1952
Business objective: Air traffic
Location in Bavaria: Munich Airport (Flughafen München)
Founded in 1949
Headquarters: Kariya (Aichi Prefecture)
Business objective: Manufacture of components for the automotive industry and industrial robots
Location in Bavaria: Eching (wind tunnel, climate chamber, sound and vibration test chambers)
Founded in 1935
Business objective: Manufacture of products and services for the ICT, semiconductor and network sectors
Location in Bavaria: Munich (main office) and Augsburg (production)
HOSOKAWA MICRON CORP.
Founded in 1949
Headquarters: Hirakata (Osaka Prefecture)
Business objective: Manufacturing of powders and particles
Location in Bavaria: Augsburg (since 1987 following acquisition of Augsburg-based Alpine AG)
NIPPON SHEET GLASS CO., LTD.
Founded in 1918
Business objective: Manufacture of glass for the automotive, building and technology sectors
Location in Bavaria: Weiherhammer (production of flat glass since 2006 following acquisition of Pilkington plc)
NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Founded in 1992
Headquarters: Tokyo Business objective: Mobile phone products and services
Location in Bavaria: Munich (R&D centre for further development of mobile phone standards and technologies)
MURATA ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
Founded in 1950
Headquarters: Nagaokakyo (Kyoto Prefecture)
Business objective: Manufacture of electronic components
Location in Bavaria: Nuremberg (sales)
Founded in 1997
Business objective: Provider of eCommerce solutions
Location in Bavaria: Bamberg (since 2011 following acquisition of Tradoria AG)
TOYOBO CO., LTD.
Founded in 1982
Business objective: Manufacture of fibres and polymers
Location in Bavaria: Obernburg (production since 2013)
Founded in 1915
Business objective: Manufacture of robots and system developments
Location in Bavaria: Allershausen (application, development and customer service centre)
Pictures: Japanese companies get awarded in Tokyo
Japanese post-event coverage: http://ps.nikkei.co.jp/bayern2014