Hank Teh, International sales & marketing manager, reports on the latest FC Expo 2006.

FC EXPO 2006 (2nd Int'l Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo) was held at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan from Jan 25-27 in great attention of the industry. 404 exhibitors from over 14 countries/regions exhibited the latest products and technologies related to the R&D and manufacturing of fuel cells and hydrogen. This was the second exhibition and again World\\$quot;s Largest in the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen industry, placed as a must-attend exhibition in the industry. FC EXPO attracted a total of 23,039 industry executives from over 20 countries/regions.

Every booth was filled with visitors hearing presentations of the equipment and having business meetings with exhibitors. Reflecting the increasing interest of fuel cell, newly launched 'Fuel Cell Systems/Products Zone', gathered many visitors. Tokyo Gas (Japan) exhibited a Residential Fuel Cell Cogeneration System 'LIFUEL', which was also spoken at the Keynote Session which attracted a total of 1,171 attendees from worldwide.

Intelligent Energy (UK) exhibited 'ENV Fuel Cell Motorbike' which will be put into thhe market very soon. Other exhibitors, FUMA-TECH (Germany) exhibited membranes for PEMFC and DMFC, electrolysis and fuel cells. Hoku Scientific(USA), which manufactures proprietary membrane and MEA for stationary, automotive, and micro PEMFC, exhibited Hoku MEA and Hoku Membrane.

In the field of Evaluation/Inspection/Analysis Equipment, Hydrogenics (Canada), Chino (Japan) and Arbin Instruments (USA) etc. exhibited and their booths were always full with customers. Besides, in newly launched 'Hydrogen Storage/Supply Zone', QuestAir Technologies (Canada) exhibited QUESTAIR H-3300 - efficient, compact and cost-effective hydrogen purification systems.

Pressure Products Industries (USA) presented their latest hydrogen compressor. Other exhibitors include Swagelok(Japan), WEH GmbH (Germany), Hitachi Industries (Japan), etc.

Participants included

Japan Automobile Research Institute, Engineering Advancement Association of Japan, Toyota Motor,Nissan Motor, Honda Motor, DaimlerChrysler Japan, General Motors Asia Pacific, Hino Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Suzuki Motor, Nippon Oil, Cosmo Oil, Showa Shell Sekiyu, Tokyo Gas, Iwatani International, Japan Air Gases, Taiyo Nippon Sanso, Kurita Water Industries, Sinanen, Itochu Enex, Idemitsu Kosan, Babcook-Hitachi, Tsurumisoda and Toho Gas.

Technical Conference - attracted over 3,875 attendees from worldwide!

Toyota, Tokyo Gas, KDDI executives spoke at the Keynote Session of FC EXPO 2006 Technical Conference. Speakers of other sessions (Special Session, Special Invitation Session and other 12 sessions) were the most prominent professionals in the front lines of the industry. A total of 3,875 researchers and engineers engaged in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen from all over the world gathered to learn the latest technologies and industry trends of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen industry.

Academic Forum \\$quot;“ Latest Fuel Cell Research from Worldwide! (Organised by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.) 50 well-known researchers from Universities/National & Public Institutes announced their latest research results through presentations and posters. Visitors seriously listened to the presentation and after the presentation, many visitors flocked around the presenter\\$quot;s booth to hear the details and have business meetings.

'I could meet many researchers here and build a network with them. It was a great opportunity not only to learn the latest studies, but also to meet many people beyond our business fields,' said one of the visitors. 'Academic Forum plays an important role for both researchers and visitors to find business partners, which leads to a partnering and licensing business. This forum builds the coordination between industry and academia, and activates the fuel cell industry throughout the world,' said Kenji Okabe, Show Director.

Speakers included professionals
in the front lines of the industry///

FC EXPO 2007 (Feb. 7 - 9, 2007)

Applications pour in!!

Booth Applications Rushing in for the coming FC EXPO 2007!

With booming interest in fuel cell and its reputed name, FC EXPO is expected to become 1.5 times bigger (with 500 exhibitors) in Feb. 7- 9, 2007 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Exhibit spaces for FC EXPO 2006 were sold out months before the show. Most of the exhibitors reserved their booths during the show while new-comers were seen requesting for their booths at the 'Reservation Inquiry Counter' onsite.

It is considered that the exhibit spaces for 2007 will be sold out soon. 'Those interested in exhibiting, please contact Show Management immediately before exhibit space runs out. If you reserve by the end of April, you can enjoy the Early Bird Discount price besides getting high priority in booth allocation', said Hank Teh, International Sales & Marketing Manager, 'Please reserve your space as soon as possible.'