Rapid News and JTB Communication Design Inc. announce 10-year deal

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On the back of the debut edition of TCT Japan in Tokyo last month, the owners of The TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd (Rapid News) and JTB Communication Design Inc. (JCD), have announced a 10-year deal to jointly organise and develop TCT Japan.

The two organisations are confident that the event will draw ever-growing numbers of industry professionals together in Tokyo to address the challenges of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering.

The world-class conference combined with a global exhibitor makeup will help to drive greater adoption of cutting-edge technologies across all industry sectors resulting in a positive impact on the Japanese manufacturing industry.

Duncan Wood, chief executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented: “The debut edition of TCT Japan is a great platform for us to build on. Many commentators suggest that Japan is behind the curve in adopting additive technologies and this long-term deal will enable us to invest in creating a world-class event that really does have an impact on adoption levels and ultimately on the market size in Japan. I would encourage all of our global clients from the TCT portfolio to join us to pioneer growth in this market together in the coming years.

“Today Tokyo produces over $80bn of manufactured goods annually and this ensures that the region is an industrial powerhouse. The Tokyo metropolitan area has a Gross Product that would rank it 14th in the world if it operated as a country. This manufacturing excellence combined with R&D and innovation makes it the perfect home for TCT Japan.”

Takahiro Matsui, director, JTB Communication Design Inc. concluded: “Our cooperation with Rapid News for TCT Japan’s first edition was a huge success. We attracted a record 100 exhibitors from 8 countries / regions to the 4,734 square meter show floor and welcomed over 43,500 visitors to the group of shows.

"This long-term deal demonstrates that we believe we can bring global trend across AM and 3D printing into the Japanese Market. We promise that TCT Japan will deliver innovation to across all industries and sectors.”

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