LFW and ILS keep watch on Asian markets

July 15, 2007
NASHUA, NH-In the June issue of Industrial Laser Solutions (ILS) magazine, a sister publication to Laser Focus World (LFW) magazine that focuses on the industrial laser market, ILS chief editor David Belforte explains how Yokohama and its annual Laser Expo 2007 in late April was the venue chosen to introduce the new Industrial Laser Solutions-Japan (ILS-Japan), the latest in a growing global franchise that includes ILS-China, as well as LFW-Japan and LFW-China.

NASHUA, NH-In the June issue of Industrial Laser Solutions (ILS) magazine, a sister publication to Laser Focus World (LFW) magazine that focuses on the industrial laser market, ILS chief editor David Belforte explains how Yokohama and its annual Laser Expo 2007 in late April was the venue chosen to introduce the new Industrial Laser Solutions-Japan(ILS-Japan), the latest in a growing global franchise that includes ILS-China, as well as LFW-Japan and LFW-China.

“My publishing associate in Japan, Manami Konishi, produced a spectacular inaugural issue of ILS-Japan. It is packed with industrial laser processing information and, better yet, advertisements from leading Japanese product suppliers and international companies interested in selling their products into one of the hottest new markets this year,” said Belforte. “It looks like we timed the market penetration correctly, as a number of suppliers I interviewed at the show spoke about the information needs of potential laser users in Japan.”

“The fortunes of Japanese equipment suppliers have turned positive as the domestic economy has rebounded from a two-year drought, and business is good and expected to sustain at a good growth clip for the near term,” continued Belforte. “This may be the reason several suppliers are positioning new equipment for the international markets, reversing a long period of lack of innovative products from Japan. International suppliers have picked up on the rising fortunes in the Japanese market. Many companies from the USA and Europe, represented by local trading companies and distributors, showed their products at the show, some for the first time.”

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