Hamburg Messe und Congress Unveils New Maritime Industry Trade Fair
Jan 23, 2019

MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM, to launch in 2019

MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM, is the most recent addition to the maritime exhibition portfolio of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). Launching this year, the new trade fair is dedicated to the interior design and outfitting of passenger ships, addressing strong demand from the booming cruise and ferry market. MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo will take place for the first time from 11 to 13 September 2019 at the Hamburg Messe fair complex. Innovative suppliers from all segments of the ship interior equipment and design industry will showcase their products at this specialist maritime trade fair. Visitors will include procurement executives, interior designers and other decision-makers from the world’s leading cruise and ferry lines, shipyards and design studios.

In preparation of the launch of MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, the organisers conducted comprehensive market analyses. Exhibitors and visitors will benefit from the decades of experience and the extensive network of SMM – the leading international maritime trade fair, which is also organised by HMC. Another factor that will guarantee the event’s success is the fact that it is held in parallel with Seatrade Europe – Cruise and River Cruise Convention, which is already attracting thousands of senior cruise industry representatives to Hamburg’s fair complex. Leading international event organiser UBM, which has been cooperating with HMC in organising Seatrade Europe for years, will also partner HMC for MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo.

“By launching MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo we are creating a new platform for showcasing trends and innovations that will make the cruise experience even more luxurious, entertaining and unique,” explains Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress. “What is more, we are responding to a request expressed by many exhibitors to establish a standalone trade fair dedicated entirely to the fast-growing passenger ship interiors segment. Already at SMM 2018, more than 300 exhibitors from this segment were present."

Hamburg is an ideal city to host MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo. The new trade fair will benefit from the large number of cruise and ferry lines, shipyards and suppliers based in Germany and the rest of Europe. What is more, the city of Hamburg has a unique appeal that attracts visitors from around the world. With the new MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, Hamburg will further strengthen its position as one of the world's leading hubs of the cruise industry.

About MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM
MARINE INTERIORS Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, powered by SMM will take place biennially every odd year. At the inaugural event from 11-13 September 2019, exhibitors from all areas of ship interior design and outfitting will be present, and the visitor audience will include, among others, decision-makers from cruise and ferry lines, shipyards and design studios. The new trade fair will be held in parallel with Seatrade Europe – Cruise and River Cruise Convention. Visitors will have free access to both events. Exhibitors will be able to register from the beginning of February 2019. For further information please visit

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Karsten Broockmann, Head of Communications Department / Company Spokesperson
Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
ph.: +49 (0)40 / 3569-2090
fax: +49 (0)40 / 3569-2099

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CAPAS 2019 returns and continues to serve as a centralised platform for Southwest China’s automotive industry
Jan 23, 2019

The sixth edition of the Chengdu International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts and Aftermarket Services (CAPAS), will take place from 23 – 25 May 2019 at the Chengdu Century City New International Exhibition & Convention Center. With Sichuan considered as a key hub for automotive procurement, supply and manufacturing in the Southwest region of China, the show will host over 600 exhibitors in over 45,000 sqm of space, all of whom will be showcasing their latest products and services.

A growing local economy and higher personal income across Southwest China has led to a surge of car ownership in the region. Reports suggest there are now more than 24 million vehicles on the road[1]. As a result of these developments, the aftermarket sector is now thriving and holds significant growth opportunities for the local automotive industry.

Even still, as an outcome of the highly competitive market, companies are now facing a variety of new challenges. Service providers must try to keep up with current trends in order to sustain business growth and maintain profit level in such a dynamic environment. Accordingly, businesses are under more and more pressure to deliver a higher standard of service by improving their technical and operational capabilities.

CAPAS is therefore committed to supporting industry developments in Southwest China, and since its debut back in 2014, the event has quickly become an essential automotive hub for key players. It provides an array of opportunities for participants to expand business networks, share insights and learn the latest industry knowledge. The fair also attracts those who are looking to drive investment and promote growth across the region.

Effectively connecting the upper and lower streams of the supply chain

The show shines a light on growing trends, one of which is the rise in online services for customers across the automotive industry. This shift in consumer behaviour has encouraged more transparency in terms of product offerings, and at the same time, has created more flexibility within the various channels of the supply chain. Distributors are now facing increased pressure to expand their products and services, and collaborate with a wider range of suppliers, while also extending their sales network to maintain growth and increase market share.

As such, the 2019 show will offer more support for distributors from the southwest region and welcome these players to exhibit at the fair. Taking advantage of the show’s extensive resources in the regional market, the participation will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of the industry trends. Results from the previous editions’ survey showed 40% of visitors were from the repair and service workshops. Therefore, exhibiting distributors can discover new leads with these professionals, while tapping into a more comprehensive product mix with other exhibiting upper stream manufacturers.

Elsewhere, organisers are delighted to announce that the Automotive Auto Parts Industry Association of Chengdu (AAPIA) will join the list of supporting organisations this year. The association has a strong network of distributors throughout the region, of whom will attend this year’s show to connect with manufacturers and workshops across Sichuan. Mr Xu Qiang, Chairman of AAPIA, said: “Through participating at trade fairs like CAPAS, distributors will be able to connect with new customers, as well as strengthen relationships with existing partners through the organised onsite activities. Furthermore, CAPAS attracts a huge number of repair workshop visitors, who are a key target customer for our distributors. As an industry organisation as well as one of the supporters for CAPAS, we are looking forward to inviting many of our members who are hoping to build relationships with a variety of different visitors across the show.”

Specialised zones highlight Sichuan’s evolving automotive landscape

The latest edition of CAPAS will feature seven updated zones to demonstrate a complete range of product offerings and help maximise the participants’ overall experience. The highly anticipated Made in Sichuan zone will also be returning to highlight provincial developments as the region is a crucial procurement and manufacturing centre for parts suppliers. Visitors will see pavilions from major automotive manufacturing cities and local corporations displaying their strengths and position in the market. Through these means, the zone is a key driver to encourage new investment around the region, while also helping local corporations expand their businesses to other markets.

Other zones in this year’s line-up include Parts & Components, Commercial Vehicles, Accessories & Customising, Repair, Supply Chain & Chain Stores, E-mobility & Infrastructure and the new Tyres sector.

CAPAS is jointly organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Automotive Sub-Council (CCPIT-Auto), Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Sichuan Council (CCPIT-Sichuan).

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SIAF Guangzhou celebrates 10 years as South China’s foremost platform for intelligent manufacturing
Jan 22, 2019

Marking its 10th edition this year, SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF), the preeminent trading platform for intelligent manufacturing solutions in South China, will continue to keep pace with the ever-changing industry as the smart factory concept looks set to feature prominently during the show.

Over the past nine years, SIAF has endeavoured to stay at the forefront of the industry in a rapidly evolving market. The show has grown steadily to become one of the most important platforms promoting industry convergence as well as business networking. This must-attend event will once again be concurrently held with Asiamold at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 10 – 12 March 2019. Together, the two shows will utilise 62,000 sqm of exhibition space spanning five halls. It is expected that up to 950 internationally renowned brands will exhibit, attracting over 80,000 visitors from 45 countries and regions. A wide range of application sectors will be featured including automotive engineering, consumer goods, electric engineering, household appliances, mechanical engineering, packaging and printing, medical and pharmaceutical, textile and lighting.

To celebrate this special milestone, a press conference was held today to reflect on the show’s significance within the industry and provide a glimpse of the upcoming highlights at the 2019 edition. Present at the conference was Mr Hubert Duh, Executive Director of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. Commenting on the show, Mr Duh said: “SIAF 2019 is dedicated to measuring the pulse of the market and to discovering some of its latest innovations. This year’s show will enrich fairgoers’ experience by presenting technological breakthroughs via six highlighted product categories including electrical systems, connectivity technologies, sensor technologies and industrial measuring instruments, industrial robotics and machine vision, Industrial Internet of Things and smart solutions for logistics.”

A wide variety of products and system solutions will be arranged according to the six featured exhibiting themes from Hall 2.1 to Hall 5.1 to make navigation for fairgoers more convenient. Pavilion and product zone will again gather notable companies to streamline visitors’ sourcing experience. Led by the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, the Taiwan pavilion will return to SIAF for the 10th consecutive year to reveal their latest advancements in Halls 3.1 and 4.1. In addition, the Digital Transformation Zone will be located in Hall 4.1 to showcase innovative system software for smart factories.

Thanks to the “Made in China 2025” policy initiatives and the widespread adoption of Industry 4.0, thoughts have been gathering pace among industry players in China on how to readily accomplish intelligent manufacturing. The rise of Industrial Internet of Things as one of the elements of smart factories has in particular offered unrivalled opportunities to reshape the conventional industry landscape. SIAF has attracted numerous leading brands specialising in IIoT technologies including Laogou Technology, Logictrue, OPERA, ProudSmart, Robustel, Secomea and StarHouse.

Other well-known brands at this year’s show include:

Electrical systems
Bonfiglioli, Harmonic, MGC, Nabtesco, Sanyo Denki, Sigmatek, Sinfonia, SMC, Wittenstein

Connectivity systems
AGRO, binder, CONEC, ESCHA, Harting, Lemo Electronics, MURR, Phoenix Contact, UTILITY, WAIN

Sensor technologies and industrial measuring instruments
Autonics, Balluff, Banner Engineering, Baumer, Carlo Gavazzi, Contrinex, Controlway, EMA, Hanyoung NUX, ifm, Keyence, Kuebler, Pepperl+Fuchs, Sick

Industrial robotics and machine vision
CK, Cognex, Daheng, Datalogic, EiNUO, Erteng, GSK, Intelligent Eyes, Lanbao, LMI, Maker-Ray, Mstar, Peitian, YASKAWA

Smart solutions for logistics
Schmidt, TAIHO

Seminar programme gathers influential speakers to share industry insights and innovations
In addition to the diverse array of product displays, SIAF and Asiamold also organise each year a comprehensive line-up of seminars and discussions. A total of 80 talks focusing on industrial automation and mould technologies will be delivered from a broad line-up of industry experts. The presentations include:

• Efforts taken by Japanese manufacturing companies in response to “Digitisation of Manufacturing (Industry 4.0)”
Organised by the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association, the event will share insights on how Japanese manufacturing companies are coping with industry transformation and the latest technological developments.

• Smart Industry Solutions Summit
With a spotlight on automotive manufacturing and smart logistics, the seminar will cover intelligent solutions deploying sensors, machine vision and IIoT technologies.

• Dialogue with Hidden Champions 2019
Expert speakers from sensor companies will discuss how sensors are being utilised in developing intelligent manufacturing solutions and explore possible directions for future developments.

• AI, IoT and Maintenance 4.0
The seminar will convey ideas on how to enhance the management of devices, improve product quality and reduce the unnecessary consumption of resources with the support of artificial intelligence, IoT technologies and Maintenance 4.0 during the manufacturing process.

• IT meets automation, by OPC Foundation China
The OPC Foundation will join hands with renowned manufacturers to present the principles and application of OPC technologies to achieve seamless, secure and cost-efficient exchange of information between different platforms.

SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporation, Guangzhou Overseas Trade Fairs Ltd and Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. Associate sponsors include the Guangdong Association of Automation, the Guangzhou Association of Automation, the Guangzhou Instrument and Control Society while the China Light Industry Machinery Association is also a show supporter. The 2019 fair will be held concurrently with Asiamold - Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition. Asiamold focuses on additive manufacturing, moulding and 3D printing technologies which all make use of industrial automation technology. Exhibitors will no doubt benefit from the business opportunities presented at the two fairs.

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Café Malaysia 2019 celebrates the country’s dynamic coffee culture and its world class achievements
Jan 18, 2019

17 January 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --( ASIA TODAY )-- The official opening of Café Malaysia 2019 this afternoon marks the 3-day celebration of Malaysia’s robust coffee culture and industry, including its recent sterling successes in the international coffee scene. The launch at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) which was attended by industry leaders and key players of the coffee and tea industries, was officiated by Guest-of-Honour, Y.B. Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

The highly anticipated annual coffee show will chart history as it hosts ASEAN’s top coffee specialists hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam from the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). They are here to announce the development of ASEAN’s very own Coffee Standards. Focusing on coffee beans cultivated in the ASEAN region, the set of Standards will boost the growth of the regional coffee industry, featuring key differentiations from existing standards which originated from the west.

The recent string of successes in 2018 recorded by Malaysia’s very own baristas and latte artist at the World Latte Art Championship in Brazil (Irvine Quek, World Champion), the World Brewers Cup Championship in Brazil (Regine Wai, 1st Runner-Up) and the World Barista Championship in Amsterdam (Keith Koay, 10th ranking) are more reasons for celebration at Café Malaysia 2019. These successes are indicators of the growing interests in specialty coffee in Malaysia which is driven by young consumers’ appetite for the best brew. Malaysia’s achievements in the international coffee scene are also complemented with the steady rise in the number of talented young adults in Malaysia who hone their creativity and express their passion for coffee by becoming coffee artisans such as baristas, brewers, bean roasters and latte artists.

The annual event which is also the country’s largest gathering of industry players, professional baristas and latte artists, records the participation of 180 exhibitors from 22 countries. The event showcases the latest supplies and products, an array of coffee beans and tea leaves from around the globe, equipment, machinery, accessories and technology. The comprehensive one-stop platform will also be a focal point of business opportunities as industry players will network with another in the fast-growing regional and international coffee and tea businesses. The event is projected to welcome 10,000 coffee and tea trade professionals, congress delegates, café owners.

For visitors who are keen in acquiring knowledge on topics such as milk mixology, beverage creation, the sourcing of green coffee, herbal coffee, and how to maintain competitiveness in the business of running of a café, they will have the opportunity to attend the Café Malaysia 2019 Seminar which will take place on Friday, 18 January 2019.

Over three days, visitors will also be able to catch the never-ending buzz at the stage area where the country’s finest baristas and accomplished latte artists will compete to clinch the top national titles at three national coffee championships namely, the 2019 Malaysia Barista Championship (MBC), the 2019 Malaysia Brewers Cup (MBrC), and the 2019 KL Coffee Club Malaysia Latte Art Championship (MLAC). Crowned champions of the respective competitions will earn the honours to represent Malaysia at the world stage.

According to a February 2018 report on the coffee industry in Malaysia by Euromonitor International, the 2017 on-trade volume sales of coffee continued to increase. As urban and young consumers became more knowledgeable about speciality coffee, they are more willing to patronise on-trade channels such as chained cafés and specialist coffee shops to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee. Looking forward, coffee is set to record a higher volume compound annual growth rate (CAGR) than the performance seen in 2017. More players are anticipated to launch unique and premium flavours targeting different consumer segments, such as millennials and middle to high-income consumers, who demand better quality brews due to their increasing exposure to speciality coffee such as the double espresso.

Café Malaysia 2019 will concurrently take place with the inaugural Malaysia Food Truck Congress. It will be presented on Saturday, 19 January 2019 as a business platform for key decision-makers and industry players to keep abreast of new technological improvements in the Food Truck F&B sectors, as well as to examine the latest developments and market trends. Delegates at the congress will be presented with the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and to expand their professional and business networks. Topics covered at the congress will include wholesale purchasing, marketing, licensing, food truck safety, and the fast-changing regulations of the industry.

Another concurrent event, the second edition of the Food Truck Show, will serve as a comprehensive educational platform to discuss essential key topics pertaining to the local food truck scene such as planning, permitting, truck fabrication, food safety, production, and ideas. Industry and business professionals will also be present to exchange ideas and knowledge.

In the recent decades, modern-style food trucks have become the preference for most food lovers around the world. Hyped by the millennials and Gen Y, the fast-growing trend of food truck has become a phenomenon here in Malaysia and the Food Truck industry has grown in visibility over the past few years. In February 2018, the industry learnt that the Government had geared up to issue around 1,000 licences to operators by the end of that year. Today, there are more than 1,000 food trucks across the country serving the increasing appetite for the popular mobile food culture.

The Cafe Malaysia series is organised by CEMS Conference & Exhibition (M) Sdn Bhd, and is hosted by the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) and the Café Owners Alliance Malaysia. MSCA is a member of the ASEAN Coffee Federation (ACF). The show is also endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).


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Exhibition and business meeting event providing the latest information to supermarkets and the food distribution industry
Jan 18, 2019

The National Supermarket Association of Japan [Head Office: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, President: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)] will hold the 53rd SUPERMARKET TRADE SHOW 2019 from February 13 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), 2019, in Makuhari Messe. The event provides a venue to disseminate the latest information on supermarkets and the distribution industry.

With the environment surrounding supermarkets in a state of constant change, a diverse range of issue has drawn attention. Reaching the 53rd time of the holding Supermarket Trade Show has continued to play a key role in finding solutions to such varied issues. Setting "SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan" as the main theme, we hope the tradeshow will contribute to the building of abundant regional communities in Japan through the efforts of the exhibitors and visitors from throughout the country.
With 2,134 companies and organizations exhibiting with 3,547 booths (as of November 1, 2018) the tradeshow is expected to surpass the previous year in scale. This year, 1,526 Japanese regional product manufacturers more than last year will exhibit thanks to the coordination of municipalities and local financial institutions from across Japan. A total of 74 overseas companies from 18 countries are participating with 155 booths introduces a wide selection of products from various countries.

As the organizer’s project, two new attractions will be introduced. In the movement of promoting an international standard- HACCP,“Food Safety and Sanitation”zone is established to aim at disseminating information on safety and safety of food supermarkets. At “Overseas foods to Japanese table”zone, several recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products will be suggested to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Continuing from last year, organizer’s project “Future Store “NOW” –Study of Continuing Future Supermarket”-will be held.

The results and solution of information gathering and research according to the theme of last year will be shown. At the theme zone “Handmade in Japan” displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan, local producers focusing on “Japan Quality” will exhibit in this zone. Japanese wines, whose display standard had been changed in October, 2018, are newly added to existing brewers- Japanese sake, shochu and craft beer. We look forward to your visit at Supermarket Trade Show 2019.

◆Name:The 53rd Supermarket Trade Show 2019
◆Date:February 13(Wed.), 14(Thu.), 15(Fri.), 2019
10:00a.m.–5:00p.m. Closes at 4:00p.m. on the last day
◆Venue:Makuhari Messe
◆Theme:"SOU NIPPON – Creation Japan"
◆Organizer:National Supermarket Association of Japan
◆Official website:
◆Official Support: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries / Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare / The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Agricultural Trade Office, The Embassy of the United States of America / Embassy of Italy Trade Promotion Section / Embassy of Canada / Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Spain / Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy / the Royal Danish Embassy / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / French Embassy - Business France Japan Office / Embassy of Belgium / POLISM INVESTMENT & TRADE AGENCY TOKYO OFFICE / Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo / Economic Division, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa / Trade Commission of Mexico in Japan / Taiwan Trade Center, Tokyo / Food Marketing Institute Japan

Organizer’s Project
Food Safety and Sanitation (Hall 3)
This is a corner aimed at disseminating information on food safety of food supermarkets as food-related companies will introduce HACCP two years later.

Overseas foods to Japanese table (Hall 8)
There are many opportunities for overseas products especially which are still unfamiliar in Japan. We present several easy recipes using unfamiliar overseas food products in order to create additional demands from retailers who are looking for new items. Cooking demonstration and free food sampling will be available.

Handmade in Japan- Theme zone displaying alcoholic beverages made in Japan (Hall 1)
We will introduce the "techniques" and "sentiments" of the creators who prioritize local regions and focus on quality that respect the traditions of Japan. We propose newly adding "Japanese wines and fruit wines" to existing brewers (craft beer, sake, shochu).

New product pickup exhibition (focused on Japanese Regional Product) (Hal 9-11, Esplanade)
We will exhibit new products that will be displayed in the "SMTS 2019 Japanese Regional Product Zone" for each product category rather than by region, and this will be used as a tool for visitors to efficiently explore the halls.

Future Store “NOW” - the continuous near future supermarket research (Hall 2)
The continuous near future supermarket research gives you ideas and possible solutions toward social environment changes such as aging population with declining birthdate, decrease in population and labor shortage. Supermarkets can be one of the essential elements for vitality life and urban development support in near future.


A press conference for Supermarket Trade Show 2019 was held in South East Asia (Vietnam and Taiwan). In order to promote the show and entice visitors, media related to food industry and local retailers were invited. Collected local retailer surveys will be utilized to broaden overseas sales channels for Japanese products in the future. (Outsourced to The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS) )

This program broadens Japanese exhibitors’ possibilities to expand sales channels not only in Japan but also in overseas countries. Overseas buyers such as importers, retailers and restaurateurs from South East Asia are invited, and business matching meetings and consultation will be held based on pre-registration.

This is especially optimized for overseas buyers. It will surely help the buyers to find the desired producers and they will find exactly what they are looking for.

Business Matching @FTJ2019 [Hall 9]
Business matching meeting with distribution buyers will be held.
Feb.13 (Wed.) ~Feb. 15(Fri.) Pre-registration is required.
The organizer: National Supermarket Association of Japan and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Stage Programs [Hall 8 Seminar Stage]
Feb.13 (Wed.)
10:10a.m.~11:20a.m. <SMTS Speaks>
Title: Impermanence in the field of distribution
Speaker: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (Chairman of National Supermarket Association of Japan / CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)

* Other specialized lectures, panel-discussion and etc. will be organized during the 3 days.
* Free attendance
* Pre-registration is not necessary. Please come to the venue directly.
* Capacity: about 250

* Each seminar will be provided with real time subtitles in English by using speech recognition technology "UD Talk". UD Talk is a communication support and conversation visualization application.

By installing the free application UD Talk on your smartphone, you can view subtitles in nearly 30 languages other than English.

About Organizer
National Supermarket Association of Japan
Sakurai Bldg.4F, 3-19-8 Uchi-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0047
Tel:+81-3-3255-4825  Fax:+81-3-3255-4826
Foundation: 1958 (Became an Incorporated Association in 1963. Renamed from Japan Self Service Association to New Supermarket Association of Japan in Sep. 2010. Renamed again to the present association name in Sep. 2018)
Chairman: Kiyoshi Yokoyama (CEO of ARCS COMPANY, LIMITED)
Members: 313 regular members, 940 supporting members (as of Oct. 2018)
Contents of Business Operation: Conducting surveys, research, educational training and qualifying examination, issuing publications, organizing exhibitions, business matching project and etc. all concerning supermarkets.

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StocExpo Europe 2019 Conference Unveiled
Jan 18, 2019

StocExpo Europe 2019 returns to the Ahoy in Rotterdam on 26-28 March, bringing with it the highly-anticipated and CPD-certified conference programme, which will be hosted on the show floor for the very first time. This allows for even greater access to in-depth sessions, presentations and debates delivered by over 30 industry thought leaders, such as Matthew Hudson from Shell and motivational speaker, Steven Van Belleghem. The conference will enable terminals, traders, oil majors and investors to learn from one another, share best practice and benefit from a range of networking opportunities.

CEOs, Terminal Managers and Analysts have been lined up from companies such as Shell, Alpha Terminals and LBC Tank Terminals to speak at the conference.

The first day of the conference will focus on current market trends, regulatory analysis and global market outlooks. Following opening remarks from the chair, Andy Inglis, Principal at Nexant, Energy and Chemicals Advisory and Jean-Baptiste, CEO at 2PR Consulting, will speak separately about how different market trends will impact on future demands for tank storage. A session on the impact of IMO2020 on global crude oil will be presented by Cüneyt Kazokoglu, Director of Long-Term Oil Service and Head of Oil Demand at FGE, while Mark Williams, Managing Director at Shipping Strategy, is also due to advise on IMO2020 later in the afternoon.

Mike van Croonenburg, Director at Alpha Terminals, will speak about industry growth strategies in today’s challenging and competitive market conditions.

Critical industry topics, such as IMO2020, the tank storage market in Germany, rail-based supply chain solutions for bulk liquid logistics in Europe and protecting storage tank installations in conflict zones, will be discussed by representatives from AWBP, UTV (the German Tank Storage Organisation), DB Cargo BTT and Swiss Fire, respectively.

Day two of the StocExpo Europe conference is dedicated to discussions surrounding ‘The Terminal of Tomorrow’. This begins with a highly-anticipated keynote session from motivational speaker, Steven Van Belleghem, thought leader on customer relationships and digital marketing. The session will focus on how to win customers in a world of AI, robots and automation.

A panel discussion featuring Shell’s Terminal Manager, Matthew Hudson, and leading experts from Siemens, Vortexa and Port of Rotterdam will then follow in the afternoon and cover how to future-proof the tank storage sector. Ilya Tillekens and Marcel Jutte of Hudson Cybertec are due to discuss securing tank terminals against cyber security threats, while advice on how to transform a port’s operational environment through digital strategies will be presented by Ronald Backers, Business Intelligence from the Port of Rotterdam. Wilfried Kleiser, Senior Project Manager at Siemens, will follow this with a session on how IoT can be used to improve efficiency at the terminal.

Late night networking will follow the end of the speaker programme on day two of StocExpo Europe’s 15th year anniversary.

Day three will give attendees the opportunity to learn from international markets. Peter Davidson, Executive Director at the UK Tank Storage Association and Andy Stanley, Director at RAS, will start the day off by talking about safety leadership in tank storage. Kathryn Clay, President at the ILTA, and Jeff Dewar, Senior Vice President at LBC Tank Terminals, will then each present informative sessions on the booming tank storage market in the US.

In the afternoon on day three, Fabio Kuhn, CEO at Vortexa, will speak about the impact of new data and marketing intelligence for the storage industry, followed by presentations by representatives from Keller, Eddyfi, Brainum and Newson Gale. These include sessions on securing exploitation conditions with safe tank foundations, increasing an asset’s life cycle though an improved non-intrusive inspection (NII) programme, and understanding why static electricity is an ignition source of combustible atmospheres.

Numerous networking opportunities will be interspersed throughout the conference, putting visitors in front of key decision makers, thought leaders and global innovators.

Attendees of the StocExpo Europe 2019 conference will also have plenty of opportunities to visit the exhibition where over 200 suppliers from across the globe will be showing their latest innovations under one roof. In addition, the Innovation in Storage programme will be hosted on the show floor, providing insightful and free content for all visitors.

The full details of the conference programme can be found online on the StocExpo Europe website:

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Aquaculture and Livestock Taiwan Expo 2019 highlights "precision" business
Jan 16, 2019

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A 3-day Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2019 will be organised by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. The tradeshow will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1. UBM is now recruiting vendors from around the world to showcase intelligent, eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable technologies to help optimise and enable better decisions for aquaculture and livestock business. Stressing on the new niche market in the industries, UBM targets 350 participated exhibitors to provide diverse aquatic and husbandry farming solutions.

Featuring technology-based and advanced legacy industrial applications, Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum is the one-of-a-kind trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region and a one-stop international B2B trading platform. The dual show has accumulated more than 30,000 professional buyers and approximately USD 35 million transactions. "The 2018 edition recruited a massive of automation manufacturing companies which had attracted over 14,000 visitors hailing from 34 countries to the show. This year, we aim to boost smart farming devices to accelerate Asia-Pacific reconversion in the fields of aquaculture and livestock and further the trends of precision agriculture," remarked Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan.

According to Hexa Research's report, precision farming technologies is forecast to reach $43.4 billion by 2024. "We expect to increase stakeholders' awareness of technology adoption. Therefore, it is a significant stage for us to connect with suppliers of smart system for aquaculture and automation in livestock farming." UBM Asia Ltd. has a remarkable reputation for organising aquaculture and livestock expo. The series expo has expanded from Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and now Taiwan. It can be observed that UBM is eying for eastern Asian market and takes Taiwan as a superior hub to connect with nearby countries. In addition, Taiwan's renowned biotechnology, ICT and IoT is also expected to play an important role in industries.

Several key pavilions are being planned at Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan 2019, such as genetics and breeds, circular economy, animal healthcare, smart farming management and more. Co-located with Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum, the dual show will be launched at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. Companies that have confirmed participation are SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, InterHeat, JK Lighting, Hunan Green Solutions, Nabel, IDAH, Bühler. A total of 1,300 square meters had been reserved. For more exhibitor information, please contact Ms. Sophia Lu (TEL: +886-2-2738-3898).

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AIME Partners with Guide Dogs Victoria, World-first industry sensory experience at 2019 event
Jan 15, 2019

15 January 2019: Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), the leading meetings and conventions event in the Asia Pacific region, has announced an innovative partnership with Australia’s most-trusted charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV), to launch a pop-up sensory experience workshop.

In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning program, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s refreshed Knowledge Program, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

Participants can expect an immersive experience designed to offer them the opportunity to kick-start AIME by challenging their own limits, overcoming boundaries, and discovering their hidden potential – all while being led through tasks in complete darkness by facilitators who are blind and vision impaired.

“The Knowledge Program is all about community, diversity, innovation and inclusivity, and we’re thrilled to partner with GDV. Between us, we can highlight the extraordinary ability rather than the disability within this community and how we can learn from them.”

“Inclusivity and accessibility must always remain top of mind in the meetings and events industry, across employment considerations and for those attending the event. By working closely with GDV, we are able to demonstrate how straightforward it is to be inclusive for the visually impaired – and not just talk about it,” said Matt Pearce, Director, Talk2 Media & Events.

Founded by social entrepreneur Andreas Heinecke in Hamburg in 1988, Dialogue in the Dark has been experienced by more than 10 million visitors across 39 countries and employed upwards of 10,000 people with blindness or partial blindness.

“It’s extremely rewarding seeing people’s reactions after they experience Dialogue in the Dark for the first time. Through this encounter, they often find a new appreciation of the unique skills of people with a disability, and they challenge their own personal perceptions and values. To be able to run an industry-first experience at an event founded on connections and community is really special,” said Charlie Spendlove, GM Marketing and Communications, Guide Dogs Victoria.

Dialogue in the Dark will be held exclusively for participants at AIME 2019, running across four sessions throughout the Knowledge Program on Monday 18 February.

Running from 18 to 20 February, AIME is the first event to kick off the 2019 MICE calendar and will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more details on Dialogue in the Dark, visit, or to submit interest in attending AIME in 2019, visit


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Strong industry support for SILMO Bangkok 2019, ASEAN’s business platform for the optical and eyewear industry
Jan 15, 2019

SILMO Bangkok is returning for the second edition in 2019, to bring a more comprehensive platform to the optical and eyewear industry. The first edition in 2018, SILMO Bangkok welcomed 3,750 local and international trade visitors from 42 countries. SILMO Bangkok has proven to be the trade platform for the optical community in the ASEAN region.

Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., said “We aim to organize SILMO Bangkok as an annual event in response to the rapid change in fashion trends. This is an opportunity where optical and eyewear industry movers and shakers can explore the latest eyewear collections from various brands; get updated on industry trends; as well as seek new business partnerships. SILMO Bangkok 2019, with the theme, ‘Business Meets Fashion’, will be showcasing over 250 eyewear brands; optical lenses; optometric instruments; equipment and machinery; optical equipment; as well as product and services to operate optical shops and chain stores.”

SILMO Bangkok 2019 will be bringing together more than 4,000 industry players from Thailand, ASEAN+6 and beyond, via a whole host of exciting activities, including:

• SILMO Fashion Show – featuring the latest eyewear collections from global companies and brands;
• The Village - A showcase of boutique designs by designers from around the world;
• SILMO Academy - A knowledge platform where experts from the optical industry will share their expertise;
• SILMO Arena - Learning hub of marketing and sales strategy tailored for optical retailers. Highlights include brand management in the digital era, integrated marketing strategies, visual merchandising; and
• SILMO Cruise Night - The premier networking event of the year, where exhibitors have the opportunity to connect with key dealers and distributors across the region.

SILMO Bangkok 2019 takes place from 5 to 7 June 2019, at IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please visit

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ICCROM Africa Expert Meeting for Cultural Heritage Conservation concluded at the Egyptian Academy in Rome
Jan 14, 2019

New Africa programme to focus on youth and its engagement with heritage

Connect and inspire African youth with the possibilities of their rich heritage. Use digital technologies, including social media, to promote heritage awareness and support creative industries. Engage heritage as an economic asset, to address poverty and unemployment among young people. These are just some of the potential directions discussed during ICCROM’s Africa Expert Meeting for Cultural Heritage Conservation, held at the Egyptian Academy in Rome from 9 – 11 January 2019.

Fifteen professionals from 15 institutions met to discuss how best to design an impactful programme to support youth and its engagement in heritage in the African region. The Africa Expert Meeting took inspiration from the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly from the development goals for sustainable cities and communities, gender equality, decent work and economic growth. Also invoked was the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want,” which is committed to realizing Africa’s full potential in development, culture and peace.

The event was launched on Wednesday 9 January in the presence of HE Mr Hisham Badr, Egyptian Ambassador to Italy, HE Mr Hassan Abouyoub, Moroccan Ambassador to Italy, Mr Giovanni Panebianco, Secretary-General of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MIBAC), and Dr Gihane Zaki, Director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome, together with Dr Webber Ndoro, Director-General of ICCROM.

“Africa has the youngest population of any continent,” said Dr Ndoro, ICCROM’s Director-General. “Heritage can be for youth a source of livelihood, identity, and a stimulus for development. The input of youth needs to be clear for what our heritage is and how to take it forward.”

Noting Egypt’s upcoming presidency of the African Union in 2019, Egyptian Ambassador Hisham Badr commented: “This meeting focuses on two important elements: culture – with all its meanings, values, messages – and youth.” He added, “Culture is a mainstay. Egypt is a nation that’s proud of its culture. In all its international relationships, in its sustainability initiatives, culture is the key.”

“We must consider the needs and special skills of youth,” underlined Giovanni Panebianco, Secretary-General of the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry MIBAC. “Heritage conservation offers real opportunities to build a better future for Africa. Italy is aware of its role with respect to Africa, and is actively pursuing scientific and cultural cooperation in the aim of overall sustainable development on the continent.”

“It’s time to invest in young Africans,” said Dr Gihane Zaki, Director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome. “How can we put young people forward, help them take responsibility for their heritage, with enthusiasm, energy, generosity and passion?” Dr Zaki stressed Egypt's keenness to support young people in the African continent. “I am confident that ICCROM will play a strategic role in implementing new, fresh and innovative ideas to engage young people. It’s important also to remember and appreciate women’s pivotal role in African societies."

The three-day discussions led to definition of broad directions for a future Africa programme that aims to make African heritage attractive to young people on the continent, improving their involvement in the stewardship of heritage to ensure inclusive economic and social benefits to all generations. The proposed Africa programme includes the following objectives:

1) Sustain economic and social development through innovation and engagement of youth and women in heritage.
2) Increase engagement and interest of youth and women in heritage through the adoption of a people-centred approach in conservation.
3) Strengthen institutions as dynamic, innovative, reliable and attractive resources for communities, government and the private sector.

These objectives were presented at the event’s closing ceremony on Friday 11 January, attended Mr Giorgio Marrapodi, Director-General of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), and Mr Cléophas Adrien Dioma, Director and co-founder of the Ottobre Africano festival and representative of the African Diaspora in Rome.

“This programme is about making heritage cool through innovative ways, and making African heritage accessible to African youth and women,” said Benis Nchang of Better Life Initiative, Cameroon and Alyssa K Barry of Senegal, young professional representatives to the meeting. “It’s about making youth proud of our African cultural heritage, and encouraging them to contribute to its conservation.”

For his part, Dr Ndoro thanked all the meeting participants for their contributions to the discussion, as well as the ambassadors and institutional representatives present. He extended particular thanks to the Egyptian Academy in Rome for hosting the event, and called on all ICCROM’s partner institutions and Member States, both in Africa and worldwide, to support this new initiative.

“It’s time to unlock the potential of heritage to provide a better life and livelihood to communities in Africa,” said Dr Ndoro. “Heritage is about now, about what is happening today. Youth must see the opportunities in heritage.”

Member States represented: Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe.
The Africa Expert Meeting was held at the Egyptian Academy in Rome, by gracious invitation of its Director, Dr Gihane Zaki, also an ICCROM Council Member. The Egyptian Academy is the only fine arts academy in Rome that represents both Africa and the Arab States, and thus is a committed stakeholder in a successful Africa strategy at ICCROM.

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage worldwide. It works with 136 Member States to ensure the best tools, knowledge, skills and enabling environment to preserve cultural heritage in all its forms, for the benefit of all people.

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