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Japanese Visitors Impressed

Regionalmanagement Mittelhessen

A delegation from the Hamamatsu region of Japan visits optoelectronic companies in the hightech hub of Wetzlar.

Recently, a group of seven Japanese delegates from the Hamamatsu region visited member companies of the Wetzlar Network in central Hessen. Besides representatives from industry, particularly from the automotive sector, the group consisted of business and innovation promoters. The visit was organized by Regionalmanagement Mittelhessen in cooperation with Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI) and Wetzlar Network. Their representatives, Jens Ihle, Andreas Damrau and Ralf Niggemann, welcomed the guests together with Amin Moawad from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the Lahn-Dill region and Rainer Dietrich from the business development agency of the city of Wetzlar.

The initial contact had been established between Regionalmanagement Mittelhessen and Japan’s Chamber of Foreign Trade during this year’s foreign trade meeting of Hessen’s Chambers of Industry and Commerce. The delegates were now visiting central Hessen to discuss potential cooperation and to gain a first-hand impression of the area. A total of four companies were on their agenda: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Sensitec, Viaoptic and Leica Camera.

At Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Jürgen Roos facilitated a presentation in the demo center of the 3D metrology business unit and in the production department. Here, the group were shown the world’s most precise measuring machine, the Leitz Infinity, and also a new production hall that is considered to be one of the best air-conditioned production halls worldwide. At Sensitec in Lahnau, Peter Radde introduced the delegates to the company’s product range. Sensitec designs and produces magnetoresistive sensor technology for the automotive sector, factory automation and the machine tool industry, aerospace and bio- and medical technology.

On their visit to lens manufacturer Viaoptic in the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Michael Dittert led the delegates from the Far East on a tour round the production facilities, where more than 160 different materials are used to make plastic lenses and mechanical applications, such as 3D displays, lenses for medical technology and head-up displays for the automobile industry. “We take an individual and innovative approach to fulfilling our customers’ wishes,” said Dittert, describing Viaoptic‘s corporate philosophy. Finally, Ralf Niggemann guided the visitors through the gallery of Leica Camera AG – taking them from the historic milestones of camera technology to the latest product highlights of the brand with the red dot.

“All in all, the visit to the high-tech Wetzlar region was a definite success,” Ralf Niggemann, Manager of Wetzlar Network, summed up. “And it was agreed that it should not be the last meeting.” One of the ideas discussed was a visit of the Japanese to Wetzlar’s optoelectronics fair W3+ FAIR next year, said Niggemann. “Our Japanese guests were evidently impressed by the potential and history of the region’s optic, mechanical and electronic core competences,” concluded Jens Ihle. “Before the visit, Michihiko Aoyama from the Hamamatsu Agency for Innovation had not seen central Hessen as a cooperation partner.” Even though the sectors and structures of the two regions complement each other well, as Ihle stressed. “We and our partners from Wetzlar Network intend to stay on the ball here and explore opportunities for future cooperation.”


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