This week, MARPA is in Japan at the 2013 Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo (ASET 2013). MARPA has an exhibit booth featuring information about the PMA marketplace and about our membership.
MARPA is not alone! Both Heico and Jet Parts Engineering sent staff to participate in the PMA panel during the conference. The panel featured two hours of presentations about PMA and questions and answers about PMA. It was attended by over a hundred aerospace professionals interested in learning more abut PMA.
In addition, though, several of our members sent literature to the conference, and MARPA has been handing their information to interested conference attendees. Those members were:
- Measure Tech
- K&S Enterprises
So far, we’ve seen a lot of interest from Japanese manufacturing companies in partnering with PMA companies from the United States, so the literature from member companies has been very helpful in educating the Japanese marketplace about potential US partners.
Many Japanese companies seem able to bring novel production technologies and novel solutions to the table as potential partners/suppliers. But that has not been the sole focus of this trip. We also had an opportunity to spend time with representatives from both ANA and JAL during our trip. Both air carriers remain keenly interested in the potential posed by PMA.
We were fortunate to be invited to deliver training sessions to both ANA Trading and ANA’s Materials Management Department. Both organizations were very gracious hosts. PMA was an important topic in each of those training sessions, and there were lots of insightful questions.