This is my fifth year as a president of the Association of Powder Process Industry and Engineering, JAPAN (APPIE). I would like to thank all the members, related societies such as the Society of Powder Technology, Japan (SPTJ), affiliated companies, and the staff of APPIE for their continuous support.
We are pleased to report that our key event for 2019, POWTEX OSAKA 2019, was held from October 16-18, 2019, and was a great success with 10,847 visitors, an increase of 8.7% over the previous one, partly due to the effect of mutual admission with FABEX Kansai and FASE Kansai. We realized the high expectations of the industry for powder technology and the strong presence of APPIE in this industry. In addition, we are steadily making efforts to expand the activities of the association, and a record high 325 corporate members have registered by the end of FY2019.
FY2020 is the second year of the medium-term strategy made in 2019, and we are starting with the necessary modifications.
The Bio-Particle Process technical group was established, bringing the total number of technical groups to 21. We will continue to work on revitalizing the activities of the technical groups, which are an important pillar of APPIE, by providing appropriate advice to existing technical groups that are facing challenges in their activities.
We amended the Articles of Association to allow overseas corporations to participate as associate members with the approval of the Membership screening committee. We have taken a major step forward in our internationalization efforts, and we would like to accelerate our activities with the International Liaison Committee at the center.
Meanwhile, the global spread of COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 has forced us to refrain from various activities. As a result, most of the technical groups, committees, seminars and information exchange meetings have been cancelled or postponed, and it is still difficult to carry out sufficient activities at this time. POWTEX TOKYO 2020, a major event this year, is scheduled to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from November 18 to 20, but the outlook is likely to remain uncertain from the perspective of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
It is impossible to predict how long the effects of COVID-19 will last, but APPIE will take all possible measures to prevent infection and carry out its activities in accordance with the policies of the government or local governments. We will use web conferencing and other methods to ensure that we do not stop our activities for the time being. Please check the “Guidelines for COVID-19 Infection Prevention” posted on the APPIE’s website in a timely manner, revise and plan your activities, and implement them in accordance with the guidelines.
We are off to a difficult start in FY2020, but we hope that we can work together with you to get through this.