The exhibition will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) from 1st November to Tuesday, 6th November 2018.
As is customary the organisers of Japan’s machine tool exhibition JIMTOF link the exhibition to an appropriate theme in the engineering field. The theme for JIMTOF2018 will be Connect. Currently, the public and private sectors are proactively deploying various measures to realise “Connected Industries” in which new value is created through different kinds of connections. With this in mind, JIMTOF2018 will be held under the theme of “Connect” and will be providing various initiatives.
With this in mind the organisers are focusing on six main features for JIMTOF2018. They include:
• Connecting cutting-edge technology with the visitors – Enhance the appeal as an international technology trade show
• Connecting the visitors with the exhibitors – Strengthen support for business meetings
• Connecting the technology experience with the visitors – Attractive joint programmes and special exhibits
• Connecting Japan with the world – Strengthen efforts to attract overseas exhibitors and visitors
• Connecting students with the future – Develop projects to secure and foster talent
• Connecting people with a comfortable space – Provide high-quality services to visitors
As a global leader in machine tool design and construction, Japan plays a key role in developing and promoting new metalworking technology. The Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) packs a lot of product introductions and educational events into a compact, intense event at Tokyo’s eye-catching Big Sight exhibition center.
A specialised machine tools exhibition, JIMTOF has been held biennially since 1962 making JIMTOF 2018 the 29th edition of the exhibition. Products on display include machine tools (metal cutting and metal-forming), machine tool accessories, high speed steel tools, cemented carbide tools, diamond and CBN tools, grinding wheels and abrasives, gears and gear devices, oil and water hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, precision measuring machines and instruments, optical measuring instruments, testing machinery as well as CNC controls and related CAD/CAM software.
JIMTOF is known as the exhibition at which the latest information of various fields of manufacturing becomes readily available. By likening JIMTOF to a tree that keeps growing over many months and years, the key visual depicts the fair as an ever expanding platform that continues to showcase and present to the world the most cutting-edge technology.
As a global leader in machine tool design and construction, Japan plays a key role in developing and promoting new metalworking technology. The OEMs in this field are well-known worldwide. Names such as Amada, Okuma, Mori Seiki (now DMG MORI), Makino, Toyoda, Mazak, Hitachi, Citizen, Toshiba, Mitutoyo, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Yaskawa, Kitagawa, Matsuura, Fanuc, Nikon and Nakamura spring to mind.
Because machine tools and related products and equipment form the basis of all industry, JIMTOF has developed into one of the world’s foremost machine tool exhibitions.
JIMTOF has historically attracted a large amount of attention from Japan and overseas due to its status as a mirror that reflects the technological level of the industrial nation of Japan.
Reaffirming its role as an embodiment of the tradition of machine tool technology in Japan and as a showcase for state-of-the-art technologies that will reshape the production floors of the future, the tradeshow’s organisers are approaching this year’s event with renewed vigour to promote the importance of manufacturing.
As an exhibition that introduces state-of-the-art machine tools earlier than any other exhibitions in its industry, JIMTOF is recognised on the same level as EMO in Europe, IMTS in America, and CIMT in China.
JIMTOF 2018 is one of the largest machine tool exhibitions in Asia and is organised by the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association and Tokyo Big Sight Inc. This year it will be held at the usual venue – Tokyo Big Sight exhibition grounds – from the 1st November to 6th November 2018.
On display will be the latest technology and equipment from Amada, DMG MORI, Okuma, Kanzaki, Nakamura-Tome, Hamai, Mitsui Seiki Kogyo, OKK, Yamazaki, Yasda, JTekt Corporation, Makino, Toyoda, Mazak, Hitachi, Citizen, Toshiba, Mitutoyo, Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Yaskawa, Kitagawa, Matsuura, Nikon, Sodick, Kitamura, Brother, Citizen, Enshu, Fuji Machines, Howa, Ikegai, Koike, Murata, Takisawa, Tsugami and Yasda – all machine manufacturers that are Japanese owned.
All the big names in tooling and metrology will have stands including Sandvik Coromant, Iscar, TaeguTec, Mitsubishi Materials, Hexagon, Kyocera, Tungaloy, Walter, Kennametal, Zeiss and Renishaw.
In recent years over 100 000 visitors have attended JIMTOF.
838 exhibitors from Japan and around the world have confirmed exhibition space for this year’s JIMTOF. Compared to JIMTOF 2016 this means that 73 more exhibitors are participating. 140 international exhibitors will also participate.
What to expect – Rugby World Cup 2019
Research shows that around 80% of exhibitors chose JIMTOF to launch new products and technology. With Tokyo Big Sight being expanded and retrofitted for more purposes, including an international media center for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, JIMTOF 2018 will be the biggest ever in size.
What to expect at JIMTOF 2018? Planners have focused on substantial new exhibition space to allow more international exhibitors and thereby giving it an extended international and global feel, the currency exchange rates make a visit more affordable even for South Africans, and more opportunities to sample Japanese culture and cuisine. Of course, the main draw again will be the promise of first-time introductions of technology that point to new directions in manufacturing concepts. Japan is definitely not just the land of samurai, sushi and the rising sun. It is much, much more. Besides if you think about it you can treat this trip as a planning exercise for Rugby World Cup 2019, which will be held in Japan.
JIMTOF 2018 is organised by the Japan Machine Tool Builders’ Association (JMTBA) and Tokyo Big Sight Inc. Supporting organisations include the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai: Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
JIMTOF is one of the most highly regarded international machine tool exhibitions that provides a vast array of new technologies as well as conferences talking about the innovative products showcased.
For further details visit www.jimtof.org/en