2004 Japan Tech Week Sets New Record

13 Dec 2004 8:37 PM | Anonymous



Research Triangle Park, N.C.- A 24-member Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) delegation, led by current president Greg Potter of Chief Automotive Systems, met with Honda, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota from December 6-9 in Japan. This marked the 17th annual ETI Japan Tech Week co-sponsored by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

With information gained at the technical exchanges, ETI member companies will be able to develop tools and equipment to properly service 2005 Japanese-branded vehicles sold in the United States. This year the meeting attracted a record number of ETI participants, up 60 percent from the last time the event was held in Japan in 2002.

“Japan Tech Week is part of a continuing effort to encourage technical information exchange and cooperation in the vehicle-related industry worldwide” said Charlie Gorman, executive manager of ETI. “We wish to express our gratitude to the Japanese OEMs for their hospitality and time.”

The briefings, held at Mazda, Honda and JAMA facilities in Hiroshima, Motegi and Tokyo respectively, provided ETI members with the opportunity to review 2005 vehicle models and ensure that new tool and diagnostic services would meet OEM service requirements. This year ETI members were able to select the topics for presentation and request detailed explanations on specific questions.

 “These exchanges are important to both JAMA and ETI. They are the cornerstone in our continuing efforts to increase cooperation and information between the two organizations,” said Toshihiro Iwatake, senior director general of JAMA’s International Department. “We were delighted that so many ETI members were able to participate. It shows that their companies are continuing to gain valuable insights and information, which in the end, benefit American car owners through quality service of their vehicles.”

In 2005, Japan Tech Week will be held in California. This will be part of the new schedule of alternating the meeting place between Japan and the United States every other year.

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