The "International Space Industry Exhibition (ISIEX)", organized exclusively for the space business, is one of the largest industrial exhibitions in Japan held on an annual basis, and bringing together businesses specializing in space development products, lunar surface development, rocket development, satellite utilization, and other ground-related services.
Coordinated by the Space.Japan Helpdesk, the virtual mission represented seven selected EU SMEs: Super Garden, GReD, Sidereus Space Dynamics, Peak Technology, Iguassu Space Systems, Rokubun, and Cailabs. These companies had access to B2B matchmaking at the trade fair, and opportunities to create new connections and strengthen existing ones, thanks to the representation offered by the EU-Japan Centre.
In addition to the fair, the event taking place from 1 to 3 February 2023 at Tokyo Big Sight South Hall also featured several presentations, such as the one of JAXA's director, Mr. Kazuyoshi Kawasaki, who was a keynote speaker. He addressed the topic of "Future Perspectives of JAXA's Space Development".
The total number of visitors during the three days of the exhibition (including concurrent exhibitions in the same Hall) was 17,795. The booth of the Centre (Space.Japan) was quite frequented by the attendees, allowing the EU companies to showcase their expertise and projects to the Japanese market with the aim of forming technological and industrial partnerships. Overall, ISIEX 2023 has been a successful event for the Space. Japan Helpdesk, and the represented EU companies, which recognized the interests of the Japanese private space community towards overseas companies. With a significant number of attendees and booth visits, this trade fair can be evaluated as a unique platform for new collaborations and synergies in the space industry for EU ventures.