Nagoya, Japan – Chubu Region is the strongest manufacturing region in Japan, and is the headquarters of many Japanese investors in the Philippines, especially in electronic devices, semiconductors, auto parts, and other related manufacturing sectors.

Electronic device and semiconductor companies in Chubu Region, in particular, continue to see the Philippines as an attractive location for manufacturing. Last 10 November 2021, the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Osaka (PTIC-Osaka), represented by Commercial Counsellor Emmanuel Ang,  participated in a trade fair and visited companies in Chubu Region to promote more Japanese investments into the Philippines.

PTIC-Osaka occupied both physical and online booths in the Messe Nagoya 2021. Messe Nagoya is the largest annual industrial trade fair in the Chubu Region, and was held last 10 – 13 November 2021. Its exhibitors include the Region’s leading manufacturers of electronic devices and semiconductors, auto parts, aerospace parts, metal machining and mold and die products, among others. PTIC-Osaka also visited and met with various Japanese companies who are currently operating factories, expanding investments, or are interested in investing in the Philippines. These companies included Ibiden Co., Ltd, which is currently expanding its IC package manufacturing facilities in the Philippines; Brother Industries Ltd., which currently employs more than 8,000 workers in the Philippines producing office printers; and Yokoisada Co. Ltd., which is expanding its face mask manufacturing operations in Clark Green City and other locations.

Many Japanese manufacturing companies also attended an investment promotion seminar held at the sidelines of the Messe Nagoya Trade Fair. During the seminar, Commercial Counsellor Ang discussed the advantages of the Philippines as a manufacturing location and addressed questions from potential investors.  The manufacturing companies in Chubu Region, especially those involved in electronic device and semiconductor manufacturing, expressed strong interest in business with the Philippines.

PTIC-Osaka believes that Messe Nagoya is an excellent event for investment promotion due to the Fair’s high concentration of Japanese manufacturers in the priority Philippine sectors of electronics and semiconductors and auto parts. PTIC-Osaka plans to also join the 2022 Messe Nagoya with a Philippine private sector delegation and to organize additional activities such as business matching and industrial/factory tours.

Date of Release: 23 November 2021