Meeting set on Knoxville trade with Japan

Developing business connections between companies in Knoxville and Kitakyushu, Japan  will be the focus of a meeting Thursday at the Knoxville Chamber.

A business delegation from Kitakyushu will be in town to meet with local businesses and government officials to talk about trade opportunities.

Any chamber member can attend, but the focus of the meeting will be on environmental- and energy-related business.

The meeting is at 9:30 a.m. at the Chamber office on Market Square. The event is free, but registration is requested. Go online here to register.

Specific areas to be discussed are:

— Environmental engineering firms

— Control and treatment of rainwater

— Energy-related technologies such as Smart-Grid

— New energy industry-related fields (solar power generation, wind power generation, etc.)

— Green Building industry-related fields (eco-houses, eco-building materials, energy-efficient building materials, etc.)

— Environmental recycling industry-related fields (recycling of building waste, etc.)

— Electric automobile & hybrid vehicle industry-related fields (high precision parts, electric automobile system-related matters, etc.)

— Power plant-related facilities (valve equipment, apparatus components, etc.)

The event is part of the Chattanooga Chamber’s Regional Industry Tie-up Program, which started in 2008. The Kitakyushu delegation will spend the first part of this week in Chattanooga before coming to Knoxville.

“We want to begin a dialogue between companies in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley with companies in the Kitakyushu region of Japan, for trade opportunities and technology development opportunities,” said Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber.

“We’d love it if there some sort of business or manufacturing play that would come out of this.”

The Kitakyushu delegation is scheduled to meet with several businesses and government agencies, including the city of Knoxville sustainability office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Analysis and Measurement Services Corp., EPRI and others.