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  • Tokyo gears up for Photonix Expo

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2012
TOKYO – Photonics industry members from around the world will converge on Tokyo Big Sight conference center April 11-13 for the Photonix Expo & Conference. The show will be held concurrently with the 22nd FINETECH Japan, a flat panel display exhibition and conference; FilmTech Japan, an expo on film technology; and Plastic Japan, which focuses on the raw materials for plastics and plastics-related technologies.

Photonix 2012 is a comprehensive event for the photonics and optics industry, combining the 12th FOE (Fiber Optics Expo), Asia’s largest optical communications show, the fifth Optics & Sensing Technology Expo, the fifth Laser & Applications Expo, and the second MEDIX (Medical & Bio Photonics Expo), which covers the hottest applications in the industry.

This year’s Photonix Expo & Conference will be held in April at Tokyo Big Sight conference center, concurrently with FINETECH Japan, FilmTech Japan and Plastic Japan.

This year’s conference organizers expect 500 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees to participate, with likely exhibitors including the following: Edmund Optics, Exfo, Fianium, Finisar, Fujifilm, Fujikura, GE Energy, Gigoptix, IPG Photonics, JDSU, Jenoptik, Newport, Ophir Electronics, Opnext, Spectra-Physics, Trumpf, Yenista Optics and more.

Attendees come from various corners of the photonics manufacturing world, from electronics, automotive, semiconductors, optical instruments and components to medical and industrial devices. Visitors from telecom include carriers and system manufacturers, and many universities and institutes send engineers and researchers as well.

FOE will cover optical communication systems and equipment, including long-distance network systems, data center solutions, metro communication systems, home office networks, fiber-to-the-home systems, optical systems for factory automation, passive optical network systems, in-vehicle optical networks and more. It also will include transmission equipment such as synchronous digital hierarchy, synchronous optical networks, optical cross connects, wavelength division multiplexers, dense wavelength division multiplexers and media converters.

A large portion of the expo will involve devices and materials such as optical waveguides, attenuators, transceivers, isolators, connectors, amplifiers and interconnects; large-scale integrations; LN modulators; and splitters and couplers. Lenses and glass products at the show will include optical fibers, HUBs, ONUs, OLTs, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, ferrules, filters, optical PCBs and other devices and materials. Providers of optical measuring and inspection equipment also will be present, with products including optical spectrum analyzers, software, optical time-domain reflectometers, optical network analyzers and optical power meters.

The Laser & Applications Expo will feature laser processing machines for marking, cutting, drilling, welding, tempering, cladding and more; light sources; low-power lasers; laser measurement instruments; components; and laser safety products.

The Optics & Sensing Technology Expo will present optical components and lenses; glass, plastic, ceramic, silicon and other materials; processing technologies; software and design tools; and optical sensors and optical metrology instruments.

The Medical & Bio Photonics Expo will include light sources; image processing devices and technologies; mechanical components and materials; and related technologies.

The show is organized by Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd. For more information, contact Mitsuru Takazawa, Kyoko Nagakusa or Hajime Suzuki of Reed Exhibitions Japan by phone at +81 3 3349 8549, by fax at +81 3 3349 4933, or by email at

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