Forty European companies from the Railway Technologies & Services Sector have been chosen to join a Business Mission with the EU Gateway | Business Avenues programme. FinnProfiles, a producer of demanding sealing solutions for the railway sector, is the only Finnish company joining the programme.
The EU-funded EU Gateway | Business Avenues is a programme helping European companies gain a foothold in Asia. Created in 1990, the programme has since become a leading business platform establishing partnerships between European and Asian firms in especially in Japan.
“We are specialized in the design and manufacturing of sealing solutions for the railway industry,” says FinnProfiles Export Manager Jarno Halme. “Participation in the programme is a great and more than welcome opportunity for us.”
FinnProfiles was chosen from among hundreds of candidates. According to Halme, EU Gateway will cover most of the expenses of taking part in the programme.
“Experts in the programme believe that our sealing solutions may have what it takes to break through in the Japanese market. We believe so as well, and I’m confident that taking part in this programme will make us much wiser when it comes to doing business in Japan.”
“The programme is an excellent way for us to get to know the railway sector in Japan”.
Trade Fair And Matchmaking in Japan
The programme will culminate in an export promotion trip, whereby all forty companies chosen from the Railway Technologies & Services Sector will take part in the Mass-Trans Innovation Japan 2017 trade event held in Tokyo between 29 November and 1 December.
EU Gateway will organize the trip, provide coaching on Japan’s market and Japanese culture, help organize meetings with local businesses, and assist in everyday matters.
“All in all, the programme is an excellent way for us to get to know the railway sector in Japan,” says Halme.
Between 2008 and 2014, more than 1,500 European companies have benefited from the services offered by EU Gateway. During those years, the programme has set up more than 22,000 individual meetings between European and Asian companies.