The Yonezawa Joint Committee on New Industry Creation was founded in 2012, as an organizational and business integration of the Yonezawa Automobile-Related Industry Revitalization Strategic Conference and Spirited Yonezawa Project for the purpose to generate vitality and innovation in local business through exploring and entering new industries as well as to revitalize Yonezawa: the city of manufacturing. We implemented the 3-year project to advance/transform into higher value-added industries from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015, we will provide assistance for growth of local industries (i.e. local companies) with more active cooperation with relevant organizations while continuing and expanding support for the pre-existing activities in a more tangible way.
“Open-Innovation” has been kicked into gear!
Yonezawa City needs to strengthen industrial competitiveness (e.g. technical/management/selling power) of potential companies and regions to be the key of the industries, in order to encourage industrial revitalization and job security. For this purpose, we lend intensive support to strengthen technical power and sales force. There are limitations to expand the scale of an industry by a single firm and we are driving for more multidimensional approaches. Which is; government and universities take lead role to develop new technologies and materials; then, technology transfer and commercialization are promoted for local companies; finally, powerful industries (i.e. a broad range of “manufacturing industries” based on the regionally unique materials and technologies) are formed to win a place in highly competitive market consisted of other regions including foreign countries.
“Open-Innovation” means development of innovative products and business models combining technologies and ideas gathered throughout Yonezawa. We conduct gathering and supply of information, studies and researches for each area (predetermined subjects of discussion), and move to commercialize them (including cooperative business associations, business unions, and industry-university joint researches).