On December 6th, the exhibit of companies related to the construction of the ILC started on the 8th floor of Aiina in Morioka City. This exhibit includes domestic and overseas accelerated-related industries and civil engineering and construction companies. It is being held to coincide with the Linear Collider Workshop (LCWS) 2016, an international conference which started on December 5th. The exhibit is not limited to researchers and anyone is free to come see it. It will remain open until the 8th.
This exhibit is being held by the Tohoku ILC Preparation Office (headed by Iwate Prefectural University President Atsuto Suzuki) to spread awareness of Japanese accelerator-related industry and the technology held by businesses supporting that industry to particle physicists attending LCWS. Groups including AAA (the Advanced Accelerator Association Promoting Science and Technology), a cooperative group between academics, industry and government for attracting the ILC, the Tohoku Economic Federation Business Center, and the Iwate Industrial Promotion Center worked together to gather participating businesses.
12 businesses from within Iwate and 41 from outside the prefecture participated in the exhibit. From Oshu City, Chida Precision Products of Maesawa Ward and Sanai Seiki of Esashi Ward had booths at the exhibit, explaining their products to researchers from Japan and abroad during lunch and other conference breaks.
According to Office of Science and ILC Promotion Director Ikuo Kumagai, “We do want to appeal to researchers, but we also planned this exhibit so that businesses from Iwate and elsewhere could exchange information, and so this could become an opportunity for technical cooperation and collaboration in preparation for the ILC’s construction. We also want residents of Iwate to come and see the exhibit and be interested in the ILC which will be built with cutting-edge technologies.”
Entrance to the exhibit is free, and it is open from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be a panel exhibit only on the 8th.