Advanced manufacturing sector in Japan

The UK has a strong and well-deserved reputation for excellence and reliability which plays well with customers in this sector. Opportunities exist if you can deliver on quality, reliability and cost.

Market overview

As a country that suffers from typically high domestic production costs and a strong currency, we are seeing an increase in imports from this sector in a variety of areas.

The strong yen makes UK imports attractive. Japan is looking for quality and reliability (longevity) in products they source from overseas. The UK is well-placed to meet the standard expected of Japanese customers and we have seen an increase in companies having success in this field over the last two years.

If you have products that can deliver on quality, reliability and cost it would be worth speaking to the team in the first instance to discuss likely market potential.

We are also seeing interest from the Plant Engineering companies in recruiting staff to work on projects overseas. Again, please contact the team for further information.

Key opportunities

Particular opportunities exist in:

  • Machine tooling

  • Quality high spec tools

  • Plant engineering staff (e.g. procurement professionals)

  • Testing and monitoring devices

Latest opportunities in the Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering sector

Latest opportunities in the Electronics & IT Hardware sector

Latest export opportunities in Japan

Getting into the market

Companies interested in working in Japan should contact UKTI who can update you on the latest opportunities. You will most likely need a Japanese partner to make progress.

A number of sector events take place during the year supported by UKTI HQ and UKTI in Tokyo and Osaka.

More about doing business in Japan


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events in the Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering

Latest events in Electronics & IT Hardware

Latest events in Japan

Major Events

Japan International Machine Tools Fair

30 October-4 November 2014

Useful links

More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters

Sectors: Manufacturing
Countries: Japan
Export Action Plan