A change of power in Kyoto
We are a company that has unique technology in next-generation fuel cells, which was founded in the UK in 2001. Because the household fuel cell market in Japan is the most advanced in the world, we opened a representative office in the Kyoto Research Park in 2014 as our first overseas office.
The main reason for having an office in Kyoto was that it is located at the geographical center of Japan. Another reason is that our technology is closely linked to the ceramics industry, and many ceramics manufacturers are located in the Kansai Region and neighboring Chubu Region.
I live here together with my wife and children. Kyoto is an international city where many foreigners live, and is also a satisfying place for private life, surrounded by rich greenery. I also believe that Kyoto is highly attractive for the recruitment of engineers, because so many universities are located here.
The original inhouse movement in Kyoto
Amann Girrbach is an Austrian manufacturer of dental CAD CAM equipment and laboratory products. Japan is one of the three largest markets in dental care, along with the U.S. and Germany, therefore we opened a branch office in Japan in 2016.
Since our largest distributor in Japan is based in Kyoto, we decided to establish our branch office in this city. Additionally, many global players in the dental industry are headquartered in Kyoto as well. Given that we opened a branch office in Japan, our distributors and customers recognize how committed we are to the Japanese market and to our users. Now we can more efficiently support our partners, for example during dental shows held across Japan, and provide faster and better services.
Kyoto’s appeal is packed in a comfortably-sized area, full of rich weekend activities – an attractive city to live a high quality life.