by Murphy Chen, Fastener World The 20th edition of M-Tech Osaka was successfully held from Oct 4th through Oct 6th in 2017. The first-time exhibitors from Japan and overseas countries this year accounted for 280 and the total exhibitor number reached 1,250. The big show could be divided into 3 sub-exhibitons, which were “Design & Manufacturing,””Mechanical Components,” and “Facilities & Peripherals.” These sub-exhibitions offered buyers different options and approaches to target the suppliers they need or which company they would be of interest to collaborate with. The organizers also did a very good job this year. For example. On the opening day, they held a session specifically created for all exhibitors to help them gain more orders during the show. They even invited well-known and industry leading purchasers to list the items they would like to purchase this time, so exhibitors could prepare well first and try their best to gain orders from these purchasers. According to the on-site observation of Fastener World’correspondent, visitors were mostly product designers/researchers/developers, and the second largest visitors group were purchasers, owners and managers. Visitors from different regions and industry sectors gathered under one roof to exchange intelligence and discover new business opportunities. The organizers also added that the total visitors number during the 3-day event reached 36,939 and the number of registered attendees to the seminars given during the show accounted for 7,301.