The sixteenth edition of the biggest global nanotechnology trade fair, nano tech 2016, was held in Tokyo from 27 to 29 January. The trade fair featured 586 expositions from a total of 23 countries. Representatives of the Czech nanotechnology sector managed to stand out even among the most significant Japanese companies present at the event while presenting a diverse range of fields in the sector, from nanofibers and functional textiles to biomedical applications and monocrystals.
Important Czech companies presented their technological innovations at the event, which combines science, research and industry. Optaglio presented its unique technology for production of holograms and structures for security applications. Nanomembrane displayed functional textiles featuring better properties than Goretex. Advanced Materials JTJ presented photocatalytic paints that offer highly effective cleaning of air both inside buildings and outdoors. The Regional Centre for Advanced Technologies and Materials of Palacký University exhibited the third generation of the Mössbauer spectrometer, an instrument intended for very precise and non-destructive analysis of substances, which was developed and commercialised by the centre. Other Czech exhibitors included Crytur, Elmarco, the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, CLUTEX, Svitap, Contipro, CzechInvest and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.
This was the sixth time that the Czech Republic was represented at the trade fair. As in years past, the event was support by the Czech Embassy in Tokyo, where representatives of the Czech exhibitors met on the day prior to the start of the trade fair. Ambassador Tomáš Dub ceremoniously opened the Czech pavilion at the beginning of the event. In 2017 the trade fair will again be part of the Czech Official Participation programme of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.