In December 2013, Governor Deval Patrick lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on a Massachusetts – Asia Innovation Partnership Mission to strengthen the state’s partnerships with Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and this region for economic development and job creation in the cleantech, innovation, life sciences, financial services and transportation sectors. The Innovation Economy Mission will make stops in Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan, as well as Singapore and Hong Kong, where the Governor and members of the delegation will visit companies in the innovation sector, speak with various business organizations and associations, and meet with top business and government leaders to highlight all that Massachusetts has to offer. These visits and meetings will focus on expanding opportunities for job creation in the life sciences, IT, water technology, clean energy and transportation sectors and solidifying the growing connection between Massachusetts, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
During the trip, Massachusetts’ EnerNOC, Inc. and Japan’s Marubeni Corporation announced that the companies are forming a joint venture, named EnerNOC Japan, KK, to provide demand response in Japan. Boston-based EnerNOC is the world’s largest provider of commercial and industrial demand response. This joint venture will build upon successful past collaborations between the firms in Japan. The two companies today also announced their award of a government-sponsored demand response program with Japan’s largest utility, the Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Japan's Toyo Engineering Corporation and Massachusetts-based Desalitech in Tokyo also announced a global partnership that will introduce environmentally responsible and highly economical water and wastewater treatment solutions to Japanese, East Asian and international markets, and keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the global water innovation economy. Desalitech, previously based in Israel, relocated to Massachusetts earlier this year, following Governor Patrick's trade mission to Israel in 2011. The company focuses on reverse osmosis processes for effluent treatment and greatly reduces negative ecological impacts while improving the productive and responsible use of natural resources. Desalitech was named in the 2013 Global Cleantech 100 as a top company in clean technology.