LUNCHEON MEETING 20 SEPTEMBER, 2002
Theme:
"Tekla, Bringing 3D Modeling to the
Japanese Building and Construction Industry"


Guest Speaker:
Kaj Forsell, President
Tekla K.K.
RECAP
Tekla, which was established in 1966, develops and markets model-based, core-business information applications and services for the builders, owners, operators and users of infrastructure in the building & construction, public infrastructure, and energy utilities target markets. Tekla is the world leader in 3D modeling technology for steel & building industry, where their "flagship" product is the Xsteel. A new product, Xengineer, has just been launched which will widely enlarge the market for Tekla products as it allows for modeling also for other building materials than steel, i.e. concrete and wood.

Tekla sold their first Xsteel license in Japan in 1998 and appointed partners early 1999. In October 1999 they opened representative office in Osaka. An own subsidiary, Tekla K.K., was opened in Osaka in April 2001. At the same time an area office was opened in Tokyo.

Tekla has already gained a good foothold on the Japanese market and their list of clients is both long and has impressive names. Bringing a new technology (from 2D drawings to 3D modeling) to the fairly conservative building and steel industry in Japan is a challenge, which both Kaj Forsell and Joji Mitsui, who heads their Tokyo office, are prepared to face.

For more about Tekla, visit their web site at: http://www.tekla.com
IMAGES FROM THE MEETING
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The guest speaker Kaj Forsell: "The future looks bright".
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The Tekla key persons in Japan, left head of the Tokyo office, Joji Mitsui.
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Juha Markkanen, Embassy of Finland, informs about the Finland-Japan IT Symposium early November.
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Olli Juvonen, Finland Trade Center/Finpro promotes the coming SISU book.
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FCCJ President Timo Varhama addresses the audience.