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23 November 2022

Industry visits Japan for Pest Summit 2022


The international pest management community once again had the opportunity to gather for three busy days, but this time the venue was Japan for Pest Summit 2022.

The event, organized by the Federation of Asian and Oceania Pest Managers Associations (FAOPMA), was held at the Kyoto International Conference Centre from 8-11 November 2022.

Frances McKim attended the summit, along with hundreds of other delegates.

industry visits japan for pest summit 2022

Despite the distance travelled by many delegates, accompanied by the rigorous Japanese entry requirements, the event was a sell-out.

Over 800 people attended, 450 of them from outside Japan representing over 30 different countries. For those unable to travel to Kyoto, the event was also available virtually.

Welcoming delegates was Kenjiro Yamaguchi, the President of the Japan Pest Control Association, and host of this event. As an indication of the significance of the event, it was formally opened by an ex-Prime Minister of Japan, the 99th to hold this office, Yoshihide Suga.

Mr Suga congratulated the industry for the significant contribution it made during the Covid-19 pandemic and for the fact that pest control is now recognized as an official occupation. “Covid is a global problem, so it is good to share knowledge and experiences at such international events,” he stated.

Over the next two days there were more than 40 topical and technical presentations. As to be expected the majority of these presentations came from those falling within the FAOPMA region.

However, there were four from US speakers, including a whole session, chaired by Stephen Doggett, devoted to the dangers of climate change and the role pest control organizations can take to be proactive.

This was more than apt, as it was in this very location that the Kyoto Protocol on climate change was adopted in 1997, paving the way for the 2020 Paris Agreement.

The hospitality and warm welcome by the Japanese Pest Control Association made the conference a remarkable experience for me and I’m sure for many others as well.

Dominique Stumpf, CEO National Pest Management Association

The sole UK-based presentation came from Chris Hunt, Group M&A director at Rentokil who, with his Asian-based colleague Tony Poulson, outlined the current state of the mergers and acquisitions market.

Running alongside was a 38-stand exhibition, which included many of the international companies such as BASF and Syngenta, with Envu making its debut appearance in this part of the world.

As to be expected, the local distributor companies were represented along with a fascinating selection of local specialized product developers and manufacturers.

Delegates were treated to some traditional Japanese entertainment

The sole UK-based exhibitor was PestWest, working in conjunction with its Australian company, Starkeys. Commenting on the event, Rupert Broome, managing director of the Killgerm Group and PestWest, said: “Getting to Japan was not easy, with all of the ongoing coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

"Accordingly, we had set our expectations in terms of attendees at a relatively lower level than previous FAOPMA Pest Summits. However, we were pleased to see more attendees than we had expected and from a suitably wide number of Asian countries. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with many old friends and partners."

From the US, Dominique Stumpf, CEO of the National Pest Management Association and also Treasurer and Secretary of the Global Pest Management Coalition said: “The hospitality and warm welcome by the Japanese Pest Control Association made the conference a remarkable experience for me and I’m sure for many others as well.

"We had time to make connections, reignite the passion for the work of the Global Pest Management Coalition and identify future opportunities to collaborate.”

As to be expected, delegates found time to explore some of the historic sites of Kyoto and experience a flavour of traditional Japanese entertainment at the gala dinner.

Next year’s FAOPMA event will take place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


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