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KIX Hands-on Robotic Exhibition for practical use
- Hospitable humanoid to welcome airport guests

Mar 13, 2018

TOKYO, Japan - March 13, 2018- Kansai Airports (“KAP”), ORIX Corporation (“ORIX”) and ORIX Rentec Corporation (“ORIX Rentec”) jointly announced today that hands-on exhibition “KIX Robot mini Expo” will be held at Kansai International Airport (“KIX”) for four days from March 20, 2018, with an aim to promote practical applications of the next generation robotic technologies.

At the expo, visitors can enjoy interaction with and experience how to maneuver most advanced robots (18 models in total) of 15 companies. Highlights of the event include “automated transport robots” and “cleaning robots”. The former reduces the burden of transporting goods on wide terminal floors where many people come and go, and the latter enables an even more comfortable airport environment and allows for effective use of manpower. The event also features exciting demonstrations and opportunities for inbound travelers and other guests such as dance performances by “communication robots”, a claw game machine using “robot arms” and a female android speaking three languages--Japanese, English and Chinese.


Image of KIX Robot mini Expo booth

KIX served 21.13 million passengers on international flights in 2017, up 13% year-over-year, setting a record for four consecutive years. As air travel demand is growing, KAP has introduced some latest technologies such as Smart Lanes and a new airport operational database management system to reduce passenger waiting time and stress, while enhancing operational efficiency and optimizing staff allocation. And this January and February saw a trial operation of cleaning robots and robotic check-in kiosks at KIX.

Passenger traffic is expected to further increase ahead of a series of international events such as the G20 Osaka summit and Rugby World Cup in 2019, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and, hopefully, the 2025 World Expo Osaka. By making the most of the synergy effect of the partnership, KAP, ORIX and ORIX Rentec will continue supporting the practical use of the next generation robots at airports, logistic facilities, factories and offices as well as showcasing the latest must-see technologies at home and abroad.

■ Details of KIX Robot mini Expo
Date & time: Tuesday, March 20 to Friday, March 23, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Special exhibition site in the international arrival area on the 1st floor of Terminal 1, Kansai International Airport
*Please note that the exhibition venue on March 23 will be Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport. 

■Products on display
*1 Rental fee under the 6-month trial program
*2 Please inquiry rental fees from sales representatives
*3 Electric balancer Moon Lifter and drone MATRICE 200 are on display on March 23 only.


Contact Information:
ORIX Corporation
Corporate Planning Department
Tel: +81-3-3435-3121

Kansai Airports:
Corporate Communication Department
Adachi or Arita
Tel: +81-72-455-2201

About Kansai Airports:
As of April 1, 2016, Kansai Airports succeeded the operating rights of Kansai International Airport (“KIX”) and Osaka International Airport (“ITAMI”) from New Kansai International Airport Company (“NKIAC”) and commenced business as an operating company for the two airports. Kansai Airports was established by a consortium made up of VINCI Airports and ORIX Corporation as its core members. Kansai Airports shares the common goal of maximizing the potential of the Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport, improving services to passengers and ensuring the highest levels of safety and security, investment to enhance safety, convenience and comfort to increase value, as well as enhancing community relations in the neighborhoods of the airports and benefiting the Kansai regional economy. On December 15, Kansai Airports signed a concession contract with the New Kansai International Airport Company ("NKIAC") for an operating period of 44-years.
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About ORIX:
ORIX Corporation (TSE: 8591; NYSE: IX) is an opportunistic, diversified, innovation-driven global powerhouse with a proven track record of profitability. Established in 1964, ORIX at present operates a diverse portfolio of businesses in the operations, financial services, and investment spaces. ORIX's highly complementary business activities span industries including: energy, private equity, infrastructure, automotive, ship and aircraft, real estate and retail financial services. ORIX has also spread its business globally by establishing locations in a total of 40 countries and regions across the world. Through its business activities, ORIX has long been committed to corporate citizenship and environmental sustainability. For more details, please visit our website:

About ORIX Rentec Corporation:
ORIX Rentec, Japan’s first company to rent electronic measuring instruments, was established as a member of the ORIX Group in 1976. Since then, building on its core business of rental high-tech instruments, ORIX Rentec has been offering its customers in various fields extensive services that satisfy their diversified needs including those for research and development. ORIX Rentec continues evolving as a solution provider to help its customers tackle issues and challenges at their manufacturing sites or in their IT environments. The services lineup includes electronic measurement-related and IT-related services, both leveraging the technical skills and expertise it gained in rentalhigh-technology equipment, as well as molding services utilizing 3D printers, and next-generation robot rental service RoboRen. For more details, please visit: Link in New Window

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements:
These documents may contain forward-looking statements about expected future events and financial results that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and under “(4) Risk Factors” of the “1. Summary of Consolidated Financial Results” of the “Consolidated Financial Results April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017.”

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