Freeman Technology has made the first sales of its FT4 Powder Rheometer into Japan. In January this year, the company entered into a distribution agreement with the Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan) whereby Sysmex gained exclusive distribution rights in Japan for the FT4 Powder Rheometer. Nine systems have now been shipped, with the first destined for purchasers in the toners and pharmaceuticals industries. Terry Cooper, sales director for Freeman Technology, is extremely pleased with the rapid success in this new area for the company. “We knew from initial trials with Sysmex in Japan that there was considerable interest in the FT4 from a wide range of powder processing companies, and it is very gratifying to see orders coming through so quickly,” he said. “We have established an excellent working relationship with Sysmex and they are both well known and well placed to serve the powder processing industry in Japan. With application laboratories in both Kobe and Tokyo, Sysmex can provide extensive support for customers and potential customers in developing their methodology and applications for the FT4. This enables users to rapidly realise the benefits of this technology in gaining greater understanding and control of their powders and processes.” The FT4 uses patented technology to measure powder flow properties, providing an understanding that allows powder processing to be more consistent and predictable. The system was exhibited at this year’s Interphex Japan in Tokyo and will be on the Sysmex booth at a variety of upcoming trade shows and conferences in Japan, including Digital Printing (Jun 05 Tokyo), JAIMA (Sep 05; Tokyo), Powtex (Oct 05; Osaka), Drug formulation and design (Oct 05 Shizuoka) and Nanotech 2006 (Feb 06; Tokyo). For further information about the FT4 Powder Rheometer please visit www.freemantech.co.uk or call +44 1684 310860.