SINGAPORE - BuildTech Yangon, the definitive trade show for the building and construction development sector, returns this year with a larger exhibition from 27 to 29 May 2015 at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Yangon. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, and co-organised by Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), the three-day trade show aims to serve the construction development of Myanmar with a focus on infrastructure, residential and commercial buildings, transportation, manufacturing and trading.
BuildTech Yangon 2015 is supported by the International Power Access Federation (IPAF), Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), Myanmar Engineering Council (MEC), Myanmar Engineering Society (MES), Myanmar Industries Association (MIA), Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL), The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (UMFCCI), Vietnam Association for Building Materials (VABM), Vietnam Building Ceramic Association (VIBCA), Vietnam Electronic Industries Association (VEIA), Vietnam Electrotechnical Industry Association (VELINA), and the Workplace Safety & Health Asia (WSHAsia). The trade show will see strong participation from the Southeast Asia region including Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The three-day trade show will feature an exhibition of 12,000 square metres with an impressive showcase from some 150 companies from around the region namely Australia, Korea, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. DGL International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, FT Technologies Pte Ltd, PDS International, Mines & Minerals Resources and Modern Building Materials are among some of the industry leaders that have confirmed their participation.
U Tha Hthay, Chairman of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association, said: "BuildTech Yangon is an important trade show for the building and construction industry to equip our local professionals with the necessary knowledge and training to excel in the field, especially in areas such as high-rise construction. With this trade show, we aim to drive the adoption of new technologies and building materials that will elevate construction industry standards and skills of our workforce, and hasten the further development of key infrastructure, new homes, factories and satellite towns over the next few years."
Leveraging on a booming building & construction sector
Myanmar's construction industry is growing exponentially due to the country's rising population and strong economic growth. The construction industry registered a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.52 per cent from 2009 to 2013. In the second quarter of 2014 alone, the Yangon City Development Committee approved the construction of more than 1,000 high and low-rise buildings in the city, two times more than the number of approved construction projects in 2013.
The Myanmar Ministry of Construction targets to build more than one million houses in the period of 20 years to meet the demand for residential real estate. In addition, the development of Special Economic Zones in Myanmar will further drive urbanisation and the construction of new production facilities.
Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: "The CLMV countries - Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, are expected to grow at a robust pace over the medium term until 2018. Following the success of our first trade show last year, we are seeing greater interest from building and construction industry players to bring the latest technologies and innovative solutions as well as seek new business partnerships at BuildTech Yangon 2015. As we strengthen our relationship with MCEA, there are also plans to further develop the BuildTech series of trade shows to other parts of Myanmar in the near future to cope with this robust industry development."
A special CMLV pavilion will be featured at the trade show this year that empowers visitors to unlock new business pathways and access to networking opportunities in this region. Businesses which are keen to exhibit in this special pavilion are advised to contact the organisers directly to secure selected premiums spaces which are available until the end of March 2015.
Robust networking and knowledge sharing platform
In addition to the comprehensive showcase of technologies and products, BuildTech Yangon 2015 also serves as the preferred platform for the exchange of knowledge and industry solutions. The trade show will feature a three-day business seminar series where more than 20 industry professionals and leaders from Myanmar and around the world get together to drive key industry discussions across sustainable building and construction, investment, vertical construction and town planning solutions, building automation as well as green architecture and design. Over 500 delegates are expected to attend this thought-provoking and enlightening series of complimentary business seminars which are open to all trade visitors who attend the trade show.
Sphere Exhibits recently collaborated with Myanmar Industries Association to organise a series of industrial park visits to key locations as part of a series of key marketing efforts at bringing the trade show closer to the industry. Over 100 key industry professionals and decision makers participated in this series of outreach programmes in Shwepyitha, Hlaingtharyar and Dagon Seikkan industrial parks over two days. U Kyaw Lin, Chairmain of Shwepyitha Industrial Zone 2 to 4 commented that: "Such efforts not only help to increase the profiles of participating industrial parks, they also reinforce confidence in BuildTech Yangon as the definitive trade platform for the industry by the industry. As we look forward to the trade show, we are confident that industry players in the building and construction sector would find this trade platform beneficial to their professions."
BuildTech Yangon is projected to host some 4,000 industry professionals including architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, developers and investors.
Visitor pre-registration for BuildTech Yangon 2015 is now open till 20 May 2015.