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BuildTech Yangon to host second construction trade show

A roller compactor on display at the first BuildTech Yangon held in 2014
A roller compactor on display at the first BuildTech Yangon held in 2014. Photo Supplied

BuildTech Yangon to host second construction trade show

BuildTech Yangon returns this year with an 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.

The trade show will see strong participation from the Southeast Asia region including Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. With an exhibition of 12,000 square metres, the trade show will display some 150 companies from around the region, as well as Germany and Korea.

“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,” said U Tha Hthay, Chairman of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA).

Bautek, DGL International (Malaysia), FT Technologies, JCB, Jenmon, Kumkang, PDS International, Peri Asia, Mines & Minerals Resources, Poh Cheong and Modern Building Materials are just some of the industry leaders participating.

Myanmar’s construction industry has grown exponentially due to the country’s rising population and strong economic growth. From 2009 to 2013, the construction industry registered a compound annual growth rate of 14.52 per cent. 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 plans to build more than one million houses over the next 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, said that “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 Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CMLV) pavilion will be featured at the trade show this year to provide access to networking opportunities in this region. Businesses that are keen to exhibit in this special pavilion are advised to contact the organisers directly to secure selected premium spaces.

By featuring a three-day business seminar series, where more than 20 industry professionals from Myanmar and around the world, BuildTech Yangon 2015 also serves as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and industry solutions. The seminar series will discuss 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, which is 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 marketing efforts at bringing the trade show closer to the industry. Over 100 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 Lwin, 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 at www.btyangon.com/register


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