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), the Workplace Safety & Health Asia (WSH Asia) and Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI). 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 exhibiting brands from around the region namely Germany, Korea, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Bautek, DGL International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, FT Technologies Pte Ltd, JCB, Jenmon, Kumkang, PDS International, Peri Asia, Mines, Poh Cheong, 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
Indonesia’s construction market is projected to grow by 14.26 per cent in 2015 and plays an increasingly important role in the country‘s economy. Similarly, Myanmar’s construction industry is growing exponentially with a compound annual growth rate of 14.52 per cent from 2009 to 2013, due to the country’s rising population and strong economic growth. The Myanmar Ministry of Construction targets to build more than one million houses within a period of 20 years to meet the demand for residential real estate. In the second quarter of 2014 alone, the Yangon City Development Committee tripled the number of approvals for high and low-rise buildings in the city as compared to 2013.The encouraging market conditions have spurred many players from the region including companies from Indonesia to invest in this promising market.
Mr. Satrio Herlambang, Secretary General of Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Architect or IAI) said, “IAI realises that the growing construction sector plays an important role in the economic development of ASEAN nations. Especially in countries such as Indonesia and Myanmar where the construction market growth potential is high due to domestic demand for infrastructure, along with several challenges that arise. BuildTech Yangon is the most relevant platform for industry professionals to exchange information and knowledge and learn of the latest developments and advancements in the industry.”
Myanmar Real Estate and Construction Monitor cites increasing interest from Indonesian building and construction firms to venture into Myanmar with companies such as Ciputra, Lippo Group and Wijaya Karya (WIKA) signing mega contracts. Indonesian contractor WIKA’s $270 million mixed-use development project in Yangon will include commercial and residential units when it is ready in 2017. Lippo Group, owner of Indonesia’s largest private hospital operator, largest property developer and a retail venture plans to build 15 new hospitals in Myanmar over the next 20 years and also sees potential in the retail sector. BuildTech Yangon will provide a comprehensive platform for players to come together and explore the vast potential in the Golden Land, bringing together a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and products for building and construction across different vertical industries in Myanmar.
Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of SPHERE Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “The CLMV countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as Indonesia 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 who are keen to exhibit in this special pavilion are advised to contact the organisers directly to secure selected premium spaces which are available until the end of April 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 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.
Visitors are encouraged to register for the complimentary series of business seminars online at www.btyangon.com/register