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BuildTech Yangon 2016 adapts profile to address growth needs in Myanmar’s building and construction industry

Singapore, 26 May 2016 – The third edition of BuildTech Yangon opens today at the Myanmar Convention Centre, with a revamped profile, showcasing the latest in equipment, machinery and solutions on facilities management (FM), interior finishing and architectural solutions.  Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and co-organised by the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), BuildTech Yangon 2016 will be held from 26 to 28 May 2016 at Myanmar Convention Centre, Yangon. 

The much anticipated trade show brings together some 60 exhibiting companies from Austria, China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The exhibition includes staple exhibits covering construction machinery building materials, and mechanical engineering solutions to better address the growth and rapid expansion in the areas of infrastructure management.

BuildTech Yangon 2016 is expected to draw over 4,500 visitors, including architects, developers, building and trade agencies, investors, manufacturers of machine and building, retailers, security, state-own company owners, surveyors, trainers and wholesalers.

The building and construction industry’s output value recorded a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4 percent during the period 2010 to 2014, and is expected to post a CAGR of 6.0 percent from 2015 to 2019, according to a report from research firm Timetric.

Mr. U Tha Htay, President of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), said: “We are proud to be launching BuildTech Yangon for the third time, together with Sphere Exhibits. Worth an estimated US$765 million, the infrastructure construction sector is the second largest industry in Myanmar’s construction sector. The show certainly comes at an opportune time, especially considering that the Myanmar government is prioritising infrastructure development in order to gear up for the country’s rapid economic growth.” 

 “We are expecting to see major development of new buildings, pipelines, electrical grids and roads in the coming future. Additionally, there has been a sharp increase in foreign direct investment which has led to a corresponding growth for housing for expatriates, as well as for new o­ffice space. This bodes well for exhibitors and visitors at BuildTech Yangon, considering the many growth opportunities available in Myanmar’s building and construction sector.”

MCEA’s Mandalay Chapter has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sphere Exhibits to co-organise BuildTech Mandalay later this year, reinforcing a stronger alliance between the two organisations in its efforts to further extend the knowledge building and trade opportunities towards industry professionals in Myanmar. 

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “Myanmar’s economy is expanding at a rapid rate. The government is also increasing their spending in public infrastructure, plus with the rising interest of domestic and foreign real estate developers in constructing residential units to meet the population’s housing demand – all this translates to vast opportunities for both organisations and industry professionals alike to tap into. BuildTech Yangon has become increasingly more relevant today, especially considering that Myanmar’s construction industry is expected to continue growing at a relatively fast pace compared to other emerging markets from 2015 to 2019.”

Held alongside the exhibition is the three-day Business Seminar Series which has seen a three-fold expansion from the previous year. To address the growing needs revolving round construction safety and the facilities management arena, two one-day seminars have also been added into this year’s programme to share with the industry on skills upgrading and knowledge for the local industry. Over 4,500 local and international industry leaders gather at the seminars to share best practices, and exchange ideas and expert knowledge on areas in construction safety, foreign investment, construction laws, infrastructure and construction management. Some 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the Business Seminar Series.

Exhibition highlights

Tapping into the tremendous growth potential of Myanmar’s building and construction sector, this trade show features a newly revamped exhibitor profile of leading international and regional companies which offer products, services and solutions for four key areas: On-Site construction Machinery and Equipment, Building Materials and Architectural Solutions, Interior Finishing, and Facilities Management.

Exhibition highlights include PT. Gunung Starlindo Utama, which is showcasing G-Star PVC Board for Formwork, a new product innovation which is meant to replace plywood for formwork, and is 100 percent waterproof, anti-termite, recycle-able and can be reused many times. Killem Pest Pte Ltd, a company headquartered in Singapore, provides an integrated, eco-friendly approach to urban pest management. Killem uses only the latest and most effective technologies and equipment, plus original chemicals that have been approved by global standards. 

Ms. Nicole Zycinski-Singh, General Manager of Killem Pest Pte Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to be exhibiting at BuildTech Yangon 2016, Myanmar’s most focused trade show for the building and construction development sector, as well as for facilities management. As a new player in the Myanmar market, we are confident that by exhibiting at BuildTech Yangon, we will benefit from additional exposure and the first mover advantage. We are excited to be able to reach out to a broad range of professionals in the industry such as the decision-makers, visitors, exhibitors and association members.”

Other exhibition highlights include the ELIV louver by Bautek Co., Ltd booth. The ELIV louver is an Energy Saving Product designed for thermal insulated structures that are made of PVC materials and which is good for thermal insulation efficiency.

The Archicom Singapore Pte Ltd’s sandwiched structures of Archicom products - two aluminium cover sheets and a non-combustible honeycomb core or mineral filled core - result in an impressive strength-to-weight ratio, even when comparing large panel sizes. Its low weight makes the panel easy to transport and handle in factory and on site; its rigidity and high strength make it the most suitable material for exterior cladding. 

Integrating and promoting skills upgrading through the Business Seminar Programme Series

The second edition of the Business Seminar Series will take place from 26 to 28 May. The complimentary seminars focus on current topics relevant to industry professionals with special emphasis being given to Construction Safety, Work at Heights as well as an introduction to Facilities Management.

The seminar covers a range of topics from special economic zones, investment outlook in Myanmar, Construction Law, Sustainable & Responsible Urban Design & Building Management to a comprehensive series on infrastructure management, fire and disaster management. Panel discussions on Facilities Management versus Construction Management, as well as Integrating Sustainable and Safe Construction for Engineers and Architects and Review on Environmental Management, will be conducted in the seminar sessions too.

Two one-and-a-half day tracked seminars focusing on Workplace Safety and FM have been added into the seminar programme. This is catered to local industry professionals to learn from a more technical platform. These seminars come with certificates of attendance from MCEA as well as industry points from Myanmar Engineering Council as part of its effort to encourage continued skills upgrading for professionals in the building construction sector. 

BuildTech Yangon 2016 is supported by the International Facilities Management Association (Singapore Chapter), International Powered Access Federation, Malaysia Heavy Construction Equipment Owners Association, Myanmar Engineering Council, Myanmar Engineering Society, Myanmar Industries Association, Singapore Institute of Building Limited, Vietnam Electronics Industry Association and WSH (Asia).

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About BuildTech Yangon 2016

The third edition of BuildTech Yangon returns to further serve construction development in Myanmar with a focus on infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing, trading as well as residential and commercial buildings. Organised by SPHERE Exhibits and co-organised by Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association, BuildTech Yangon 2016 is the leading trade exhibition that showcases cutting-edge technologies and products to address the growing needs for building and construction across different vertical industries within the built environment sector in Myanmar. This three-day event provides a conducive platform that explores business opportunities and market share expansion into Asia’s next economic frontier.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

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About Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association 

Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association has been associated with development of the country nationwide, evolving the development of economic, social and civil sectors as well as assuring the people’s ownership of housing facilities.

In addition, MCEA set up cement factories for supply of cement for construction programmes, established industrial zones for development of industries and also continuously endeavoured in the construction projects for the development of Nay Pyi Taw, establishment of new satellite towns, hotels, settlements, highways, the New Yadanarbon City development, High Rise Building project in Yangon. Public Infrastructures for states and Regions and construction programmes for special Economic Zones. (Thilawa Special Economic Zones, Dawei Special Economic Zones).