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BuildTech Yangon 2015 expands to meet Myanmar’s growing construction sector

- 30 percent more exhibition space, a dedicated business seminar series and stronger participation to address growth opportunities in CLMV countries

Singapore, 9 January 2015 – BuildTech Yangon, the definitive trade show for the building and construction development sector, returns this year with a larger exhibition from 2 to 4 April 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. 

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of business seminars and networking sessions to foster knowledge sharing and drive the adoption of the building and construction technologies in Myanmar.

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.”  

The trade show will feature an exhibition of 12,000 square metres focused on the latest construction machinery, new materials as well as electrical and mechanical equipment from more than 150 companies around the Asia Pacific region. DGL International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, FT Technologies Pte Ltd, PDS International, Mines & Minerals Resources, Modern Building Materials and Shanghai Chong Kee Furniture & Construction Pte Ltd are among the industry leaders that have confirmed their participation. 

Stronger participation from CLMV region 

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.”

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. They will 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. As part of an outreach programme to industry professionals, Sphere Exhibits will also collaborate with Myanmar Industries Association to organise a series of industrial park site visits to key locations as part of a series of key marketing efforts at bringing the trade show closer to the industry. 

BuildTech Yangon 2015 is supported by the International Power Access Federation (IPAF), 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) and the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association (VEIA). The trade show will see strong participation from the Southeast Asia region including Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

BuildTech Yangon is projected to host some 4,000 spanning industry professionals including architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, developers and investors.

Pre-registration for BuildTech Yangon 2015 is now open till 24 March 2015. For more information, visit www.btyangon.com

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited 
Co. Regn. No. 198402868E

For media queries, please contact:

Rabita Jamal
Senior Manager, Trade Marketing
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: 6319 1675
Email: rabitaj@sph.com.sg

Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR 
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1553
Email: cvanni@sph.com.sg

For project-related queries, please contact:

Ling Oh
Project Manager
Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd
DID: +65 6394037
Email: lingoh@sph.com.sg

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd 

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. For more information, please visit www.sphereexhibits.com.sg 

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.

Media 
The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH also owns award-winning websites AsiaOne, STOMP, omy.com and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like HardwareZone.comherworldplus.com and Luxury-Insider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. 

SPH Buzz, a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island, makes SPH’s newspapers and magazines easily available to readers alongside other daily necessities. 

SPH 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.

Online Classified 
SPH's online marketplaces are STJobs, STProperty, STClassifieds, STCars and sgCarmart as well as Singapore Real Estate Exchange (SRX) under partially-owned subsidiary, Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business, 701Search, has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


In addition, SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

Properties
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. 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 in the centre of Clementi town.


The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps. 

SPH also invested in various new media businesses such as restaurant reservation site Chope and digital newsstand Magzter.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg

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, Dawel Special Economic Zones).