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Quality business deals and successful knowledge sharing at BuildTech Yangon 2015

Singapore, 16 June 2015 – BuildTech Yangon, Myanmar’s definitive trade show for the building and construction industry concluded on 29 May 2015 after three days of fulfilling knowledge sharing, trade discussions and successful commercial engagements. The second edition of this much sought- after trade show unveiled innovative products and solutions for Myanmar’s built environment sector, resulting in the inking of many quality business deals at the trade event.

BuildTech Yangon 2015 brought together over 4,200 exhibitors, speakers, delegates and trade associations from more than nine countries across the region including Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Trade mission groups from Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam visited BuildTech Yangon 2015 to network with regional peers in order to strengthen bilateral ties between their countries and Myanmar. 

Organised by SPHERE Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, and co-organised by Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), the industry trade show brought to life the latest products and technologies for infrastructure, residential and commercial buildings, transportation, manufacturing and trade development. The three-day business seminar series led the discussion on the abundant growth opportunities in the region. 

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of SPHERE Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “The second edition of BuildTech Yangon has done extremely well. Our comprehensive platform combined a product showcase, seminar programmes and networking sessions to encourage industry dialogue and forge business partnerships. With strong partnership from MCEA and other supporting organisations, BuildTech Yangon 2015 introduced new elements to promote industry development. We will continue to strengthen our partnerships with key industry associations as we cater to the growing needs of the building and construction sector in the region.” 

Best Construction Entrepreneurship Award

BuildTech Yangon hosted the first annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award by MCEA. Aim at encouraging local professionals to elevate construction industry standards and skills of the workforce, the Awards honour individuals who are able to incorporate the latest construction technologies into various stages of the supply chain. 

Award applicants are divided into three categories according to age. Diamond, Gold and Platinum awards were presented in each category. The Diamond award winners were U Wunna Tun from, Myanmar Mahar Tun Co. Ltd in the 30-40 years category; U Kyaw Soe from Aryone Oo Co. Ltd in the 40-50 years category; and MCEA Yangon and MCEA Mandalay (two awards) in the 50-60 years category. 

U Tha Hthay, Chairman of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association, said: “The Best Construction Entrepreneurship Award is the highest honour that any Myanmar company can aspire to because it signifies that the company uses the most advanced technology and has the potential to grow and evolve at pace with international players. BuildTech Yangon is the best platform as it epitomises technology adoption in the built environment sector. BuildTech Yangon 2015 has once again placed Myanmar on the regional map by showcasing the vast potential that Myanmar offers to regional and international players in the industry.” 

Robust technology showcase

Focused on bringing technology in Myanmar’s built environment sector to the next level, the show floor offered visitors a comprehensive product showcase, highlighting a range of construction technologies. Architects, engineers, surveyors, contractors, developers, government ministries and trade bodies immersed in the latest construction machinery, new materials as well as electrical and mechanical equipment. 

Dancing Diggers excavation equipment from JCB had an impressive and entertaining demo on the show floor. A multi-storey car parking system from Hangzhou Xizi-Iuk Parking System Co. Ltd and a state-of-the-art glass and steel modular showroom for retail from Mottama Holdings were two of the ‘best buys’ that attracted several buyers.  

Mr. Terence Chan, Trade Liaison Officer for Market, Real Estate & Indirect Sourcing Group in the International Affairs Division of Tet Phyo Wai Pte Ltd, said: “This is our first time exhibiting at BuildTech Yangon and the experience has been fantastic. The trade show has exceeded our expectations both with the number of visitors and also the quality of potential business leads we garnered. We have developed new relationships with potential customers and partners across the region. We will be returning next year and also recommending the event to others as a great business investment.”

Skills upgrading, networking and knowledge sharing

A series of business seminars over the three –day show saw exciting industry debates and discussions with leading experts weighing in on hot industry issues related to vertical construction, town planning, sustainable energy, construction law and more. 

For the first time in the history of Myanmar’s construction sector, CPD Points were offered to a seminar platform at a trade exhibition. Local industry professionals from the built environment sector were encouraged to upgrade their skills and expand their business networks, while at the same time collecting coveted industry points. 

Noteworthy speakers including Daw Si Than, General Secretary, Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC); Tan Eng Kiat, Vice President (Urban Planning & Design), Surbana Urban Planning Group; U Win Khaing; President, Myanmar Engineering Society (MES); U Tun Naing Aung, Joint Secretary, Myanmar Industries Association (MIA), among others engaged over 600 delegates in thought provoking discussions and knowledge-building topics over three days at BuildTech Yangon 2015.

“The three-day business seminar series were very informative, and I got updates on the latest trends in vertical construction across the region. It was also an eye-opener to hear some best practices for sustainable energy as there is plenty of opportunity for us to apply such learnings in Myanmar,” said Ms. Kyi Thwe from Yangon Technological University who attended the seminar series.   

Significant trade mission group support from the region

BuildTech Yangon 2015 saw strong support from six trade delegations and 14 industry associations from across the region. Close to 30 delegates from Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) visited the trade show aside from other delegations from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Singapore.

BuildTech Yangon 2015 offered a one-stop shop for purchasing requirements for the 28-strong trade delegation from Vietnam Association of Building Materials.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, Vice Chairman and Head of International Cooperation Department of the Vietnam Association of Building Materials, said: “It was a very impressive display of relevant machinery equipment at BuildTech Yangon 2015 and our delegates were impressed with the show. We were here to network with local businesses in the CLMV region and have made some useful contacts. Our delegates can now reduce their travel this year as they are able to make some of supply decisions based on what they have seen and heard at this show.” 

Other industry associations included were Indonesia’s Institute of Architects (IAI), International Power Access Federation (IPAF), Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM), Myanmar Engineering Council (MEngC), 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 (WSH Asia). 

The next edition of BuildTech Yangon will be held in May 2016.

For more information, visit www.btyangon.com

Photos of BuildTech Yangon 2015 can be downloaded at http://www.btyangon.com/en/trade-floor-photos 

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About BuildTech Yangon 2015 

The second 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 2015 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 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 visitwww.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, 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. 


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).