BuildTech Yangon 2016 meets needs of Myanmar’s fast growing building and construction sector

The third edition of BuildTech Yangon concluded on 28 May after three days of trade discussions, commercial engagements and extensive knowledge sharing among some 3,000 trade visitors and business professionals from the region. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and co-organised by the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA).

BuildTech Yangon is the leading trade show of its kind focusing on the entire value chain for the built environment sector.

The opening ceremony of the trade show was graced by H.E Zae Aye Maung, Minister for Rakhine Affairs Ministry and Labour Affairs, Immigration and Manpower Ministry, Government of Yangon Region. Designed specifically to meet the needs of the burgeoning building and construction industry in Myanmar, BuildTech Yangon 2016 saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding between MCEA’s Mandalay Chapter and Sphere Exhibits to co-organise the inaugural staging of BuildTech Mandalay later this year. This extended collaboration further reinforces a stronger alliance between the two organisations in their efforts to extend the knowledge building and trade opportunities to industry professionals in Myanmar.

The show hosted some 80 exhibiting companies from Austria, China, Indonesia, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Industry professionals who visited the show included architects, developers, building and trade agency representatives, investors, manufacturers of machine and building, retailers, security, state-owned company owners, surveyors, trainers and wholesalers.

This year’s event showcased the latest in equipment, machinery and solutions on facilities management (FM), interior finishing and architectural solutions. It also included 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.

Mr. U Tha Htay, President of Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), said: “We are happy to receive good feedback from both exhibitors and trade visitors. The third edition of BuildTech Yangon delivered a more focused event that was very well-received by the attendees. Its newly revamped platform for the industry, consisting of an extensive product showcase, fruitful networking sessions and specialised seminar programmes, successfully catered to the needs of Myanmar’s industry progression in providing right balance for the progression of the building and construction sector in Myanmar.”

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “In line with recent development in Myanmar’s fast growing construction sector and opening up of Myanmar’s economy to the world, BuildTech Yangon is committed to meet the needs of the infrastructure construction sector in Myanmar. We are pleased that the show is able to facilitate the development of the industry and its professionals in reaping the vast opportunities available, from the rapid development of new roads, buildings, pipelines and electrical grids, as well as the growth of new office spaces and housing for expatriates and local nationals.”

Positive response for integrated show and skills upgrading platform

With a newly revamped exhibitor profile, BuildTech Yangon 2016 hosted some leading international and regional companies which offered products, services and solutions for four key areas: On-Site construction Machinery and Equipment, Building Materials and Architectural Solutions, Interior Finishing and Facilities Management.

Ms. Nicole Zycinski Singh, General Manager of Killem Pest Pte Ltd, said: “We are very happy with our experience exhibiting at this year’s BuildTech Yangon. The organisers have done a fantastic job in coming up with a focused event and in attracting quality visitors. For a homegrown company with little experience in the Indochina market, we have received very good responses from potential buyers, several of whom have already enquired about our services. We will definitely consider returning for the next edition of BuildTech Yangon.”

Mr. Rene R.P. JR. Cordemans, RockDril’s Sales and Marketing Representative, said: “We exhibited at BuildTech Yangon to increase our exposure and to connect with buyers and expand our business in the areas of medium sized machinery. Right buyers attend BuildTech Yangon and it is the best event for us to showcase our new products and to meet with potential customers. We have been busy attending to buyers’ queries who have expressed interest in our products. We have found some promising potential buyers not just from here but also from around the region.”

The second edition of the three-day Business Seminar Series and two tracked seminars on Workplace Safety and Facilities Management streamlined the knowledge-building and skills upgrading opportunities. These complimentary seminars focused on current topics that are relevant to industry professionals with special emphasis on construction safety, work at heights, as well as fire, safety and disaster management. The seminar focusing on introduction to Facilities Management addressed concerns on sustainability, energy efficiency in green buildings, security and town planning.

The business seminar series received positive feedback from the many delegates who attended the programme. The Seminars, which took place from 26 to 28 May, covered an extensive range of topics from special economic zones, investment outlook in Myanmar, construction law, sustainable and responsible urban design and building management to a comprehensive series on infrastructure management, fire and disaster management.

Noteworthy panel discussions on disaster and safety management as well as a review on environmental management, also complemented the business seminar series to some 150 delegates.

Young Construction Entrepreneurs Award
MCEA’s Golden 20 Jubilee Gala, an extension of networking opportunities from BuildTech Yangon, hosted 250 guests on 26 May. . Awards were presented to Myanmar’s young construction entrepreneurs for their contributions to the economy and society. Aimed at encouraging local professionals to elevate construction industry standards and skills of the workforce, the Awards honoured individuals who were able to incorporate the latest construction technologies into various stages of the supply chain.

Sphere Exhibits is proud to be presenting this award for the second consecutive year. Three winners were awarded with Diamond, Platinum & Silver awards under two categories – ‘Professionals under 10 Years’ and ‘Professionals Above 10 Years’.

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, Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineering Association, World Evergreen Travel & Tours 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 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

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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.

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