TUBE NEWS TN November 2017 - Page 12

wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2017 Registered Record-Breaking Visitor Count: Delivers in Line with Strong Prospects in the Region wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2017 – the 12th International Wire and Cable Trade Fair for Southeast Asia and the 11th International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair for Southeast Asia came to a successful close on 21 September 2017. Together, the synergistic, co-located trade fairs unveiled an all-encompassing exhibit range that was presented by 400 leading industry names from 30 countries – of which 95% came from outside Thailand, as well as national pavilions and country groups Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Taiwan, UK and USA. Testament to the trade fairs’ standing as the region’s definitive sourcing and procurement platform for the industry, wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2017 recorded attendance of 8,458 trade visitors from 50 countries, with 39% coming from overseas, including visiting delegations from Vietnam, India, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. This year’s overall visitorship showed a healthy increase of close to 20% as compared to 2015, with local demand manifested by 65 local group visits from Bangkok Cable, Phelps Dodge International, Thai Wire Products, Thai Yazaki Electric Wire, The Siam Industrial Wire, among others. In tapping into growth opportunities in Asia, companies need the right ecosystem and framework. Citing Mr Kobchai Sungsitthisawad, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry at the Opening Ceremony of wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2017, he shared that “the timely staging of exhibitions like wire and Tube Southeast Asia, thus bring forth new ideas, facilitate business deals and 12 TUBE NEWS EVENTS November 2017 transactions and provide an environment for ideas and creative solutions to propagate, paving the way for product manufacturers, raw material suppliers, components and equipment manufacturers and technology innovators to gain their foothold in Thailand and the region.” This vote of confidence was extended as participating exhibitors gave their best showing of expertise, technologies, machinery, innovations and know-how in fulfilling procurement and sourcing objectives tailored towards the current industry landscape. As commented by Mr Mauritz Von Reden, CEO of Seuthe GmbH, “We are proud to be here at this trade-focused platform to showcase our products and connect with customers. It is our pleasure to mention that we have made many new business contacts with companies from Thailand, China and India, and hope these will spin off to many fruitful dealings and collaborations.” For SCG Chemicals, one of the largest integrated petrochemical companies in Asia, wire and Tube Southeast Asia 2017 gave the company an expanded channel to promote its businesses to regional visitors. On meeting their participation objectives, Mr Taviphat Konkhum, Sales Manager for SCG Chemicals remarked that, “this is a very good exhibition, as we got to meet with a lot of prospective customers and suppliers for wire and cable. We have had many