INDUSTRY NEWS: METALEX 2015 - ASEAN's largest metal working exhibition Press Conference and Panel Discussion

(From L to R) Ms Sirirat Sungvichai, Project Manager, Reed Tradex Company, Dato’ Ir. Haji Noor Azmi Bin Jaafar, Executive Director, Dellyod Venture Berhad, Mr Somkiat Chupukcharoen, President, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association, Mr John Lee, Chairman of International Business Committee, Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers, H.E Mr Damrong Kraikruan, Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia, Mr Ir A. K Woo, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturer Council Member, Dr. Yeoh Oon Tean, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturer. 


Today I attended a press conference held at the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers which saw the attendance of HE Mr. Damrong Kraikruan Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia. The purpose of the event was the promotion of METALEX 2015 which is to be held in Bangkok on the 18th to the 21st of November 2015. METALEX 2015 is  ASEAN’s largest Metal working exhibition is among the most prominent exhibition that offers updated technology and networking and sourcing opportunities. Coincidently, I had just returned from Thailand and I get to attend something to do with Thailand again. 


Ms Sirirat Sungvichai, Project Manager Reed Tradex Company described the exhibition as an opportunity to find solutions from more than 70,000 manufacturers, discover new ways of upgrading productivity from over 4,000 new metalworking machinery, technologies, and solutions on exhibit and live demonstrations by over 2,700 brands from 50 countries including 9 International Pavilions and the largest gathering of Japanese brands and technologies in ASEAN.

Anyway, what was interesting at today's event was the keynote speech by HE, the Ambassador of Thailand and the Panel Discussion on the subject of the Synergy of Malaysia and Thai Auto Parts Makers to Drive Beyond ASEAN Borders. This forum consisted of Dato’ Ir. Haji Noor Azmi Bin Jaafar, Executive Director, Dellyod Venture Berhad, Mr Somkiat Chupukcharoen, President, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association, Mr John Lee, Chairman of International Business Committee, Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers and Mr. Sittisak Anuntaprayoon Managing Director, Reed Tradex Company.

Dato’ Ir. Haji Noor Azmi Bin Jaafar,  Executive Director of Delloyd Ventures Berhad said that Japanese car makers’ relocation to Malaysia contributed to the growth of the auto industry because they were followed by smaller Japanese component suppliers ever since the mid 1980s when Proton was established. Malaysian companies became partners to and supplied manpower and resources to assist those Japanese component makers growing into a major industry today.  He suggested that Malaysia needs to differentiate itself from other ASEAN countries in order to attract particular types of business suited to its strengths. Malaysia’s strengths today are in high-quality workforce, R&D know-how and full government support.  This means moving to hybrid, energy efficient / electric cars and to high-end, expensive cars as well as the fact that Malaysia has a passenger car market, compared to say, Thailand which has a pick-up truck market and Indonesia which is more of a MPV market. Each should specialise in components in each field and do cross trading in the long run.

Mr. Somkiat Chupukcharoen President, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association said that Thailand had a similar growth curve building up its vehicle production capacity to 2.46 million vehicles today (with over 1.2million of this going for the export market - compare this to about 1 million of so vehicles being produced in Malaysia).  Today the push is for eco cars, big bike, trucks and buses with GPS fleet control, and vehicles with UN ECE standard for roll over and seat anchorage and is fast moving to become a green automotive production base by 2021.  Thailand has a good access to automotive parts market in ASEAN because of its long term relationship with leading vehicle brands in ASEAN.  Thailand has been strengthening its network in the ASEAN automotive markets and this is a strength which Thailand can build upon with its allies in Malaysia.

Mr. Sittisak Anuntaprayoon Managing Director, Reed Tradex Company showed how the METALEX Metal Community can help Malaysian metal working industry to grow.  By providing Infinite Solutions for the Metalworking Industry, METALEX is launching technologies new to Asia in many products and price ranges so that entrepreneurs can choose the equipment that best suit their operation and pocket and provide that  the technology they need to push forward in the market. The technologies are all gathered in a single site, so the buyer need not go to many different places to choose the best and most appropriate product. In this case, Dato Ir Haji Noor Azmi added that in the mould and die casting technologies, Thailand companies have perfected their technology compared to even Malaysia. He also believes that Malaysian companies cold actually learn from their Thai counterparts in order to expand regionally and then globally.

It was quite an interesting discussion where one could get an insight on the workings of actual behind the scenes of auto manufacturers at work. Granted, the final product or the car themselves are interesting. But the stories that are told behind the scenes are pretty unique nonetheless. I could sit and have teh tarik for hours if I were to discuss this.

Anyway, the event today was for the promotion of METALEX 2015 scheduled to be held on 18-21 November 2015 in Bangkok. Automotive Industry Players do take note.

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PRESS RELEASE

METALEX 2015 to be held 18-21 November at BITEC Bangkok, Thailand, will bring opportunities for Infinite Solutions for Metal Working Industry throughout ASEAN.

(From L to R) Mr Sittisak Anuntaprayoon, Managing Director, Reed Tradex Company, Dato’ Ir Haji Noor Azmi, Executive Director, Delloyd Ventures Berhad, Mr John Lee, Chairman of International Business Committee, Federation of Malaysia Manufacturers, Mr Somkiat Chupukcharoen, President, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association during the panel discussion in The Synergy of Malaysian and Thai Auto Parts Makers to Drive Beyond Border. 


At the Press Conference held at the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers, 22nd September 2015, HE Mr. Damrong Kraikruan Ambassador of Thailand to Malaysia sets the tone with his keynote speech The Collaboration between Thailand and Malaysia in AEC - that the Thai government is keen to promote trade and services between the two countries including product sourcing, fairs and establishing networks to expand business opportunities. Thus METALEX 2015 - ASEAN’s largest Metal working exhibition is among the most prominent exhibition that offers updated technology and networking and sourcing opportunities.

In Infinite Solutions for Metalworking Industry at METALEX 2015,  Ms Sirirat Sungvichai, Project Manager Reed Tradex Company described the exhibition as an opportunity to find solutions from more than 70,000 manufacturers, discover new ways of upgrading productivity from over 4,000 new metalworking machinery, technologies, and solutions on exhibit and live demonstrations by over 2,700 brands from 50 countries including 9 International Pavilions and the largest gathering of Japanese brands and technologies in ASEAN.  METALEX 2015 offers Malaysian entrepreneurs opportunity to network with Japanese investors before AEC, and complete solutions for high-precision production processes. Supporting industries engaged in metal working will find essential technologies to improve manufacturing.  New technologies will trigger ideas for new industrial directions and for upgrading production lines.

Many educational conferences and seminars are offered such "METALEX Congress," "METALEX Nano Forum" and "Metallurgy Forum.” Supporting Industries -- collaborations among supporting industries in ASEAN countries to empower new standards for global competitiveness. Before the dawn of AEC -- getting ready for imminent change, improve your capability to meet new challenges.

METALEX Congress 2015 brings leaders to offer visions and guidelines to share cutting edge ideas, experience and best practices.  The METALEX Nano Forum 2015 also offers the interested participants the latest development in Nano manufacturing to update you with the latest innovations.

Networking opportunities abound: At METALEX 2015 is the largest gathering for Japanese investors and industrialists eager to expand business in ASEAN. BUILD Marketplace is a platform for Japanese industries to source industrial parts from local suppliers in ASEAN.

To experience the exhibition packed with excitements, Malaysian visitors are welcomed to join the exclusive business delegation with complimentary accommodation provided. Abundance of activities comprise of Factory Visit to leading auto parts manufacturer, Business Matching
Meetings and networking reception await you at METALEX 2015.


At the Panel Discussion on the Synergy of Malaysia and Thai Auto Parts Makers to Drive Beyond ASEAN Border,  Dato’ Ir. Haji Noor Azmi Bin Jaafar,  Executive Director, Delloyd Ventures Berhad said that Japanese car makers’ relocation to Malaysia contributed to the growth of the auto industry because they were followed by smaller Japanese component suppliers. Malaysian companies became partners to and supplied manpower and resources to assist those Japanese component makers growing into a major industry today.  He suggested that Malaysia needs to differentiate itself from other ASEAN countries in order to attract particular types of business suited to its strengths. Malaysia’s strengths today are in high-quality workforce, R&D know-how and full government support.  This means moving to hybrid, energy efficient / electric cars and to high-end, expensive cars.
                                                                                                           
Mr. Somkiat Chupukcharoen President, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association said that Thailand had a similar growth curve building up its vehicle production capacity to 2.46 million vehicles today.  Today the push is for eco cars, big bike, trucks and buses with GPS fleet control, and vehicles with UN ECE standard for roll over and seat anchorage and is fast moving to become a green automotive production base by 2021.  Thailand has a good access to automotive parts market in ASEAN because of its long term relationship with leading vehicle brands in ASEAN.  Thailand has been strengthening its network in the ASEAN automotive markets and this is a strength which Thailand can build upon with its allies in Malaysia.

Mr. Sittisak Anuntaprayoon Managing Director, Reed Tradex Company showed how the METALEX Metal Community can help Malaysian metal working industry to grow.  By providing Infinite Solutions for the Metalworking Industry, METALEX is launching technologies new to Asia in many products and price ranges so that entrepreneurs can choose the equipment that best suit their operation and pocket and provide that  the technology they need to push forward in the market. The technologies are all gathered in a single site, so the buyer need not go to many different places to choose the best and most appropriate product.

Again METALEX Community organizes roadshows to countries within the region to invite quality buyers, members of metal working industry associations, automotive associations, autopart makers and subcontracting industry associations, mold and die makers etc. They all help to improve manufacturing quality and to provide networking opportunity for all participants.

Mr. Sittisak invites all interested entrepreneurs in metal working industry to visit METALEX 2015 from 18-21November, 2015 at BITEC, Bangkok.

For more information visit at  www.metalex.co.th

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