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MTA VIETNAM Delivered its Commitment to Elevate Standard of Local Manufacturing Industry Through New Technology and Technical Know-How

Singapore, 9 July 2013 – Use MTA VIETNAM as a platform to bridge local enterprises and foreign business partners to further establish Vietnam as an attractive investment destination in the eyes of the global industrial community. This is the message Mr. Nguyen Quan, Minister, Ministry for Science and Technology, had for manufacturing industry professionals that gathered for the opening ceremony of MTA VIETNAM2013 on Tuesday last week.

After four successful show days, it is evident that MTA VIETNAM has held up its reputation as the country’s premier trade show and largest display of manufacturing solutions in Vietnam. This year saw a record number of more than 12,000 attendees comprising trade visitors, exhibiting staff, seminar speakers and delegates, competition participants and members of the press gathered at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC) for the 11th edition of the show from 2 – 5 July.

The Local Industry Levels up
The manufacturing sector plays a pivotal role in the progress and development of Vietnam’s economy. The influx of foreign-owned manufacturing conglomerates setting up production bases in Vietnam has created new demand throughout the entire manufacturing value chain. Smaller firms wanting to keep up with the fast developing industry, and local support services looking to join the global supply chain are taking ready steps to level-up their capabilities.

“Vietnam’s mechanical and production engineering capabilities have increased significantly over the last few years. Local manufacturing firms moving up the value chain and competing globally have created consistent, growing demand for new machines tools and equipment in Vietnam. MTA VIETNAM with its large percentage of international exhibitors, is the ideal platform for technology sourcing.” said Mr. Tee Boon Teong, Deputy Chief Representative, Singapore Exhibition Services’ Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, organiser of MTA VIETNAM2013.

Major local buyers that were seen trolling the MTA VIETNAM2013 show floor include Duy Tan Plastic, HAI HA Machinery and Trading, Kien Giang, Mida Mold Precision, Saigon Precision, Soc Trang Mechanical, Mechanical, Vina Kyoei and Vietsopetro.

Veteran exhibitor and global machine tools leader, Dr. Christian Braun, Managing Director of DMG MORI SEIKI (SEA) gave his comments on the quality of visitors at MTA VIETNAM2013, he said: “It is evident that the local industry is developing towards a higher level of capability. The visitors we have met far exceeded our expectations – in terms of the type of customers, and the discussions we have had with them, showed that there is indeed a continuous growing demand for more sophisticated machines in the local market. As the leading provider of 5-axis machines, we are seeing a trend where smaller local manufacturers are showing greater interest and beginning to adopt more high-tech machinery that allows for better accuracy and greater integration of processes.”

Mr. Hisao Kawano, General Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Asia also commented on the growing popularity of his machines among local companies, he said: “MTA VIETNAM2013 is a show that connects the latest manufacturing solutions with Vietnam’s manufacturing sector.  As Vietnam’s manufacturing capability increases, Mitsubishi Electric’s MV Series of Wire-Cut Electric Discharge Machine (EDM) Systems – with its easy operation, complements Vietnam’s drive towards greater productivity. It has proven to be popular with the local manufacturing community and we have already sold quite a number of units!”

International Showcase Impressed Visitors
Hailing from 21 countries and regions, 80 per cent of the 341 exhibitors were from overseas. Together, they made up an impressive global marketplace of machine tools and equipment from the world’s top brands that left trade visitors spoilt for choice.

Commenting on the wide variety of products on display, Mr. Cao Thanh Trong, Assistant Section Chief, MTEX Vietnam said: “I have visited MTA VIETNAM several times and I am impressed with the exhibition this year, as there are more new products and solutions available. Also, the Germany pavilion has expanded, showing a greater range of high quality technologies. I am here to search for drills, laser machines and tapping equipment and have exchanged contacts with potential suppliers such as Bessey Tool and Minitec. I will be back to visit the next MTA VIETNAM.”

The show this year saw a large turnout of group delegates. 163 groups in all, they arrived from provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Long An and Tra Vinh.

“MTA VIETNAM is our company’s the regular sourcing platform. I used to visit the show on my own and this is the first time we have brought along a group of leaders, supervisors and engineers.  We are here to get updated on the latest technology trends and testing equipment as well as look for metalworking machines that serve our production needs,” said Mr. Le Minh Phuong, Chief of Production, Nidec Servo Vietnam Corporation.

In addition to a comprehensive showcase of machine tools, MTA VIETNAM2013 also featured a series of seminars and an exciting welding skills competition. The three seminars, organised by the Vietnam Welding Society, the Vietnam Association of Testing Laboratories – VinaLab; and the Multi Engineering Solutions Laboratory – MESLAB, provided insightful dialogue that touched on pertinent industry issues. Held for the first time, the welding skills competition saw a healthy turn out of competitors, ultimately, the team from Vietsopetro emerged victorious.

Happy Exhibitors at MTA VIETNAM2013
With a 23 per cent increase in trade visitors this year compared to the previous edition of MTA VIETNAM, exhibitors were undoubtedly pleased with the quality turnout.

“We have had a good show this year. Compared to other years, we saw about 20 to 30 per cent increase of visitors to our booth at MTA VIETNAM2013. The quality of visitors is also a lot better. We are here to expand our business network within the local Vietnamese market and so far we have sold two machines and established contact with quite a few new local potential customers,” said Mr. Naoki Mori, Director, Sales Division, Sodick (Thailand).

“Our objective taking part in MTA VIETNAM is always to meet more new local customers. This year we have had a very encouraging crowd, especially during the first two show days. We have met a number of potential local customers and also managed to sell our BySun 3015 laser cutting machine,” said Mr. Philip Loh, Managing Director, Bystronic

In addition to marketing their machine tools to the local manufacturers, many international exhibitors were at MTA VIETNAM2013 to look for local agents and distributors for their products as well.

One such exhibitor was Mr. Wataru Izumi, Section Leader, Overseas Group Asia Team, MST Corporation, he said: “We took part in MTA VIETNAM2013 to look for local distributors for our products. Currently we have two Japanese distributors here that serve the local Japanese manufacturing base in Vietnam. However we would like to expand our business networks to include local Vietnamese companies. During the last four days, we have met about five potential distributors for our products. We are very happy with MTA VIETNAM2013, and have already signed up to exhibit next year!

The next edition of MTA VIETNAM will be held from 8 – 11 July 2014.