243 local, int’l exhibitors join industrial shows in city

Propak Vietnam 2011, the largest business-oriented processing and packaging trade fair in Vietnam, opened Wednesday in Ho Chi Minh City with the participation of 243 local and international exhibitors.

The three-day event, which includes two exhibitions co-located at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, showcases a wide range of products and technology.

It features new ideas, latest equipment and machinery, and technology companies for harnessing Vietnam’s rapidly expanding manufacturing sectors for food, pharmaceutical, beverage, cosmetic, industrial and general consumer products.

Visitors obeserve Japanese company Ishida’s snack bagmaker machine at Propak Vietnam 2011 on Mar 23. The company says the machine can give perfect seals, high speed, quick changeovers, and versatility to make all bag sizes. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The two exhibitions are the 6th International Processing, Filling and Packaging Exhibition and Conference for Vietnam, shortly called Propak Vietnam 2011, and PIA Vietnam 2011, an event in processing engineering, instrumentation, laboratory and scientific equipment.

The 243 exhibitors come from 28 countries and territories such as Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK, the US, Vietnam and elsewhere.

PIA Vietnam 2011 comprises Pharmatech Vietnam (international pharmaceutical and cosmetic processing, filling, packaging and ingredients exhibition) Instrument Vietnam (for instrumentation, measurement and testing) and Analysis & Lab Vietnam Exhibition.

The PIA show’s targeted visitors are representatives from agro-industries; building and construction; chemicals; cosmetics, health and beauty; food and drink; medical, pharmaceutical and biotech; rubber and plastics; textiles; production and distribution, laboratories, among others, according to the organizers.

The co-organizers are Bangkok Exhibition Services, Allworld Exhibition, and VCCI Exhibition Services, a unit of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry VCCI.

The Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, the venue for Propak and PIA, is located in Phu My Hung Township in District 7.

Vietnam’s pharmaceutical market alone will continue to see high annual growth of 25 percent, reaching some US$2 billion in 2012, according to the Vietnam Pharmaceutical Management Department. This will be the compelling factor attracting foreign investors to pour capital into this market.

By Tuong Thuy

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