Major engineering machines expo returns to HCM City

MTA Vietnam, the country’s leading manufacturing solutions exhibition, opened in Ho Chi Minh City July 8 with almost 230 exhibitors from more than 20 countries and territories.

The event, held until July 11 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in the heart of Phu My Hung new township, is expected to receive more than 8,000 visitors, said Ms. Bui Thi Thuc Anh, director of Vietchamexpo Company, the Vietnamese organizer.

She added last year’s MTA Vietnam welcomed over 7,700 visitors, both Vietnamese and foreign.

Trumpf, the exhibition’s biggest individual exhibitor, displays a modern metal cutting and forming machine at the event (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Of this year’s exhibitors, 19 percent are Vietnam-based companies and 81 percent are from overseas, said Mr. Stephen Tan, chief executive of Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd, the co-organizer.

“Not just a showcase of the latest machines and solutions, MTA Vietnam 2009 is also a timely platform for companies to get together to do business and arm themselves with the latest industry trends and knowledge,” he added.

The event also houses nine international group pavilions from Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Many exhibitors are displaying their machinery innovations in metal cutting, metal forming, cutting tools, test and measurement, and industrial tools and components.

Germany-based Trumpf is the event’s largest individual exhibitors. Its products include machine tools, power tools, electronics, laser technology and medical technology. Trumpf opened the first Vietnam representative office in Ho Chi Minh City in 2006 and the second one, located in Hanoi, two months ago.

Nikon equipment showcased at the exhibition (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Other international brands present at the event include Amada, Nikon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitutoyo and Mori Seiki from Japan, Guehring, Haas Automation, and Walter AG. 

Meanwhile, Taiwan represents the largest group at the show, according to the organizers.

The Taiwan pavilions feature 29 companies including Accuway, Arcs Precision Technology, Bo Shiong, Hiwin Technologies Corporation, Jainnher, Lion Enterprises Corporation, Shin-Yain Industrial, Vertex Machinery Works and Yee Young Industrial.

Participating in MTA Vietnam for the fourth time, the Department of Export Promotion-Thai Trade Centre Ho Chi Minh City’s group pavilion hosts 12 Thai companies keen to expand their business footprint in Vietnam.

The Busan Economic Promotion Agency from South Korea marks its first group appearance at the show this year. Together with the group pavilion coordinated by the Korean Association of Machinery Industry, the Korea pavilions bring 17 Korean companies eager to make their Vietnam presence bolder.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Small Business Center have coordinated in bringing the Japan group pavilions.

Other group pavilions include the Singapore one, coordinated by the Singapore Precision Engineering and Tooling Association, and the German group, which hosts German companies showing high quality machine tools. The German companies include Trumpf, the event’s largest individual exhibitor.

During MTA Vietnam 2009, the event’s Skills Development Center offers programs for upgrade of skills and technology applications for Vietnam’s manufacturing industry. Participating colleges and universities include the Saigon Technology University, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Nguyen Tat Thanh College.

The event is fully called the Vietnam International Precision Engineering, Machine Tools and Metalworking Exhibition and Conference, organized by Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd and Vietnam’s Vietchamexpo.

By Tuong Thuy

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