29TH PHILCONSTRUCT OPENS AT SMX AND WORLD TRADE CENTER
It’s bound to be a great weekend for the construction industry as PHILCONSTRUCT opens its 29th edition. The country’s biggest trade show and Southeast Asia’s longest-running construction expo is set to welcome more than 70,000 visitors from November 8 to 11 at the SMX Convention Center Manila and the World Trade Center Metro Manila. The show is organized by the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA) whose members are responsible for more than 80% of the country’s total annual construction projects.
“These are very exciting times for the industry,” said Morris Agoncillo, President of PCA. “With the government’s aggressive pursuit of infrastructure development through the Build, Build, Build program as well as the private sector’s drive to produce globally competitive projects, there are plenty of opportunities for both local and international suppliers to grow their business here. Our goal in PCA is to provide a venue where they can easily explore these opportunities and for close to three decades now, PHILCONSTRUCT has been that platform.”
In its latest expansion, PHILCONSTRUCT converts the entire front parking lot of World Trade Center into an indoor exhibition hall to house some of its newest international exhibitors. “We are converting the entire front parking lot of the World Trade Center into an exhibition hall, adding as much as 3,000 sq. m. more of indoor exhibition space for the show,” said Gerardo Pancho, 1st Vice President of the Philippine Constructors Association and the Overall Chairman of this year’s PHILCONSTRUCT. Since its first expansion in 2013, PHILCONSTRUCT has been experiencing steady growth and demand for exhibit space not only from local suppliers but most especially from international brands looking to penetrate the Philippine market.
With this new hall, the event is able to present an even wider showcase of building materials, construction equipment, fixtures and finishing solutions, as well as related services from 23 countries. Pancho said that the event will be a great venue for stakeholders from both the government and the private sector to see how these products and technologies from other countries can be used to further improve and strengthen the country’s various structures and infrastructures.
“We expect this synergy between these stakeholders to help bring the practice of construction here in the Philippines to the next level,” added Pancho.
This synergy can be seen at the show’s opening ceremony which was attended by close to a hundred of the industry’s top stakeholders. The opening rites were led by no less than the Department of Trade and Industry’s Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Aside from the Philippines, countries who will have the biggest representation at the show are China, the European Union, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the United States. More than 1,500 companies in total are slated to be part of the showcase, headlined by its co-presenter Pacific Paint (BOYSEN) Philippines, Inc.; major sponsors Civic Merchandising, Inc., CW Home Depot, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., and QSJ Motor Philippines; and show sponsors Caltex / Chevron Philippines, Co Ban Kiat Hardware, and Isuzu Philippines.
For more information about the event, visitors can log on to www.philconstructevents.com or check out PHILCONSTRUCT Expo on Facebook and Instagram. You can also download the mobile app on Google Play or the App Store.
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