HCM CITY (VNS) — The fourth international maritime exhibition opens today in HCM City's Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Tan Binh District.
The three-day International Marine and Offshore Exhibition or INMEX Viet Nam 2013, formerly known as Maritime Viet Nam, aims to represent the country as an emerging market for the maritime industry in Southeast Asia.
The exhibition brings together the latest products and technology in shipbuilding, maritime engineering, offshore engineering and technology and ports and logistics.
It is expected to attract about 300 companies and brands from 16 countries and territories, including Viet Nam, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the US.
"We are pleased to be part of the next edition of INMEX Viet Nam in 2013, an event which gathers leading players from the international maritime community," said Marjan Lacet, general manager of HME Singapore branch. "We're confident that with the quality of industry professionals attending the event over the past years, this is an ideal platform to learn and do business for the maritime industry in Viet Nam."
Maciej Leszek Ryczko, managing director of Polviet.com and representative from the Poland Pavilion, shared Lacet's optimism.
"We're happy to once again be part of the INMEX Viet Nam 2013, the best venue to meet people here," he said. "We believe the exhibition has better positioned itself to reflect changes in the market, given the quality of its visitors."
The event continues to receive support from international and regional maritime associations and governing bodies including Holland Marine Equipment, the Institute of Marine Engineers India, the Indian National Shipowners Association, Maritime Norway, the Singapore Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Society of Maritime Industries and VDMA – Marine and Offshore Equipment Industries.
Co-hosted by Informa Exhibitions and Viet Nam Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company, the event is expected to improve networking opportunities, capture visitor interest and encourage interaction in the Vietnamese maritime business community.
Recent research and data suggest that leading ports in HCM City and Da Nang are riding the headwinds, with strong growth set to occur.
With a coastline of more than 3,260 kilometres, Viet Nam has huge potential in shipping and other sea-related services. — VNS