At the opening ceremony of the events (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – A series of exhibitions have opened at a venue in Ho Chi Minh City on October 11, featuring advanced metalworking solutions, electronics manufacturing technologies, and supporting products.

Metalex Vietnam 2018, Nepcon Vietnam 2018, and the Supporting Industry Show 2018 are all being held by Reed Tradex in partnership with the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City (ITPC), the HCM City Centre for Supporting Industries’ Development (CSID), and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) in the southern city.

Metalex Vietnam and Nepcon Vietnam are annual events that have been held over the past 10 years to provide platforms for manufacturers with updates and new knowledge in metalworking and electronics, said Reed Tradex CEO Isara Nurintranart in his opening remarks.

More than 10,000 buyers from around the world are expected to attend Metalex Vietnam 2018 to explore the cutting-edge machinery tools and metalworking solutions on display by 500 exhibitors from 25 countries and territories. The most popular stands include Hoffman, Hexagon, Takamaz, and Weldcom.

Nepcon Vietnam – the country’s only exhibition on SMT, testing technologies and equipment, and supporting industries for electronics manufacturing – is an opportunity for visitors to explore advanced technologies from over 200 firms from 20 countries, as well as acquire know-how by meeting technology providers and industry experts in seminars and expand business networks in the sector.

Organised by JETRO, the Supporting Industry Show 2018 delivers a platform for networking between players in the supporting industry’s supply chains from Vietnam and Japan.

Takimoto Koji, JETRO’s chief representative in HCM City, said that about 2,500 Japanese enterprises now operate in Vietnam, more than half of which are engaged in manufacturing. Most of these firms have to import materials, spare parts, and accessories, he said, explaining the importance of the event.

Despite wanting to increase local content in their products, they could only purchase around 30 percent of the parts and components they needed in Vietnam, including those produced by other Japanese manufacturers, he noted.

The show brings together 29 producers from Japan, including many big names that have been present in Vietnam. It is expected to enhance linkages between Japanese manufacturers and domestic suppliers that will facilitate higher local content in made-in-Vietnam products in the coming time.

The three expos will run through until October 13. –VNA