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Expos Around the World: Philconstruct

What’s happening around the world in the trade show industry? Being held in Manila located in the Luzon region of the Philippines, from November 5th to 8th at three separate venues – the SMX Convention Center Manila, World Trade Center Metro Manila, and the Philippine Trade Training Center – is Philconstruct. This expo represents the construction industry in the Philippines.

The country is expecting this industry to grow by 46 percent by the end of this year, an estimated worth of $20.6 billion by the end of 2015. The reason: the ability to take on projects for other countries in Asia. Philconstruct will be important this year in helping the country work towards a stronger economy. Last year, the expo took place in two locations, and each one saw many attendees – 9,198 in Cebu and 9,131 in Davao. With the growth expected in the industry, this year’s attendee count should be higher.

This show is the number one trade show in the area, put on by multiple organizations: Philconstruct Events, Exhibitions and Conference Corporation; Cebu Contractors Association, Inc.; the Philippine Constructors Association Inc.; and the Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigerating Engineers Inc. If you are in, or planning on getting into the booming construction industry in the Philippines, this is the destination to head for.

What’s There?

The show features an expo-within-an-expo, with the HVAC/R Philippines expo to showcase air conditioning and ventilation industry products and services. The Philippine Society of Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers Inc run the show. The goal is to show those in attendance how the industry is evolving consciously with green initiatives.

Over 1,500 exhibitors will showcase their products and services in trade show booths, representing the US, China, Malaysia, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, and of course the Philippines itself. Brands like Holcim Philippines, Concepcion-Carrier Air Conditioning Co., CEMEX Philippines, and Qishu Heavy Equipment Corp. will be in attendance among many more.

The latest machinery and heavy equipment will be on hand, even the “monster builders” – giant bulldozers, cranes, and many other behemoth machines.

What To Do

If design is your thing, check the Estilo De Vida, the 11th Inter-school Interior Design Competition. This year, the theme is “Millennium Living: Family-owned Condominium Unit in the Metro,” encouraging competitors to design an interior space within a specific condo floor plan. Competitors come from area design schools like the Philippine School of Interior Design, Raffles Design Institute of Manila, and the University of San Carlos in Cebu.

TechnoForum provides a multitude of seminars for people in the industry and keynote speakers to pass along tips and tricks of the trade. Some topics: Construction Management, Construction Administration, the ASEAN Integration of 2015, Green Building, and a wide assortment of others.

This expo is essential to helping the Philippines grow economically. The country expects to build about 300 skyscrapers, improve infrastructure to the tune of 9.6 billion, sink 7.4 million into airport improvements, and invest 200 million into port projects, most due to the natural disasters that demolished communities, the rest due to rapid urban development. The need to expand and rebuild is so great, CEMEX Asia, owner of APO Cement Plant in Cebu is planning an $80 million expansion due to expected increase in demand for cement. Apply this increased need across all facets of the construction industry that will see a rise in demand and you can see how this will benefit the Philippines economically!

After a typhoon followed by last year’s earthquake, rebuilding is inevitable. But through rebuilding the communities, the nation’s economy builds itself up.  The future of the Philippines depends on the construction industry to return it to normal, if not putting it in a better place than it was before.

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