ConstructionPlusAsia News: MOU signed for sustainable materials sourced from local waste to build HQ

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between JTC Corporation and Samwoh Corporation on 25 March 2019 will witness recycled materials processed from construction and industrial waste—such as sedimentary rocks excavated from Jurong Rock Caverns—being used to build Samwoh’s new four-storey headquarters near Kranji Reservoir. The new HQ is slated to be completed by 2020.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Fifty per cent of new infrastructure projects to be sustainability-certified from December 2020

The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia launched the Sustainable Infrastructure Rating Tool (Sustainable INFRASTAR) on 19 March, which supports the target of 50 per cent of new infrastructure projects worth more than RM100 million to be certified with sustainability infrastructure tools from December 2020 onwards, during the launching of the 19th International Construction Week (ICW).

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25 – 27 March 2019: HVACR Vietnam 2019

Secure sales leads and benefit from Vietnam’s growing HVACR industry! 

Are you ready for the most established international exhibition on Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Air Filtration & Purification, and Refrigeration Systems in Vietnam?

Organised by Informa Exhibitions and Vietnam Trade Fair & Advertising Joint Stock Company (VINEXAD), HVACR Vietnam 2019 is the only focused HVACR trade show in the country, and will make its return for the 13th edition on 25 – 27 March 2019 at Phu Tho Stadium.

The annual exhibition has become the quintessential platform for international manufacturers and suppliers to launch new products, reach out and connect with potential buyers, and appoint agents and distributors. Through the event, they will also establish strong business networks, and build lasting brand awareness in Vietnam’s exploding economy.

The last edition of HVACR Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City saw 250 participating companies and brands, with exhibitors from 12 countries, and more than 7,900 visitors from 28 countries.

Big Developments Due to Rising Demand For & Investment in HVACR Industry 

The increase in investments in industrial and commercial sectors, government-funded infrastructure development projects in major cities, the expansion of the tourism industry, as well as the increase of construction activities in hospitality, are some reasons that propel the demand for the HVACR industry in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, international manufacturers continue to expand their operations here. Water heater manufacturer Ariston Thermo Vietnam announced their intentions to continue their long-term investment in the country, introduce energy-saving devices to the market here, as well as enhance investment into research to develop new products, all to meet the increasing demand from the big population, rapid construction growth rate, and high urbanisation.

Additionally, a report from TechSci Research also indicates the Vietnamese air-conditioner market is predicted to increase 14.64% on average annually until 2021.

Top Global HVACR Brands Take Centrestage 

This year, international exhibitors from countries such as Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the USA, and Turkey will set up booth to showcase their latest products and technology.

Among them are repeat exhibitors, Leading Electric & Machinery Co Ltd, and Ayvaz.

Leading Electric & Machinery Co Ltd is Taiwan’s top global air-conditioning brand. It integrates refrigerant control and air supply system to provide an energy-saving and precise constant temperature and hygrostat barotropy air-conditioning system to the industry.

“Our participation in a previous edition of HVACR Vietnam introduced us to many local buyers, and opened the door to new sales leads. We are very optimistic about the upcoming developments in Vietnam, and believe it will be a very fruitful trip for us this edition,” said Mr James Huang, Vice General Director of Leading Electric & Machinery Vietnam JSC.

Turkish company Ayvaz, a highly regarded manufacturer of expansion joints, valves, steam equipment, level controller and flexible metal hose, is another brand to look out for.

Shared a spokesperson: “Ayvaz currently has offices in 10 countries worldwide, and exports to 100 countries. We are looking to further expand our reach in Vietnam and the region, and are excited to be part of the country’s growth.”

Learn Current Trends Through Complimentary Power-Packed Seminars 

Throughout the three-day event, a range of complimentary and insightful seminars on current trending topics will be given by local and international industry experts from the Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC), and some of the leading companies in the industry.

Participants will benefit from important issues like Green Buildings & SMART Technologies, HVACR Industry Insight & Innovation, and The Future of Energy Efficiency in Vietnam.

Benefit Through B2B Meetings & Meaningful Networking Opportunities 

To provide exhibitors and buyers the best opportunities during their time at the expo, a new complimentary B2B Online Meeting System was launched just last year.

After users send in their business interests, the system will deliver a curated list of participants to them, allowing them to make appointments online before the show, and then conduct one-to-one business meetings during the three-day show. A human concierge will be available to help maximise the attendance value.

Through the system, users will be able to find potential clients, locate investment opportunities, forge lucrative partnerships, broaden their career network, as well as share and exchange knowledge.

Several social events will also be held to provide comfortable opportunities for participants to build and strengthen friendships.

Interested visitors to HVACR Vietnam 2019 can pre-register their visit here: 


HVACR Vietnam 2019
Date: 25 March 2019, 9am – 5pm
26 March 2019, 9am – 5pm
27 March 2019, 9am – 5pm
Venue: Phu Tho Stadium, 219 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Ward 15, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

BCI Media Group acquires online architectural product, project and professional platform Bluprin.

JAKARTA and SYDNEY, 11 Mar. 2019 – BCI Media Group, the leading construction information provider in the Asia-Pacific is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Jakarta-based online architectural product, project and professional platform Bluprin.

Bluprin is an online platform that allows Design Professionals to create profiles and showcase their projects. At the same time, it enables Building Product Manufacturers to upload digital product libraries and interact with other participants in the network. It creates a new platform for the design community to discover and specify construction products.

Capitalising on clear synergies in relation to dynamic growth and innovative solutions, the acquisition enables both organisations to expand and develop their relationship with the extended Asia-Pacific design community. Combined, the organisations will create more effective and purpose driven product specification processes in our market places. In turn, this will positively contribute to our wider built environment.

Says Ricky Cahyadi, Founder of Bluprin: “We have always aimed to support the construction industry through providing accessible, candid information whilst simultaneously enabling key stakeholders to connect and make well-informed decisions. We are thrilled to join forces with BCI Media Group as both companies share the same long-term vision. We feel confident that BCI Media Group’s long history as the leading provider of construction information combined with the efforts of our passionate team will create further positive outcomes for the industry and it’s communities.”

Robert Krups, CEO BCI Asia confirms: “The team at Bluprin has built a solid, smart and functionally advanced platform that will allow decision makers in the construction and design industry to make better specification choices. We are excited to start working together to boost the depth and reach of the platform as well as push into new areas of SaaS functions that will enhance collaboration and ease management of product information.”

The integration of the two organisations will take place throughout 2019, during which time the platform and network will be upscaled considerably before being launched within BCI markets. Both Bluprin and BCI clients will be able to take advantage of the combined value and performance offered by new marketing opportunities, championed by an unparalleled, expanding product portfolio.

About BCI Media Group
BCI Media Group is the leading provider of building and construction information across the Asia Pacific region with 20 offices across 9 countries and reporting on construction projects across 13 countries.

Established in 1998, BCI Media Group has a long history in providing its members with quality information across a multitude of construction projects within the public and private sectors, from concept design and planning stages to documentation, tender, the awarding of contracts and commencement of construction. Our complementary cross media business services combined with our construction project information aims to provide marketing and sales alignment for our members by giving them the opportunity to find and engage with their target audience easily and at the right time.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Malaysia’s universities to visualise a better future for cities

Launched in conjunction with the Malaysia Urban Forum 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center on 18 February, the Malaysia 100YC Grand Finale Exhibition saw 11 local universities presenting their ideas and urban solution for Malaysia cities 100 years from now.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: SGD6 million funding for built environment accelerator programme

An SGD6 million accelerator programme, the Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (BE-AMP) was officially launched by Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong on 23 February.

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20 – 24 March 2019: The 17th IndoBuildTech Expo 2019

Event: The 17th IndoBuildTech Expo 2019
Date: 20 – 24 March 2019

PT Debindo ITE in 2019 will hold the IndoBuildTech Expo 2019. IndoBuildTech Expo is Indonesia’s largest exhibition of building material & Interior. In 2019 the IndoBuildTech Event Series will be held in Bali, Jakarta and Surabaya.

IndoBuildTech Bali, will be held on 30 January-3 February 2019 at the Sanur Prime Plaza Hotel. The IndoBuildTech Expo Jakarta, will be held on March 20-24, 2019 at ICE BSD. IndoBuildTech Surabaya, will be held on April 24-28 2019 at Grand City Convex.

IndoBuildTech Expo 2019 introduces a new architecture trend, namely “Establishing Architecture 4.0”. By having this new theme, Indobuildtech Expo 2019 invite all industry stakeholders to prepare for upcoming technologies and advancement in architecture, design interior and building material.

The IndoBuildTech Expo Jakarta will be held together with other co-located events, including:

  1. The 4th IndoConsTech Expo 2019 (Bring together the latest advancement of construction and infrastructure technology the market has to offer presented to all key players of Indonesia infrastructure industry)
  2. The 1st Indonesia Facility Management Expo (IFME) 2019 (Designed to be the prime marketplace for smart building and facilities solution providers and professionals in the world of facility management industry.)
  3. The 1st IndoGlassTech Expo 2019 (Indonesia Glass Technology Expo 2019 present the opportunity by providing the insights from global industry players to the glass manufacturing, processing, products and materials sectors)
  4. The 1st IndoLight Tech Expo 2019 (IndoLightTech Expo 2019 will be presenting the foremost advancement of lighting technologies from manufacturers around the globe)

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Government to review high project construction checks

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has ordered a thorough review of the safety monitoring system for the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to ensure the world’s longest sea crossing is safe.

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ConstructionPlusAsia News: Johnson Controls maximises value of entire buildings portfolio with Metasys 10.0

Johnson Controls has released its Metasys 10.0, a building automation system to deliver unified building management. It provides facility personnel with smarter building automation, faster responses to critical alarms and new integrations with fire detection, security and lighting systems from a single common interface.

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15 March 2019 : RICS Hong Kong Annual Dinner and Awards 2019

Date: 15 March 2019
Time: 18:30–22:00
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Wan Chai

The RICS Annual Dinner and Awards Hong Kong presentation ceremony is one of the industry’s most anticipated yearly social events. The dinner provides a unique opportunity for built environment professionals to get together, connect, and celebrate progress. The highlight of the evening is, per tradition, the unveiling of this year’s RICS Awards Hong Kong finalists and winners. The event will serve as a one-of-a-kind platform for our most diligent fellow professionals and most inspirational projects to shine.

In the spirit of embracing the growing importance of technology, this year’s awards introduce two new categories: Research Team of the Year and Construction Project Management Team of the Year. Both categories focus on using new technologies to drive better outcomes, which aligns with RICS’ and the Hong Kong Government’s vision to keep our industry competitive in the global pursuit of technological excellence. Embracing innovation doesn’t only lead to business opportunities, it also leads to improved living standards in the city for all. For those who wish to celebrate among the best in the industry, this event is not to be missed.

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