NEPCON to power up new technology

May 18, 2016 | 09:35
Vietnam-based electronics firms will have the opportunity to seek foreign partners from around the world at the NEPCON Thailand 2016, a high-profile exhibition showcasing the world’s latest electronics technology in Thailand. Suttisak Wilanan, deputy managing director of ASEAN’s leading exhibition organiser, Reed Tradex, spoke with VIR’s Thanh Tung on this topic.

How can the NEPCON Thailand 2016 exhibition boost development in the electronics industry, particularly in light of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)?

Vietnam and Thailand are trading partners in ASEAN. The full effect of the AEC offers opportunities for both countries to open a larger market and enable the region to draw in more foreign trade and investment.

Held on June 22-25 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, NEPCON Thailand 2016 is a good way to raise awareness for businesses in this very competitive market. It will provide a great marketing platform to introduce the industrial community to new electrical and electronics manufacturing industries from the AEC and beyond, right across the globe.

Let’s take Thailand’s electronics industry as an example. In 2016 this is expected to grow by 2.1 per cent, and automotive electronics exports are predicted to hit $32.7-33.5 billion.

Spurred by the weakening baht, manufacturers are concentrating on high-precision items in automotive electronics, especially for hybrid and electric vehicles.

With the launch of the AEC, electronics manufacturers are exploring future growth areas in cloud computing, which is supported by the Thai government (with securely-backed super-clusters) to attract foreign investment.

Cloud computing has changed how electronics components are manufactured and how customers interact with services provided. Cloud technology has made huge leaps in terms of organisation size, cost, and time, allowing manufacturers to gain better control and clearer insights into their production process and supply chain.

It is possible that future manufacturing facilities will migrate into the cloud, taking advantage of the value it can bring. The emerging trend of cloud technology and Thailand’s electronics super-clusters are among the latest electronic innovations from the 350 brands from 22 countries to be exhibited at NEPCON Thailand 2016.

What activities will be highlighted at NEPCON Thailand 2016?

Some of the highlights at NEPCON include the “electronics design village”, which is aimed at enhancing Internet of Things learning for manufacturers.

Also, there will be a “machine vision zone”, where the superior detection capabilities of machines are showcased, achieving the highest quality control during the manufacturing process.

Machine vision plays a vital role in achieving high quality control during the manufacturing process. Manufacturers often prefer machine vision for precision part inspections that the human eye cannot detect. The “machine vision zone” includes some of the world’s leading brands, such as Basler, Cognex, Jutze, Val, and Teledyne Technologies.

Meanwhile, the “NEPCON sourcing zone” is the perfect meeting place for appropriating new partners while extending your business connection circle, and sourcing new partners and subcontractors, from upstream to downstream.

Why should Vietnamese firms visit this event?

Vietnamese industrialists and investors in the electrical and electronics industry should visit this show to keep abreast of ever-changing technology and emerging trends, to improve standards as well as provide connections that will help manufacturers improve their operations in the global market.

Usually, if you are seeking a foreign partner, you would have to fly to the partner’s nation to meet with him/her. However, at NEPCON Thailand 2016, you can simultaneously meet with hundreds of like-minded partners from all over the world who are also seeking business co-operation in new projects.

This is what makes the NEPCON 2016 edition so important, providing a dynamic marketing platform for more than 350 international manufacturers and distributors from 22 countries. Here, you can connect with over 10,000 professionals from the electronics manufacturing industry. To my knowledge, several Thai electronics manufacturers are considering shifting their production to Vietnam. This is a perfect opportunity for Vietnamese firms to attend NEPCON Thailand 2016 and meet with potential Thai partners.

How will Vietnamese firms be supported when attending this event?

NEPCON Thailand is offering a superior service package for overseas visitors (minimum ten members per group). For example, Vietnamese visitors are offered a (two-room night accommodation (twin sharing).

In addition, we have launched a “Connect Business” campaign, which will provide visiting promoters with $100 per visitor when they bring ten guests or more to stay for a minimum of three days and two nights.

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