Platform for laboratory sciences

LabAsia 2023 features a lineup of 450 brands and companies from nine countries. — ART CHEN/The Star

THE eighth edition of Malaysia International Scientific Instruments and Laboratory Equipment Exhibition and Conference (LabAsia 2023) took place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Organised by Informa Markets Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), LabAsia 2023 hosted some 7,000 local and international delegates who shared the latest breakthroughs and technological advances in the field of laboratory sciences.

Informa Markets deputy event director Geonice Chong said LabAsia 2023 was a testament of its commitment to accelerating growth and innovation in the scientific community.

“It is a one-stop powerhouse for networking, collaboration, showcasing the latest trends and providing educational opportunities. 

“These elements are pivotal for advancing the scientific instruments and laboratory industry, enriching both industry professionals and the global scientific community,” she said during the opening ceremony.

Chong added that they were optimistic the three-day exhibition and conference would have a transformative impact on the laboratory and scientific community.

LabAsia 2023 also featured an impressive lineup of 450 participating brands and companies from nine countries, namely China, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

Other highlights included more than 30 technical seminars from participating exhibitors.

Taking place at the same time was Asian Conference on Analytical Sciences 2023 (Asianalysis XVI), Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Analysis (APCE) 2023, Symposium on Forensic Science 2023 and Symposium on Halal Testing and Authenticity.

Chemistry Department director-general Halimah Abdul Rahim said Informa Markets Malaysia’s partnership with IKM signified a union of expertise, resources and shared passion for the betterment of the chemical community in Malaysia and beyond.

“I hope participants will seize the opportunity to engage in vibrant discussion and forge meaningful collaborations.

“It is through these interactions that we can push boundaries of knowledge and innovation in analytical science, chemical engineering and laboratory technologies,” she said in her message to delegates.

IKM president Datuk Dr Soon Ting Kueh said there had been tremendous development in analytical sciences.

“Analytical sciences are now crucial to economic development, to businesses and trades.

“This year’s Asianalysis XVI also included the symposium on halal food testing, which has become an important aspect of doing business across borders,” he said.

Soon said delegates could acquire invaluable insights into halal certification processes, standards and innovative testing methods crucial for ensuring product integrity and compliance.

He added that there were exciting programmes to look forward to, including 50th World Chemistry Congress and 53rd General Assembly scheduled to happen in Kuala Lumpur in 2025.

Also present at the opening ceremony was Asianalysis XVI chairman Dr Malarvili Ramalingam and co-chair Datin Dr Zuriati Zakaria, APCE 2023 chairman Dr Juan Joon Ching, Symposium on Forensic Science 2023 chairman Datuk Dr Yew Chong Hooi and Symposium on Halal Testing and Authenticity chairman Marhayani Md Saad.

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