KUALA LUMPUR: The Engineering and Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation (ACMV & R) industries in Malaysia will come together for four days from March 16 – 19 next year, in a showcase of the latest in the industry’s solutions, products and technology towards progressing the nation’s engineering industry and reigniting economic activity.
Congregating to forge collaborations and leverage on partnerships in the first Malaysia Engineering Exhibition and Conference 2022 (ENGINEER) and its concurrent exhibition, the first Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation Expo 2022 (MARVEX), both flagship events are expected to draw industry trade visitors with the opportunity to participate in four days of exhibitions, five symposiums, forums, trade and product talks, business matching sessions and an industry dinner and awards night.
These event highlights aim to uplift the industry and prepare the professionals and talents from the nation’s private and public sector to update and equip themselves as the industry joins forces to propel the economy, towards the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and to fulfil the strategies outlined in the 12th Malaysia Plan.
The comprehensive exhibitions will connect the trade industry and build connections from strength to strength. It aims to inspire new growth areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) and promote networking for knowledge exchange and collaboration in partnerships.
In short, the ENGINEER and MARVEX is the place for industry experts to connect beyond the exhibitions, and join forces to propel the industry.
“Malaysia’s growth and eventual status as a developed nation, rests in your hands, and your commitment and cooperation will allow the engines of growth to roar once again,” Works Ministry deputy secretary general (policy and development sector), Datuk Wan Ahmad Uzir said during his speech as he inspired the industry’s specialists to participate in the exhibition of this nature in Malaysia.
He also noted that the exhibitions come at a timely juncture to promote collaboration between the public and private entities, reflective of their central role as the engine for economic growth and revitalisation of the economy.
The transition of the nation into an endemic stage in the battle against Covid-19 will pave the way for gradual opening up of the economy, necessitating construction and infrastructural development to hasten, driving forward the promise of shared prosperity for all and transition into becoming a developed and high-income nation, he said.
Drawing on the strengths of the joint organisers, the exhibitions are built by the industry for the industry, in a shared goal of driving the industry forward as a whole.
“Building on the synergy of these associations, the driving force for growth and advancements among their members and the nation will spur collaborations and new exchanges for the engineering industry.” Datuk Vincent Lim, C.I.S president said.
Lim added that “It is very promising to see us coming together with the same purpose with such resilience and agility to move forward especially, to reboot and rebuild our industry.”
In tandem, Lim believes that the industry will make a stronger comeback after two years of idling.
During the event, representing the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) president Ong Ching Loon, its deputy president Prof Dr Norlida Buniyamin said that “this exhibition, with the right exhibitors can pose a great effort to collectively grow the industry and boost the nation’s economy. The right exhibitors play a vital role to drive Malaysia’s major projects and urbanisation.”
The exhibitions are poised to be the ideal gateway to Southeast Asia’s Engineering and ACMV & R communities, evolving into becoming the go-to exhibition for players in these industries not just in Malaysia, but regionally as well, in years to come.
“Considering the rapid growth of ACMV & R, which has made this the largest sub-sector of the M&E Building and Construction industry, we have also seen an increased demand for smart buildings and technologically advanced systems; governments’ incentives and rebate programmes in promoting the usage of energy-efficient ACMV & R units, “ said Peter Tan, Malaysian Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Association (MACRA) president.
“MARVEX is a timely event that is expected to be a premier annual business and trade event for the primary source of ACMV & R stakeholders while providing a unique platform for the growth and development of the industry in this region,” Tan added.
The ENGINEER and MARVEX currently has attracted government agencies and nine supporting associations as a prove that the industry is rising post-lockdown.
Opportunities are in abundance, albeit regulatory changes and the emergence of new requirements for the engineering industry especially in the construction and built industry sectors.
There is increased focus on better utilisation of space, as the concept has been redefined by the boundaries of social distancing and the need for leisure and recreation. The COP26 forum has also created a stronger voice for environmental, social and governance (ESG) compliance and a call for reduction of carbon footprints and energy conservation.
ENGINEER and MARVEX will play a key role in bringing together industry players and providing them a platform to showcase their technology and solutions that will present opportunities to the industry to incorporate the requirements of the new normal efficiently and economically. Both exhibitions are crucial for industry players who want to be on the forefront of a new technology frontier.
These flagship events, bringing together professionals and experts in the Engineering and ACMV & R industries under one roof for the very first time, is set to change the landscape for industry growth, building on the firm foundations and strengths of the associations. This synergy will be the driving force for growth and advancement among the associations’ respective members as well as the nation, towards a common goal of national growth and shared prosperity for all.
ENGINEER will assemble professionals from across five key engineering sectors, namely in civil structures, electrical, electronic, chemical, and mechanical to gather on a single platform, to spark discussions and ideas to take the industry further.
MARVEX, on the other hand, will showcase the three major pillars of air-conditioning which are mechanical, ventilation, and refrigeration. It is positioned as the premier business and trade event for the primary source of ACMV & R stakeholders while providing a unique platform for the growth and development of the industry in this region.
Both exhibitions are set to build industry strength; inspire new growth; and advance AI and IOT technologies.