Press Release

METAL AP 2018 Successfully Closed
Asia-Pacific Metal Industry Exhibition (METAL AP) Blossoms in SE Asia to Serve Thousands of Enterprises

“Asia-Pacific Metal Industry Exhibition” (METAL AP 2018), over the course of three days, was successfully closed in Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center at 15:00 pm September 21, 2018 (Bangkok local time).

Initiated by Chinese foundry industry with a joint action of industries related to metallurgy, foundry, metal process etc. and partners in the entire Asia-Pacific area, METAL AP commits to be a comprehensive industry service platform to promote the development of metal process and manufacturing industry in Asia-Pacific and accelerate technology progress and improvement of local independent industries.

"METAL AP 2018" is organized by China Foundry Productivity Promotion Center, Metallurgical Council of CCPIT and Industrial Furnace Institution of CMES, and co-organized/supported by Thai Foundry Association, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Keikinzoku Tsushin Al Co., Ltd., Taiwan Foundry Society, NürnbergMesse GmbH, Vietnam Foundry Association, Ningbo Die & Mould Industry Association, China General Chamber of Commerce, Siam Metals Association, The Thai-Chinese Exim Association and Shanghai Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and other industry organizations and enterprises.

“METAL AP” officially settles down in Bangkok Thailand this year. It is a milestone as the first independent overseas service platform initiated by Chinese foundry industry specially serving related industries in Southeast Asia and even the entire Asia-Pacific area.

In recent years, Southeast Asia, with great potential, has become one of the fastest growing and developing areas in global manufacturing industries. Internationally well-known automakers Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, G.M., Volkswagen, Hyundai, SAIC, Great Wall, etc. decided to establish their factories here, which has promoted a rapid development of local automobile manufacturing industry. It is predicted by experts that in 2018 Southeast Asia may be the eighth auto market of the world. In addition, major cross-boarder cooperation projects such as Sino-Thai high-speed railway and infrastructure construction within Southeast Asian countries are also in processing.

The flourishing manufacturing industry represented by automobile, however, is in great contrast to local metal industry of relatively primary processing level. Take auto industry as an instant. The capability of metal processing in Southeast Asia is far from meeting local automakers’ demands on purchase, assembly and quality. Most automakers in Vietnam prefer a much more costly way to guarantee their production by importing spare parts from China or other areas. All above factors have created an unprecedented opportunity for enterprises working on basic metal manufacturing industries such as die casting, foundry, furnace, metallurgy, etc. to output their products, technologies, mid-end and high-end equipment! 

Meantime, considering the global economy slowdown and its normalization of low-speed/moderate growth, an increasingly number of enterprises, shrouded in the darkness of global trade war, have quickened themselves to explore overseas market while strengthening domestic markets. 

METAL AP settles down in Thailand under such background to be a platform for all parties to explore Southeast Asia and even the entire Asia-Pacific market, and promote the development and technology progress of local industries in a joint effort.

Though this is the first year for METAL AP to present itself in front of the world, the exhibition has attracted approximate 70 exhibitors from 11 countries and areas including China, Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong China, Taiwan China, etc. The project also witnessed active participation of Thai local enterprises.

Technologies, materials, equipment and products in metallurgy, die-making, metal casting, die casting, industrial furnace, automation and other related industries exhibited in this trade show have been welcomed universally by local visitors because they meet urgent needs of Southeast Asian market and enterprises. 

Both supply and requisitioning parties harvested a lot from this exhibition. With its value as a platform fully demonstrated, the exhibition rounded off.

The next METAL AP will be held in Bangkok on December 12-14, 2019. Based on good performance in this year, METAL AP2019 will bring more equipment and technologies especially for Southeast Asia and entire Asia-Pacific with a joint effort from new and old friends.

Organizer of METAL AP plans to carry out a systematic talent training and technology output aiming at foundry and die casting enterprises in Southeast Asia in 2019. It will be highly welcomed by organizer if any enterprises could take part in this cause to serve Southeast Asia market. For details on abovementioned industry service, please keep close attention on organizer’s subsequent schedule.

The organizer would like to extend sincere gratitude to all parties for their great support to METAL AP and commit to develop together on this good platform.

See you there in 2019!

Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC)

Date & Opening Times 
Dec. 12, 2019 10:00-18:30
Dec. 13, 2019 10:00-18:30
Dec. 14, 2019 10:00-15:00