News from the Society of Maritime Industries

18 April 2017

Another successful trip for the SMI UK Pavilion at Inmex Vietnam 2017

The Society of Maritime Industries were at the recent Inmex Vietnam exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City 29-31 March.

Four companies came with SMI under the UK Pavilion to support their distributors and to find and develop new partners in the region. Like all shipbuilding regions Vietnam has had its downturn in orders but there are still over 60 ships in build currently and all of course looking to brighter days ahead.

SMI UK Pavilion at Inmex Vietnam 2017Haes Systems, Jeff Ivey said:

“The show has exceeded our expectations due to the quality of the visitors.  The show provided Haes with an ideal opportunity to introduce our marine offering to a new market.  We look forward to Inmex Vietnam 2019 to continue to build on the contacts made during this edition.”

Boy Thijjsen, Hepworth Group, said:

“It’s a small show with an international focus, attracting the right people from South East Asia.  The Inmex team puts on a number of well attended events and gets good support from the local shipping and shipbuilding industry.  Although it’s a long way to travel it is a great way to meet existing clients face to face and lay the foundations for future relations in the region.”

Leslie Khoo, ChartCo said:

“Great exhibition with new potential market leads and opportunities to meet with existing customers.”

Of particular note was the presence of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).  They were at the show to build contacts in the field of marine science.

Kevin Forshaw, National Oceanography Centre, said:

“The show was a very useful platform to launch our offer in Vietnam.  With the help of the UK Department for International Trade we were able to meet high ranking officials from Vietnamese government departments and discuss projects.  We had over 100 delegates at our seminar sessions and will be following up on the conversations in the coming weeks.”

Tom Chant, Director, SMI said:

“Being at a show like Inmex Vietnam enables to meet and talk to the local industry first hand.  The shipbuilding opportunities in Vietnam are reduced currently but all the companies have sewn great seeds for their future growth in the market.”


To find out more about SMI UK Pavilions at international exhibitions please visit our events page here

About the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)

SMI is the voice of the UK’s maritime engineering and business sector promoting and supporting companies which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, offshore oil & gas, maritime security & safety, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable energy. SMI as a membership based not-for-profit organisation provides a wide range of activities both internationally and in the UK for the benefit of the maritime engineering business community. The members’ interests are represented by our six councils and our activities follow our objectives of presenting members with business opportunities, assisting with research and innovation, lobbying government and NGOs to improve the business environment, facilitating network opportunities and providing marketing and other services.



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