UK Pavilion

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was officially launched on 31 December 2015 and is currently being defined as a new Asian power bloc. Almost echoing the European Union’s Common Market, ASEAN seeks to allow for the free movement of goods, services and skilled labour between member states which currently comprises of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei.

With over 600 million people, ASEAN's potential market is larger than the European Union or North America. ASEAN is one of the most open economic regions in the world, with total merchandise exports of over $1.2 trillion - nearly 54% of total ASEAN GDP and 7% of global exports. ASEAN’s physical infrastructure is critical to the ASEAN Economic Community’s goal of establishing a single market and production base. Cross-border roads, power lines, railways and maritime development will help propel the community forward. This in turn will boost existing and new value chains or production networks.

The Metalex exhibition, which is in its 31stth year, has continually been a must-attend platform for who’s who in the manufacturing industry where exhibitors can make on-site sales and visitors can experience thousands of new technology items.

The show is Southeast Asia’s largest machine tools and metalworking technology trade exhibition and conference. In 2016 it attracted 90,516 visitors. This year it is looking to host over 3,300 brands and 11 country pavilions, and will host numerous conferences and seminars at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). For further information on this show please see:

The EIA are currently working with Lloyds Bank and will be able to offer UK companies the opportunity to access contact information of local potential buyers of your products. Searches are made through HS numbers, keywords or searched products. Companies can then invite these contacts to their stands at the exhibition. Contact Karen for further details on accessing this free service.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) can also offer experienced exporters a wide range of services under the EXPORTING IS GREAT COMPAIGN from export opportunities, find a buyer, selling online overseas, research your market, routes to market, reach customers on line, finance for export, shipping and logistics and customs and licences see:

DIT have produced a paper on “Exporting to Thailand” on

The EIA are continuing to work with the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) in Thailand which assists UK companies to develop their international trade in the market by providing DIT services. Contact: tel: +66 2651 5350 website:

Please do give METALEX your immediate attention and let us know if you are considering a participation within the UK pavilion. Should you have any further queries, please call the METALEX team:

Engineering Industries Association (EIA)
Ms. Karen Finegold | Email:
Tel. +4420 7298 6455

Reed Exhibitions United Kingdom
Mr. Daniel Cordock | Email:
Tel. +44 208 439 8918

Reed Tradex Company
Ms. Pathum Jungsathitkul | Email:
Tel. +66 2 686 7211
Important Note

“METALEX” is open to trade visitors only. Please dress in business attire. Those wearing shorts and/or sandals and minors under the age of 15 will not be permitted into the exhibition hall. The organizer reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone without cause or explanation.

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