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Second Buildcon and Wood Expo kicks off

Kathmandu, April 9, 2016: The second edition of ‘Nepal Buildcon International Expo 2016’ and ‘Nepal Wood International Expo 2016’ began at the exhibition hall in Bhrikuti Mandap on April 8. The four-day long expo is jointly organised by Media Space Solutions (MSS), Nepal and Futurex Trade Fair and Events, India to provide platform for both national and international construction material manufacturers and domestic traders to promote their products and services.

More than 100 construction related companies from Nepal, India, Dubai, Germany, China, UK, Turkey and
Vietnam among others are participating in the expo. As many as 110 stalls are housed at the exhibition, where products like laminates, plywood and veneers, woodworking machinery plants and accessories, machines and equipment for special product groups, machines and technical equipment for assemble, packaging, molding and planning machines finger jointing machines, fittings and accessories, edge banding machines, among others are showcased. Moreover, a wide continuum of products and services necessary for the construction industry including interiors, construction material, engineering and architecture are stationed at the expo.

“After the last year’s massive earthquake, Nepal is in the need of reconstruction. We believe this expo gives buyers an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest technologies from national and international companies at affordable price,” said Srijal Bhattarai, Managing Director of MSS. “This exhibition is also a perfect platform for foreign manufacturing companies to meet dealers and distributors from Nepal to extend their business,” he added.
According to him, wooden structures and prefab products have become a centre of attraction as the country is going through post-earthquake reconstruction.

“We are excited with the enthusiasm shown by international companies towards doing business in Nepal,” said Namit Gupta, Director at Futurex Group, adding that participants from foreign multinational companies have increased significantly as compared to the previous year.

“We take this international expo as an opportunity to revive businesses affected by the economic embargo,” said Pramod K Chaudhary, Managing Director of Pashupati Plyboard Udhyog, adding, “We expect a lot from this expo as there is huge demand for reconstruction.” According to him, they have launched solid doors in the expo. Citing that they are excited about the participation of giant international manufacturers, Chaudhary said, “We welcome various international companies for a healthy market competition with domestic products.”

“We have been receiving adequate inquiries for prefab houses from customers after the earthquake,” informed Saroj Joshi, Director of Valley Plus Pvt Ltd, adding that they are providing overall solutions for construction of prefab houses at the expo. Meanwhile, Sanjay Bansal, Director of Ghorahi Cement Industries, said, “At a time when the country is in the phase of rebuilding, cement comes as a key construction material,” adding that this expo brings all construction material companies under a single roof.

In the exhibition, brands such as Marl — wood polymer composite boards, Tese — edgebanding and Corsa — bath fittings are introduced for the first time in Nepal. “Suitable for modular kitchens, wardrobes, bathroom vanities, wall cladding, decorative panels, residential furniture, wood polymer composite boards are hybrid of wood and polymer which is termite and water-proof,” informed Arpit Agrawal, Director of Manakamana Composites Pvt Ltd, adding that the product is substitute of plywood. “Nepal is a raw market and we witness a huge potential for our products. From this expo, we expect customers will love our products,” he added. “Edgebanding is famous in India but this kind of products are new to Nepal. We are participating in this expo to study about the market,” said Tolga Tunaligil, Export Area Manager of Tece, the Edgebanding Company from Turkey. The expo is expected to attract as many as 63,000 visitors. Interested people can walk-in free at the expo that lasts till April 11.