Malaysia’s International Construction Week & BuildXpo 2024 event targets RM1 bil projected sales

The International Construction Week (ICW) and the Malaysia International Building and Construction Industry Exhibition (BuildXpo), collectively known as ICW & BuildXpo, will return on 22-24 October 2024 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The event is poised to achieve a new milestone with projected sales reaching RM1 billion, surpassing last year’s RM494.3 million, through the robust participation anticipated at the BuildXpo exhibition and targeted international business matching sessions. The latter is expected to draw approximately 25 buyers from at least 10 markets including China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Korea, Japan and India.

In 2023, ICW & BuildXpo saw the participation of 9,470 trade visitors from 37 countries alongside conference attendees. This year, the event strives to attract over 10,000 industry professionals, with approximately 500 exhibitors covering nearly 10,000 sq m of area.

Hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia and managed by Qube Integrated Malaysia, the ICW & BuildXpo 2024 is supported by the Public Works Department (JKR) and other associations, including the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM), the Chartered Institute of Building, and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

Themed ‘Envisioning the Future of Construction’, the event will highlight critical industry gatherings such as the Construction Outlook Summit 2024 and the Construction Dispute Resolution Conference, among others, solidifying its role at the forefront of shaping the construction industry’s future.

“The vitality of the construction industry lies in its capacity to attract and empower a dynamic influx of talent,” said Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi, Malaysia’s Minister of Works. “With the pressing need for modernisation amidst rapid technological advancements, ICW emerges as a vital platform, illuminating the myriad career avenues within the sector for the younger generation.”

He added, “In this digital era, the engagement of today’s youth is paramount; their innate technological prowess and innovative drive hold the potential to revolutionise construction methods, sustainability practices, and safety standards.”

BuildXpo 2024, the exhibition component of ICW, will showcase a wide range of products and services across various sectors, including construction technologies, machinery and equipment, software, industrialised building systems (IBS), materials, smart building systems, automation solutions, and services. It will also spotlight innovative start-ups within the construction realm.

Dato’ Sr Mohd Zaid Zakaria, chief executive of CIDB Malaysia, further pointed out that the theme ‘Envisioning the Future of Construction’ involves “embracing key success factors such as productivity, competitiveness, professionalism, safety, quality and sustainability. We invite industry participants to ICW 2024 to discover cutting-edge products, methodologies and services, and seize opportunities to enhance business networks and collaborations.”

“Our focus is on elevating this year’s event by integrating the Summit, leveraging advanced technologies, and creating a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing and business networking,” said Richard Teo, executive chairperson of Qube Integrated Malaysia. “Collaborations with industry giants such as Gamuda, MRCB, Petronas and YTL Cement have been instrumental in our achievements.”