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Bangkok, Thailand, <October 2017> - The third edition of SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017, the largest international exhibition and conference for agribusiness in ASEAN ended on a successful note on 9 September 2017. This year’s focus was on the latest innovations in agricultural machinery designed to improve Thai agri-business industry to reach the Agriculture 4.0 era. Symposiums on new agriculture technology and machinery were also hosted during the three-day event. The number of qualified visitors increased by 15% compared to the previous year’s, generating approximately one billion baht worth of trade at the event.

This year’s show provided a comprehensive range of innovative agricultural technologies and equipment such as inputs, traction, soil working equipment, plant treatment, harvesting, irrigation, storage, breeding equipment and spare parts.

The exhibition showcased the latest technology and innovations. Visitors were able to experience the latest products from local and international leading companies, with more than 300 global brands on the indoor and outdoor exhibition space of 13,700 sq.m.Moreover, the outdoor demonstration area enables them to see agriculture machinery live in actionon three different fields.

The 3-day trade exhibition attracted more than 9,000 trade visitors from 39countries. Thanks to an efficient business matching system, more than 120 local and international VIP Buyers from 13 countries generated over 544 business meetings during the event.

Running concurrently with the exhibition were a series of conferences from expert speakers. Highlights included ‘The 18th TSAE National Conference and The 10th TSAE International Conference’ organized by the Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering and ‘Thai Innovation Leads to Thailand 4.0’ organized by the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. At the same time, the 1st International Agri Drone Conference & workshop was held alongside the show.

Mrs. Dares Kittiyopas, President of Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers and Director of Agricultural Engineering Promotion Division, Department of Agricultural Extension, stated, “The 3rd edition of SIMA ASEAN Thailand which we hosted has successfully ended. It was a great opportunity for Thailand to move forward and strengthened its position as the main hub of the agri-business industry in the region. Many entrepreneurs joined the event and exhibited more than 300 brands of products. Experts in the field were also shared their knowledge on the capability of the machinery, agricultural drones, and other important issues in the agri-business industry during the conference, workshops and seminars that were designed to gear towards Agriculture 4.0.

The Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering Conference was held as an all-in-one conference where experts in the agricultural field presented over 20 topics to help drive Thailand’s economic growth and impart integrative knowledge for personnel in the industry. The delegates were local and international agri-business industry players, general public, farmers, and students. All these key highlights of the show have positioned the show as the key platform for the agri-business industry in the region and the show is poised for further growth and development in the years to come.”

“SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017 featured innovations, latest technology, and dedicated new machinery for the agricultural sector in ASEAN. It also served as a meeting point for traders, buyers, import-export operators, farmers, experts, and professionals in agribusiness. The SIMA ASEAN 2017 event is considered as the leading international agri-business exhibition& conference in the region. There were exhibitors and international pavilions from many countries, such as Turkey, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam. There were also visitors including VIP buyers, associations, and press from the ASEAN countries, making it a truly international exhibition,” said Ms. Martine Degremont, Ag-Equipment Business Unit Director, Comexposium.

“SIMA ASEAN Thailand 2017was the result of the cooperation between IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., COMEXPOSIUM and AXEMA from France. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand, co-organised the event this year. The event generated a lot of interest from exhibitors both in Thailand and other countries, who joined the event to showcase their agricultural innovations and technology. The increase in the number of buyers and business meetings that took place during the event was also an indication that many key players and companies are still active in expanding their business network and maintaining their competitive position in the market during the recession. As a result, IMPACT is confident moving forward and organizing a more successful SIMA ASEAN Thailand in 2018, to support Thailand’s agri-business industry, with the intention to efficiently enhance the value of the agricultural trade and industry in the ASEAN region towards the international market in the future” said Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT Exhibition Management Co.,Ltd.