METALEX is ASEAN’s leading metalworking event, which traditionally takes place each November in Bangkok, but was postponed in 2021 due to on-going Covid-19 prohibitions. The team knew how much damage another year without the event could do to their customers, but the alternative – two editions of this heavy machinery show in 2022 seemed unthinkable – until they found a way to make it happen.
“We gave METALEX a new name, METALEX March, and made it a special edition dedicated to ‘Smart Metalworking’” explained Exhibition Management Director, Sirirat Sungvichai. “We faced many challenges, from insufficient move-in days, to lack of customer confidence and the new spread of the Omicron variant, but we pressed ahead. METALEX March was the first event in manufacturing industry to run after over a year of Covid-19 shutdown and exhibitors were eager to showcase their new products and technology at our show. The event was a huge success, attracting 29,204 participants and generating much-needed new supply-chain solutions and sales leads for our customers.”
Just eight months later, from 16-19 November 2022, the 36th edition of METALEX was officially opened by Thailand’s Minister of Industry, Mr. Suriya Jungrungreankit, and attended by Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mr. Nishimura Yasutoshi.
Filling six halls of BITEC, Bangkok, the event brought together over 300 exhibiting companies and 86,000+ attendees who came together to network, do business, and discover the latest cutting-edge trends, technologies, and solutions for powering up metalworking productivity.
Now all eyes are on METALEX once again for the 2023 edition of the event at BITEC, Bangkok from 22-25 November. Fully reopened for international business, the event will showcase over 2,500 technology brands from 50 countries, including 7 international pavilions from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan (ROC).
Among the highlights will be special, emerging technology zones dedicated to Smart Materials, Additive Manufacturing and AI, as well as over 30 conference sessions including the first ‘Additive Manufacturing Forum 2023 ̶ Opportunities and Constraints of the Modernized Industry’ ̶ organised by RX in partnership with the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC).