Malaysian Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd (MES) general manager Alun Jones said he expects to see 20-25 per cent less trade visitors this year compared with 2007.
said a total of 500 companies from more than 30 countries, including three international pavilions from Germany, Singapore and Taiwan, have confirmed their participation.
Although everybody has been affected by the downturn, there are some people chasing for business in Southeast Asia," Jones
said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur recently.
"The perception is that there are opportunities available in this part of the world.
International players are eyeing Southeast Asia to mitigate the loss of business in their home countries," he
said business people should stay focused in the market to be seen and heard despite the tough conditions.
said the exhibition is a good platform for those in the industry to update themselves on the technological front.
Some leading names in the industry that have confirmed participation are Trumpf
, DPI Industries
, Surge Solution Engineering
, DMC Solution
, Mitsubishi Electric
Tenaga Nasional Bhd will be present through a corporate booth and TNB Vendors pavilion.
said there will be seminars and networking opportunities, and a conference entitled "Green Opportunities in the Face of Credit Crunch" organised by the Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia