News From : DagangHalal.com (16 Nov 2011)
The International Trade Malaysia (INTRADE) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this month can serve as a gateway to greater business opportunities for small-and-medium enterprises SMEs.
Organised by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), Intrade is an annual regional trade fair that brings together exhibitors, buyers and visitors to global markets.
Over the years, Intrade has seen growth in the number of foreign exhibitors, visitors, range of products and value of potential and confirmed sales from the event.
“Now into its fifth edition, Intrade 2011 is expected to be the largest ever, with 9,000 trade visitors from over 70 countries attending it.
“Almost all 410 exhibition booths have been sold out, with 221 Malaysian and a record 183 international companies exhibiting their products and services,” Matrade deputy chief executive Datuk Mohamad Kamarudin Hassan said.
He said this year’s event was themed “Innovation and Innovative Products”, in line with the Government’s call for more Malaysian companies to export high-value and specialised products and services.
Intrade 2011 will showcase products and services from 10 key industry clusters comprising automotive parts and components, electrical and electronics, food and beverages, furniture, interiors and wood, gifts, souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles, jewellery, health, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care, ICT and innovations, machinery and industry support, professional and business services, and textile and apparel.
Kamarudin said visitors to Intrade 2011 would learn first hand the diverse range of products and services contributing to Malaysia’s growing export market.
“They can speak to manufacturers, network with agents and distributors build business alliances source for potential suppliers explore jointventure opportunities with global players and learn about the current prospects and challenges in international trade.
“In addition, premium products from over 20 countries will be on show,” he said.
According to him, Intrade has expanded in tandem with Malaysia’s exports which grew by almost 16% last year from 2009.
“Given this encouraging statistic, Intrade will continue to support our export market and see Malaysian companies particularly SMEs participate and benefit from this growth,” he added.
Intrade 2011 will be held at the Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre from Nov 22 to 24.
It is open only to trade professionals, with visiting hours from 10am to 6pm.
For more information, visit www.intrademalaysia.my
Source: The Star