Closing recently on a highly successful note, OS+H Asia 2014, 9th Occupational Safety + Health Exhibition for Asia, has firmly established itself as a leading event for the Singapore and regional occupational safety and health industry. OS+H Asia was held as a stand-alone event this year for the first time since its premiere in 1998 in order to emphasize the robust growth and heightened focus on the workplace safety and health sector. OS+H Asia 2014 attracted 157 exhibitors from 18 countries and some 5,800 trade visitors from Singapore and the region.
Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of the organizer Messe Düsseldorf Asia, stated: “We have had excellent feedback from exhibitors indicating what a great success OS+H Asia 2014 has been. The exhibition was able to draw quality and targeted visitors. Exhibitors have been extremely happy with the number and diversity of trade visitors and decision makers and the increase in the number of business discussions and negotiations that took place on the show floor.”
“Visitors were also pleased with the overall scope of the exhibition. With OS+H Asia growing and expanding its range of industry sectors, this will help to take the event to the next level in order to facilitate even more national and international exhibitors and visitors,” continued Gernot Ringling. The overall positive response and the early commitment from several companies to exhibit at OS+H Asia 2016 reinforces the growing demand for new and better products in the occupational safety sector.
According to exhibitor Kelvin Tan, Senior Marketing Manager at Capital Safety, OS+H Asia has been very beneficial for their business “since the quality of buyers and visitors is relevant. We are very happy to be here and this is in fact our third time participating. We have received many enquiries from visitors, especially from the construction industry and we look forward to continue supporting OS+H Asia and returning in 2016.”
First time exhibitor Spill Station Asia from Australia agreed. “OS+H Asia is a great platform to get our name out here in Asia. As our first foray into Singapore and the Asian region, our experience has been very successful so far,” commented Managing Director Steven Cittarelli.
Returning exhibitors were pleased by the growth of the show. “For us as a returning exhibitor, OS+H Asia is a very good trade event and very closely modeled after A+A in Düsseldorf. We have been able to meet with many new customers, reconnect with old clients and see all the key industry players. This edition of OS+H Asia has been really good,” said Anthony Seah, Managing Director of Allsport Equipment.
With their products, the 13 companies exhibiting within the Singapore Pavilion (organized by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation) highlighted the country’s strategic position as the regional manufacturing and distribution hub for safety equipment in Asia. Willard Chong, Senior Manager of Marketing at QSS Safety Products (S) Pte Ltd, noted that “the crowd definitely included the right profile of customers and we look forward to growing alongside OS+H Asia.”
Visitors also gave OS+H Asia 2014 high ratings. First time visitor Sudarat Suppermpoon, Head of the Office of Quality and Environment at the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly, explained: “Through this exhibition we have come to be aware of the many innovations and developments in the industry, especially in the areas of safety products and PPE.”
Kasandra See, Senior HSE Executive from Pelican Ship Management Services, regards the exhibition as “an important event to keep abreast of the developments in the workplace safety and health industry. Having come to the exhibition to purchase new products and source for suppliers, I was pleased to find that the line-up of exhibitors and their range of products were first-class, with many offerings relevant to the marine industry.”
OS+H Asia 2014 also welcomed a record number of visitor groups from various industry sectors - from government and regulatory organizations to human resources personnel, including the Singapore Civil Defense Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Singapore Armed Forces, the Ministry of Defense, the Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Singapore Powergrid. Representatives from the pharmaceutical, building and construction, offshore marine, shipbuilding, repairs and services as well as the electrical and electronic sectors were also in attendance.
Visitors benefitted from additional synergies provided by several events held concurrently with OS+H Asia 2014. The Singapore WSH (Workplace Safety and Health) Conference, organized by the WSH Council, the Ministry of Manpower and the WSH Institute, attracted over 800 regional delegates. The Forum on Workplace Safety and Health was attended by over 300 senior representatives from major companies across numerous industry sectors. The forum was jointly organized by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the Institute of Engineers, the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers and Messe Düsseldorf Asia. “We are pleased about the number of delegates which attended this year’s forum. Together with our partners, we are fully committed to build this forum as an influential and must-attend event for the discussion of key topical issues for the industry,” remarked Andrew H S Tan, Honorary Asst. Secretary of the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers. Another successful co-located event was the IPAF Asia Conference with over 140 participants which focused on the developments and challenges in the China and Thailand markets. This conference was organized by the International Powered Access Federation.
The next staging of OS+H Asia will take place from August 31 – September 2, 2016 in Singapore. Specific dates will be announced at a later date. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at OS+H Asia 2016, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Visit our web site http://www.mdna.com; Subscribe to our blog at http://blog.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/Medical_MDNA