EIC Connect event brings largest UK delegation to Malaysia in four years
02 November, 2018
Over 200 delegates representing 74 UK energy supply chain companies attended EIC Connect Energy Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on 31 October, the largest inward delegation the South East Asian country has received from the UK in at least four years.
Organised by the EIC, the UK’s largest energy trade association, in partnership with the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade, and the Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council, EIC Connect Energy Malaysia brought together UK suppliers with Malaysian and Asian Pacific operators, contractors and supply chain members to discuss how they can work together on projects across the region’s oil and gas, power and renewables sectors.
Over 20 of Asia Pacific’s leading energy companies, including PETRONAS, Johor Petroleum Development Corporation, Mubadala Petroleum and Sapura Energy gave presentations on their pipeline of projects with a specific focus on supply chain gaps which could be filled by UK content.
The event’s keynote speakers were British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Isnaraissah Munirah and EIC CEO Stuart Broadley.
Procurement teams from the operators and contractors present also took part in more than 250 private one-to-one appointments with the UK delegates, allowing them to explain their registration and procurement procedures as well as the products and services they are looking for on specific projects. In turn the UK delegates could present their innovative tools and solutions directly to key decision makers from some of the region’s biggest energy project developers.
The exhibition at the event attracted buyers from across the region, giving UK companies the chance to demonstrate their products to these procurement specialists as well as engage with potential local partners.
Commenting on the first-ever EIC Connect Energy Malaysia event, British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell said, ‘With 74 UK companies in attendance, this is the single largest British inward delegation into Malaysia, of any sector, that I’ve experienced since I became High Commissioner in 2014. We are hugely grateful to the EIC for the amazing work they are doing.’
Head of EIC Asia Pacific Azman Nasir said, ‘The inaugural EIC Connect Energy Malaysia event was a resounding success with delegate after delegate telling me that they can’t believe how many operators and contractors they managed to meet in just one day.
‘EIC Connect events are just one of the ways in which the EIC supports investment in the Asia Pacific region and partnerships between UK and local companies. Our long-established Kuala Lumpur office is organising the Vietnam Low Carbon Conference in March next year. We’re also taking the EIC Connect model to South Korea in May 2019 followed by Thailand in September.
‘For those companies thinking about making the move to Asia Pacific, our Kuala Lumpur LaunchPad service offers a low cost, low risk entry into this market – we can provide serviced office facilities, meeting rooms and hot desks as well as a virtual office service: everything you need to start building your business in the region.’
‘Finally, I’d like to say a big thank you to our event partners the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade, and the Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council, and our sponsors AVEVA, Destec Engineering, EEW Group, Emerging EPC, EXS Synergy, Masar Quartzelec, NES Global Talent, Pepperl+Fuchs, Pharos Marine Automatic Power, Serba Dinamik, UBM and Sky Futures.’
EIC Connect Energy Malaysia, is the third successful EIC Connect event held in the Asia Pacific region, the global trade association having previously held events in Indonesia and Vietnam.