LANGKAWI – This year’s edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima) will have a more Asean flavour to it.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today he had put in motion a strategy to rival the best aerospace and maritime exhibitions in the world.
He said the keys to this strategy were two overarching ideas: the creation of a marketplace for commercial aerospace and maritime industries, similar to what is currently implemented at Lima, but with a focus on Asean consumption; and, injecting business activities to foster networking of Asean and global businesses, in line with the Asean integration agenda.
He said this was also in line with Malaysia’s chairmanship of Asean.
“And, judging by the growth in participation and interest so far, Lima ’15 is shaping up to be the best gateway to Asean maritime and aerospace industries.”
Hishammuddin said Lima ’15 would have many “firsts”.
“Notably, Lima’15 will have the highest ever attendance by Asean defence ministers and their respective delegations, (more than 100) aircraft and 65 maritime assets,” he said, adding that the number of aircraft and maritime assets put together represented the highest number so far.
He said there were 512 companies from 38 countries taking part, an increase of 18 per cent compared to the 2013 edition.
Another achievement, he said, was that 70 per cent of the world’s top 25 aerospace and defence companies were present, including the top 5 helicopter manufacturers.
“This year is the 13th edition in its 25-year history and is expected to be the best and biggest one to date.” – NST