WORLDBEX 2020: A Legacy Built on Excellence
by Philippine Resources - January 21, 2020
The Philippine World Building and Construction Expo has certainly come a long way from its earnest beginnings. Debuted 25 years ago, WORLDBEX was borne out of the daring vision of Founding Chairman, Joseph L. Ang who sought to prove that the Philippines was indeed ready for topnotch expositions that can rival its international counterparts.
A groundbreaking vision for the Filipino future
Having spent some time abroad in search for new avenues of economic growth, Ang was inspired by the various international exhibits and expositions he had attended. This stimulus, coupled by his belief in the potential and capacity of the country to thrive given the right platform and opportunities, led to his vision of establishing the first-ever Philippine World Building and Construction Expo.
In 1996, the first-ever WORLDBEX, was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). A far cry from the 80-booth running rate of local trade shows at that time, the show was no less than groundbreaking as it surpassed industry standards with a whopping 156 booths and a significant percentage of international exhibitors. It is no wonder that the show attracted some 30,000 visitors who were all eager to take part in the momentous event.
Further attesting to the pioneering appeal of the show, then President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos, even visited the installment which then prompted the Malacañang Palace to declare March 26 to 29, the duration of the show as “Construction Week”. Presented in cooperation with the Philippine Institute of Architects and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, the compelling success of WORLDBEX 1996 indelibly paved the way for a perennial tradition of championing excellence and innovation in the Philippine construction and design industry.
Sustaining excellence across bounds
Over the years, WORLDBEX would continue to blaze the trail with various breakthroughs, milestones, and boundary-spanning achievements. The following year after its maiden show, WORLDBEX was held at the World Trade Center Manila for the first time. Attended by then Vice President Joseph Estrada, “Construction Week” was once again renewed.
For its 1999 installment, WORLDBEX presented the very first WORLDBEX Seminars with 600 delegates and the first-ever Grand Embassy Pavilion which was supported by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the US Commercial Service. The introduction of these show highlights will eventually set in motion the development of more trademark fixtures that WORLDBEX is highly-regarded for.
2003 marked a monumental milestone for WORLDBEX as it demonstrates its magnificent growth with the addition of the Philippine Trade Trading Center as its second venue. It was also during this year when WORLDBEX began to exhibit its steady capacity to establish global links with its National Pavilions. The following year, another signature show feature, the Architects Gallery, was launched at WORLDBEX.
Evidently, there was no stopping WORLDBEX from expanding and 2005 bore witness to the show’s rise to the top as the country’s biggest and most comprehensive construction and design expo. For the first time, WORLDBEX was held in three venues with the addition of World Trade Center Manila’s extended wing to its exhibit space. In 2008, WORLDBEX continued to break new records as it experienced an all-time high in the participation of international exhibitors who hailed from 30 different countries.
Armed with foresight and a genuine concern about the quality of life of every Filipino, WORLDBEX took a stand and expressed solidarity for the environmental preservation movement as it adapted the theme of “Constructing the Future Green Communities through Efficient Technologies and Materials”. At this show, WORLDBEX managed to band together the country’s top architects, engineers, contractors, and interior designers to collectively work out solutions and encourage best practices that will incorporate environmental sustainability.
As WORLDBEX entered its second decade in the industry, it continued to introduce more creative and productive show features that entertained and expanded the awareness of its visitors as well as encourage connections among industry players. Among these include interschool interior design competition Obra Maestra back in 2011, the Furniture Gallery in 2012, the DELAXX landscaping competition in partnership with PALA as well as the WORLDBEX Lab in 2015, the City of Tomorrow exhibit in 2016, the WORLDBEX MiniCons, and the Projéto Student Design Competition in 2018.
Apart from its exciting range of event highlights that go beyond what one might expect from a trade show, WORLDBEX also strives to elevate visitors’ show experience. These efforts include the launch of the WORLDBEX app in 2015 and the addition of SMX Convention Center as a show venue in 2017.
25 years of legacy
As WORLDBEX celebrates its silver anniversary this March, it looks back to the past and forward into the future to reflect on its many years of service to champion the future of Philippine construction and design. Guided by the theme of “A Legacy Built”, this year’s WORLDBEX can also be viewed as a grand homecoming as it comes full circle back to where it all began.
Hailed as the ground zero of all Philippine expositions, the Philippine International Convention Center will complete the triad of venues for the upcoming WORLDBEX together with the World Trade Center Metro Manila and SMX Convention Center Manila. Also not to be missed at WORLDBEX 2020 is the first Philippine Garden Festival in cooperation with LACISAP; the unveiling of The World, which is a special installation that will showcase the legacy of WORLDBEX in the past 25 years; as well as the all-new Allied Arts Pavilion which will feature world-renowned artists such as Ramon Orlina, Joe Datuin, Raul Isidro, and Edgar Doctor.
This year, the WORLDBEX Seminars is also set to return with its most number of speakers to date. A total of 18 speakers from seven countries shall come together for this significant event. During the trade show, WORLDBEX will also be launching its first-ever coffee table book.
Backed by over two decades of expertise in mounting topnotch expositions that put the local construction and design industry at the forefront of excellence, WORLDBEX is eager to invite everyone to take part in its biggest and grandest installment yet.
Organized by Worldbex Services International, the 25th Philippine World Building and Construction Expo or WORLDBEX will happen on March 18 to 22, from 10:00am to 7:00pm at the three mega venues of World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM), SMX Convention Center Manila and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Pre-register at www.worldbex.com. For more information, call (02) 86569239, email email@example.com or follow @worldbex on Facebook and Instagram.
Philippine Resources - March 08, 2020
9th Annual PMEA Golf Tournament unfolds March 13
9th Annual PMEA Golf Tournament unfolds March 13.The Philippine Mining and Exploration Association (PMEA) will stage its 9th Annual Golf Tournament on March 13 at the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmariñas City, Cavite.Listing is ongoing with entry fee pegged at P3,900, inclusive of a Nike golf shirt, green fee, shared golf cart use, meals, and raffle entry.On-course registration will begin at 6 a.m. followed by the shotgun tee off at 8 a.m.For registration and sponsorship inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09209522084.
Philippine Resources - November 05, 2019
New ‘Coal in Asia’ segment to be launched at the 6th Mining Investment Asia Conference in Singapore
Mining Investment Asia (https://www.mininginvestmentasia.com/), South East Asia’s largest mining conference and exhibition showcasing South East Asia’s mining sector to an international audience of investors and various mining stakeholders, is scheduled to return to Singapore from 17 - 19 March 2020. For this 6th edition, a brand new full day segment entitled ‘Coal in Asia’ will be launched on 17 March to complement the event’s current focus on mining financing, technology and gender diversity. Why Coal in Asia? Coal is a dominant fuel in the rapidly growing economies of South East Asia even amidst a global move towards clean energy. Within the Asian region, India, China and Indonesia play major roles both as consumers and producers of coal. Hence, ‘Coal in Asia’ seeks to focus on what lies ahead for coal in the region and the key drivers for transformation. Major national and private coal mining companies are confirming their participation, with key stakeholders such as Indonesia Coal Mining Association (APBI-ICMA) already supporting this event. Latest speakers Speakers who have come onboard to be a part of Mining Investment Asia 2020 include: Robin Lee, CEO & Founder, Hello Gold (Malaysia) (First time speaker at this event) Raymond Liu, Founding Partner, Havelock Mining Investment (China) (First time speaker at this event) Thao Dh Ngo, Group Executive Chairman, First Indochina Group (Vietnam) Edward Gustely, Managing Director, Penida Capital (Indonesia) Michel Labrousse, Managing Partner, Mazarin Capital (Hong Kong)Hendra Sinadia, Executive Director, Indonesia Coal Mining Association (Indonesia) Cindy Teoh, Associate Editor - Investments, Golden Equator Capital (Singapore) Thomas Puppendahl, Chief Investment Officer, Chancery Asset Management (Singapore) Jayant Bhandari, Mining and Institutional Investor Expert, Anarcho Capital Inc (Canada) Over the past 5 years, the high quality of the speakers assembled at this event has provided insightful regional and international perspectives, leading to Mining Investment Asia being recognised as the leading event in the region for global companies and individuals who wish to understand what makes South East Asia mining industry tick and to meet the key players in this region. Testimonials from past participants Feedback from past attendees have consistently highlighted both the high quality of the speakers and the attendees. In addition, what makes Mining Investment Asia special to them include: Great networking opportunities High level discussions Opportunity to understand and meet the relevant decision makers from the South East Asia mining industry. Constance Tan, Principal Consultant, Alvito Capital Holding (Singapore) opined that ‘When I speak to other delegates here, they agree that it has been a useful forum for them to ask questions and meet like-minded people in the same industry over meals and networking drinks. Overall Mining Investment Asia is a formal yet informal event with plenty of interaction for future collaboration’. Charmaine Olea Capili, Executive Director, Philippine Nickel Mining Association said that ‘It is a big leap for us coming here as an Association as it is the first we are coming out here in South East Asia. We are very excited as it is an opportunity for us to share globally what we have done in our country and our best practices’. Dato Aminudin Hashim, CEO of Menteri Besar Inc, a government body tasked to drive growth in the Malaysian state of Perak, highlighted that ‘Mining Investment Asia is a great event. A good event depends not only on the content but the quality of the attendees. I got to meet many senior players in the industry, from the mining, policy and the financing industry. It is a great meeting of minds from the mining sector here in Singapore’. Spaces are still available for sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who wish to be a part of Mining Investment Asia. Enquiries can be sent to Jarred via email at email@example.com or phone at +65 6717 6017. More information can be found at the event website: https://www.mininginvestmentasia.com/ Background on Spire Events Spire Events is a Singapore based events company specialising in mining & energy conferences and expos. Mining Investment Asia is part of the global Mining Investment Conference Series that spans across various locations in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin and North America and the Middle East. Spire Events also organises the MiningTech Conference Series which focuses on technology in mining and they are held in Chile, South Africa and Brazil. Besides conferences, Spire Events also organises large scale mining and energy expos in Africa, namely Mauritania, DRC, Sierra Leone and Botswana. The full calendar of events can be found at www.spire-events.com
Philippine Resources - March 10, 2020
Worldbex Services International Announces Postponement of WORLDBEX and MIAS 2020
In response to the government declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the entire Philippines; alongside the recommendations of the Department of Health regarding the imposition of Social Distancing Measures in the National Capital Region, which prohibits mass gatherings and events due to concerns related to COVID-19, Worldbex Services International (WSI) announces its decision to postpone WORLDBEX and MIAS 2020.Worldbex Services International, amidst shows that are set to be held on March 18 to 22, 2020 (25th WORLDBEX) and April 2 to 5, 2020 (16th MIAS), has made this difficult decision after close and careful consultation with its partners and the health authorities in charge, in whom it has full trust for their expertise and recommendations for the benefit of exhibitors, collaborators, and visitors. Following the recent prohibition on mass public gatherings, with direct implications for the trade shows, WSI had no other option than to make this decision.Jill Aithnie Ang, Managing Director of Worldbex Services International stated: “We are deeply saddened to have made the decision to postpone this year’s WORLDBEX and MIAS. Indeed, both of the shows have come to be such instrumental platforms for the local industry to grow and expand their networks across a wide range of trade opportunities. Moreover, this predicament is made all the more challenging in consideration of all the possibilities explored and plans aligned after significant time spent in dialogue with collaborators over the course of the past few months. All this progress is further attested by the impressive number of returning exhibitors and newcomers who were all eager to take part of this journey. As expected, we have been observing promising growth across all sectors in both the construction and design trade as well as in automotive and motoring.Joseph Ang, Founder of Worldbex Services International expressed: “In the past few weeks, I have witnessed the grit and tenacity of all who have been involved in the preparations for our two shows – WORLDBEX and MIAS. From our partners and customers to our stakeholders and very own teams, everyone has tirelessly worked to seek out the most ideal solutions to safeguard the wellbeing of the industries and its subsequent communities. It is in these moments that I am truly convinced of the value of communication and collaboration in conjuring innovative and strategic approaches to address the many issues at hand. At this point, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone for their hard work, faith, and commitment to our vision.”In the midst of all this, WSI is putting the health and safety of all attendees, exhibitors, and its employees at the top priority. With the development of the current threat and challenges, the organizer will be on top of this situation and continue working towards realizing its prodigious aspirations for the local trade industries.
Marcelle P. Villegas - January 22, 2022
Senator De Lima passed a resolution against lifting of open-pit mining ban
Before the year ended, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu signed the Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2021-40 that lifts the ban on open-pit mining. The order was passed last 23rd of December 2021. This covers mining for copper, gold, silver and other complex ores. DENR made this decision with hopes to revive the mining industry so it may once again provide job opportunities in rural areas. This decision was a response to counter the economic downturn that resulted from the global pandemic.
Philippine Resources - January 21, 2022
WIDENING OF LAWTON AVENUE IN TAGUIG CITY FINISHED BY Q2 OF 2022
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has fast-tracked the widening works at Fort Bonifacio-Nichols Field Road or Lawton Avenue in Taguig City to meet its target completion by the second quarter of 2022. “As the government increases mobility in Metro Manila amid the pandemic, this project is vital in addressing traffic woes experienced by motorists,” said DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado during project inspection on Thursday, January 20, 2022, along with Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo S. Mallari and National Capital Region (NCR) Director Nomer Abel P. Canlas. The road widening has three phases with the 1.34-meter Phase 1 traversing from 5th Avenue to Bayani Road completed and opened to the public on November 17, 2020. “We are keen in expediting the completion of the remaining two phases of the project with Phase 2 covering 1,100 lineal meters from Bayani Road to Philippine Navy and Phase 3 covering 240 lineal meters from Philippine Navy to Pasong Tamo Extension,” said Secretary Mercado. Once fully completed, the 3.1-kilometer, four (4)-lane Lawton Avenue will be converted into a six (6)-lane thoroughfare that can accommodate influx of vehicles traversing the area and will help decongest traffic in nearby Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), South Superhighway and C-5 Road. It will also complement the 961.427-lineal meter Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project which has improved access to and from the cities of Taguig, Pasig, Makati and Mandaluyong. The widening of the Lawton Avenue is part of the EDSA Decongestion Program, one of the flagship projects of the Duterte administration under the Build Build Build Program.
Philippine Resources - January 19, 2022
Vulco® R67 mill lining rubber compound is revolutionising mine site mill operations
Photo: Inside the discharge end of a ball mill being fitted with spiral lifters and rubber grates. Vulco® R67 mill liners last significantly longer and deliver a measurable reduction in mill downtime, installation and maintenance costs. Vulco® rubber is renowned throughout the mining industry for its exceptional wear life and reliability in mill lining systems. These abrasion- and impact-resistant rubber compounds have been developed with advanced technologies by the Weir Minerals’ team of expert engineers and material scientists who are continually refining Vulco® rubber products to keep them at the forefront of mill lining systems technology. Having identified a need for higher-wearing rubbers for mill lining systems, the material science experts commenced developing an industry leading, premium-grade rubber compound with superior wear life and performance in mill lining applications. The result was the Vulco® R67 rubber – an optimum material which is manufactured with proprietary new compounds and innovative methods of processing to deliver outstanding wear life and longer uptime. Extensive field research, compound testing and site trials were conducted to ensure that it was not only able to withstand severe abrasion in typical mill system applications, but that it is best in class. In fact, it has been the most wear-resistant rubber compound that Weir Minerals has ever developed for mill lining applications. The R67 compound boasts a high hardness, elongation, tensile and tear strength, and is suitable for lifter bars, head/shell plates and grates. When it’s utilised in conjunction with metal cap mill liners, the result is a versatile, economical and efficient product that weighs up to 50% less than steel alone. The added benefit is a lighter product that’s faster, easier and safer to install. Revolutionising wear lining Since its launch in 2018, many mining operators from around the globe have implemented the R67 compound into their mill lining systems. They have reported as much as 20-40% improvement in wear life, which is resulting in fewer mill lining replacements and longer mill campaigns. This reduction in shutdowns has a dual benefit of increased cost savings and improved plant availability. What are the benefits for the mill operators? With a liner that can run significantly longer, operators have experienced a wide range of benefits including: Improved wear life A measurable reduction in mill downtime Increased uptime and processing Easier and safer installations Reduced maintenance costs In addition to this, the mines benefit from having an experienced and dedicated team from Weir Minerals who custom-engineer the liners to suit each mill’s unique requirements for optimal wear life. Global in-field success The R67 elastomer compound is changing the way mills operate - with exceptional results. Extensive global trials and commercial installations in the market have resulted in a number of successful outcomes across a variety of different grinding applications. From mines in the USA to Chile, the R67 has proven its outstanding performance consistently. As an example, a high-grade nickel and copper mining project in the USA had a problem where the liners in one ball mill were wearing out too quickly, leading to continued downtime and reduced processing. They were looking for a product significantly superior to the elastomer that they were using. Initially there was reluctance from the mine, as they had loyalty to their original mill supplier, however after Weir Minerals conducted a series of trajectory simulations and discreet modelling - to optimise the design and deliver the best process performance for the mill, they agreed to trial the R67 liners. At the end of the trial the R67 showed 30-40% better performance than the incumbent liners and the customer installed a full set of R67 liners in their mill. Another trial in the USA took place in an iron ore mine with several dozen ball mills in operation. Here, Vulco® R67 liners delivered a 17% increase in life compared to the failed shell plates from the mine’s original mill lining system supplier. The company was extremely impressed with the results and installed a complete shell liner in their ball mill. Moving to Chile, a copper mine was keen to trial the R67 compound to see if they could improve the wear time of a competitor rubber liner. After a three-month trial, all liners were physically measured showing that the Vulco® R67 liners fully worn wear life projected from the actual wear would be 80% longer compared to the incumbent liners. Another copper processing plant in Chile trialled R67 composite liners in their SAG mill against two other compounds that are commonly used in the industry. After 12 months, there was a 48% and 62% wear life improvement on the other liners – proving that the R67 composite liners could withstand the highly abrasive environment. Helping customers optimise their process As leaders in material technology, Weir Minerals are continuously undertaking research and development to provide best-in-class products to mining customers, while helping them improve their bottom line. When using Vulco® R67 rubber compounds, our customers can feel assured they have a market-leading product that is backed by decades of experience, expertise, and proven effectiveness. This innovative rubber compound not only delivers superior physical and viscoelastic properties but is also a lighter and safer material to use. Where can you find Vulco® R67? Vulco R67® mill liners are made exclusively at Weir Minerals facilities in North and South America, Australia and South Africa, with plans to expand production into more regions in the future.