The second annual Cambodia Architect and Decor Expo opened in Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island yesterday, amid growing demand for both construction and interior design materials. The event, which is backed by the Cambodian Society of Architects, attracted 25 percent more exhibitors this year than last, with clients from Italy, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and China.
Pheung Sophean, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, said the event was an opportunity to show the international potential of the Cambodian construction sector. “The expo is an industry platform for education and knowledge exchange, as well as being a way to source building products and interior design materials, such as furniture and decor,” he said.
A total of 150 local and international companies and brands are displaying their products at the show.
Sen Socheat, president of the Cambodian Society of Architects, said the event is an important catalyst for improving the quality of construction materials, and modernising the architecture, design and construction sectors.
“The event shows supply and demand in the construction sector and is a must for trade professionals, contractors, engineers, architects and interior designers, as well as property developers, hoteliers and resort owners,” said Socheat. “It’s a good opportunity for them to network and also to be aware of the various products that are available internationally.”
Terence Ng, director of Reginox company, which sells faucets and is exhibiting at the show, said he signed up to the event due to the growth of the construction sector in Cambodia. “Our purpose is basically to look for distributors and someone who can represent our brand in Cambodia. Hopefully we can also find some potential customers who we can talk to seriously and collaborate with,” he added.
The expo will run until tomorrow.