CPhI South East Asia strengthens ASEAN integration by opening Thailand edition in 2019

In 2019, CPhI South East Asia will take place at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand (12-14 March). CPhI South East Asia’s strategic move to Thailand will further strengthen the event’s appeal within the region. Organizers’ anticipate a significant growth in new visitors from more diverse locations with the new venue, catering to attendees that were previously unable to participate.

The event’s first visit to Thailand comes at a significant time for the country, as pharma sales are expected to grow by 8.4% in 2019*, with multinational corporations increasingly looking to partner with local contract manufacturers in order to expedite and streamline market access. According to data from BMI Research, by 2021 the pharmaceutical market is forecast to reach a value of THB209.7bn (USD6.3bn), experiencing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% in local currency terms and 6.8% in US dollar terms. Over the extended forecast period, medicine sales will experience a 10-year CAGR of 5.5% and 6.3% in local currency and US dollar terms respectively, reaching THB275.2bn (USD8.4bn) by 2026.

“This is very much a natural progression for the CPhI South East Asia and the region, opening even greater opportunities to meet new partners and expand pharma sales. Collectively, these two countries account for over 50% of the region’s sales. Our research shows there is large opportunity, in particular, for contract services and ingredients, and by annually switching location we will increase the depth and quality of regional partners available. Not to mention, we attract a wider perspective of visitors, all of which will ultimately accelerate ASEAN’s Pharmaceutical harmonisation and cross-border collaborations.” added Chris Kilbee, Group Director, Pharma at UBM.

In fact, according to PhRMA's Special 301 submission for 2017, Thailand was once again designated as a 'Priority Watch List Country'. Notably, only India and Indonesia share this status in the entire Asia Pacific region. Additionally, the country is set to benefit from amendments to thePatents Act 2017 – which enables an expedited Thai patent application for companies with existing patents from Australia, China, the EU, Japan, South Korea and the US – further cementing international interest.

Kilbee added: “The 2019 edition will open increased international opportunities for domestic manufacturers in Thailand that have not yet had the capacity or partners to expand regionally. Plus, with MNCs looking to capitalise on regulatory changes this year, we expect many new international attendees”

CPhI South East Asia, which just celebrated its 7th year, will co-locate in 2019 with FDF, ICSE, P-MEC, InnoPack, and the returning LABworld South East Asia – following a hugely successful opening year. UBM forecasts the inaugural edition in Bangkok will host more than 6000 attendees and 270 exhibitors. Executives will come from across the region’s fastest growing industries including pharma ingredients professionals, packaging experts, machinery providers and contract manufacturing, as well as nutraceutical companies and laboratory specialists – facilitating a collective environment that is designed to stimulate the next stage in the ASEAN pharma expansion.

For more information please visit: http://www.cphi.com/sea/   

About CPhI
CPhI drives growth and innovation at every step of the global pharmaceutical supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage. Through exhibitions, conferences and online communities, CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year to network, identify business opportunities and expand the global market. CPhI hosts events in Europe, North America, Korea, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and co-locates with ICSE for contract services, P-MEC for machinery, equipment & technology, FDF for finished dosage formulations, InnoPack for pharmaceutical packaging and BioPh for biopharma. CPhI provides an online buyer & supplier directory at CPhI-Online.com. For more information visit: www.cphi.com

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