The 15th edition of Secutech, held from 18 - 20 April at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Taiwan, attracted a record 532 exhibitors from 27 countries and regions and 25,510 visitors from 97 countries and regions.
Organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media, the event is Asia's largest international exhibition and conference for the electronic security, info security, fire and safety industry sectors. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the exhibition is no longer just a sourcing fair, but a center of innovation and a propeller of industry development spreading across more than 35,000 sqm. Secutech, a long-time industry observer and promoter, was taking on an even more proactive role this year in catalysing the chemistry and facilitating strategic partnerships between original manufacturers and security buyers from around the world.
Making its debut at the show was the Vehicle Security Zone which was well received by visitors and exhibitors such as Huvitech Co Ltd, a Korean vehicle security products supplier. "Our booth attracted many visitors," said Mr Doora Lee, the company's Manager for Export Sales. "We targeted to sell our car security products to European buyers and we met a lot of them during the show."
Axxon, a Russian video surveillance and security solutions brand has exhibited many times at Secutech. "This is the most important show in the world," said Mr Murat Altuev, Axxon's President. "It is also the biggest security show in Southeast Asia and as Axxon is developing in this region, the show is our first priority."
Mr Michael Chen, Vice President for Zhejiang Dahua Technology, a Chinese surveillance manufacturer, agrees that Secutech is an important show. "It is a good platform to show products and new technology, as well as to network," he explained. "I am happy to see different products here and to have a chance to share experiences with exhibitors from Japan, Korea and Taiwan."
Everspring, Taiwanese wireless home automation solutions provider, was pleased that their booth was always packed with visitors. Ms Jessica Huang, Senior Sales Manager said her company was able to introduce their applications to buyers from different parts of the world.
She added: "Secutech is the only Taiwan security show we participate in because it has a clear focus, and it includes all aspects of the security industry."
Visitors were also positive about the show. First time American visitor Dr Paul M. Russo, Chairman and CEO for Geo Semiconductor was looking for Asian business partners. He commented: "My visit to the show meets my purpose. I met many Asian industry semiconductor suppliers for cameras and found quality potential partners."
Mr Sergio O. Jamila III, President for Philippines company Jamila & Company Security Services was visiting the show for the third time. He was looking for the latest IP services. "Secutech is an interesting show," he remarked. "I see many new technologies here and I have already found potential suppliers. This is the only show I visit because it is the most comprehensive, and is getting bigger and bigger every year. He also appreciated the Secutech Award event which helped him to identify and source quality products.
Loyal visitor Mr V. C. S. Asaikani, a representative for Modern Appliances has visited Secutech 14 times. The Indian company distributes CCTV products suitable for railway projects and has always been able to source products at the show. "I find it convenient to source at Secutech with integrated suppliers offering good after sales support," Mr Asaikani explained. "Whether you look for quality manufacturers or cost competitive products, it's all here under one roof."
Mr James Kuan from Plus 10 System Integration Technology, Taiwan, was looking for new products and suppliers for integrated systems. "I can see a lot of international brands here and the quality of the products is very high," he said. "This show is very comprehensive."
Fringe programme provides valuable market updates
Altogether Secutech comprised 143 popular fringe events and seminars. A new event was the Security 50 Summit where representatives of the industry's top 50 companies shared their keys to success. Mr Koen Rommel, Vice President for Bosch, Germany, was one of the speakers at Security 50 Summit and he said the event was an interesting platform to meet industry players. Commenting on the Taiwanese market he added: "Taiwan is a highly competitive market and Bosch is a quality driven company with a complete range of products, software and solutions. I believe we have a big chance for further growth in Taiwan."
Another major event was the Global Digital Surveillance Forum (GDSF) with speakers that included representatives from Milestone Systems, Panasonic and Verint Systems who shared their digital surveillance insights. Dr Steve Ma, Vice President, Engineering and Operations for Taiwanese company Vivotek, spoke about megapixel IP Camera trends to an audience of more than 100 people. "GDSF is a good platform for the industry to exchange information and share experiences," he remarked.