The 12th edition of IMDEX Asia, the biennial international maritime defence event in Asia-Pacific, concluded on a high note with a showcase of the latest innovation in engineering and technology by the bigwigs in the maritime defence sector and emerging tech start-ups from the region. With established conferences and real-time discussions on maritime security, IMDEX Asia drew a plethora of global leaders and distinguished guests.
One of the main highlights from IMDEX Asia 2019, held from May 14-16, 2019 at Changi Exhibition Centre, was the launch of “What’s Next”, a unique platform for start-ups from the region to network with industry heavyweights, to showcase their innovations and to establish new business development leads.
Future of Naval Defence
The inaugural “What’s Next” included a “Shipyard 4.X” pitch challenge, where start-ups pitch solutions to potential investors, corporate businesses, and end-users. There were 13 startups from France, India, the Philippines, Singapore and USA, displaying innovation in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, surveillance robots, among others.
Singapore’s startup Subnero, which provides underwater networks and applications, emerged as the winner of the “Shipyard 4.X” challenge following a series of competitive pitching with other start-ups. Subnero walked away with a golden opportunity for potential collaboration with one of the pitch challenge sponsors–Republic of Singapore Navy, SAAB, ST Engineering, and Thales.
Global Naval Community
“We celebrate another highly successful IMDEX Asia 2019, which brought together officials from foreign and local navies, the business community, visitors and delegates from across the global ecosystem,” said Leck Chet Lam, managing director of Experia Events Pte Ltd, the organiser of IMDEX Asia 2019. “Technology innovation is prominent at this year’s IMDEX Asia and it is exciting to see a glimpse of a future of naval defence enabled by automation, artificial intelligence, new products and services.”
This year’s edition saw a record number of attendances from global maritime stakeholders.
It is a testament of the show’s role as a neutral platform for facilitating strategic dialogues and sparking regional collaborations around maritime defence and security, while connecting key players from the navies, governments, and businesses.
This edition saw more than 11,000 attendees from 62 countries and regions attending IMDEX Asia, and welcomed over 236 participating companies from 30 countries. There were 26 chiefs of defence forces and navies, vice chiefs and directors-general of coast guards.
Throughout the event, IMDEX Asia 2019 facilitated more than 650 strategic meetings with public sector representatives and commercial buyers to forge new partnerships in the global marketplace.
A total of 25 warships from 15 countries arrived for the biennial show (21 ships sailed in and four local ships). Amongst the warships was the helicopter large ship HMAS Canberra, the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, making its debut in Singapore. Joining the rest, the JS Izumo, a helicopter destroyer and one of Japan Maritime Self Defence Force’s largest ships also docked in Singapore to take part in the show.
Maritime Security Conference
At the heart of IMDEX Asia 2019 was the exclusive International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC), where over 400 delegates from the naval defence sector gathered for pivotal conversations to promote mutual understanding and collaboration in Asia-Pacific. This edition of IMSC focuses conversations on the theme Safe and Secure Seas: Promoting Mutual Security in our Maritime Commons, and comprises three panels that cover assessment of current rules-based maritime order, maintaining peace and strengthening cooperation and trust.
Coming to its 13th edition, the biennial IMDEX Asia is Asia-Pacific’s premier international maritime defence show and a must-attend event in the global naval and maritime security calendar. The 13th edition of IMDEX Asia will be held from May 18-20, 2021 at the Singapore Changi Exhibition Centre. Organised by Experia Events Pte Ltd, IMDEX Asia 2019 is supported by the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre, the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.