Architecture & Building Services 2021 opens after two years of pause
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Singapore – Architecture & Building Services (ABS) 2021, the industry’s most comprehensive exhibition on the built environment, returned to Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore after a two-year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This time, the ABS 2021 added a new show called Design Asia 2021, bringing the total number of exhibitions to seven.

The opening was officiated by Guest-of-Honour Lim Biow Chuan, Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Constituency & Member of Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for National Development in the presence of visitors, conference delegates and the media on 24 November 2021.

On the second day of the show, the inaugural Design Asia Congress 2021 was opened by Guest-of-Honour Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and, Ministry of Home Affairs.

The finalists of the inaugural Design Asia Student Design Competition, held over a period of one year, received their awards and the industry’s accolades on stage at the official opening ceremony. The group of design students were the cream of 68 entries from seven institutions.

The competition is a platform for budding design innovators to showcase and commercialise their creative renditions, as well as to connect with the industry’s most influential designers. The young designers hope to make significant contributions to the Built Environment scene in Singapore throughout their future careers in design.

On the third day of the show, Mr Desmond Tan, Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Sustainability and The Environment, and Guest-of-Honour, officially opened Safety & Security Asia (SSA) 2021 exhibition and the inaugural; Outcome-Based Contracting (OBS) Conference 2021.

Organised by Conference & Exhibition Management Services (CEMS), ABS 2021 is the premier onestop destination for international products, solutions, and service providers to boost their exposure to the Southeast Asian markets. The show is dedicated for the Built Environment and related sectors ranging from Architecture, Facilities Management, Lighting, Safety and Security, Fire Disaster and Design. Themed ‘Design Solutions for The Built Environment’, ABS 2021 will provide a real-time interactive and curated experience to connect sellers and buyers on a hybrid format – both on-site and virtual.

The seven concurrent tradeshows under ABS 2021 are:

1. ArchXpo 2021 – The 7th International Exhibition of Architecture & the Built Environment

2. International Facility Management Expo (iFaME) 2021 – The 8th International Facility Management Equipment, Products, Technology & Services Exhibition

3. Lighting Asia 2021 – The 7th International LED + Lighting Technology Show

4. Safety & Security Asia 2021 – The 19th International Safety & Security, Technology & Equipment Exhibition

5. Fire & Disaster Asia 2021 – The 17th International Disaster, Emergency Management & Fire Prevention, Technology & Equipment Exhibition

6. Work Safe Asia 2021 – The 7th International Workplace Safety, Technology & Equipment Exhibition

7. Design Asia 2021 – The inaugural International Designers Expo for Asia ABS 2021 also hosted 10 major conferences, symposiums and forums led by industry experts which are held concurrently with the seven exhibitions. Underscoring the robust presence of thought leadership at the show, the conferences were designed to address new developments, trends, challenges and solutions that directly impact the Built Environment. These provided valuable insights for conference delegates and industry players on how they should position their businesses and operations going forward as Singapore’s economy recovers in the endemic phase.

In addition to the exhibitions, there were also 10 conferences held during the three-day show.

ABS 2021 had a capacity for 3,000 on-site visitors, 2,000 on-site conference delegates and 3,000 virtual visitors online.