SPECIAL REPORT: Eco-Products International Fair 2013

The 8th Eco-Products International Fair was held between 14 – 16 March 2013 to great enthusiasm. Organized by Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS), this time the event took place at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore. Opening hours was between 09:00 to 18:00 hours on Thursday and Friday, and 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturday.

EPIF itself is the largest and longest running international environmental exhibition in Asia. It showcases the most advanced environmentally friendly products, technologies, and services that enhance sustainable development and competitiveness. With the theme “One Environment, One Future: Towards a Sustainable & Greener Asia”, EPIF 2013 aims to serve as a global platform and one stop center to showcase Asia’s commitments to the environment and highlight the biggest opportunities in the eco business industry.

Unlike its predecessors, this time EPIF 2013 mainly focused on forging the business to business interaction, especially evident during the exhibition, which was only open to the public on Saturday, March 16. This year, there are officially 99 organizations participating as exhibitors, and 130 delegates participating at the conference. EPIF 2013 features two sections: Eco Business and Green Personal Lifestyle, for the following sectors: Government and Trade Associations, Green Buildings, Green Energy Providers, Services and Manufacturers, Green Finance, Pollution Control, Smart Grid Providers, Water Disposal Management, and Water Recycling.

The 3-day event was declared open by Her Excellency Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’ Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, stating: “Eco-products make us think about the impact on the environment when products are produced, used or disposed of. The products that are being promoted and exhibited in this fair illustrate to us that innovation and creativity can bring us solutions that will enable development in a sustainable way. From new battery technology for electric vehicles, biodegradable pest-control products, to water heaters powered by waste heat from air-conditioners, we can reduce material and energy costs, and protect the living environment from harmful effects from our consumption.”

EPIF 2013 featured many interesting products from exhibitors that have come from various parts of Asia. Take, for example, Ecogen Quantum International Pte Ltd from Singapore, who supplies reliable, efficient, safe products at a very reasonable cost. Products utilize the wasted hear from air-conditioners providing an alternative source for water heating. There is also Ikatech Corporation from Taiwan, of which its LED Lighting Systems Division provides the highest quality LED lamps, fixtures, and components in the lighting industry. LED lighting products are mercury free and offer reduced CO2 emissions through energy savings when compared to current lighting solutions.

The event received great attention from the public in general and businesses in particular, where the networking activities were in full swing as everybody went home with a newfound knowledge in regards to eco products.

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