The 2013 International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia), Asia Pacific’s largest international maritime defense show, has just announced that it will host the first ever Asian edition of the International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC). The event is organized by Experia Events in association with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), supported by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). INEC@IMDEX Asia will be held from May 14-16 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore.
The effort is a clear indicator of the growing market value of the naval/maritime market in Asia. One driver for naval modernization by Southeast Asian countries is recent aggressive behavior by China’s maritime patrol vessels and navy, particularly as it pushes into the South China Sea in search of petroleum reserves and fishing grounds.