UKTI report highlights export opportunities in Asia

Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by The Manufacturer

A report released today by UKTI to coincide with its Explore Asia conference in London, reveals real business opportunities for UK businesses through the growth of Asian ‘smart cities’.

The report follows research carried out by Frost & Sullivan with input from UK Trade & Investment’s Asian representatives and uncovers specific opportunities for UK businesses to play a part in the rapid growth and technological development of certain Asian cities and regions.

Ten ‘smart development’ regions are identified in the report including; Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. 

More than 100 specific projects are named and analysed in the report in order to pinpoint
sector opportunities and help uncover the capabilities and products required in order to benefit from them.

Buildings and the environment, education, energy, health, digital media, and transport
are all prominent in the report as areas where British expertise could add value.

Below is a summary of some projects considered to offer the greatest UK export

  • A major extension of the railway network in Hong Kong, offering opportunities to deliver transport interchange infrastructure and sustainable railway design including signalling, main control systems, an environmental control system and traction energy system.
  • Mobile Telemedicine System in Indonesia, with opportunities for companies with technology and devices for patient monitoring
  • Renewable energy development project in Vietnam, with the generation of electricity through sources such as small hydro, biomass, solar and wind with opportunities for investors, technology suppliers and EPC contractors
    to partner in project development.

To help UK businesses to capitalise on these projects, UKTI will host a half-day ‘Smart Cities in Asia’ seminar on Tuesday 14 February at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays.

Steve O’Leary, UKTI director for infrastructure and low carbon, who will be speaking at the Salford seminar, said: “We want to ensure that UK companies and British expertise play a significant role in the development of smart cities in Asia, and this report and our events are the first step in this process.”

A downloadable version of the final Smart Cities in Asia report is available

For more from TM on export opportunities in China see our February lead feature, viewable in our online issue or in print.