IT firms urged to venture beyond M’sian shores

March 12, 2010 |

(Borneo Post Sarawak, Friday, 12 March 2010 – Business & Finance – Page, 15 )

HAMBURG: Local Information Technology (IT) companies should continue to venture beyond the shores to tap the huge market potential existing overseas. In fact, nine local companies currently participating in the five-day CeBIT, the world’s largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions, in Hannover, Germany, clinched sales of RM70.530 million.

Consul (Trade)/senior trade commissioner, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), Sabri Abdul Rahman said CeBIT was the best platform for young start-up IT companies.

“We encourage them to venture out to find buyers. They might not dare to do so or probably did not know where to go all this while,” he told Bernama on Wednesday. Matrade organised Malaysia’s parti-cipation at the fair this year.

Cyberview Sdn, apart from taking part in the fair, also sponsored the participation of Akriz Sdn Bhd, Motiofixo Sdn Bhd, Rapid Matrix Sdn Bhd and Fabtronic Sdn Bhd.

Others included Celframe Dynamics Sdn Bhd, Strategic Petro Sdn Bhd, ZPMC Techcon Sdn Bhd and Basis Bay Sdn Bhd.

Except for Cyberview, Basis Bay and Celframe, six other companies participated for the first time at CeBIT.

Akriz displayed a real size flight simulator, with the state-of-the-art movement, which was the crowd puller at the Malaysian Pavilion.

Sabri said CeBIT not only exposed the companies to the German market but also to the entire European and global market.

“We are competing in the IT world. India is strong and China is coming up.

“The global economy is expected to perform better this year with higher consumer confidence. Therefore, we should not ignore the market. We should venture more into such markets,” he added.

CeBIT is targeted at industry, the wholesale/retail sector, skilled trades, banks, the services sector, government agencies, science and all users passionate about technology.

It serves as an international platform for exhibitors to compare notes on current industry trends besides networking and product presentations.

Sabri was elated that all nine Malaysian companies had already expressed interest to return for the next CeBIT fair.

“Matrade is looking forward to help more companies to participate in next year’s CeBIT as many potential buyers visit this trade exhibition,” he said. —


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