Construction situation expected to recover at end of this year

The following is an exclusive interview with Mr Marco Romahn, Managing Director of PERI Asia Pte Ltd
Formwork Scaffolding Engineering that is currently partaking in the Buildtech exhibition in Yangon.

Mr Marco Romahn is seen during the interview with GNLM.
Mr Marco Romahn is seen during the interview with GNLM.

Q:    What does your company hope to achieve by participating in the Buildtech exhibit? What is your position in the Myanmar market?
A: PERI is a German family owned engineering company and the largest supplier of Formwork and Scaffolding worldwide.
BuildTech is a great opportunity for us to showcase our innovative Formwork and Scaffolding Products which have been utilised since 2014 to carry out construction projects in Yangon, such as the extension of the Sedona Hotel and the Junction City Towers.
On this years’ BuildTech we focus on our comprehensive construction services such as engineering, logistic, on-site support and customer training, true to our motto “PERI – we offer more than just products”.
An example. Since the beginning of this year we have been offering customer training in Yangon with our local partner Kabar and TiongSeng from Singapore. We hope to support the Myanmar construction market and to make construction more safe and more productive.
Q: What are your views on the nearly stalled construction sector in Myanmar? When can the situation recover?
A: Construction in Myanmar is mainly carried out using outdated formwork and scaffolding as well as low skilled construction workers. On top of this construction methods are not environment friendly. According to my understanding the new government will investigate the current construction situation to implement measures that will help to improve it.
I expect a recovery at the end of this year.
Q: Does your company have any plans to operating in Myanmar?
A:We are committed to doing business in Myanmar and we have a long-term plan.
We began our business in 2013. In 2014 we opened an office in Yangon and carried out our first construction project. In 2015 we qualified ourselves again to provide our services to a local construction partner. This year we will hire more employees in order to be permanently present in Myanmar.—GNLM

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