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Building mission success in Asia

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(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, the Rt.Hon John McEwen)

. The Australian Building Materials Mission to South-East

Asia had been outstandingly successful in visits to both Hong Kong

and Manila, the Minister for Trade, Mr. J, McEwen, said today.

In each city, more than 1000 leading architects,

contractors, engineers, importers and merchants had inspected the

Mission's display and held discussions with members.

The high quality and wide range of products displayed had

been praised by business leaders and the Mission had been warmly


About 500 enquiries were received from visitors and other

contacts in Hong K#ng alone and the Mission had received excellent

publicity in beth cities in the press, on radio and television.

Members had already written many firm orders fgr a range

of materials including window fittings, soft board, hard board,

pressure pipes, cement, doors, window-glass, pre-fabricated

buildings, reinforcing steel and window louvres,

Mr. McEwen said the Mission had reported that several

members had been asked to submit test samples of other products for

evaluation by private and.Government architects.

The Mission Leader,ยท Mr, Henry Wilckens, of Adelaide,

had had close discussions with leading businessmen's organisations

and had been promised full support for the Mission,

Prospects for future orders were excellent, since

architects and contractors in beth cities had stated that the

Australian goods were competitive in both price and quality with

those from other countries.

The Mission had now arrived in Bangkok and would return

to Australia on November 1st, Mr. McEwen said.


23rd October, 1963 82/63T