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All About Products, Technology & Business(HKTDC Electronic Components & Parts, Vol 03,2002)

Hong Kong Electronic Components & Parts

Vol 3, 2002

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All About Products, Technology & Business

All About Products, Technology & Business

Show Times

Fair Dates & Opening Hours
October 11-13 9:30am - 6:30pm
October 14 9:30am - 5:00pm
 
Buyer Registration Counter
October 11-13 9:00am - 6:00pm
October 14 9:00am - 4:30pm

Time Saver

Register in advance on the Internet to avoid queues at the fair.

Visit the fair Web sites: http://hkelectronicsfair.com
  www.electronicasia.com

 

22nd Hong Kong Electronics Fair

October 11-14, 2002

Total Exhibitors
2002 (Expected): 1,650
2001: 1,632

Total Visitors
2002 (Expected): 43,000
2001: 42,617

Product Mix

  • Audio & visual products
  • Personal electronics/multi-products
  • Home appliances
  • Multimedia/electronic gaming
  • Office automation & equipment
  • Security products
  • Telecommunications products
  • Electronic accessories
  • Related services

Group Pavilions
Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan

Scale
44,000 square metres

Venue
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Organizer
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Admission
HK$100 (US$12.82)
Trade visitors only

Concurrent Events
electronicAsia 2002:
organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and MMI-Munich Int'l Trade Fairs Pte Ltd

Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair 2002:
organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Frontiers of Brainpower:
displays of innovations, ideas and prototypes for tomorrow's applications and production

Market Seminars:
key industry experts share views on market trends, business opportunities and challenges

Enquiries

Exhibitions Department
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Tel : (852) 2240-4333
Fax : (852) 2824-0026
E-mail : exhibitions@tdc.org.hk


6th electronicAsia

October 11-14, 2002

Total Exhibitors
2002 (Expected): 510
2001: 502

Total Visitors
2002 (Expected): 20,000
2001: 19,700

Product Mix

  • Semiconductors
  • Sensors & microsystems
  • Electromechanical components & connection technology
  • Passive components
  • Displays technology
  • Assemblies & subsystems
  • ED/EDA & Test & Measurement
  • Manufacturing equipment & logistics for:
    • semiconductors and components
    • microsystems technology
    • PCBs and other circuit carriers
    • Assemblies, modules & hybrids

  • General operation aids & product subsystems
  • Product-related services

Scale
11,694 square metres

Venue
Hall 7, Hong Kong Convention and
Exhibition Centre

Organizer
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
MMI - Munich Int'l Trade Fairs Pte Ltd

Admission
Free. Trade only. Individuals less than 18 years old not admitted.

Special Attraction
World of Display Technology 2002:
A special section within electronicAsia for advanced display components and assemblies

Enquiries

Exhibitions Department
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel : (852) 2240-4333
Fax : (852) 2824-0026
E-mail : exhibitions@tdc.org.hk


Organizers Gear For A Multi-Fair Event

Up to 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the 22nd annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair, the largest trade show of its type in Asia, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

HONG Kong is preparing to host the 22nd edition of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair together with the components-focused electronicAsia 2002 and the Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair 2002.

Scheduled for October 11-14 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), all three annual events feature a vast array of new products and services.

Delighted with the response from exhibitors, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) senior exhibitions manager Anne Chick promises a top-flight extravaganza of trade-related activities.

She predicts up to 1,650 exhibitors in the Electronics Fair, along with another 510 in electronicAsia and 450 in the Lighting Fair.

"These concurrent fairs provide an unmatched window of opportunity for buyers to source new products and services, a meeting place for business transactions and an important forum for the exchange of ideas," Chick says.

Among the highlights at the Electronics Fair, organized by TDC, are:

  • Frontiers of Brainpower - a display of innovations, ideas and prototypes for tomorrow's applications and production; and

  • Market Seminars - when industry experts share insight on market trends, business opportunities and challenges.

Components, parts, assemblies and equipment command maximum attention at electronicAsia 2002 (organized by TDC and Messe Munchen Int'l). Visitors to the upcoming sixth edition will see how electronicAsia thrives from the expanding global trade in electronic parts and components.

"The Asia-Pacific region is forecast to enjoy strong growth in this sector for the next two years or so," says Chick.

Products will appear in clearly defined categories. "There is even a special World of Display Technology for advanced display components and assemblies that always draws a lot of attention," says Chick.

Exhibitors in electronicAsia will fill Hall 5 of the HKCEC while the Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair is in Hall 7.

For many participants, these events are about more than trading. "While business is paramount, so is networking, learning and getting up to date on what is happening at the international level," Chick says.

The level of satisfaction is high. "Buyers say they can find the best quality, the best prices and the most flexible suppliers ready to listen and attend to their needs. Most exhibitors are thoroughly satisfied with new business and enhanced prospects, making them quick to sign up for the following year," she says.

"In addition to the main display areas, there are plans for special international pavilions," adds Chick.

Pundits say the upcoming events will serve as a barometer to measure market recovery. "A TDC survey among participants last year revealed widespread optimism that the electronics industry would report improving results in the second half of 2002," Chick says.

Only limitations on floor space prevent these fairs from expanding at a breakneck pace.

"We utilize every part of the available space, Chick says. "Inevitably, some would-be exhibitors are disappointed at not securing a booth. We continue working with the HKCEC on ways and means to address this issue."

More information is available on the following Web sites:

http://www.hkelectronicsfair.com/

http://www.electronicasia.com/

http://www.hklightingfair.com/

Prospects Positive, Say Industry Players

DISCUSSING business prospects with some of Hong Kong's leading players in the electronics industry elicits responses ranging from "cautious" to "positive".

All agree that 2001 was a most unusual year, full of strife and terrorism, perhaps not the best period for measuring progress or determining trends.

Electronics account for more than a third of Hong Kong's total exports.

For some members of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Assn (HKEIA), 2001 was possibly the worst year since the oil crisis of the 1970s.

"Terrorists, war and remnants of the Asian economic crisis all affected consumer demand in a volatile year most manufacturers were happy to leave behind," says HKEIA executive director Charles Chapman.

"A good 2002 could be the start of a sustained positive period or simply reflect the replenishment of inventories that have trickled dry in the past two years. Some sectors are picking up. Good business at this year's Hong Kong Electronics Fair and the concurrent events will provide more evidence of any revival," Chapman says.

In a buoyant mood, VTech Holdings Ltd chairman Allan Wong says the signs for economic recovery are quite good, especially given widespread talk of a turnaround in the global economy.

"There is a lot of optimism for better results in the second half of 2002. Events like the recent Winter Olympics and then the World Cup also may help to strengthen consumer confidence," Wong says.

The Chinese mainland's entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) should stimulate interest and business confidence.

"Hong Kong is also an important trading centre for electronic parts and components. In addition to products from the mainland, we re-export many items from Japan, Taiwan, the US and South Korea. Many multinational parts and components suppliers have regional headquarters and/or offices in Hong Kong for sales, distribution and sourcing activities," Wong says.

Mainland liberalization in telecoms and Internet services should boost demand for related equipment. Enhancement of the trading and distribution sectors will create an environment suitable for parts and components businesses.

"Moderately optimistic" Micro Electronics Ltd managing director Bernard Zau says business in 2002 should return to "normal." He believes IT and multimedia products will regain status as star performers.

Host City Is A "Business Magnet"

For buyers, seeking contacts on the Chinese mainland, where each province has its own industries, can be a huge task. At the Hong Kong Electronics Fair and the concurrent electronicAsia, they frequently meet all the major players in a single location.

GLOBALLY and regionally, Hong Kong plays a pivotal role in the electronics industry, says the chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council's Electronics/Electrical Appliances Advisory Committee, Allan Wong.

"We have the infrastructure, connections, logistics and telecoms channels to sustain our role as Asia's electronics hub," he says.

Hong Kong's strategic role is no overnight sensation. "We have supplied electronics goods to the world for more than half a century," Wong adds.

Another positive factor is how the annual Hong Kong Electronics Fair, staged concurrently with the components-focused electronicAsia, has developed into the third largest such event in the world.

One more talking point is the Chinese mainland's accession to the World Trade Organization. "The mainland is examining ways to rapidly open its markets to foreign goods and services. In anticipation, major international players are establishing regional offices in Hong Kong. Opportunities for two-way trade between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong have never been better," Wong says.

Hong Kong Electronic Industries Assn Ltd executive director Charles Chapman agrees: "The Hong Kong Electronics Fair and concurrent events are all about business. Typically, the corridors are thronged with buyers brandishing chequebooks ready to buy. They come to Hong Kong year after year for four reasons: price, delivery, reputation and quality. Hong Kong has them all."

TechTronic Industries Ltd managing director Roy Chung calls Hong Kong a natural platform for two-way business involving the mainland.

"When doing business in the US, you can access a large portion of the market by locating one or two important buyers. On the mainland, however, the population is five-times higher, distribution is a major headache, and I doubt if any company can successfully penetrate the entire market without some assistance from Hong Kong," Chung says.

Solar Wide Industrial Ltd director-general manager Hughes Sanoner says Hong Kong is the right place for research and development, logistics and marketing functions.

"Hong Kong and the mainland can work hand-in-hand, rather than as competitors. Hong Kong can certainly function as the financial and services hub to bring in new business while the mainland concentrates on manufacturing," says Sanoner.

Champion Technology Holdings Ltd chairman Paul Kan believes the public has misconceptions. "Some people think of Hong Kong as an assembly point for overseas brands. In fact, major international companies and brands often come to us with ideas and ask if we can develop or realize them. Most often, we can and do. Design and development are probably Hong Kong's most under-rated capabilities.

"The Chinese mainland is a huge country, and each province has its own industries. You can only visit some major cities, but here in Hong Kong you frequently meet all the major players in one location."

Each October, that location is at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, electronicAsia and the Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair.

"Hong Kong is not only a natural bridge to the mainland provinces, but also a magnet for those wishing to conduct business there," concludes Kan.