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HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)

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The electronics world's movers and shakers will descend in force on Hong Kong this month when the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) takes centre stage in an enlarged exhibition space.

Exhibitors and buyers will crfam the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which now offers an extra 19,400 square metres of exhibition space -- enough for around 1,000 standard booths.

This year's Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) from 13-16 April will cover some 83,000 square meetres and feature a host of exciting product zones including proven drawcards such as the Hall of Fame.

This elegant setting gives exhibitors offering premium products - original items distinguished by their design and performance - a fitting venue to attract the type of buyer interested in their brand name and quality items.

More than 170 exhibitors chose to showcase their products to the best effectf in the Hall of Fame at the 2008 event, including such famous brand names as Desay, For You, Galanz, Goodway, Haier, Hyundai, Microdia, Olevia, Otic and TCL.

The rest of the fair is equally well organised in order to help buyers locate the right kinds of exhibitors in relevant product zones:

  • Digital Imaging is a major attraction given the never-ending consumer appetite for cameras, videos, webcams and other imaging products
  • Healthcare Electronics features items ranging from pedometers and fat monitors to massage chairs and air-purifiers
  • Vision & Sound is the venue for great ideas in domestic audio-visual systems such as televisions, home theatres, audio products and other home entertainment systems
  • Home Tech features items that combine the latest electronic technology with home use, offering home appliances and personal security items

Getting down to the real nuts and bolts of the electronics business is the Metal Parts & Components Pavilion, in which members of the Hong Kong Metals Manufacturers Association show their small but vital products such as connectors, metal cases and heat-dissipating devices.

In a similar vein, the concurrent HKTDC International ICT Expo spotlights the latest and brightest ideas in the related fields of information and communications technology.

As if that wasn't enough, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has organised a specially selected series of seminars to help buyers and exhibitors keep up to date with the most important trends in this increasingly fast-paced industry.

All in all, this year's Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) looks set to be as compelling as the 2008 edition, which attracted more than 2,400 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions - including group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan.

Some 51,000 buyers from 162 countries and regions also passed through the fair's doors in 2008, reinforcing the fair's position as Asia's top electronics event.

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2009 is clearly the place to be for buyers looking to source the kind of electronics products that find favour all over the world.

Super Sourcing Success

Asia's largest electronics industry event continues to set new records, with more than 51,000 buyers attending the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and International ICT Expo in 2008.

More than 3,400 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions set up shop in some 3,500 booths at the 5th Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), which was orgasnised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).

Adding to the fair's international flavour were first-time participants from Brazil, Israel, Macau, Romania and Thailand, while three of the world's electronics industry giants - the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan - offered group pavilions.

The excellent exhibitor and buyer attendance was eloquent testimony to the continuing success of a fair that was launched in 2004 in response to shortened product cycles and growing demand for new products.

Since then, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) has emerged as a strong complement to the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) in October.

This is borne out by the fact that the HKTDC organised 152 buying missions to the spring show, bringing in some 7,200 VIP buyers from more than 4,350 companies, including top importers and VIPs from the world's major chain stores.

They included Brookstone and Dillard's Department Stores (the US); Canadian Tire (Canada); Carrefour, Casino and Group SEB (France); Vivanco Gruppe and Karstadt Warenhaus (Germany); Electodomesticos Taurus (Spain); Skytronics (the Netherlands); Melchioni (Italy); Halfords (the UK); Myers & Big W (Australia); Sanyo Electric Co Ltd (Japan); LG (Korea); and Future Group (India).

Running concurrently, the International ICT Expo brought together 585 information technology suppliers and software applications developers from 20 countries and regions, including new exhibitors from the Netherlands and the UAE.

The ICT Expo included seven thematic zones:

  • Enterprise Solutions
  • Network & Mobility
  • Digital Living & Multimedia
  • Home-grown Innovations
  • IT Outsourcing
  • E-Logistics & Retail Technologies
  • Trade Related Services

In addition, five emerging trends - embedded software, IT outsourcing, retail technologies, Wi-Fi, RFID and multimedia and sector-specific applications for finance and tourism - were highlighted with industry seminars, conferences and symposiums.

The twin shows' importance is graphically illustrated by the latest trade statistics, which show a 6.7% increase in Hong Kong's total electronics exports to US$18.45bn for 2008.

Virtually all sectors showed healthy increases, with computer exports jumping 22.3%, office machines climbing 14% and telecommunications equipment and parts up 10.4%.

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) obviously plays an important role in the industry's healthy growth and will undoubtedly maintain its role as Asia's leading electronics fair.