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Spring Show Offers Fresh Opportunities(HKTDC Electronics, Vol 02,2004)

Vol 2, 2004

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Spring Show Offers Fresh Opportunities
Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2004 (Spring Edition)

Spring Show Offers Fresh Opportunities

Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2004 (Spring Edition)

Show Times

Fair Dates

Opening Hours Buyer Registration Counter
April 14-16 9:30am - 6:30pm 9am - 6pm
April 17 9:30am - 5pm 9am - 4:30pm

Visitor Enquiries: (852) 2240-4388

Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2004 (Spring Edition)
April 14-17, 2004

Total Exhibitors
2004 (expected): 1,500

Major Exhibits Categories

  • Audio Visual Products
  • Digital Imaging
  • Electronic Accessories
  • Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS)
  • Electronic Parts, Components and Production Technology
  • Healthcare Electronics
  • Home Appliances
  • Multimedia
  • Office Automation & Equipment
  • Personal Electronics
  • Security Products
  • Telecommunication Products
  • Trade Services

Special Highlights

1. International ICT Expo
Building on the success of the Hong Kong Information Infrastructure Expo (II Expo), the International ICT Expo is a professional trade fair for information, communications and technology companies to showcase their state-of-the-art software solutions and services

2. Hong Kong Electronics Parts Procurement Square
Co-organised by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, this reverse exhibition allows major Japanese branded goods companies to meet relevant suppliers in a magnificent setting

Scale
30,000 square metres (expected)

Venue
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Organiser
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Admission
Free admission. Trade only. Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.

Enquiries
Exhibitions Department
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2240-4353
Fax: (852) 2824-0249
Email: exhibitions@tdc.org.hk
Web: www.hkelectronicsfairse.com

New Edition To Prove Equally Successful

Aspring edition of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is being launched by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) to capitalise on the proven success of the traditional October event, which has been running for more than 20 years.

The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) that will run from April 14-17 will further cement the fair's reputation as Asia's biggest - and the world's second largest - electronics show.

"Following serious consultation with the electronics industry, we decided to introduce a sparkling and innovative new event, positioned at a critical time for buyers and sellers alike," explains Anne Chick, TDC senior exhibitions manager.

"The new Spring Edition offers a first-class opportunity for local and regional manufacturers to participate in a major international trade fair, and gives global buyers the prospect of replenishing stocks while viewing the latest offerings."

Chick points out that the traditional Hong Kong Electronics Fair has proved so successful over recent years that the TDC could not avoid long waiting lists of hopeful participants. "It was abundantly clear that a biannual fair would better meet the overall needs of the market."

Moreover, Chick says fast-changing consumer patterns have resulted in low inventory levels in major export markets, requiring quick response for inventory replenishment.

"Product life cycles have also shortened amid advances in technology, leading to the need for more frequent changes to product features and cosmetic designs in order to lure consumers," she says.

Chick stresses that the Spring Edition will have its own identity; with major exhibit categories including telecommunications products, multi-media products, audiovisual products, personal electronics, electronic parts and components. "This fair is designed to embrace more products in the higher technology sector," Chick maintains.

"In other words," she adds, "this is not a duplicate fair by any means. Rather, it is a fully complementary event offering the exhibitor and the buyer much more scope for doing business. Buyers, for example, can now plan their stock purchases early by referencing the different profiles made available for the two fairs."

Chick says the figures speak for themselves. "At the moment," she notes, "more than 1,500 exhibitors have already registered, representing the Chinese mainland, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the US and Hong Kong."

Buyers will encounter a special highlight at the new fair: the International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Expo, which is for the first time slotted into April and incorporated into the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) as a new section.

There will also be a new concept of a buyer village at the fair: the Hong Kong Electronics Parts Procurement Square co-organised by TDC and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Housing Japanese electronics companies wanting to source electronic parts and components for their own production/use, it will enable potential suppliers to explore cooperation opportunities with top Japanese brands.

Chick believes the new event will prove as popular as the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2003, which attracted 1,950 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions: 1,264 were local and 686 from overseas. In all, some 48,291 buyers from 143 countries and regions attended: 21,877 were local and 26,414 from overseas. "We anticipate reporting equally successful results for the new Spring Edition," predicts Chick.

A recent TDC report on the electronics industry seems to bear out Chick's confidence, stating that in the first half of 2003, Hong Kong's electronics exports surged by 23%. Exports of audiovisual equipment and parts, IT equipment and parts and integrated circuits grew robustly by 30%, 25% and 28% respectively, while sales of other items like telecoms equipment and parts, electronic toys and games and electronic watches and clocks also registered steady growth.

Market-wise, electronics exports to the US edged up 1% in the first half of 2003, exports to the EU grew robustly by 26% amid the strengthening of European currencies, and sales to the Chinese mainland increased 37%.

The TDC report also noted that, elsewhere in Asia, exports to Japan rose by 23% amid increases in the country's outsourcing for both finished goods and components.

WRITTEN BY ANTHONY WT MOORE

A Gold Mine Of Information, Advice And Opportunity

The former Information Infrastructure Expo and Conference usually held in February has become the International Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Expo that forms part of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition).

A special section dedicated to offering business solutions, software applications and information technologies for corporate users, the ICT Expo is expected to have a strong Chinese mainland presence with over 100 software companies.

The ICT Expo is categorised into 10 major theme zones: telecoms services, mobile and wireless technologies, e-logistics and retail technologies, home-grown technologies, the Hall of Innovations, enterprise solutions, Linux applications, digital entertainment, digital imaging, e-learning and trade- related services.

Among the major highlights is the e-Government Zone, featuring more than 20 software vendors that are existing suppliers to the Hong Kong SAR government on all sorts of solutions like e-tax and smart ID cards. This zone showcases an array of the latest e-government solutions, and government officials and software vendors will conduct interactive discussions at a special e-Government Solution Forum.

The Telecom, Mobile and Wireless Technology Pavilion, led by the Hong Kong Wireless Development Centre, groups together the latest and most innovative wireless and mobile applications; while a Linux Pavilion, complemented by a special Linux Forum, features a wide range of business applications operating under this platform.

Meanwhile, the Project Management Institution, Hong Kong Chapter, will highlight some successful Hong Kong projects and demonstrate the strong capabilities of Hong Kong's ICT professionals. For entrepreneurs, the Venture Capital Forum will unveil more information about Hong Kong's capabilities in fund-raising for Chinese mainland ICT companies or local small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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