13 Oct 2006
Asia's largest electronics fair on show in Hong Kong
|(From Left to Right) Managing Director of MMI - Munich International Trade Fairs, Mr Klaus Dittrich, TDC's Executive Director, Mr Fred Lam, Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Mr Joseph Wong and Chairman of TDC Electronics/ Electrical Appliances Industry Advisory Committee, Dr Roy Chung officiated at the opening ceremony.|
|Guests were fond of the eBook device displayed at the fair.|
|The buyer registration counter was packed with visitors.|
Exhibitors from around the world will be showcasing quality and innovative products in Asia's largest, and the world's second largest electronics show in Hong Kong's downtown exhibition centre, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from today (October 13) till October 16.
The fair has attracted close to 2,500 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, a 17% increase over the previous year, with first-time participants from Hungary, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland and Denmark.
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) will be able to grow even larger into the world's number one electronics fair when the expansion project of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) completes in 2009.
The expansion project of the HKCEC has commenced and is in good progress. The expanded centre will be able to provide 40 per cent more exhibition space, or 1,000 additional booths in 2009, enabling five Hong Kong mega fairs to become number one in the world.
Electronics is the biggest export earner for Hong Kong, which has a 48 per cent share of the city's total exports. In the first 8 months of 2006, Hong Kong electronics exports reached US$96.9 billion, an increase of 14% over the same period last year.
"Hong Kong's electronics industry is escalating up the value chain by investing heavily in R & D, production engineering and branding," said Chairman of TDC's Electronics/ Electrical Appliances Industry Advisory Committee, Dr Roy Chung.
Towards that, nearly half of Hong Kong's exports to the world are now classified as high technology products under the OECD's definition.
The fair provides a marketing platform to showcase the latest developments in the industry. Four special zones are introduced at the fair:
- Digital World (New) - featuring digital devices offered by 190 exhibitors
- Home Tech (New) - showcasing intelligent home appliances and home security systems from 148 exhibitors
- Technology Exchange Zone - Universities and incubates to show new research projects and prototypes
- Hall of Fame - showcasing premium branded electronic products and components from 158 exhibitors
A number of notable brands including Haier, Midea, Changhong, TCL, Hisense, GIEC, Galanz, Mobicool, OTO Bodycare, Duracell, Panda, VTech, Skyworth, Alco, Ngai Lik, Star Light, Fujikon and Goodway have chosen the fair as their marketing platform.
Leading chain stores such as Sharper Image (US), Best Buy (US), Cantire (Canada), Skytronic (Netherlands), Tesco (UK), Woolworths (UK), Carrefour (France), Auchan(France), MGB Metro (Germany), Karstadt Quelle (Germany), Target (Australia), Dicksmith (Australia), and Don Quijote (Japan) will come source at the fair.
Held concurrently with the fair, electronicAsia has attracted 540 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions. The fair is jointly organised by the TDC and MMI-Munich International Trade Fairs Pte Ltd.
The two fairs together have over 4,400 booths.
TDC invests heavily to attract quality buyers to the show. With its worldwide office network, TDC brings a total of 119 buying missions, or over 6,300 buyers from 44 countries and regions to both shows.
In order to keep industry players abreast of the latest green directives relating to electronics imports in overseas markets, experts from the Chinese mainland and the EU, as well as Chairman of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association and the Hong Kong Green Manufacturing Alliance, Professor K B Chan will update participants in a seminar to be held today.
For press enquiries, please contact
Katherine Chan, or Lawrence Yau of TDC's Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4537/2584 4510
Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition): http://www.hkelectronicsfairae.com
Profile of Hong Kong Electronics Industry: http://www.tdctrade.com/profile/electronics.htm