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New Exhibitor Record for Printing and Packaging Fair
Hong Kong Auto Parts Fair Expands to Two Exhibition Halls

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"As one of the world's four major printing centres, Hong Kong is a perfect setting for the printing and packaging fair," says Mr Benjamin Chau, Assistant Executive Director of the TDC.
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"The Chinese mainland's rising middle class provides a large market for auto parts and the automobile manufacturing industry. I am very optimistic about the Hong Kong industry," says Professor KB Chan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association.
April 3, 2007 - More than 330 exhibitors, a new fair record, are expected to attend the Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair later this month at AsiaWorld-Expo, with exhibitors coming from seven countries and regions.

The Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair, which runs concurrently with the printing and packaging fair, expects more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions and has expanded to two exhibition halls in response to market demands.

The twin Hong Kong fairs open April 28 and continue until May 1.

"The two fairs received overwhelming response when they debuted last year, attracting more than 13,000 global buyers and over 550 exhibitors," said Mr Benjamin Chau, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC). "The proportion of exhibitors to buyers is close to that of TDC's established trade fairs, proving that the fairs are a significant marketing platform for suppliers and buyers alike."

The Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair spotlights four new themed zones this year: the Integrated Pre-press Service Square, the Sign and Display Pavilion, the Digital Printing and Office Automation Equipment Pavilion, and the Used Machinery Square, which showcases used printing and packaging machinery to encourage environmental awareness.

Major products on display at the printing and packaging fair include packaging materials and accessories, pre-press services, graphic arts and design services, multimedia technology and services, printing and packaging services, consultancy and training services, and printing and packaging equipment and systems.

Seminars on issues ranging from environmentally friendly printing and digital printing to green manufacturing in the printing and packaging industries will also be featured.

Hong Kong is a particularly appropriate setting for the printing and packaging fair, given that it is one of the world's four major printing centres, along with Germany, Japan and the United States. Hong Kong's printing and packaging exports totalled about US$5.5 billion in 2006, up seven per cent over the previous year.

The fair is organised by the TDC in conjunction with the CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Printers Association and the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair this year has attracted group pavilions hosted by Taiwan, as well as three major auto centres in the Chinese mainland - Fujian, Zhejiang and Changchun. The fair will feature a wide array of auto products and services, including auto and motorcycle parts and components, accessories and specialty equipment, repair and automotive services, and machinery, equipment and tools.

Techno Zone, presenting the latest technological development projects, returns this year. It will be joined by two new areas, the Accessories and Specialty Equipment Zone, created to feature performance, racing and customization products, and the Motorcycle Zone.

The 2007 International Conference for the Asia-Pacific Automotive Industry, a two-day event covering a variety of industry topics, will take place during the fair period.

The Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair is jointly organised by the TDC, the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd, and Paper Communication Exhibition Services, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Auto Parts Industry Association and the Society of Automotive Engineers - Hong Kong Section.

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About TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.tdctrade.com

For more information
Please contact the TDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Helen Chung Tel: (852) 2584 4569 Email: helen.ss.chung@tdc.org.hk
Teresa O Tel: (852) 2584 4554 Email: teresa.cy.o@tdc.org.hk

Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair website: http://hkautopartsfair.com
Hong Kong Printing and Packaging Fair website: http://hkprintpackfair.com

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