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TDC plans more new trade fairs


The Trade Development Council (TDC) is joining forces with local exhibition organisers and industry organisations to launch two new trade fairs in Hong Kong in April, the TDC announced today (March 2).

The new exhibitions, Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair and Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair, will be held from April 8 to 11 at the AsiaWorld-Expo near the Hong Kong International Airport.

"This is a major catalyst for TDC to expand the portfolio of Hong Kong's exhibition industry," says TDC Assistant Executive Director Benjamin Chau, who points out that the exhibitions are a much needed marketing platform for both suppliers and buyers in the auto parts and printing/packaging business.

Mr Chau warns that an additional 500,000 square metres of exhibition space will come on stream in 2007 in neighbouring cities which are hungry for business.

He says Hong Kong's trade fairs tend to pay more attention to promoting major export items. As the city is developing into a sourcing centre for the world, Hong Kong's trade fairs need to be mindful of developments at home and in the region.

The decision to hold the new fairs was taken after extensive research and discussion with people in the trade, particularly with the key players.

The Auto Parts Fair is organised by the TDC in conjunction with its strategic partners, the Paper Communication Exhibition Services and the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association; and co-organised with Hong Kong Auto Parts Industry Association, and Society of Automotive Engineers - Hong Kong Section. The fair has the strong support from the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Federation of Hong Kong, Federation of Hong Kong Machinery and Metal Industries, Hong Kong Metals Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Diecasting Association, People's Government of Changchun Municipality and Zhejiang Ruian People's Municipal Government

CEO of Paper Communication Exhibition Services Cheng Chun Ho said: "The fair will be an important meeting point for global auto parts industry players to conduct business as well as to explore new market dimensions."

The major products on display include auto and motorcycle parts/accessories, systems and technology, equipment and tools for parts/accessories manufacturing, workshops and repair services; car care products, inspection and testing devices.

Hong Kong exports a wide variety of auto parts and accessories, ranging from electrical appliances and electronics to metal and plastics parts or mechanical components, used by different industries.

Chairman of Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Professor K. B. Chan says "there could not have been a better time than now to launch such a fair, especially for suppliers wanting to enter the Chinese mainland market."

He points out that under WTO rules, China is required to open up more of its market to outsiders. It will also need to remove gradually its import quotas and reduce tariffs.

The huge demand for cars on the mainland has created a boom for the industry compelling manufacturers to step up production to meet local demand while exploring export opportunities, says Prof. Chan.

He says the fair will serve as springboard for suppliers of auto components and accessories planning to enter the lucrative mainland market.

Founding Chairman of Society of automotive engineers - Hong Kong Section, Dr. S. W. Lui says the Fair will give Hong Kong companies the opportunity to show the world that their products can meet the extremely high standards of quality, reliability and safety demanded by the auto parts industry.

The fair has many profitable spin-offs. It gives Hong Kong and mainland companies an opportunity to expand into new markets, and overseas companies to tap the ever-growing mainland market.

Some 250 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions are taking part in the event, highlighting Hong Kong's importance as an international trading centre for auto parts and accessories.

Hong Kong's exports of auto parts and accessories in 2005 amounted to HK$12.4 billion. The EU, US, Chinese mainland, Japan and ASEAN countries were its biggest customers.

Printing and packaging are fundamental to almost every industry in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, especially Guangdong province. The dynamic growth of Guangdong's processing and manufacturing industries - particularly along the Pearl River Delta region - has created a huge demand for printing and packaging equipment.

The ground-breaking Printing and Packaging Fair, co-organised by the TDC and CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Limited, offers new opportunities for the industry to grow in the region and on the mainland. The event is supported by China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China, Hong Kong Printers Association, Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Corrugated Paper Manufacturers' Association, Hong Kong Packaging Institute and Hong Kong Digital Printing Association

Managing Director of CIEC Exhibition Co. (HK) Ltd Xie Sen Shu says "Hong Kong's printing and packaging industry is famous for quality, quick delivery, competitive pricing and ability to cope with short-notice printing jobs. The Fair will be able to provide a useful and focused event for players to expand business networks, explore market opportunities, and promote company image abroad."

The Fair's major exhibits include machinery and equipment for printing and packaging, printing materials and accessories, printing and packaging services and technology, and packaging materials.

Vice Chairman of the Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China, Wang Demao says "the Fair is destined to become the platform from which the mainland's printing enterprises will explore export opportunities, as well as the venue for overseas participants to exchange technologies and to foster economic and technological co-operation."

Chairman of Supervisory Committee of the Hong Kong Printers Association Ho Ka Hun says the launch of a trade event dedicated solely to the printing and packaging industry and related services is timely not only for Hong Kong printers but for their counterparts in the region as well.

Hong Kong is one of the world's four largest printing centres. Its gross output of printing and packaging products last year amounted to HK$39.8 billion.

The two new fairs are part of the TDC's strategy for expanding Hong Kong's exhibition industry. The Council plans to hold more new exhibitions this year for environmental protection products & technologies, furniture, building materials and construction equipment, medical and health care.


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Official web site of the fairs:

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Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair

Profile of Hong Kong's auto parts industry:

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