28 Oct 2009
Three International Fairs Open at AsiaWorld-Expo
Hong Kong Public Invited to Test Drive MyCar at Eco Expo Asia
28 October 2009 – More than 600 exhibitors are displaying the latest products and technology at three international trade fairs that opened today at AsiaWorld-Expo. Eco Expo Asia and the Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair continue through 31 October, with Sports Source Asia concluding 30 October. In all, more than 130 buying missions, representing over 3,200 buyers, were invited to the three fairs.
Organised under the theme “Transforming the PRD into a Green, Quality Living Area,” this year’s Eco Expo Asia has 200 exhibitors, 63 per cent more than last year, with strong participation from the Chinese mainland and overseas. “Eco Expo Asia offers a wide range of business-to-business, business-to-government and business-to-consumer opportunities,” said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), organiser of the fair together with Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.
More than 40 buying missions from 43 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, which features strong government support. For the first time, the event is co-organised by Environment Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government, and Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau was on hand for the opening ceremony. Chinese mainland officials are attending, and pavilions have been set up for governments from Dongguan, Foshan, Fujian, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Pavilions also represent the European Union, France and the United Kingdom.
Public Test Drives
Eco Expo Asia will take on a business-to-consumer role on its final day (31 October), when it opens to general admission. The Expo will host the first public test drives of MyCar, an electric vehicle developed by local SME EuAuto Technology Ltd and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Some electric vehicles will be on display in the new Electric Vehicle Zone, including Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, a dual-mode plug-in hybrid vehicle from BYD called F3DM, a plug-in hybrid from Hong Kong’s CLP Group, an e-motorcycle from PortaPower (HK) Ltd and electric cars from Silicone Power Investment Holdings and Tomi Fuji EMC Ltd. Another special product zone focuses on the services industry.
The fair’s HSBC Eco Asia Conference, 28-30 October, spotlights such issues as green production, green transportation and green building. A series of forums will take place on the public day, including the “Act Now - Fighting Against Global Warming” event, which will feature performing artists.
Sports Source Asia has attracted about 42 buying missions from 45 countries and regions, and more than 200 exhibitors from eight countries and regions, including group pavilions from India, Korea, Taiwan and the mainland city of Ningbo. The opening event at the fair, organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd (MMI), welcomed guest of honour Carrie Yau, Hong Kong Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs.
With the East Asian Games just weeks away, enthusiasm for sports is increasing, with more and more people looking for sportswear and equipment. Sports Source Asia is well-timed to meet the growing demand. This year, the Premium Zone houses renowned Chinese sports brands PEAK, ERKE and Qyield, together with local sports brand Nikko. Lu Chen, former member of China’s Olympic Ice Skating team, was also on hand to host a seminar, "From Ice Skating Dresses to Street Fashion." A “Promostyl's Sportswear Trends Forecasts for Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 Focusing on the Impact of Ecotextiles on Trends” will be held as well.
Building and Decorating
The Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair has attracted more than 47 buying missions from 36 countries and regions. Organised by the HKTDC and CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd, the fair is now in its fourth edition, and includes more than 200 exhibitors from nine countries and regions. First-time participants include Greece, Japan and Switzerland.
Exports of building materials from Hong Kong also increased last year, rising 2.3 per cent to HK$104 billion (US$13.4 billion).
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair, Asia’s largest lighting fair, continues at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), in Wan Chai, through 30 October. A shuttle bus links AsiaWorld-Expo with the HKCEC and many locations on Hong Kong and in Kowloon. For details, please visit: http://www.ecoexpoasia.com/accesstoawe/index.htm#shbus
Eco Expo Asia: http://www.ecoexpoasia.com
Sports Source Asia: http://sportssource-asia.hktdc.com
Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials &Hardware Fair: http://hkbdh.hktdc.com
HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition): http://hklightingfairae.hktdc.com
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) 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 HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC 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, www.hktdc.com