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Trade Visitors Up at 2010 World SME Expo and IDT Expo
Nearly 700 Exhibitors from 55 Countries and Regions at Two Fairs

4 December 2010 More than 15,000 trade visitors, up more than 12 per cent over last year, took in HKTDC World SME Expo and HKTDC Inno Design Tech (IDT) Expo, which concluded yesterday. The two events brought in nearly 700 exhibitors from 55 countries and regions and sparked ideas, and business, in design, technology, brand strategy and more. 

SME Expo’s 10th Edition
World SME Expo attracted more than 300 exhibitors under the theme “New Insights, New Opportunities.” The 10th edition of SME Expo offered visitors market intelligence and services through exhibitions, seminars and networking activities.

Highlights included the expo’s Opportunities Hall, which featured some 70 Chinese mainland exhibitors from 21 provinces and cities, and more than 100 overseas exhibitors, including first-time participants from the United Arab Emirates.

The fair’s Solutions Hall included the “Start a Business” pavilion and a world of franchising opportunities. The International Franchise Association from the United States brought 10 American brands to the event in a bid to find Hong Kong business partners. David Benton of the Global Franchise Group and William Edwards of Edwards Global Services were among the franchise representatives. They said they exchanged ideas with nearly 30 Hong Kong companies, and expect to hold further talks with several of them on developing business opportunities in both Hong Kong and the mainland.

Japan at IDT Expo
IDT Expo welcomed more than 380 companies specialising in design, brand management, market promotion and applied technology. Japan, this year’s IDT Expo Partner Country, featured nearly 70 graphic, interior, product and technology design exhibitors.

For the first time, German companies also exhibited at IDT Expo, in three theme areas. Germany will be the Partner Country at next year’s IDT Expo.

Taiwan Textiles
The Taiwan Textile Federation, collaborating with the Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association for a second year, worked with 11 Hong Kong designers to create apparel using material that was waterproof, fast-dying and offered warming features. The garments were exhibited at the expo. Chen Mei-chen, the Federation’s Design Center Section Chief, said that several sportswear companies had expressed interest in the material manufacturers and apparel.

IDT Expo also featured the “We Are Blessed” story series, featuring characters created by young designers at Hong Kong’s Montegle Production Ltd. The series focuses on squatter-area resident Yau Fook, and features vivid illustrations representing Hong Kong life and traditions. Jeanie Sit, Montegle’s Director of Marketing, said several companies from Guangzhou “expressed interest in bringing Yau Fook products to southern China.”

Computer Recycling
Hong Kong company Vannex International Ltd exhibited its environmental recycling service at IDT Expo. The company collects almost 10,000 discarded computers a month. With an official Hong Kong government license to dispose of chemical waste, Vannex is a designated recycler for the Environmental Protection Department’s official computer recycling scheme. Henry Chan, Marketing Manager for Vannex, said the company even uses discarded computer chips to produce stationery. The product caught the attention of many environmental premium distributors at the expo.

“The retail price in Hong Kong for this kind of stationery does not exceed HK$100, but it can be sold for as much as £20 in Britain,” said Mr Chan. “Distributors who operate on e-commerce platforms are also very interested in such products.”

World SME Expo was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The HKTDC also organised Inno Design Tech Expo, with cooperation from the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and the Hong Kong Design Centre.

The next editions of HKTDC World SME Expo and HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo will be held 1-3 December 2011.

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