13 April 2009
Triple Play Opens New HKCEC Expansion
Electronics, Lighting and ICT Fairs Open with 3,600 Booths
13 April 2009 – Three world-class trade fairs opened today and continue through 16 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The opening of the three international shows also marked the launching of the HKCEC’s newly completed expansion.
The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), the HKTDC International ICT Expo and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) opened with a total of 3,600 booths and thousands of exhibitors and visitors from around the world. They’re here to source and sell the latest products and services in electronics, information and communications technology and lighting.
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the three fairs will “assist companies in overcoming the financial tsunami, providing one-stop support services, market trends and exhibitor and product information,” said HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip.
“In addition, the opening of the HKCEC expansion means that exhibitors and buyers at the three fairs are the first to experience the new, state-of-the-art facilities. With more space and upgraded services and amenities, the expansion strengthens Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s trade fair capital,” Mr Yip added.
The HKCEC expansion adds 42 per cent more exhibition space – an additional 19,400 square metres to the HKCEC, and can accommodate about 1,000 standard exhibition booths. Its first year of operation is expected to bring an extra economic benefit to Hong Kong of up to HK$1.46 billion, while creating 3,600 new jobs.
Electronics and ICT
The sixth edition of the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) has grown to become the largest fair of its kind in Asia.
Highlights this year include the Hall of Fame, which showcases quality brand names in appliances and components, with strong appeal in the consumer market and the electronics manufacturing industry. To help buyers locate products easily, a number of special product zones have been set up, including In-Vehicle Electronics & GPS, Electronic Gaming, Audio Visual, Home Appliances, Digital Imaging, Healthcare Electronics.
Running concurrently with the electronics fair is International ICT Expo. The fair allows information, communications and technology companies to showcase state-of-the-art software solutions and services. To keep up-to-date in this fast-changing industry, four new zones have been added: Computer & Peripherals, Digitainment & Multimedia, IT Security and Storage Technologies.
To help SMEs save costs, the International ICT Expo features five themes this year: IT Security, IT Service Outsourcing, Wireless Applications, E-Logistics & Retail Technologies and Business Solutions. Top international companies exhibiting at the two electronics fairs include: Cisco, Coby, Desay, For You, Goodway, Haier, Hyundai, IBM, Kingdee, Lenco, Nortel, Otic, TCL and Tunbow. Joining the electronics fair for the first time are Emerson and German Pool.
Inaugural Lighting Fair
The inaugural edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) fills a gap in the calendar for lighting sourcing, enabling buyers to assess market trends and place orders for the latest products in time for the busy autumn/winter season. Exhibits range from crystal lighting, green lighting and holiday lighting, to outdoor lighting, lighting parts and accessories.
Many countries and regions now encourage the use of energy-efficient lighting, and their lighting industries are producing more and more low-energy and environmentally friendly products. The fair’s exhibits cater to this trend, with the focus on environmental protection, greater energy efficiency and longer lifetime in products such as solar lights and LED lamps.
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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