25 Nov 2009
World SME Expo and IDT Expo Open Next Week
Innovative Shows to Focus on Helping SMEs Stay Competitive
25 November 2009 – Two innovative fairs open next month, showcasing comprehensive solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). HKTDC World SME Expo and HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo, 3-5 December, will provide a wealth of market information, creative ideas, networking sessions and business opportunities for SMEs from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and throughout Asia.
“More than 650 exhibitors will take part in the concurrent expositions,” said Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Assistant Executive Director Benjamin Chau, speaking at today’s joint press conference for World SME Expo and Inno Design Tech Expo (IDT Expo). “They will provide practical information and solutions targeting everything from brand design to corporate services, creating a one-stop platform for SMEs to enhance their competitiveness and find business partners.”
With keen demand for environmental technology in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland’s Pearl River Delta region, green and energy-saving business solutions will be the common focus of the two fairs, according to Mr Chau. “We will also organise a number of seminars on issues related to green manufacturing. Experts from the Innovation and Technology Commission, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks, universities and research centres, as well as local inventors, are invited to demonstrate their applied technology,” he added.
World SME Expo will showcase some 310 companies in two zones – Solutions Hall and Opportunities Hall. Solutions Hall provides answers to the challenges SMEs frequently encounter, giving them everything they need to enhance their competitiveness. At Opportunities Hall, business opportunities and potential partnerships can be profitably explored. This year, more than 100 overseas trade and corporate representatives, and representatives of 90 companies from 14 provinces and cities on the Chinese mainland, will promote business opportunities in their respective regions and cities.
Under the theme “New Insights and New Opportunity,” the Expo this year will focus on China trade and global market opportunities and solutions for enhancing business operations.
About 100 seminars, exchange conferences and service-promotion forums will take place. Highlights include the “High-Level Conference: Brand-building – Opening up the Ten Trillion Mainland Domestic Market.” Speakers will include Wang Dong Xing, Lilang (China) Company Ltd; Ricky Szeto, Executive Director, Hung Fook Tong Holdings Ltd; and Kenneth Wong, Director, Universe Watch Trading Company Ltd.
IDT Expo brings together more than 340 design, technology, and branding and marketing consultancies from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. France, the expo’s partner country, will play a prominent role at the Global Innovation pavilion, showing its strengths in space, industrial, fashion and education design. Spain, the Netherlands and Korea will also feature pavilions.
IDT Expo’s Trade Hall will offer exhibits ranging from Communication Design to Green & Sustainable Development.
Inspiration Hall, which is open to the public, will spotlight projects that have won international competitions, including those by designers Vincent Breed, Marc Chantal, Axel Icard, Antoinette Rozan, and Hong Kong brands such as Feel Good, Chocolate Rain and Toy2R.
A three-dimensional film showcasing creative work from Hong Kong will also be displayed at Inspiration Hall.
Business of Design
In addition, Business of Design Week will run from 30 November to 5 December. This year’s speakers include such major French designers as Jean Paul Gaultier and Jean Nouvel.
Also speaking at today’s press conference were: Joe Chau, Executive Vice President, The Hong Kong Chamber of Small and Medium Business; Theresa Chow, Head of Relationship Sales, SME Banking, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd; Ken Hui, Vice President, Marketing and Admission, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; Matthieu Lefort, Trade Commissioner (Commercial), French Trade Commission; Alan Siu, Acting Head, CreateHK; William To, Project Director, Hong Kong Design Centre; and Huen Wong, President, The Law Society of Hong Kong.
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