The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition), the largest spring electronics event in Asia, and the concurrent HKTDC International ICT Expo opened today and continue through 16 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the twin fairs welcome a total of more than 3,400 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, showcasing the latest technology, smart products and local creative technologies.
To foster more business opportunities, over 170 buying missions are organised to bring more than 12,700 international buyers from 8,500 companies to the two fairs, including major importers and distributors in the international markets, such as Best Buy from the United States, Carrefour from France, Irmaos Muffato from Brazil, Ribeiro S.A. from Argentina, Beijing Capital Retailing Group Co., Ltd. from the Chinese mainland, Singer from Thailand, Arjuna Elektronik from Indonesia and Boulevard IT Superstore Sdn Bhd from Malaysia.
In view of the demand for sourcing in small orders, the hktdc.com Small Orders display features more than 300 showcases with some 3,000 products, available in minimum order quantities from five to 1,000 pieces. The hktdc.com Small Orders Online Transaction Platform is also available at http://smallorders.hktdc.com for global buyers to source products and complete transactions online, featuring over 110,000 products from more than 9,000 suppliers.
Electronics Fair showcases IoT, smart products and robotics
Now in its 13th edition, the Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) is the largest spring electronics event in Asia with more than 2,800 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions taking part, including new participants from Austria, Liechtenstein and Russia. Major electronics production centres such as the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan have also set up their own pavilions. The HKSAR Government’s latest Budget for 2016/17 specifically promotes smart production and research. As robotics can enhance production efficiency and quality, this sector is attracting much attention in the market and has become a major feature at the fair. The Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone is presenting the latest models of remote controlled airborne cameras and robots, including smart robots that do not require traditional programming and can be easily trained to handle different tasks.
Given the rapid developments in the application of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the Connected Home zone returns to the fair showcasing a wide range of smart home automation products with IoT applications. These include a smart Wi-Fi digital photo frame that allows users to update photos from anywhere via a mobile App, and a smart Wi-Fi video door phone. Wearable tech is another hot industry trend, and the popular Wearable Electronics zone has the latest wearable tech products. A new addition to this year’s fair is an iAccessories zone presenting the latest mobile devices’ smart accessories, bags, screen protectors, stylus pens and mobile chargers. Other zones in the fair include 3D Printing, Audio Visual Products, Healthcare Electronics and many more, all conveniently categorised for easy sourcing.
A favourite among buyers, the Hall of Fame gathers more than 570 renowned international brands, including Bigben, Bougini, Desay, Haier, Hubble, Hyundai, Intel, Motorola, Polaroid and local brands such as Momax and Odoyo.
International ICT Expo gathers latest ICT solutions
Under the umbrella of the International IT Fest 2016, the International ICT Expo is a major event featuring close to 600 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions, including new participants from Brunei, France and the United Arab Emirates. The new E-Commerce zone showcases a range of e-commerce technology and related services such as platforms, third-party payment, IT infrastructure, system integration and process management. Moreover, the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association is joining the expo for the first time, with members presenting the latest IoT solutions so as to inspire manufacturers to produce new smart products.
The expo provides the ideal platform for start-up companies to present their solutions for different industries and meet with investors for potential business opportunities through the IT Start-ups Investment Matching Gathering. The Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) presents an iStartup@HK pavilion to showcase products and ideas from local start-up companies. Incubators including Cyberport and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation are also presenting products from start-ups. Meanwhile, another highlight of the fair is Apps Zone, where the latest mobile Apps developed by students and alumni of local tertiary institutions can be found. Throughout the fair period, the SME IT Clinic is offering free on-site professional consultation services conducted by representatives of leading IT corporations including Alibaba and Yahoo to help companies select appropriate IT solutions.
Other themed zones in the expo include Business Apps on Cloud & Mobile, Digital Marketing, E-commerce, E-logistics & Retail Technologies, Enterprise Solutions & IT Outsourcing, Smartphone & Tablet, and Telecom, Network & Data Centre. To focus on different services and events, there is a particular event theme on each day of the expo: IoT, e-Payment/O2O, wireless technology and IT start-up.
One of the highlights at the ICT Expo is today’s Internet Economy Summit, which explores the future development of the Internet economy and provides a platform for celebrated industry experts and leaders of innovative technology enterprises from the East and West to interact and share insights. The summit features topical issues shaping the Internet economy such as global technology trends shaping business strategy, Big Data and IoT as well as Internet-led economic growth on the Chinese mainland and beyond. Speakers are renowned experts and world leaders from ICT enterprises such as Alibaba Group, Facebook, Microsoft and Xiaomi, amongst others.
Sharing by technology thought leaders
A total of more than 40 seminars and networking events are organised during the two fairs. Today’s (13 April) events cover such topics as “Latest Trends in Consumer Electronics”, “Gateway to the World: The Power of e-Payment”, “Turning Digital Followers into Real Dollars” presented by Yahoo, and the IT Start-ups Investment Matching Gathering. Tomorrow (14 April), events will be held on the themes of “Latest Trends Shaping the Wearable Electronics Industry”, “Market Potential along Belt and Road”, “How e-Payment and O2O Revive Retail Industry”, “Internet Finance and Technology Innovation of China & Hong Kong” and “IT @ Re Industrialisation”. Other seminars include “Intel Corporation: The Growing China Technology Ecosystem – Victories, Challenges and Opportunities”, “Maker and Innovation – New Vision in Robotics”, and “The Next Wireless Innovation” on 15 April, while the final day of the fair (16 April) will present the seminar on “An Inside Look at Hong Kong’s Fintech Startups” and “Hong Kong Internet Finance Summit 2016”. The Hong Kong ICT Awards 2016 winners will also present their solutions throughout the fair period.