Asia・s Largest Spring Electronics Fair to Open in April
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the International ICT Expo, will be staged concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 16 April 2017. Entering into their 14th editions, the two fairs will provide an international platform for over 3,400 exhibitors to showcase their latest electronic products and cutting-edge ICT solutions to global buyers. In 2016, the twin annual fairs welcomed nearly 93,000 buyers from 145 countries and regions.
Hong Kong・s electronics industry is the largest merchandise export earner of the territory, reaching US$ 271.6 billion in the first 11 months in 2016, up 1.3 per cent year on year. As the important electronics trading hub in Asia Pacific, Hong Kong is the ideal location to stage influential trade fairs for industry players to preview the upcoming trends and exchange market intelligence.
Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC, said, ：HKTDC organises the Spring and Autumn Electronics Fairs in April and October respectively each year to align with the sourcing periods of global buyers. The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) is the largest spring electronics fair in Asia. Together with the concurrent International ICT Expo, this is an effective platform for exhibitors to present their new products and solutions to buyers which creates abundant trading opportunities for crossover business activities.；
Inaugural Startup Zone
Startups are a growing force in driving economic diversity. A new Startup zone to be located at Hall 3F-G Concourse will be launched at the two fairs, which will gather tech startups from around the globe to present their innovative electronic products and ICT solutions, allowing investors to explore investment and partnership opportunities.
A series of themed events will be arranged to provide an excellent platform for startups to present their ideas. These include pitching session where startups can pitch solutions or product ideas to potential investors on the spot, ：Startup, Smart Launch； where newly developed technology and products can be introduced to buyers, as well as Startup Mentoring sessions where successful entrepreneurs will share their experience with startups.
Debut Virtual Reality Zone at Spring Electronics Fair
A new Tech Hall will be introduced at Hall 5F-G of the Spring Electronics Fair this year, clustering four thematic zones including the inaugural Virtual Reality zone, as well as Connected Home, Robotics & Unmanned Tech and Wearable Electronics. This assemblage will help buyers source high-tech electronic products with ease.
During the Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) held in October last year, the HKTDC commissioned an independent survey, during which more than 1,000 exhibitors and buyers were interviewed about the outlook for the electronics market and new product trends. The survey found that over 70 per cent of the respondents believed that the market potential and demand of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) devices or applications would be 'promising' or 'very promising' over the next two years. To satisfy the market demand, a new Virtual Reality zone will be launched at the Spring Electronics Fair to feature a range of VR headsets and related technology as well as VR video cameras.
The Connected Home zone will return to introduce the application of Internet-of-Things (IoT) for home automation such as smart home system controlled by mobile apps. The Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone will feature aerial camera, electric scooters, industrial and household robots amongst others. Another popular zone returning is Wearable Electronics, which will showcase a wide range of related products such as smart watches and smart wristbands with healthcare and sports monitoring functions.
The fair・s Hall of Fame will return with over 570 international leading brands, including Bigben, Desay, GP, HKC, Hubble, Intel, Motorola and Polaroid. Other themed zones include Audio Visual Products, Electronic Accessories, In-Vehicle Electronics & Navigation Systems, Personal Electronics and many more.
Global ICT Solutions for Enhancing Competitiveness
Running concurrently with the Spring Electronics Fair, the International ICT Expo is one of the signature events of the ：International IT Fest 2017；. It is the ideal platform for different industries to keep abreast of the latest products and solutions in information, communication and technologies (ICT) with the objective to enhance business efficiency and stay competitive.
The Expo is categorised under various themed zones for business visitors to look for the solutions suitable for their businesses. e-Commerce zone will showcase cyber security, e-commerce platform, e-payment, logistics, O2O business solutions and IT integration. Retail Technologies zone will feature business improvement solutions which include retail and payment technologies. Enterprise Solutions zone will present software solutions for the corporate world enabling business to upgrade internal processes and everyday operations. Home-grown Innovation zone will feature the latest technologies developed by some local companies and institutions. Other themed zones include Digital Infrastructure, Digital Marketing and Smart Devices & Accessories and more.
There will be dedicated theme for the seminars and sharing sessions held on each day of the Expo, featuring hot industry issues which include Startups, e-Commerce & FinTech, Disruptive Technology and Career Development. Besides, for the first time, the Expo will open to tertiary students on the last day (16 April), providing fruitful information on ICT career development and job opportunities.
Besides, the popular SME IT Clinic will return to offer complimentary professional consultation services on ICT systems and solutions to help SMEs enhance business efficiency.
hktdc.com Small Orders and Value-added Events
The hktdc.com Small Orders zone will continue to serve as a convenient platform for buyers to source in smaller lots, featuring products available in the minimum order quantities between five and 1,000 pieces. It is also online at http://smallorders.hktdc.com for global buyers to source products and complete transactions online, featuring over 120,000 products from more than 11,000 suppliers.
A series of seminars, themed under the 2017 Tech Trends Symposium covering industry hot topics such as Wearables, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), Smart Home and Robotics, will be held at the fairs. Besides, there will be Product Demo & Launch Pads, networking events and business matching services for exhibitors, buyers and visitors to share industry trends and market knowledge, as well as expand their business networks.
Ideal Trading Hub for Indian Businesses
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Director of Exhibitions Market Development Johnny Wan highlighted opportunities for Indian companies at the HKTDC・s world-class trade fairs during a press briefing in New Delhi. Mr Wan underscored the robust bilateral trade relations between Hong Kong and India, adding that the Council・s trade fairs offered a good platform to boost business.
：India and Hong Kong have enjoyed close business relationship over the years. While Hong Kong is well-positioned to help enhance India・s external trade in global markets, the HKTDC plays an important role in boosting trade and strengthening bilateral links between India and Hong Kong,； said Mr Wan.
India is Hong Kong・s seventh largest trading partner. In 2016, the value of bilateral trade reached around US$26.9 billion, an impressive increase of 13% over 2015. The trade relationship is particularly strong in pearls, precious and semi-precious stones, telecommunications equipment and parts, as well as finished jewellery.
In Hong Kong, the HKTDC organises more than 30 fairs annually, forming 11 largest marketplaces of their kind in Asia, with jewellery, gifts, watches and clocks, electronics and lighting being the largest of their kind in the world. HKTDC fairs attracted more than 36,000 exhibitors and over 711,000 buyers in 2016, affirming the city・s reputation as Asia・s trade fair capital. In 2016, more than 730 exhibitors and over 13,000 buyers from India participated in various HKTDC fairs.
The HKTDC trade fairs will continue to serve the needs of global traders and reinforce Hong Kong・s position as Asia・s premier hub for business and trade. Mr Wan highlighted major fairs to open this April covering lighting, electronics and ICT, houseware, home textiles and furnishings, gifts and premium, as well as printing and packaging, which offer ideal platforms for Indian traders, especially the SMEs and start-up companies, to expand their business. ：Hong Kong serves as the best springboard for Indian enterprises to tap into global markets,； Mr Wan added.
HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition)
HKTDC International ICT Expo
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