17 October 2013 – More than 100,000 buyers, a new record, took part in the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicAsia. The two fairs, which opened 13 October, ended their four-day run in Hong Kong on 16 October.
For the Electronics Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, attendance was up six per cent. More than 68,000 buyers attended from some 140 countries and regions. Apart from Hong Kong, the majority of buyers came from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, the United States, Korea, Japan, Russia, Australia, India, Germany and the United Kingdom. Emerging market attendance surged, with Poland, up 38 per cent, Mexico, up 35 per cent, Chile, up 28 per cent, Malaysia, up 16 per cent and Israel, up 15 per cent.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) also organised 136 buying missions, representing more than 9,800 buyers, from around the world.
“Listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, our company is a leading home product retailer in our country. To meet growing demand for home products, we’ll increase the number of retail outlets from 70 currently to 100 in the next two years. Our outlets offer a wide range of products from beddings and furnishings to audio-visual products and small appliances. I have been to this fair for many times. Compared to my last visit five years ago, I can find more product varieties now. I am particularly interested in gadgets and accessories for smart devices, air purifiers, humidifiers, electric fans and personal care products. I have found more than 20 potential suppliers from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. All these useful contacts can help us to expand our product range. It is a very good show.”
Vorapot Techathadakul, Assistant Vice President, Home Product Center Public Company Limited, Thailand
HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said Asian markets show promise, that buyers from the US are on the rise again, and those from such European countries as France and Spain showed significant growth. According to Mr Chau, exhibitors reported receiving more European and US orders, a strong indication that these markets are recovering.
More than 4,000 companies exhibited their electronics products, parts and components at the two fairs. These included such internationally known brands as Fujitsu, Panasonic, Toshiba, LG and Intel. Local chains participating included Broadway, Fortress and City Super.
The Small-Order Zone showcased more than 4,500 products, available in quantities from 20 to 1,000. The zone attracted some 18,000 buyers and generated over 19,000 business enquiries.
Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition): http://www.hkelectronicsfairae.com
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