Autumn Electronics Fair & electronicAsia Open in Hong Kong

The 38th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and the 22nd electronicAsia, jointly organized by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Ltd, formally opened yesterday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre(HKCEC) and continues until October 16, 2018. As the world’s largest electronics marketplace, this year’s Autumn
Electronics Fair and electronicAsia together host more than 4,300 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions.

The HKTDC has organised more than 140 buying missions, representing over 14,000 buyers from 64 countries and regions to the two fairs. These missions include major international retailers, importers and distributors such as eBay from the United States, Canadian Tire Corporation from Canada, Dixons Carphone from the United Kingdom, Hama from Germany, CAP Distribution from France, Absolut Group from Russia, Multilaser from Brazil, Tmall from the Chinese mainland, Reliance Retail from India and Fabtronics from Singapore, creating more business opportunities for exhibitors.

“The two fairs spotlight the industry’s latest innovative products and technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, power supply and sensor technologies, providing an ideal trading platform for the exhibitors and buyers,” said Benjamin Chau, acting executive director, HKTDC. “Many events are also organised to facilitate industry exchange, including today’s
Symposium on Innovation & Technology, where representatives from tech giants such as Microsoft, IBM and SenseTime shared their insights on business opportunities under the theme ‘AI Empowerment – Grow without Limits’. The symposium helped the industry grasp the latest market information to enhance business in the face of global economic uncertainty.”

Global Brands at Autumn Electronics Fair
The Hall of Fame, a highlight of the Autumn Electronics Fair, gathers the latest electronic products from more than 560 top international brands – including Italy’s LAICA, the UK’s Binatone and the
Netherlands’ Bourgini – as well as local brands Goodway and VTech. Other zones include i-World showcasing smart device accessories, Wearable Electronics, Audio Visual Products and Electronic Gaming. There are also group pavilions from the mainland, Korea and Taiwan, including Ningbo city in Zhejiang province which brings its electronics products and technology to the fair for the first time.

The Tech Hall, located at the Convention Hall, features five thematic zones to facilitate the sourcing of high-tech electronic products, including the Startup, Virtual Reality (VR), Smart Tech, Robotics & Unmanned Tech and 3D Printing zones. Exhibits include mainland exhibitor Tuya’s latest smart home products, local exhibitor Roborn Dynamics’ robotic arm which can handle high-risk
tasks, and a smart underwater robot developed by a Shenzhen exhibitor that can hover within a precise range of 2-3cm.

110 Start-ups Launch their Latest Technology
The Tech Hall features the Startup zone, gathering 110 start-ups from Hong Kong, the mainland, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the US. They introduce the latest innovations such as apps, smart-home solutions, wearable tech, IoT appliances, big data and electronic healthcare products and technologies. Featured products include an award-winning smart wireless charger from US exhibitor Gogotoro LLC, an infrared projection virtual keyboard by Taiwanese exhibitor Serafim Technologies Inc., multifunctional helmet gear Headsup, and a smart temperature-humidity sensor (Booth: CH-F04) developed by local start-ups.

Start-up-themed Events
To support start-up development, the fair features a series of start-up-themed events to provide a platform where entrepreneurs can meet potential partners and exchange market information. Today’s events included a seminar providing tips for digital business banking (organised by Hang Seng Commercial Banking) and Media Pitch Day for start-ups to promote solutions and products to media. Start-ups also obtained valuable advice on business development at the Meet the Mentors session.

Symposium on AI Trends
To help industry players grasp the latest market information, the fair is hosting a series of forums and seminars, including today’s Symposium on Innovation & Technology, co-organised by the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association, where Nicolas Yang, secretary for Innovation and Technology of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, delivered the opening speech.
Under the theme “AI Empowerment – Grow without Limits”, the symposium featured heavyweight speakers. They discussed AI development trends through case studies as well as challenges and opportunities in such fields as Internet security, machine learning, product design and applications.

Held concurrently with the Autumn Electronics Fair, electronicAsia creates an unrivalled sourcing platform for electronic components and production technologies. The Power Supplies spotlight zone presents various battery types, including electric car batteries, power supply accessories as well as solar photovoltaic components and technologies. Other featured exhibits include printed circuit boards and electronic manufacturing services (EMS), display technology, keyboards and switches, as well as sensor technologies used in automation systems.

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