Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), three trade fairs will be staged in April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), namely the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) on 6-9 April, the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and the HKTDC International ICT Expo on 13-16 April. The three fairs will feature more than 5,000 exhibitors from around the world, including more than 10 pavilions from Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area cities, to showcase a huge range of innovative products and cutting-edge technologies, helping buyers capture the best opportunities during the peak April season for exhibitions and sourcing.
Fairs spotlight three development areas
Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said: “In the recent Policy Address and Budget speech, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government highlighted its commitment to smart city development, innovation and technology, and start-up development. To cater to this growing trend, the Lighting Fair, Electronics Fair and ICT Expo will all showcase smart city-related technologies and start-ups. The goal is to encourage industries to leverage the latest innovative technologies to raise their competitiveness, and to unleash the power of start-ups to inject new impetus into different industries. The HKTDC is organising around 260 buying missions, comprising representatives from more than 13,000 companies from across the globe, to source the latest technological products and solutions at the three fairs.”
Multitude of smart-city technologies converge at ICT Expo
Reflecting the surging demand for smart city-related technologies, this year’s ICT Expo will gather more than 610 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions, adopting the theme of Smart City, Smart Living to showcase cutting-edge solutions in six key areas: Smart Mobility, Smart Living, Smart Environment, Smart People, Smart Government and Smart Economy.
More than 30 French companies – multinational corporations, SMEs and tech start-ups – have banded together to form the So French So Innovative Pavilion, including Capgemini, Schneider Electric, STMicroelectronics and more. Some of the participating companies will host themed seminars and demonstrations during the fair (15-16 April) to share forward-looking smart city solutions.
During the expo, the Smart City Seminar Series will be held to examine hot topics such as the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), data security developments, and how technology can enable smarter living and smarter SMEs. In addition, the winners of the OGCIO’s Hong Kong ICT Awards 2019 will demonstrate their ground-breaking products and solutions.
New tech trends on display at Spring Electronics Fair
This year’s Spring Electronics Fair will feature some 3,000 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions, making it the largest spring electronics event in Asia. The highlighted Tech Hall comprises five themes, including the new AI & Voice Recognition zone. The Asia-Pacific AI Business Alliance (AIBA) pavilion, presented by Tuya and its global partners, will showcase a series of cutting-edge smart-home products that are empowered by the global Internet of Things (IoT) platform, including voice- and cloud-controlled electric window blinds, temperature and humidity sensors, air purifiers and kitchen smoke detectors. Other thematic zones will include the AR, VR & MR zone, Connected Home zone, Robotics & Unmanned Tech zone and the e-Health & Wearables zone.
Alibaba.com debuts pavilions at Electronics and Lighting Fairs
Alibaba.com will debut pavilions at the Spring Electronics Fair and the Spring Lighting Fair, with selected suppliers from its e-commerce platform moving from online to offline to present their latest smart products. Tesla will feature once again at the Spring Electronics Fair, putting its latest product, Model 3, on display and introducing the car’s key features such as the pure electric drivetrain and “autopilot” driving. Participants can sign up to test-drive two other Tesla cars, the Model S and Model X, along a predetermined route to experience the electric vehicles’ superb performance.
Power of innovation coalesces in the Startup zone
Recognising the growing influence of start-ups, the HKTDC will once again present the Startup zone at the Spring Electronics Fair and ICT Expo. 150 start-ups from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Canada, Japan, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States will showcase an assortment of innovations in the areas of mobile apps, IoT, consumer electronics, e-health, robotics and e-commerce.
Innovative products on display will include an award-winning automated yogurt maker developed by Hong Kong start-up Lecker Labs Limited (Booth: 3CON-069). Users simply need to add a 100% eco-friendly and soluble capsule into the milk, select the type of yogurt desired using an app, and a batch of fresh yogurt will be made in six hours. Other products featured at the zone include a temperature-controlled electric milk warming stick and an AI robot that can communicate in 34 languages.
Spring Lighting Fair features smart-living products, adds Innobuild zone
Featuring more than 1,430 exhibitors from nine countries and regions, the Spring Lighting Fair will showcase leading brands such as MLS, MOSO and SKY-LIGHTING. Various provinces and cities from Mainland China, including Guangdong, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Shunde, Henglan, and Dali, a town near Foshan, will set up pavilions to display lighting products from the Greater Bay Area.
During the fair, the HKTDC will organise a series of conferences for industry players to stay abreast of the latest market developments. These include the Asian Lighting Forum 2019 that will be held on the first day of the fair (6 April). The forum will invite representatives from OSRAM, Signify, illumination Physics, Tridonic, LEDinside and to discuss everyday applications for connected lighting systems, the latest lighting technologies, and upcoming trends. On 7 April, the Smart Lighting: IoT and its Supply Chain forum will invite experts from Tuya, Alibaba A.I. Labs and JD Cloud to talk about the applications and opportunities that smart lighting products offer.
Enhanced digital initiatives for greater business connections
The HKTDC launched the e-Badge initiative for buyers on its HKTDC Marketplace App in November 2017 and extended it to exhibitors this January. It will continue to be offered at the April fairs to allow seamless access to the events along with reduced waiting time. The app has also added the e-Business Card feature that allows buyers and exhibitors to instantly exchange name cards and information by scanning QR codes. This convenient feature will enhance connections between fair participants and generate more business opportunities.
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