As the largest electronics sourcing show in the world, the Global Sources Electronics Show kicked off two weeks ago at Hong Kong’ Asia World-Expo.
The exhibition attracted more than 3900 booths to showcase their latest auto electronics, commercial electronics, computer and accessories, gaming and eSport, home electronics, plus electronic components and smart living products.
President of the Global Sources Electronics Group, Tommy Wong said they were proud of the show’s ability to attract so many quality exhibitors from China, across Asia and 10 other countries.
We have walked around two exhibition halls on the first day when it opened, and observed that most of the exhibitors are from mainland China, the remaining were exhibitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and some other South-Asian countries.
Many of the booths are companies based on Shenzhen, one of the rapid-growing cities in China that is driven by its state-planned economic policies. According to the ABI report, Shenzhen became the biggest consumer electronics manufacturing base in the world in 2013. In 2015, Shenzhen’s export to the global hardware market reached USD29billion.
An exhibitor from Taiwan revealed that there are more competitors from the Mainland, compared with ones in the past years, and they were aiming at exploring new buyers from other countries in this exhibition.
Ms Amy Chang, supervisor of a Taiwan technology company, which has been in this exhibition for nine years in a row.
She added that there are other consumer electronic exhibitions over the world, such as the IFA in Berlin and some back in Taiwan. “However, we learnt that buys coming to this exhibition as they can go to Mainland’s product factory from Hong Kong every easily.” She praised the Asia-World Expo for its convenient location to airport and the transport network of Hong Kong is key to attract people around the globe.
A buyer from Brazil was looking for consumer electronics products in the exhibition, Mr. Antonio Marcos, a businessman in his own country, aimed for products like CCTV system and wires. He said that while Brazil had deals with Chinese products, he was still searching for business opportunities in this place. “I think Hong Kong is a nice place for Business-to-Business opportunities.” He added.
Whether Hong Kong is still being an important place to facilitate exhibitions of consumer electronics, or starting or fade away among competitors in the Asia-pacific regions, Hong Kong needs to sort its position to face the upcoming challenges.
The Global Sources Exhibition Lifestyle, showcasing Rich selections of creative, curated and innovative home products and gifts & premiums, will start from coming Saturday to next Tuesday (Oct 27 -30).
By Terrence Chan, Mark Leung