Seven HKTDC Autumn Fairs Attract Record 195,000+ Buyers
 
Nov 16, 2018
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14 November 2018 – Seven trade fairs organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in October and November attracted close to 9,700 exhibitors, among which more than 7,200 were from the Chinese mainland and overseas – an increase of 2% compared to last year. A record-breaking number of more than 195,000 buyers from 180 countries and regions attended the seven fairs, up 2.3% over last year. Among them, over 123,000 buyers were from the mainland and overseas, up 6% on 2017.

The seven fairs were: the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition), the Hong Kong Optical Fair and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair, which were all held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), and the Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo and Eco Expo Asia, held at AsiaWorld-Expo.

The big influx of mainland and overseas exhibitors and buyers attending the fairs boosted demand in the hospitality, catering and other industries related to meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) in the city. According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s latest survey, per capita spending of overnight MICE visitors averaged HK$8,563. Based on this figure, it is estimated that the buyers and exhibitors visiting the seven fairs generated close to HK$1.2 billion in income for Hong Kong’s tourism and related industries.

HKTDC Offers Three Measures to Support Hong Kong Industries
The HKTDC commissioned an independent research agency to conduct on-site surveys on market prospects and product trends, gauging the views of 1,701 exhibitors and buyers at the Autumn Electronics Fair, Autumn Lighting Fair and Outdoor and Tech Light Expo. As Sino-US trade friction continues, 57% of respondents expected that the dispute would have a negative impact on export performance, while 48% of respondents were pessimistic about the trade issues between China and the United States being resolved.

HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said: “In the midst of the ongoing Sino-US trade dispute, the HKTDC is strengthening its services to help companies in various industries diversify their business. First, we are helping companies expand in overseas markets by organising more non-US overseas buying missions to visit and source at our Hong Kong fairs, arranging for more Hong Kong companies to participate in overseas trade fairs and site visits, and conducting overseas promotional activities. Second, we organise seminars, workshops and publish through our websites to provide the latest business and market intelligence. Third, we are working to provide more business-matching services at exhibitions to help industries capture business opportunities.” Mr Chau added that through the HKTDC’s concerted efforts, the number of US buyers visiting the seven trade fairs still registered an increase of 1% compared to 2017, “despite the various market uncertainties”.

The seven autumn fairs drew more than 123,000 mainland and overseas buyers to Hong Kong, over 90,000 of which were from Belt and Road countries, marking a significant growth of 16% year on year. Exhibitors and buyers alike agree that trade fairs can help them expand into overseas markets.

Participating in the Autumn Electronics Fair, Dickson Lee, Sales & Marketing Manager, Tronico Technology Company Limited, said, “We want to promote our brand and look for distributors and business partners through the fair. This year, we have met with more customers than last year. Buyers from Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are interested in distributing our smart home solutions. Meanwhile, buyers from the Chinese mainland, India, Pakistan and the US want to integrate our smart home technology with solutions provided by other companies.”

The survey also found that 1,080 respondents engaged in the e-tailing business believed that trade fairs (90%), online trading platforms (78%) and social media (72%) are effective platforms to look for new suppliers. Some 93% of responding buyers said they sourced fewer than 1,000 items per order. In view of the keen demand for e-tailing and small orders, the hktdc.com Small Orders zone was set up at the Autumn Electronics Fair to feature more than 360 showcases with over 3,600 products for buyers to source in minimum quantities of between five and 1,000 pieces, generating 22,000 business connections in total. In addition, the hktdc.com Small Orders online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com/) features more than 12,000 suppliers with close to 120,000 products, which has generated more than 3 million business connections to date, assisting Hong Kong companies to explore global e-tailing opportunities and expand in overseas markets.

Fairs Promote Market Intelligence Exchange, Business-matching Opportunities
Various seminars were organised during the trade fairs to explore the impact of the trade friction and economic uncertainty on industries, and unveil the latest trends and opportunities to help buyers and exhibitors keep abreast of market developments. Ivy He, Sales Manager, Foreign Trade Department, Shanghai Shuncom Smart Technology Co., Ltd, which exhibited at the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo, said: “I am happy to see that the Expo was packed with visitors. We had negotiated with one Russian streetlight buyer who may order 10,000 units of smart street lights and related lighting controllers respectively. Our company also got the chance to share our views on the future of smart street lighting in the symposium titled “Disruptive Smart Road Lights – Are you there yet?”. Most of the audiences attended were serious buyers who came to have exchanges with us after the symposium and even visited our booth for further business discussions.”

The HKTDC also launched the HKTDC Marketplace App for traders to gather the latest market intelligence, form partnerships and develop their business. To encourage suppliers to use online-to-offline (O2O) promotion, the HKTDC has enhanced the sourcing function of its trade fair websites by launching the year-round “Exhibition Online” platform. Apart from featuring fair updates and the latest industry information, it allows suppliers to connect with worldwide buyers anytime, while buyers can source industry-specific products from dedicated fair websites. This helps to prolong the sourcing cycle by extending the physical exhibition to an online platform to facilitate business discussions between suppliers and buyers beyond the fair period.

The HKTDC also provides business-matching services to help buyers look for exhibitors with relevant products and services to develop business partnerships. Irwandy Tan, a buyer from Australia participating in the Autumn Electronics Fair, said, “With the help of the HKTDC business-matching team, I have found six potential local and overseas suppliers of security products, smart home systems and air purifiers and bought samples of car cameras, air purifiers, humidifiers, PCB repair equipment and night light with motion sensor. I plan to buy two to three containers of products from them.”

New Trends: Smart Homes and eSports
On the market performance of different regions, the survey showed that under the Sino-US trade friction, respondents optimistic about the North America market has dropped significantly from 78 per cent last year to 53 per cent. For traditional markets, Japan (77%), South Korea (75%) and Western Europe (69%) appear to be the top regions with strong growth potential, where the expectation for South Korea’s growth increased most significantly, up 13 per cent year-on-year. As for emerging markets, the industry was most optimistic about the prospects of the Chinese mainland (76%), the Middle East (71%) and ASEAN countries (71%).

The survey at the Autumn Electronics Fair showed that the industry expects audio visual products (17%) and mobile device accessories (8%) have increasing growth potential, both up 5 per cent over last year. In view of the growing global trend of eSports, the related products and equipment (9%) are also expected to grow. 79% of respondents were optimistic about the Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) products in the next two years, in which mobile games (57%) is seen to have the most growth potential.

As for the lighting industry, LED lighting (28%) remains as the industry’s favourite product category. Under the smart home trend, 21% of respondents believed smart lighting systems controllable by Wi-Fi and smartphones would have market potential, up 14 per cent over last year, while household lighting and lighting with energy-saving purpose were the applications most anticipated by the industry.

Survey summary:

Products with most growth potential

Electronics industry

2018 survey

2017 survey

Lighting industry

2018 survey

2017 survey

Audio Visual Products

17%

12%

LED Lighting

28%

24%

Electronic/Electrical Accessories

14%

30%

Residential Lighting

23%

29%

Digital Imaging

9%

10%

Smart Lighting Systems

21%

7%

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Communications & Public Affairs Department:

Natalie Wong Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: natalie.hy.wong@hktdc.org
Joshua Cheng Tel: (852) 2584 4395 Email: joshua.cp.cheng@hktdc.org

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The Winning Designs are Hidden Inside a Bamboo Labyrinth at Taiwan Design Museum
 
Nov 16, 2018
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November 16, 2018, Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- Bito transforms the gallery space of Taiwan Design Museum into a bamboo labyrinth to highlight the importance of design for sustainability at the Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition. The exhibition echoes the concept of the award ceremony “Nature Knows”, taking inspiration from cycles in the natural world, and raising awareness of the environmental cause among Taiwan’s design community. It opens until January 13, 2019, inviting visitors to explore more than 100 of this year’s winning designs, and video art by Bito.

Deputy CEO of Taiwan Design Center, Nina Ay led today’s exhibition preview event. The Chairman of Taiwan Design Center, Chi-Yi Chang gave the opening speech followed by the exhibition curator Keng-Ming Liu, Founder and Creative Director of Bito, Taiwan’s leading motion design studio. Also at the event were many of this year’s winning designers, including Pili Wu of PiliWu-Design, Joe Fang of Joe Fang Studio, Tieh-chih Chang (Chief Editor of Fountain magazine), and Fines Lee (Founder of The Affairs newspaper).

“This year we have over 7000 outstanding projects and we invited 76 judges from around the world,” says Chi-Yi Chang, Chairman of Taiwan Design Center. “This is the most judges we have ever had. We will announce the Best Design winners on November 29. Today, we have a lot of finalist designers at our press conference. We hope that designers will keep competing to win the award and push our design industry forward.”

“The concept Nature Knows focuses on natural cycles and sustainability,” says Keng-Ming Liu, the lead curator of the exhibition. “We use bamboo in the exhibition. On the one hand, it’s related to nature and sustainability, and on the other hand we want to create an Wulin (martial arts competition) -like environment. We want to communicate that entering a design award is not just about competing with other designers, but also about bettering one’s self.”

The Exhibition Curators
Liu curated the exhibition to echo the concept of the award ceremony "Nature Knows", inspired by cycles in nature along with the importance of design for sustainability. His co-curators are architect Bird Hsu, and artists Lee Ming Teh and Tzu-Hung Yang. Together, they have transformed the interior of Taiwan Design Museum into a bamboo labyrinth, integrating the exhibits with nature, while communicating the relationship between people and the environment. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material due its rapid growth and decomposition. Specifically in East Asian culture, bamboo symbolizes moral integrity due to its qualities of straightness and strength. During the two-month exhibition period, the bamboo will gradually decompose, turning from green to yellow, further emphasizing the role of the natural cycle and sustainability in design.

To either side of the exhibition space, Bito’s video art is displayed across both walls, illustrating the changes between four seasons; another reference to natural cycles. In between the video art, more than 100 of this year’s award-winning designs from the Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award are on display, ranging from lifestyle and technology products to graphic design and architectural plans. The exhibits are curated according to the four Chinese characters in the concept “Nature Knows”, pronounced in Taiwanese Hokkien as 自 (Tsū) 然 (Then) 知 (ti) 道 (DAU). The section of “Tsū” features bionic design that imitates nature; the section of “Then” is for design of reused or recycled materials; the section of “ti” is for design that demonstrates analysis of a space, object, or the environment; and the section of “DAU” is for technology.

The exhibition opens on November 17 and closes on January 13, 2019. This heads up a series of events situated around the award’s Grand Ceremony on November 29, and the highly anticipated announcement of this year’s Best Design winners. Spectators can tune in to watch the live stream of the ceremony via the official Golden Pin Design Award Facebook page, and Tencent Home in China. In addition, design professionals, students, and enthusiasts will congregate on the morning of the ceremony to hear from global design experts at the annual forum, discussing design and social responsibility. Tickets to the forum are still available online.

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition: Nov 17, 2018 — Jan 13, 2019

Golden Pin Design Award 2018 Winners’ Exhibition
WHERE: Taiwan Design Museum (01-03) in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (133 Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei)
WHEN: Opens daily (except Mondays) from 9.30am to 5.30pm, November 17, 2018 - January 13, 2019
*The ticket price is NT$150 (general) or NT$130 (students and concessions).

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​Design legend Zandra Rhodes is coming to Formex
 
Nov 09, 2018
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Zandra Rhodes is a legend in the design world. Her colorful, flowing clothes have been worn by royalty and celebrity rock stars. At 78, she remains as relevant as ever – with new collections and her own museum. Zandra Rhodes will be the Formex Guest Influencer for the fair in January 2019.

Zandra Rhodes will be celebrating 50 years as a designer next year. It all started with studies at the Royal Arts College in London in the 1960s. She has now founded a fashion and textile museum in the same city.

“Zandra Rhodes is a superstar and iconic in her design. A real influencer in the true meaning of the word, known for her colorful design. She was trained as a textile designer, and she has been making clothes for years for celebrities like Princess Diana of Wales, Debbie Harry, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton, Helen Mirren and others. She was punk before punk existed,” says Lotta Ahlvar, Event Manager at Formex.

Zandra Rhodes will be the Formex Guest Influencer for the fair January 15-18, 2019. Visitors will be able to draw inspiration from her interior design solutions.

“I'm very excited to be coming to Formex and being part of such a fabulous exhibition,” says Zandra Rhodes.

She is interested in Scandinavian design and interiors.

“I admire so much about Scandinavian design. I admire Marimekko for its purity, originality and distinctiveness. Ikea is another inspiration for how that amazing company answers so many questions on what is essential yet practical and needed in life – sheer brilliance,” says Zandra Rhodes.

Zandra Rhodes’s Fashion and Textile Museum in London is a colorful building that used to be a warehouse. Read more about Zandra Rhodes and see her current collections at www.zandrarhodes.com. Read more about the museum: www.ftmlondon.org

Press photos at Stockholmsmässan

For more information, visit www.formex.se or contact:
Christina Olsson, +46 8 749 44 28, christina.olsson@stockholmsmassan.se
Lotta Ahlvar, +46 8 749 41 52, lotta.ahlvar@stockholmsmassan.se

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First China International Import Expo Opens Nov. 5 with Focus on Smart Manufacturing
 
Oct 31, 2018
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SHANGHAI, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The first China International Import Expo (CIIE or the "Expo"), an important platform to promote bilateral trade relations between China and the world, will take place from November 5 to 10 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The Expo, along with a series of related forums and activities, is poised to welcome over 3,000 firms from more than 130 countries and regions, including about 200 industrial leading companies, and attract over 150,000 domestic and foreign buyers.

Jointly hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, CIIE will feature more than 100 new products, technologies and cutting-edge solutions across a total of 270,000m2.

Under the theme of "New Era, Shared Future" and to support the country's "Made in China 2025" program, the Expo will set up a smart and high-end equipment exhibition area to provide the world's leading technical equipment and smart manufacturing enterprises with a platform to showcase their advanced technology and solicit cooperation agreements.

The Expo will showcase China's status as a global manufacturing powerhouse whose output accounts for 20% of the world's total, as well as the fact that it is one of the world's largest equipment consumer markets.

Exhibitors from a variety of fields will be in attendance, such as artificial intelligence, industrial automation and robotics, digital factories, the Internet of Things, material processing and molding equipment, industrial parts, information and communication technology devices, energy-saving and environmental protection equipment, new energy power electrical equipment, aerospace technology equipment, power transmission and control technology equipment, and 3D printing, among others. Many products will also make world debut at the Expo.

Covering an area of 60,000m2, the smart and high-end equipment exhibition area will host exhibitors from over 60 leading corporates, mostly from Europe, the U.S. and Japan. Exhibitors include eight of the top 10 machine tool companies with the best sales in the sector, and four of the top five cutting tool companies that top the chart in sales. More than 10 machine tool equipment will be displayed for the first time in China, Asia, or around the world. According to statics of China International Import Export Bureau, the smart and high-end equipment exhibition has received widespread attention from buyers.

World-leading technology firms are also poised to release new products at the Expo. Philips, for example, will release a new product powered by visible light communication technology. The technology can achieve a high-speed broadband connection of 30 megabits per second, which is equivalent to watching two movies at the same time while making video calls. At present, this technology has been used in some places where WIFI cannot be deployed.

GF from Switzerland will display six pieces of innovative equipment, including a high-precision five-axis machining center designed to produce precision parts, and a femtosecond laser light powered by micron processing technology.

The Expo will also organize a series of relevant activities for exhibitors and buyers, including economic and trade forums, business matchmaking meetings, industry seminars, new technology and product launches, among others.

About the China International Import Expo

The China International Import Expo (CIIE), organized by the China International Import Expo bureau and the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government. It is the first exhibition of its kind is supported by international organizations including the WTO, UNCTAD, and UNIDO.

For more information, visit: https://www.ciie.org/zbh/en/

Source: China International Import Expo

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"Meet Finland in Singapore" Week brings new healthtech and immersive technology opportunities for Singapore businesses and start-ups
 
Oct 12, 2018
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- Virtual Finland and 3-D education concepts wowed visitors
- Healthtech innovations using Big Data and AI drew strong interest

SINGAPORE, October 12, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The recent “Meet Finland in Singapore” Week ended on a positive, upbeat note. It has drummed up significant interest among the business and investing community.

It has opened up new Singapore-Finland collaboration opportunities in healthtech, travel tech, edutech and Virtual Reality and Augmented innovations.

Ms Kadri Haljas, Chief Executive Officer of Triumf Health, a Finnish Healthtech startup company remarked : "The Finland super-week in Singapore was organized incredibly well so it was a pleasure to take part in those events!" Our participation in the panel discussions, meetings and presentation of our healthcare gaming solution at the various receptions and Finland booths helped us receive a lot of attention from journalists, hospitals, investors, with whom we are following for potential deals, future research and collaboration”.

Triumf Health was part of the single largest Finnish delegation of more than 10 heatlhtech companies to visit Singapore to attend this Finnish business and tech event from Sept 12 to 19!

The Embassy of Finland in Singapore, Business Finland and Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Turku brought in a total of 120 Finnish delegates comprising innovators and tech companies to promote awareness and business collaboration between Finland and Singapore.

The key themes on healthtech, traveltech, edutech as well as AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) innovations were on display which saw over 400 participants in attendance.

The Finnish ambassador to Singapore, Ms Paula Parviainen said, “Singapore is a smart nation, and a lucrative market for solutions in health tech/AR VR. Both countries recognise the need to create efficient ways of taking care of the aging population and developing new innovative solutions in entertainment and travel using AR/VR technologies to cater to the changing lifestyle and rising expectations of consumers.”

Networking events, dialogue and investor receptions as well as the "Coolest tech hub" booth at the SLUSH Singapore, and the Finnish Singapore showcase at Techinnovation 2018 had drawn significant interest among the investing and business communities in Singapore.

Several enabling and ready-to-market technologies in health and wellness found ready demand in Singapore as the country seeks to adopt Smart Health solutions to deliver enhanced healthcare services more effectively and efficiently to the public.

Meria Heikelä director of Finland’s National Personalized Health Program commented on the opening of the Finnish healthtech dialogue session. “Big data and analytics have presented Singapore and Finland with many opportunities to deliver solutions for personalised healthcare.

“In healthcare, there is increasing pressure to produce services more cost-efficiently and offer more patient-centric and tailored towards personalized care. We are therefore very pleased to work with Singapore to create solutions for personalized patient-centric care pathways that consider the special needs of patients”

The iCory project is funded by Business Finland and backed by a consortium comprising Finnish health and wellness companies, universities and hospitals. The iCory ecosystem, which included Finnish healthtech firms such as Triumf Health, seeks to create intelligent and coherent patient-centric solutions for surgery pathways by using latest technologies such as machine learning and robotics for personalization.

Finnish participants of the iCory project are exploring collaboration with two hospitals in Singapore: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and National University Hospital (NUH).

Said Ms Kadri Halijas, Triumf's CEO said, "Some markets are not ready for digital health solutions, but Singapore is definitely one of the leaders in the world. Also, the fact that the top management that we met specifically pointed out the importance of psychological support in disease management is unique in the global context. To summarize, I would say that the meeting with the leadership team of Singapore health organisations was highly beneficial for us as we saw that we would be a good fit in Singapore."

Finnish AR and VR innovators transform entertainment and travel Virtual Finland, Virtual travel and 3-D education using AR and VR tools have impressed visitors. A total of six startups in the areas of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and Traveltech showcased their tech
breakthroughs!

Helsinki-headquartered VR company, Zoan, gave visitors a preview of Helsinki, its digital buildings - i.e. apartments and commercial spaces before they are built; and a virtual tour of Finland!

Mr Miikka Rossendahl, CEO and founder of ZOAN, an AR/VR technology company offering powerful VR and real time 3D experiences for marketing, travel and education, said, "We were impressed with the opportunities that we had in Singapore to showcase our unique solutions to potential investors and partners. We also got much media attention for our unique VR showcase.

“Our Virtual Finland solution can let visitors see and experience the wonders of our country without even physically being there. Immersive technologies like ours will transform not just design for architecture and real estate development but also travel - especially for those who have physical limitations!"

Other innovative start-ups in the traveltech sector include Virtual Traveller and Tripsteri. Virtual Traveller allows visitors to travel the world "at the blink of the eyes" and gain flight points via a VR travel experience while Tripsteri is a trend-setting travel app for avid frequent travellers to book, plan, network, share views and enjoy their trips.

Another company, Grip3D, uses AR/VR modelling to transform learning especially for the young. The concept of 3D-Education and new AR/VR tools were shared with visitors who were keen to explore how these can be applied to enhance learning as well as teaching.

Food packaging technology company, Koepala also showcased new eco-friendly packaging concepts for the fast-food industry. It’s Innovation Director, Mr Janne Asikainen, said “We benefited from a great amount of exposure, from being interviewed live on radio to presenting our sustainable packaging solutions at specifically arranged platforms and meetings. The activities in Singapore has enabled us to gain key market knowledge and contacts that include potential partners and investors, setting up the stage for us to start working in the Singapore market very soon”.

On the slew of activities held during the week, Ambassador Paula Parviainen said, "From the positive feedback received, our Meet Finland in Singapore platform certainly offers excellent opportunities for Finnish and Singapore companies to exchange innovative ideas, seal partnerships and explore new collaborations. We are optimistic that more business deals and even closer working relationships will flourish in the years to come."

About Finland
Finland believes in equality, democracy and taking good care of each other. Good education is the cornerstone of our society. These are the reasons why we are on the top of all kinds of country rankings from clean air to quality of life.

Finland is functional. We look for practical solutions and deliver innovations to both industries and everyday life of people. Finland is green. We have fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology. Our Nordic nature has inspired us to look for well-designed and sustainable solutions.

Finland is educated. All Finns have equal opportunities to study and learn. Thanks to our world class education system, we find joyful solutions to both local and global challenges

About City of Helsinki
Helsinki, the most functional and sustainable city in the world, built on social cohesion, famous for its design and high-tech, committed to bringing people together through authentic experiences, interesting spaces and nature explorations. A city of fascinating contrasts; peace and pulse, city and nature, light summers and dark winters. Over 460 years of history, several architectural layers and the impact of different periods make the city attractive and unique.

Helsinki provides a platform for entrepreneurship and supports businesses to innovate and create new while remaining sustainable. Joint efforts of the city, its citizens and businesses is turning Helsinki into the world’s leading test bed for solutions that tackle global problems. The unique mix of Helsinki combines functionality, reliability, holistic view on sustainability, arts and culture offerings, hi-tech skills, great use of open data and a comprehensive understanding of human-centric design. All in one compact Nordic city in the happiest nation of the world. Finland.

Website: www.businessfinland.fi /slush, www.hel.fi/helsinki/en
Social media:  #slushsingapore2018  #myhelsinki

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Energy-saving Products and Green Tech at Eco Expo Asia
 
Oct 09, 2018
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9 October 2018 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the 13th edition of Eco Expo Asia will run from 25 to 28 Oct at AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring some 330 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.

Groups from the Chinese mainland’s Hunan, Zhaoqing and Inner Mongolia will participate for the first time, joining 13 international pavilions to showcase the latest green technologies. In line with the government’s efforts to push the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, various cities will gather in the Greater Bay Area Zone to present local green opportunities. The Environment Bureau will cooperate with different government departments to form an HKSAR Government booth, the largest zone at the expo, to promote environmental policies and a range of green projects.

“We are currently facing a range of environmental challenges across the globe,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The business sector and governments across Asia have been actively promoting waste reduction and energy saving. As Asia’s leading innovative technology hub, Hong Kong can provide the latest solutions for carbon reduction and drive the region’s development of the environmental industry through events such as Eco Expo Asia, bringing together a wide array of innovative green products and technologies.”

Mr Chau noted that there are plenty of business opportunities in the green market. According to the government’s Census and Statistics Department, the value added by Hong Kong’s environmental industry in 2016 was HK$8.4 billion, growing 6.7% year on year. Statistics also showed that investment in the environmental sector on the Chinese mainland, including environmental pollution control, waste management and energy-saving, is projected to exceed Rmb$15 trillion during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

Commenting on the importance of Eco Expo Asia, Alice Cheung, Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Department, said she hopes the event will enhance cooperation and exchange between the government and industry players, promote the enormous opportunities in Asia, encourage the business sector and government departments to conduct green sourcing, and help to raise public awareness on environmental issues.

Nine Thematic Zones: Startup Zone Showcases Innovative Green Technology

To promote waste-reduction awareness among businesses and the public, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new theme this year – “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. The expo will feature nine thematic zones, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, Waste Management and Recycling and the Startup zone, presenting a comprehensive range of green products and technologies.

An increasing number of start-up companies are being attracted to invest in research and development in green products and technologies. The expo’s Startup Zone will feature products from 20 fledgling companies, offering them a prime opportunity to connect with potential investors and business partners. Some of the start-up products and technologies were showcased at today’s Eco Expo Asia press conference, with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) highlighting its patented innovative soundproofing metamaterials that outperforms traditional soundproofing material such as sponge and rock wool. This pioneering technology is highly effective in blocking sound in adverse conditions and can be applied to power generation and energy systems, transportation and household appliances.

Green Transportation Zone: Ready and Charged for a Test Drive/Ride

One of the hottest environmental trends is the development of green transportation that will help to reduce exhaust emissions and carbon footprint. Several eco-vehicles and charging devices will be on display at the expo, including the Nissan e-NV200 electric car that is equipped with a 40kWh high-capacity lithium battery offering 80% chargeability in 40 minutes. Hyundai’s second-generation commercial hydrogen fuel cell electric car, Nexo, will also be presented at the expo. The model is the first hydrogen fuel cell electric SUV to be showcased in Hong Kong, with a drive distance of over 600 kilometres and a five-minute fuel fill time.

Visitors can enjoy a test drive or test ride of the electric vehicles at the expo. For registration, please visit the expo’s website (https://bit.ly/2RsVGJK) or queue on-site.

Eco Asia Conference: To Unveil Green Policies and Business Opportunities

The Eco Asia Conference will run concurrently with the expo, bringing together government officials and business leaders from various countries and regions to share their insights on a range of issues. Experts from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong will discuss smart water management solutions and the latest wireless sensor network for metropolitan smart drainage systems. Officials from the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, together with other mainland officials, will share the country’s latest green policies and initiatives to prevent water pollution in the pan-Pearl River Delta region. In addition, the Hong Kong Construction Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Acoustics will organise the “Smart Construction for Quiet” Symposium, where experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Singapore will discuss the latest developments in construction noise-control policies and innovative methods for quieter construction.

Green Mart and Workshops on Public Day to Promote Green Living

Eco Expo Asia will open its doors to the public on the last day of the event (28 Oct) to promote green living. Free shuttle bus services will be offered between the venue and other locations in the city throughout the fair period. Visitors can shop for innovative environmentally friendly products and health products at the Green Mart, and join sustainable workshops to make frosted glass jar lamps. The Start Small, Start Now documentary, which highlights Hong Kong’s plastic-waste problem, will also premiere on Public Day. At the Public Day Forum, a representative from the Hong Kong Observatory will assess the impact of global warming on Hong Kong while a Water Supplies Department representative will share tips on smart water usage.

The concurrent Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo (26-29 Oct) at the AsiaWorld-Expo will showcase outdoor lighting, industrial lighting, advertising lighting, lighting accessories, parts and components for construction design. In addition, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held from 27-30 Oct at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), creating synergy and more business opportunities for exhibitors.

Fair Website
Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com/tc

Media Enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Communication and Public Affairs Department:

Christine Kam Tel: (852) 2584 4514 Email: christine.kam@hktdc.org

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Over 3,000 educators, policymakers & technology leaders to gather at Asia's largest education technology event to assess future of Asian education
 
Oct 05, 2018
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SINGAPORE, Oct. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology is changing the way we live, work and learn and it is having a profound impact on how we teach, where we teach and what we teach. EduTECH Asia will address issues across the education spectrum -- from early childhood & preschool, to K-12, tertiary education and special education, bringing together more than 3,000 senior K-12 and tertiary leaders, policymakers and technologists from over 30 Asian and global education markets. Featuring an in-depth conference and technology exhibition, the event taking place from 9-10 October will discuss and debate the profound impact of technology in education, focusing on the importance of learning spaces and how they will reshape the future of learning.

"As the biggest education conference in the region, EduTECH Asia will address the issues that educators need to focus on to make Asia a leader in preparing students for the future workplace. The conference addresses how Asia can cope with the rapid pace of tech transformation, working towards a common goal of developing platforms that suit the demands of the future," said Ms. Sharon Roessen, Managing Director of Terrapinn Pte Ltd, organizer of EduTECH Asia.

In 2018, we introduce 3 distinguished keynotes

  • The Learning Explorer, Alex Beard who will touch on the future of learning and how to adapt.
  • The Pedagogy Innovator, Ken Montgomery who will look at how new pedagogies like design thinking and problem solving can transform tomorrow's workplaces
  • The Learning Space Champion, Pramod Tripathi who looks at nextgen learning spaces and how it impacts student learning

    Other notable speakers include:

  • Adrian Lim, Director (Digital Literacy and Participation, Digital Readiness Cluster), Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)
  • Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and Lifelong Kindergarten, MIT Media Lab
  • Kynan Robinson, CEO, NoTosh Inc.
  • Lucy Crehan, International Education Consultant and Researcher, United Kingdom
  • James Waldron, Principal, EtonHouse International School, Suzhou
  • Penny Robertson, Founder, AIS Indonesia
  • Dr. Jane Ching-Kwan, Director, Shool4kidzs, Singapore
  • Adam Cole, Head of The Bradbury Club, Head of Science, Sacred Heart College, Australia
  • Venka Purushothaman, Vice-President (Academic) & Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Brett Salakas, Educator MYP, MLC Sydney, Founder #aussieED and WorldSTEM
  • Mike Gilmour, Deputy Principal, GEMS World Academy, Singapore
  • Jeanette Buckley , Head of Junior School, The Winstedt School, Singapore
  • Addressing the needs of learners today, the three-day exhibition and conference supported by Singapore's Info-communications Media Development Authority ("IMDA") and the Employment and Employability Institute ("e2i"), will host a variety of workshops, presentations and panel discussions, alongside over 80 exhibitors who will be sharing their latest technologies in the industry.

    "As we enter Industry 4.0 and our economy becomes increasingly digitalised, the speed at which new technologies are developed is exponential. The half-life of skills is becoming shorter and learning must go above and beyond the walls of a classroom - it can now happen on-the-go, delivered bite-sized on mobile platforms, or carried out with the help of AI. e2i is pleased to support EduTECH Asia as they work with partners to bring up the technological capabilities of the education sector, working towards Education 4.0 and changing the game of learning," commented Mr. Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i.

    "We are proud to collaborate with international thought leaders and exhibitors with the latest technologies in the education sector. With the future of learning being so closely intertwined with technology, we look forward to seeing how these ideas can be brought to life," added Ms. Sharon Roessen, Managing Director, Terrapinn Pte Ltd.

    This year's EduTECH Asia will be the first to include an interactive Robotics Zone and Entrepreneurship Village and will run a hackathon for students, challenging young minds as they tackle education issues of today, stretching the limits of their creativity. The winning teams will get to present their ideas to senior educators on the second day of the conference.

    From digital learning apps to open-source learning platforms, exhibitors at EduTECH Asia include Lenovo, Wacom, D2L, Moodle, Reactor, Me3D, Janison Pty Limited and more. Attendees will benefit in hearing from exhibitors and industry experts on the latest in teaching strategies and cutting-edge technologies.

    The event will take place at Singapore's Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre from 9-10 October. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/2QckjJ7

    PRNewswire is the Official News Distribution Partner at EduTECH Asia 2018.

    EduTECH Asia
    Date: 9-10 October 2018
    Conference opening hours: 08:30 - 18:30
    Exhibition opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00
    Halls 401-403, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore
     www.edutech.asia

    Registration for the free expo pass can be done: http://bit.ly/2QckjJ7

    About Terrapinn
    Terrapinn events inspire and transform business.

    We've been sparking ideas, innovations and relationships that transform business for over 30 years. Using our global footprint, we bring innovators, disrupters and change agents together. Discussing and demonstrating the technology, strategies and personalities that are changing the way the world does business.

    Whether you're looking to make new connections, introduce product or inspire change in your industry, we invite you to join us as agitators of change.

    Terrapinn -- spark something.

     www.terrapinn.com

    About e2i

    e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) is the empowering network for individuals and companies seeking skills and solutions for growth. Since 2008, e2i has assisted more than 600,000 individuals through our career guidance, professional development, and job matching services. With an extensive network of partners, e2i offers hiring, training and productivity solutions to businesses. We are an initiative of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to support nation-wide manpower and skills upgrading initiatives. For more information, please visit http://www.e2i.com.sg.

    Note: Press registration for the conference is compulsory and advance scheduling for speaker/sponsor interviews is recommended. Final issuance of press passes is subjected to Terrapinn's discretion. For your press pass, please contact the following:

    Jessica Foong
    Tel: +65-6322-2715
    Jessica.foong@terrapinn.com

    Source: Terrapinn Pte Ltd

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    Singapore International Robo Expo 2018 returns against Exponential Change in Industry
     
    JCN Newswire
    Oct 04, 2018
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    Tradeshow will focus on next generation robotics technologies

    SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - The Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) 2018 will return on 1-2 November to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The 3rd edition of SIRE will focus on next generation robotics in both its conference as well as exhibition showcase, addressing the entire value chain - from technology research and development to test bedding, to final commercialisation and go to market.

    "The strong growth in the Asia Pacific region has reinforced SIRE as a key platform for the robotics and automation sector to respond to rising demand," said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events. "Set against the dynamic backdrop of fast-paced innovation and technology changes, our theme this year spotlights 'Riding Opportunities in Exponential Change'. SIRE provides a strategic gateway for industry leaders, government officials, research and academia to exchange insights, participate in solutions-based discourse, forge partnerships and explore business opportunities."

    SIRE 2018 offers a holistic and integrated programme for all the stakeholders in the robotics community -from thought leadership insights for decision makers to investment opportunities for venture capitalists and companies, from the latest innovative solutions for industry buyers to expert huddle sessions open to all trade visitors.

    A key showcase will be the series of seven transformative robotic solutions developed by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) with support from the National Robotics Research & Development Programme Office (NR2PO). These solutions, together with the commercial launches to be announced at SIRE 2018, underpin the full value chain approach of the National Robotics Programme, which not only nurtures the development of advanced robotics technology but also sees it through to test-bedding and finally to licensing and commercialization.

    These robots work on the principle of intelligent and automated reconfiguration by replicating the human elements of adaptability and reactivity. They are able reconfigure or reshape themselves to adapt to the environment or overcome obstacles in order to effectively carry out their tasks, overcoming limitations that hinder earlier generations of robots. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with the engineering teams who developed these robots to fully understand the purpose of these new technologies and how they can be applied in practical solutions.

    "Robotics can be a Singapore success story and we are well on our way to reaching that goal," said Mr Terence Teo, President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA). "We have the talent base to create it, the capital and investor interest to fund it, the infrastructure to support its development, the economic diversity to apply its solutions and the network to grow it regionally.

    "SIRE brings all these together as we work closely with NR2PO, the driving force behind the nationwide industry transformation maps (ITM) for robotics in Singapore. SIRE is the ideal platform for companies keen on commercialising the robotics solutions developed by local R&D institutes, as there is a huge market potential for these robots to be deployed locally and across the region."

    Kicking off the conference programme will be the opening keynote from the Executive Advisor for Robotics at Toyota Motors, Mr Masanori Sugiyama, who will present the company's vision on partner robots, robots that are expected to be utilized as partners to coexist with people for various social needs.

    A special session will feature for the first time ever the sharing by multiple government agencies of their pain points and challenges faced in the deployment of robotics in various public sectors. This session will give industry players a first-hand view of the important public sector-led demand for robotics solutions.

    The conference will also look at the business model of resource sharing and collaboration and how it would apply to the robotics industry with its own unique characteristics and challenges. For healthcare, one of the most key sectors for robotics, SIRE will explore its integration with artificial intelligence and internet-of-things to bring robotics in healthcare to a whole new level of sophistication.

    The conference will also cover other key areas of robotics such as the exciting arena of start-ups and venture capital, the highly relevant supply chain and logistics sector that drives Singapore's status as a transhipment hub, and the power of women in robotics.

    SIRE 2018 is inspired by Industry 4.0 evolution, deep-diving into "Autonomous Robotics" technologies. SIRE is the only dedicated robotics-centric platform in Singapore and in ASEAN. This year, SIRE will once again host government and private sector leaders as well as research and academia representatives. The objective is to share, address economic & social challenges, co-create solutions and forge partnerships. SIRE's mission is to promote industry growth, spearhead adoption as well as elevate Singapore's status as a leading robotics hub.

    ROBOTICS AUTOMATION AND RESEARCH LABORATORY, SG:
    hTetro: A Tetris-inspired Floor Cleaning Robot
    Animation of the hTetro transforming its shape to fit the environment:
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkEUYQzD4-k

    Mantis: An Agile Glass Facade Cleaning Robot
    Animation of the Mantis crossing the barrier between glass panels:
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af9ZP_OaZ5Q

    About Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE)
    The Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) is the industry's leading regional event for industrial and service robots. As the Asia Pacific region continues to be a key growth driver for the global robotics and automation industry, SIRE is the regional platform where attendees can gain key insights, ignite business opportunities and discover fresh solutions amidst this staggering industry growth. SIRE is organised by Experia Events and co-organised by Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA). Please visit  www.sire.com.sg.

    About Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA)
    Incorporated since 1982, SIAA is a professional association for companies and professionals in the Automation, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Robotics sectors. SIAA plays a crucial role in galvanizing the Automation, IoT and Robotics (AIR) community with its extensive line-up of programs and events. As SIAA spearheads the automation related initiatives, it also aims to foster industry collaboration and advancement through staging of flagship industry platforms.

    SIAA's member charter is to serve as the voice of members and provide members with opportunities to increase their market presence as well as to internationalize their businesses. Forming alliances with various organizations locally, regionally and on the international front is also top priority for SIAA to reach out to like-minded groups who through the strategic alliances are able to come together for greater synergy in collaborations to continue to serve our respective communities more meaningfully. Please visit  www.siaa.org.

    About Experia Events Pte Ltd
    Experia Events specialises in exhibitions and conferences of strategic interest, fostering industry development and thought leadership. It has the highly successful Singapore Airshow, Asia's largest aerospace and defence event; IMDEX Asia, Asia Pacific's flagship maritime defence show; Rotorcraft Asia, the premier dedicated event for the global civil helicopter industry; Unmanned Systems Asia, which presents the future of unmanned systems across a vast spectrum of commercial and defence applications; and Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE), the only dedicated trade event in Singapore for Asia's robotics sector.

    Experia Events' expertise also extends to the government and lifestyle sectors, through key events such as the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore. With a proven track record underscoring its aspirations to stage events that influence, Experia Events aims to diversify its range of strategic events globally. Please visit  www.experiaevents.com.

    Please contact:
    Marilyn Ho
    Experia Events Pte Ltd
    Director, Communications
    T: +65 6595 6130
    E: marilynho@experiaevents.com

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    Experia Events Pte Ltd
    Snr Manager, Communications
    T: +65 6595 6142
    E: danielboey@experiaevents.com

     
     
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    Full Programme announced for LNG2019 - the only LNG event owned by the industry, run for the industry
     
    Sep 25, 2018
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    The 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG2019) is presented by the International Gas Union (IGU), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) - the only LNG event owned by the industry, run for the industry. The theme of LNG2019 is “LNG for a Sustainable Energy Future”.

    The 2019 edition will be the biggest LNG event ever held in China, the world’s fastest growing LNG market. China overtook South Korea as the world’s second-largest LNG importer in 2017 with imports of 38 million tonnes, 46 percent higher than the previous year. Asia has been the focus of the industry’s greatest investments in LNG import and export infrastructure in recent years and China now has 21 LNG receiving terminals, providing the perfect backdrop to LNG2019.

    LNG2019 Programme Committee Chairman Dr Nirmal Chatterjee comments: “The LNG X series of events stand out from all other natural gas related conferences due to the depth and breadth of the commercial and technical contents of its sessions. In the commercial area we delve deeper into the financial and regulatory aspects of market and project development, very specific new markets and opportunities, and, above all how emerging markets and opportunities in China and Asia are changing the very nature of financial and project structuring. The technical sessions show how we are making the industry safer, more reliable, more environmentally sustainable, more innovative and more cost efficient. The presenters all are experts in their own field and we have been delighted with both the quality and quantity of abstract submissions for the 2019 edition.”

    The Plenary Programme now features over 25 leaders of the LNG industry, including CEOs of both Chinese and international companies such as CNPC, Beijing Gas, Chevron, KOGAS, Total, Gazprom, Cheniere Energy, Petronas and many more. These high-level, globally relevant sessions will focus on the future of LNG across topics including ‘The Global Outlook for LNG’, ‘A Sustainable Fuel for a Sustainable Future’, ‘The Changing Map of Supply’ and ‘Opportunities in the China LNG Market’.

    Following a successful Call for Abstracts, the remainder of the programme has now been confirmed in a mixture of commercial and technical Paper Sessions, LNG Forums and the Research & Innovation Showcase.

    The LNG Forums consist of panellists exploring the challenges and potential of specific areas of the LNG industry. These highly topical discussions will look at LNG within the global energy transition, technical innovations, what the industry has learnt from floating LNG and the diversity of LNG plant capacities.

    LNG2019 delegates can look forward to commercial and technical sessions covering topics including:
    • LNG Market Growth & Industry Sustainability
    • Drivers for Demand Creation Across the World
    • Linking the Value Chain for Financeability
    • LNG Infrastructure Projects: Cases & Trends
    • Commercial Evolution & the Changing Industry Dynamic
    • Digital & Sustainable Future
    • Shipping & Floating LNG
    • New Technical Applications in Asia Pacific
    • New Designs and Technology for Projects

    These sessions feature senior speakers from companies such as ExxonMobil, Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ), Petronas, TechnipFMC, Shell and CNOOC to name just a few. The full LNG2019 programme and confirmed speakers can now be viewed on the event website including information on training courses and the unique Technical Tours of Shenergy’s gas facilities also available to conference delegates.

    Early Bird Delegate Registration is now open – book before 2 November 2018 to save $445. Visit www.lng2019.com/registration.

    About LNG2019
    The 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas is presented by the IGU, GTI and IIR and is the only LNG event owned by the industry, run for the industry.

    The event is supported by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and hosted by the China LNG Association, China Gas Society, The Chinese Association of Refrigeration and the China Gas Association. It will be the largest LNG event ever to be held in China – the world’s fastest growing LNG market.

    From 1-5 April 2019 Shanghai will host over 11,000 attendees and 350 exhibitors representing 550 companies from more than 80 countries.

    About the Owners

    About IGU
    The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931 and is a worldwide non-profit organisation. The members of the IGU are associations and corporations which represent over 95% of the global gas market. www.igu.org

    About GTI
    Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is a leading research, development and training organisation addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. www.gastechnology.org

    About IIR
    The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is an independent intergovernmental science and technology based organisation which promotes knowledge of refrigeration and associated technologies that improve quality of life in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner. www.iifiir.org

    Useful links and information
    Visit our website - www.lng2019.com
    Download the delegate brochure – https://www.lng2019.com/brochure-download/

    Contact: Amy Jordan, Head of Marketing, CWC Solutions
    Email: ajordan@thecwcgroup.com
    Phone: +44 20 7978 0019

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    HKTDC "In Style • Hong Kong" Opens in Ho Chi Minh City
     
    Sep 20, 2018
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    20 September 2018 – The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) launched its international mega-promotions “In Style • Hong Kong Symposium” and “In Style • Hong Kong Expo” at GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam today. Senior officials from Vietnam, as well as Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC, officiated at the symposium opening.

    “For decades Hong Kong has been a partner to Vietnam in many ways,” Mr Lo said. “As the world’s focus falls on Asia, now is the time to deepen our partnership and expand our collaboration.” He added that there will be more opportunities to expand not only the flows in trade and investment, but also in talent, expertise and social and cultural aspects.

    "Over the past five years, merchandise trade between Hong Kong and Vietnam has grown, on average, almost 10% a year. There’s also a strong Hong Kong business community in Vietnam, ranging from garment manufacturing to property development and investment banking," said Mr Chan. He also underlined Hong Kong's strengths as the world’s leading financial centre in Asia, and highlighted that the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area Development creates additional opportunities for Hong Kong as well as the countries and companies that work with the city.

    Le Hoai Trung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, and Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, were guests of honour at the event. “‘In Style • Hong Kong’ 2018 attracts Hong Kong and Vietnam businesses participants in. This is the vivid evidence that we both attach great focus on economic cooperation between Hong Kong and Vietnam,” said the Deputy Minister.

    Mr Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City remarked: “I believe that with the ‘In Style • Hong Kong’ event, we will not only know more about Hong Kong’s prestigious, quality products and brands, but we will also have opportunities to enhance trade connectivity and promote and create a platform for collaborative development, not only on the economic side but also in other aspects such as culture and society.”

    Hong Kong-Vietnam: Partnering for Prosperity

    The symposium promoted Hong Kong’s multi-faceted advantages as a regional hub in Asia and spotlighted the city’s strength in professional services. Moderated by HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan, the main symposium featured Hong Kong business leaders including Jonathan Choi, Chairman of Sunwah Group, John Cheh, Vice-Chairman and CEO of Esquel Group, and Wallace Lam, Managing Director, Co-head of Global Banking, HSBC Hong Kong, who shared practical insights on the opportunities presented by the Hong Kong-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and discussed how both regions could collaborate to stay competitive and expand their global businesses together.

    The thematic sessions highlighted opportunities in cross-border e-commerce and discussed how Hong Kong’s strengths in logistics services, as well as creative design, branding strategy and licensing solutions, can help Vietnamese enterprises upgrade their business in Asia.

    To meet growing demand from Vietnamese companies, a Business Support Zone was set up where 11 Hong Kong services providers from various fields – including design and branding, accounting, logistics, information technology, architecture and management consultancy – delivered free on-site business consultation services to participants from Vietnam and other ASEAN countries.

    The two-day “In Style • Hong Kong Expo” (20-21 Sept) connects importers, distributors, retailers, e-tailers, mail-order houses, department stores and specialised shops in Vietnam and neighbouring ASEAN countries with Hong Kong companies. Product zones include Activewear and Fashion, Gourmet and Delicacies, Fashion Accessories, Premium Houseware, Gifts and Toys, Fine Jewellery, Electronics, and Watches and Clocks.

    lose Ties between Hong Kong and Vietnam

    Vietnam is Hong Kong’s largest export market among ASEAN members and sixth-largest export market globally, taking in US$10.2 billion worth of exports from the city in 2017. Vietnam was also Hong Kong’s 10th-largest trading partner in 2017 and the first seven months of 2018. Last year, trade volume between Vietnam and Hong Kong amounted to US$18.11 billion, an 11.7% increase year-on-year. Key areas of Hong Kong and Vietnam cooperation include manufacturing, logistics, food and seafood processing, hotels and hospitality.

    Media Enquiries
    For further media enquiries, please contact:
    Nguyen Thieu (Vietnam) Tel: +84-28-38235883 Email: nguyen.thieu@hktdc.org
    Banbi Chen (Hong Kong) Tel: +852 2584 4525 Email: banbi.yc.chen@hktdc.org

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