YiwuTex Successfully Concludes Continuously Supports the Textile Industry in 2019
Jul 20, 2018

YIWU, CHINA --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 19th China Yiwu International Trade Fair for Textile and Garment Industry (YiwuTex 2018) has successfully concluded on 19 May 2018 at the Yiwu International Expo Centre, Zhejiang, China. The one-stop sourcing and information fair is co-organised by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., Yiwu China Commodity City Exhibition Co., Ltd. and Jinhua Printing Industrial Association. Under the theme of “Smart Manufacturing‧Green Innovation”, the 3-day fair has demonstrated a diversity of advanced machinery, technologies and products, stretching over upstream and downstream across textiles, knitting, garments and printing in the entire industry. It aims at promoting innovative advancement and sustainable development of the textile industry, as well as helping enterprises identify suitable business partners to achieve higher productivity and effectiveness.

A Fair Highly Acclaimed by the Textile Industry

Manufacturers and suppliers from various places have gathered in YiwuTex 2018 covering an area of over 14,500 sq.m., including Chemtax, LGL, BTSR, Groz-Beckert, Memminger-Iro, Kern-Liebers, ALOME, etc. In addition, the fair has attracted more than 8,604 visitor attendance from 42 countries and regions. Among them 5% are from overseas, including India, Thailand, North Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Turkey, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, etc. A total of 34 delegations formed by associations and local renowned enterprises have attended the fair, including Langsha Group, Yongchun Technology, Huading Group, Ju Xin Dyeing and Finishing, and Yong Le Accessories. Around 90% of the visitors are satisfied with the exhibition’s performance, 87% of them are impressed by the high quality of the exhibits. Compliments from exhibitors and visitors have recognized the professionalism and business value of YiwuTex 2018.

Advanced Smart Machinery and Technologies in Four Thematic Zones

Exhibits are systematically divided into four thematic zones in YiwuTex 2018 according to different textile production areas, “Knitting and Hosiery Machinery Zone” has showcased seamless underwear, knitting and hosiery machinery. Cutting, laser, CAD/CAM systems, webbing zipper forming machines and trademark printing machines have been shown in the “Sewing and Automatic Garment Machinery Zone”, while the “Textile Printing Industry Zone” has gathered printing equipment, materials and related software. There are yarn, textile fabric, cloth and knitting home textile in the “Knitting Products Zone”. Exhibitors have exerted great efforts in introducing the advanced designs, innovative technologies and smart machinery to textile and garment enterprises. In the fair, exhibitors and visitors join hands to identify high productive yet low cost solutions, in order to achieve business upgrade and sustainable development.

Market News and Networking Chances in Professional Conferences

A series of conferences and events have been organized in YiwuTex 2018 to help enterprises implement energy saving, digital production and sustainable development, including “New Production Trend Seminar”, “Brands Talk: Hosiery and Seamless Apparel”, “Textile Printing Trend Summit Forum – Yiwu Station” and “Private Sourcing Event”. Overwhelming responses have been received in the events, where industry experts and representatives from well-known brands shared their insights and analysis about hot topics of industry 4.0 and smart machinery with the audience.

YiwuTex 2019 will be held again on 16-18 May 2019, supporting the textile industry to exploit business opportunities. For more information, please visit the fair website www.yiwutex.com.

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Orchestrated for Excellence – CEMS and RAS launch dedicated show for the restaurant industry
Jul 20, 2018

Singapore, 19 July 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) and the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) announced the launch of Restaurant Asia Singapore 2019 this afternoon to key members of the food and beverage industry. The event was also graced by members of the diplomatic corp.

Organised by RAS in partnership with CEMS, the inaugural exhibition will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore from 21 to 23 March 2019.

In line with the association’s mission to promote industry development and excellence through championing, promoting and advancing the common needs, interests and aspirations of Singapore’s food and beverage community, Restaurant Asia Singapore (RAS) 2019 will present a dedicated showcase of the latest in cutting-edge restaurant, kitchen and culinary equipment, as well as solutions and supplies that will address the needs of restaurant owners, from front of house reception to the back of house operations.

“We are confident that the show will grow to become the hub for its sourcing needs and for latest solutions, said Vincent Tan, PBM, President of RAS. “The industry will also recognise that the show will present business development and networking opportunities among our members, industry leaders and government agencies.”

Mr Tan added: “The show is the first of its kind spearheaded by industry leaders for the industry here in Singapore. We also hope that this exhibition will help elevate Singapore’s vibrant culinary scene and bring the industry to new epicurean heights on a regional and global scale.”

RAS is the pioneer and largest F&B association in Singapore, with more than 400 members, representing close to 700 brands that operate over 3,600 outlets ranging from restaurants,caterers, fast foods and food courts across various cuisines. Since its inception in 1980, RAS has been the voice of the F&B industry, working towards developing closer relationships between businesses and government agencies. It has also worked tirelessly to give due recognition and award excellence to drive business success.

“This venture with RAS is timely and relevant. Like many industries, advancements in the restaurant world are contingent on the changes the rest of the world is experiencing,” said Edward Liu, PBM, Group Managing Director of CEMS.

“We hope to bring technology and other solutions to the fore to address some of the key concerns of restauranteurs including engaging new customers, increasing spend and driving frequency of visits,” he added.

“The food and beverage industry in Singapore is worth close to $4 billion, making it a sizeable sector which contributes to the Singapore economy. We hope that the show will also be a launch pad for restaurants and related businesses to position themselves for growth here and abroad and possibly for franchise opportunities,” said Mr Liu.

The inaugural RAS 2019 will also be held in conjunction with the highly successful 7th Café Asia 2019, 7th International Coffee & Tea Expo and 6th Sweets & Bakes Asia 2019, all longstanding exhibitions organised by CEMS. Together, these events will gather over 200 exhibitors and industry players from more than 30 countries under one roof, across 8,000 square metres in gross exhibition space and aims to welcome at least 6,000 trade visitors and professionals and over 7,000 public visitors over three days.

Photo Credits: CEMS

Restaurant Asia Singapore 2019
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Expo and Convention Centre Halls B & C
Thursday, 21 March to Saturday, 23 March 2019
10am to 6pm (March 21 & 22)
10am to 5pm (March 23)

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About CEMS Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd
Established in 1980, CEMS is a regional organizer with a global perspective. A key player in the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organizing and managing exhibitions, conferences and other special events for government agencies, associations and private enterprises, with business activities spanning across many countries in ASEAN including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, China in North Asia, and India, Sri Lanka,Bangladesh and Pakistan in the South Asia. In October 1997, CEMS achieved the distinction of being the first professional conference and exhibition organiser in Singapore to obtain the ISO 9002 certification. For the past decade, CEMS has formed strategic partnerships with both local and international players to achieve mutually desirable goals in the MICE industry.

About Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS)
Established in 1980, the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) was formerly known as the Singapore Hotel and Restaurant Association, catering to the distinctive needs of restaurant and hotel operators then. As tourism flourished, it prompted restaurants and hotels to create separate representative bodies to better focus and service the needs of the respective individual sectors. Started with only 20 members, RAS had since grown its membership base to more than 400 members, accounting for over 3,600 restaurant outlets. It also works closely with various Government bodies and F&B related associations overseas to develop and propel the local F&B industry.

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Industry-leading brands confirmed for September’s Cinte Techtextil China
Jul 19, 2018

SHANGHAI --( ASIA TODAY )-- As the countdown to the 2018 edition of Cinte Techtextil China enters its last two months, the final exhibitor line-up is starting to take shape. A number of leading international and Chinese brands across the fair’s 12 product application areas will feature at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 4 – 6 September, with an expected 500-plus total exhibitors from around 20 countries & regions set to feature.

Nonwovens exhibitor highlights

As the fair’s largest product category, buyers have a wide range of domestic and overseas brands to source from, including:

• Johns Manville (US): who will showcase their polyester spunbond, PP & PBT meltblown, glass fibre nonwoven, micro glass fibre nonwoven, hybrid nonwoven, glass fibre needle mat and glass microfibre product lines among others at the fair.

• J.H. Ziegler (Germany): with over 150 years’ expertise and their own production plant in China, they offer products for acoustic absorption in automotive interiors and exteriors, nonwoven foam composites for leather lamination, needle-punched nonwovens, foam nonwoven composites, laminated nonwovens and natural-fibre nonwovens.

• KOBE-cz (Czech Republic): a new exhibitor to the fair, their nonwoven fabrics, mainly made from glass fibre with temperature resistance up to 800°C, are used for high-temperature isolation in the automotive, marine, energy and building industries. They also have isolation materials made from natural fibres including hemp, wool, cotton and flax.

• TDF Nonwovens (China): one of the leading domestic brands, their specialties are polyester spunbond geotextiles, polyester filament roofing carriers, filter nonwovens, high-strength coarse denier polypropylene spunbond geotextiles and medical & health nonwovens.

• Kingsafe (China): they specialise in the production of fusible interlining and nonwoven fabrics for high-end garments.

Yarn & fibre exhibitor highlights

• Perlon (Germany): has developed a PET based monofilament, HighGrip, which guarantees long-lasting efficiency of conveyor belts, and is available in various types with different tribological characteristics, which they will feature at the fair.

• Sateri (China): is a global leader in viscose rayon made from 100% dissolving wood pulp, and the largest maker of viscose fibre in China. Their natural and high-quality fibre, made from trees grown on renewable plantations, can be found in textiles and skin-friendly hygiene products.

• Cordenka (Germany): producers of industrial rayon, their product range covers rayon tire cord, yarn, single-end dipped cord, short-cut fibre and more.

• EMS-Griltech (Switzerland): will showcase a range of technical fibres & yarns and thermoplastic adhesives at the fair.

• Barnet (Germany): several finished products (nonwovens, spun yarns and fabrics) made with their specialty fibre will be on display at the fair, including OPAN, para-aramid and carbon filament fibres. The application of their specialty fibre in flame retardant and anti-cut gloves and felts will be shown at their booth for the first time.

Coated textiles & solutions exhibitor highlights

• Stahl (the Netherlands): the Dutch company will present new products from their water repellent and flame retardant ranges at this year’s fair. According to the company, as the Chinese government continues its efforts to clean up the environment, eco-friendly chemicals remain in strong demand in the country.

• Sioen (Belgium): will showcase sign materials, truck tarpaulins, tents, membrane fabrics, apparel products, chemicals and specialty products such as inflatable boat fabrics, pool liners and more at Cinte 2018.

• ROWA Lack (Germany): a new exhibitor at this year’s fair, they will present their special lacquer systems and top coatings.

• Trelleborg (Sweden): also a new exhibitor, they will display engineered textiles, especially in the fields of outdoor, medical, protective and automotive.

• FPC Technical Textile (Saudi Arabia): another first-time participant at the fair, they will showcase a range of high-end specialty fabrics including PVC coated fabrics and fibre glass PTFE fabrics.

• Zhejiang Jinda New Materials (China): this supplier is known for its coated textiles for industrial, transportation and building uses, as well as warp knitted geo-synthetic materials and printable coated materials for advertisements.

Lenzing to showcase its new VEOCEL nonwovens specialty brand at the fair

First announced in June this year, and featuring at Cinte Techtextil, Lenzing’s new VEOCEL brand is billed as a premium range of nonwovens fibres for daily care, which “provides the nonwovens industry with fibres that are certified clean and safe, biodegradable, from botanic origin and produced in an environmentally responsible production process.” Products in this range can be applied to a multitude of uses including baby care, beauty and body care, intimate care and surface cleaning, under the VEOCEL Beauty, VEOCEL Body, VEOCEL Intimate and VEOCEL Surface brands.


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Taiwan Excellence showcased various innovative technologies at Vietnam ICT Comm 2018
Jul 19, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, June 7th, 2018 – Inheriting the success of last year’s exhibition, Taiwan Excellence has again joined the Vietnam International Telecommunication Products, Services, Information Technology and Communications (Vietnam ICT COMM 18) from 7th to 9th June, 2018 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City).

Marking its second presence at one of the most prominent technological events in Vietnam with considerable growth in terms of both scale and number of exhibitors compared to the two previous years, Taiwan Excellence expressed its strategy as well as the commitment in enhancing the presence of the campaign in Vietnam’s market. Here, 22 brands of information and communications technology (ICT) represent the 10th place ranking economy in the success of digital infrastructure development, e-services and open government data[1]; also known as the 15th place in the global sub-index of innovation and sophistication factors[2].

Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at Vietnam ICT COMM 2018 showcased products and services honored by the “Taiwan Excellence Award”, based on breakthrough in research and development, manufacture, design, quality and marketing. In light of this vision, 22 Taiwanese enterprises have brought excellent and highly applicable products and services in the manufacture of software; mobile devices app; technology solutions; wireless technology; Internet service; service management; electronic products & services; services and broadcasting equipment and network infrastructure.

Besides some familiar names such as Acer, D-Link, Transcend, Aver, Zyxel, Plustek, uHandy, Vietnam ICT COMM 2018 also marks the first appearance in Vietnam of some Taiwanese ICT brands, including: Boxlight with school products such as speakers, projectors; Long with telecommunications and motorcycles battery; XTGL with lighting products; GreenE with nano-textile products etc.

According to a report released by the Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF), Taiwan is the world leading manufacturer of motherboard, cable CPE, WLAN, notebook and desktop. This industry becomes one of the main sources of Taiwan’s economic growth, contributes to 2.3 percent in real growth rate and is expected to expand its global IoT market share from 3.8% in 2015 to 5% in 2025[3].

Highlights from Taiwan Excellence Pavilion at ICT COMM 2018:


Acer Being Signage - the infrastructure to deliver advertising messages equipped with large screens and intelligent cameras linked through the cloud


Personal Cloud Storage (StoreJet Cloud 110) provides up to 8TB of personal storage space and amazingly fast transfer speeds of up to 110MB/s


Mini HD Wi-fi Camera with high definition clarity, sound & motion detection and especially cloud recording.


Cloud touch projector - the projector embedded inside a smartphone with finger touch function and ability to combine with peripheral devices can be applied in both education market and smart office.


With Zyxel’s innovative design and commitment to “RF First” for high performance and reliable connections through design, the NWA1123-ACv2 delivers increased coverage and improved connection speeds for every client.

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Taiwan Excellence Breezes into ARCHIDEX2018 Showcasing Smart Living of the Future
Jul 19, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, 5th July 2018 – Taiwan Excellence is the mark of quality for some of the best products coming out of Taiwan and is participating in this year’s premium architecture exhibition, ARCHIDEX, from 4th to 7th of July. 25 Taiwanese manufacturers across different industries brought a total of 66 high quality smart home and city solutions to Malaysia to explore business opportunities.

Taiwan Excellence is Taiwan’s official certification for products that have met and exceeded stringent standards in their research & development (R&D), designs, quality, marketing and other aspects of innovation and creativity. The symbol has been around for 26 years and products are carefully selected each year to bear this mark of excellence. The products to be showcased in this year’s Taiwan Excellence Pavilion will centre on smart solutions for building, office and homes. Equipment such as Buder’s three temperature water dispensers Amobile - the world’s first integrated thermal imaging and Push-to-Talk Mobile Inspection Assistant, and Caesar hydropower Sensor Faucet are some of the cutting edge smart living solutions to be revealed.

His Excellency James Chang Chi-ping, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia stressed the importance of getting on board the smart living solution train in this interconnected era. Taiwan is a world leader in the global communication industry and is ready to share its high quality products and solutions with the world. Chang hopes that Malaysian companies can gain further understanding of Taiwan’s innovation and its value through the exhibition.

According to Datuk Matthew Tee Kai Woon, President of International Federation of Asian and Western Pacific Contractors' Associations, the government of Malaysia is actively looking to develop smart cities as well as expanding the uses of smart technologies within the country. The desire to develop smart homes has been around for years and some minor inroads have been made, but more needs to be done for the technology to truly take off. Foo is confident that Taiwan’s highly developed innovative products and solutions will provide the perfect synergy for Malaysia to grow in this segment and accelerate the country’s progress.

Capturing Imagination with Innovative Smart Living

To better facilitate Malaysian companies’ understanding of Taiwanese smart technologies, the Taiwan Excellence Pavilion organized a forum titled “Smart Living with Taiwan Excellence” on the 5th of July. Speakers from four leading smart technology brands from Taiwan, including the world famous D-Link, TUMÄ, Ardomus and SoftChef shared their expertise, insights as well as the future of smart living solutions.

The forum attracted many representatives from public works department, real estate developers, building systems contractors and institutes of higher learning as they gathered to learn about the latest developments in the market. According to a participating building system contractor, although Malaysia has put forth plans to develop smart technologies and the internet-of-things, many of these value-added services are still in its infancy. On the other hand, Taiwan is a leader in these technologies with a highly matured industry, making it the ideal partner for Malaysia’s own development.

Taiwan Excellence Lends an Eye to Enforcers

During the “Taiwan Excellence, Malaysian Guardian” press conference held on the afternoon of the 5th of July, Malaysian supermodel Amber Chia acted in a short skit that features some of the smart living products in everyday use, such as the water purification system, smartphone connected lighting controls, and magic suction hooks.

James Chang also witnessed the presentation of 18 units of body cameras by Transcend to the Federal Territory of Putrajaya. The Wi-Fi enabled cameras provide monitoring for officers on duty and serve as evidence against any disputes that may arise in the course of duty. Chang added that the use of Taiwan Excellence products in Malaysia’s administrative capital of Putrajaya represents a great start to future working relationships.

Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) Town Services Senior Assistant Director Noor Azhar Zainal represented the city to receive the cameras and personally tried the functions of the cameras and was highly impressed by their functions. He believes that the wearable cameras designed for enforcement officers will be invaluable in recording the events, reducing conflicts and ultimately protecting all stakeholders.

ARCHIDEX has entered its 19th installment this year and is the largest and most influential architecture and building material exhibition in Malaysia as well as the region. Exhibitors from twelve countries and regions including the US, Switzerland, Austria, South Korea and Taiwan participated in the four-day exhibition which attracted some 36,500 visitors. Taiwan Excellence Pavilion is located in Hall 9 in the grand ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel KL.

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29th Book Fair Opens with Record Exhibitor Numbers
Jul 18, 2018

18 July 2018- The 29th Hong Kong Book Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened today and runs until 24 July at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai. This year’s fair welcomes a record number of 680 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions, showcased across 14 thematic zones, including the “General Books Pavilion”, “English Avenue”, “International Cultural Village”, “Children’s Paradise” and “E-books & e-Learning Resource”. These zones display a variety of high-quality reading materials. Meanwhile, precious manuscripts of renowned writers are exhibited at the Art Gallery located at Hall 3 Concourse of the HKCEC. About 310 cultural events catering to different ages and interests are being held during the fair period including seminars, cultural performances and story-telling sessions.

“The theme for this year’s Book Fair is ‘Romance Literature’, with the tag line ‘Reading the World ・ What on Earth is Love?’” said HKTDC Executive Director Margaret Fong. “Distinguished works of romance literature have deeply touched uncountable booklovers through the years. Writers of different times have led readers to explore and appreciate love through reading. Hong Kong authors have made significant contributions to the development of romance literature, while their writings also reflect social changes through time. We hope that through the theme of the year, readers will be able to discover more high-calibre romance writers and literature of different styles.”

Exploring Love through Romance Literature

Echoing the theme of the year, a dedicated zone named “Love between the Lines” introduces romance writers representing the pre- and post-1990s eras respectively. These include Eileen Chang, Su Xu, Yi Shu, Johnny Yip and Eunice Lam who launched their writing careers before the 1990s, as well as Zita Law, Lam Wing Sum, Sirena Cheng, Tin Hong and Middle, who started during or after the 1990s. The exhibition area displays a range of the writer’s precious items, including out-of-print novels and manuscripts. Selected film and theatre performance clips of their adapted works are also shown, offering an additional means to appreciate romance literature.

“Theme of the Year” Seminar Series

A number of prominent romance writers are spotlighted in the “Theme of the Year: Romance Literature” seminar series. Among the speakers, Eileen Chang's estate executor Roland Soong and literary critic Tom Fung will discuss Eileen Chang’s classics; Professor Wong Nim-yan and writer Peter Dunn will examine how 1960s Hong Kong shaped the works of Yi Shu and Johnny Yip. At a seminar today, Writer Chip Tsao had a dialogue with media veteran Kam Kwok-leung and columnist April Lam on Eunice Lam’s 1970s viewpoints on the culture of love.

Meanwhile, new-generation romance writers will share their thoughts about writing at the fair. Zita Law and spiritual practitioner Jenny Suen will explore reality and spirituality in relation to love. Sirena Cheng will discuss the relationship between love and writing, making reference to a newly published book co-written by her and Lin Xi (Albert Leung). Tin Hong will join Yu Er and Kenneth Wong in sharing experience of writing about love, while Middle will offer a new take on “the meaning of missing out”.

Photos of Silk Road

At the Art Gallery, the “Photo Gallery of Silk Road” exhibition is co-organised by the HKTDC and National Geographic to exhibit award-winning photographs that capture the culture and landscape along the Silk Road. With the support of media and organisations from Zhejiang Province, another exhibition, “A Journey to Zhejiang”, features paintings by the province’s renowned painters and cartoonists including Feng Zikai, Huang Binhong and Pan Tianshou. Zhejiang Yue Opera, as well as demonstrations of woodblock printing and bamboo paper production, will be performed. Jointly presented by the HKTDC and the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, another Art Gallery exhibition entitled “A Gem of Chinese Culture – Cantonese Opera” displays a diverse collection of exhibits such as costumes, special magazine issues and promotion leaflets. Cantonese opera performances will also be staged to showcase this cultural heritage of Guangdong and Hong Kong.

World-renowned Chinese-language Writers

The HKTDC collaborates with Ming Pao and Yazhou Zhoukan to co-organise the Renowned Writers Seminar Series, with notable Chinese-language writers from around the globe sharing their literary experience and insight. The series opened today with Ye Fu sharing his decade-long writing experience. Renowned Taiwanese writer Lung Yingtai will present her new book and share her views on Sunday (22 July). Other renowned speakers participating in the series include Chinese mainland writers Zhang Kangkang, Beidao, Mangke, A Yi, Yu Xiuhua, Duo Yu and Li Xin. Among other speakers are Luo Yijun, Jimmy, Hu Chingfang, Cai Zhiheng and Lee Kan from Taiwan, Leo Lee Oufan, Li Yukying, Ma Kafei and Zhou Jieru from Hong Kong, Li Changsheng from Japan, as well as Dai Xiaohua from Malaysia.Reading the world from Hong Kong

Apart from Chinese literary works, the Book Fair also encourages the public to read books in other languages to broaden their horizons. Supported by an international online bookstore Book Depository, English-language authors featuring in the English Reading and Creative Writing Seminar Series will share their creative thoughts. These include Indian-born Singaporean writer Balli Kaur Jaswal, who is attracting much attention in English literary circles. Also in the line-up are best-selling campus novel writer M. A. Bennett from the United Kingdom, and Singaporean writer Sharlene Teo, who has been commended by best-selling author Ian McEwan. Denise Y. Ho, Assistant Professor of History at Yale University and locally based writer Mark O' Neill will also introduce their new works.

International Cultural Village

The Book Fair promotes cultural exchanges through the International Culture Village, which features 33 countries and regions, including France, Germany and Italy, together with new participants from Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece and Ireland. Exhibitors showcase their cultures through books also offer a wide range of events for the public to experience different cultures. The popular Japan Pavilion returns with the largest number of participants ever. Exhibitors from 17 cities and prefectures including Iwate, Kansai, Shikoku and Okinawa are teaming up with the Japan National Tourism Organisation and KADOKAWA Corporation to showcase local books, cultural products and virtual-reality tours of spots featured in anime and manga.

The World of Knowledge Seminar Series aims to enrich readers’ world knowledge. With support from the Consulate General of Spain, writers Diana Coronado, María José Pareja Lopez and Nashua Gallagher hosted a seminar and guided readers to explore Spanish love poetry and prose today. Meanwhile, with the support of the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau, acclaimed French writer Chantal Thomas will give a talk on the social status and power of women in the 18th century. The European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau has also invited Latvian writer Janis Jonevs, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature, to share his advice on writing.

Children’s Paradise

Located on the third level of the HKCEC, the Children’s Paradise features more than 200 exhibitors showcasing a diverse range of books and educational materials for children of different ages. The “Children and Youth Reading Seminar Series” covers such topics as parent-child reading and children’s education. Distinguished speakers including former Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang and children’s writer Mimi Zhou will share tips on how to guide children to develop interest in reading.

Other seminar series being held during the Book Fair include the “Personal Development and Spiritual Growth Seminar Series” where Joseph Sung and Ambrose King, both former Vice-Chancellors of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as comic artist Ma Wing-shing and cross-media creator Erica Li will speak. Also on the schedule are the “Lifestyle Seminar Series” and the “Hong Kong Cultural and Historical Seminar Series” covering a wide range of topics catering to different interests. For more details and registration for the seminars, please refer to the Hong Kong Book Fair website or mobile app. Visitors who are not pre-registered for a seminar may still try to gain admission by arriving early. “Green Tips” are listed on the Book Fair website and mobile app, encouraging visitors to support the event’s green initiatives and help protect the environment.

One Ticket, Two Fairs

The second edition of the Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo is being held concurrently on Level 5 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sports and Leisure Expo features more than 130 exhibitors and over 160 brands, as well as more than 50 on-site events and activities. These include HADO, an emerging e-sport from Japan that combines augmented reality and wearable technology. Facilities and games available for free trials include a six-metre-high rock-climbing wall, lawn bowls, a golf simulator, a dragon-boat rowing machine, augmented-reality war games and photography workshops. Furthermore, the Hong Kong Tourism Board provides visitors with the opportunity to try a variety of e-sports, such as football and basketball.

A number of star athletes are also participating. Chan Yuen-ting, the first female coach of a professional men's football team in Hong Kong; Steve Lo, Hong Kong’s first Marathon Grand Slam winner; and Wong Hiu-ying, the first Hong Kong gymnast to create an internationally recognised gymnastic move, will share their stories. In the next few days, Ada Tsang, the first Hong Kong woman to conquer Mount Everest, Fung Wah-tim, a renowned Hong Kong marathon coach, Chan Ka-ho and Christy Yiu, members of the Hong Kong Athletics Team, as well as rock climber Lisa Cheng Lai-sa will host sharing sessions. Visitors can visit the Sports and Leisure Expo with a valid Book Fair ticket for the same day.

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Pet Fair Asia and Aquarama support the development of pet business in Asia
Jul 17, 2018

SHANGHAI, July 17, 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 21st edition of Pet Fair Asia and the 17th edition of Aquarama, organized by VNU Exhibitions Asia, will take place in Shanghai New International Expo Centre, expanding from 8 to 10 halls to accommodate more than 1,300 exhibitors.

With 125,000sqm of exhibiting space (+25% / 2017), the exhibition allows an ever wider coverage of the supply chain, including upstream pet food suppliers, global brands for pet supplies, all major distributors and e-commerce giants. All pet categories are represented: cats, dogs, rodents, reptiles, birds and now aquatics: Pet Fair Asia is co-located for the first time with Aquarama, opening more business opportunities with aquarium suppliers, smart systems for aquatics and ornamental fish exporters from all around the world.

In 2018, the organizer notes a strong development of pet healthcare: pharmaceutical companies, veterinary products suppliers and pet clinics are widely represented. The pet food suppliers and petfood technology area is also growing rapidly, on par with the launch of new pet food brands in Asia. Three halls are dedicated to food, while one entire hall gathers international suppliers entering Asian markets or looking for local partners.

Several high-level conferences are taking place before and during the show. The 8th International Pet Industry Summit will come with a detailed report on Chinese market development and address new business and marketing trends. The 7th Petfood Forum China will provide in-depth insight into new pet food regulations to enter the Chinese market, latest trends in palatability, food safety best practices, analysis on consumer acceptance and market opportunities.

The Annual Meeting for Pet Hospital Management, Aquarama International Fish Competition, Marine Tank competition, as well as the World Dog Competition, Pet Fashion Show, CFA Cat Show and a 10-meter freshwater tank tank aquascaping contest are some of the numerous on-site seminars and events.

The market context makes it a perfect time to expand business in the region. China and developing Asia have changed greatly in recent years. Brands can expect high competition but virtually unlimited possibilities of development.

Pet Fair Asia is expected to attract 50,000 professionals over three trade days and 110,000 consumers on the week-end. Visitor pre-registration is mandatory and free of charge for qualified professionals.

Pet Fair Asia & Aquarama | 22-26 August 2018


Source: VNU Exhibitions Asia

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Asiamold 2019 continues to attract renowned industry exhibitors
Jul 17, 2018

GUANGZHOU --( ASIA TODAY )-- The 2019 edition of Asiamold returns next March to showcase the latest moulding products and technologies, with many leading companies having already confirmed their participation. As the leading industry event in South China and the first to be held at the start of the Chinese sourcing year, the fair will continue to serve as a premium trading platform for exhibitors and professional buyers.

The 13th edition of Asiamold – Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition will return to the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from 10 – 12 March 2019, and will be held concurrently with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF) once again. Together, both shows will help industry players unlock the business opportunities brought by the Chinese government’s Made in China 2025 strategic plan.

Within the first few months of the fair being open to exhibitors for application, many moulding exhibitors from the previous edition had already confirmed their participation. Some of the leading suppliers who will present a unique selection of solutions and innovative products include Dongguan Gunri Precision Mold, Dynacast (Dongguan) Ltd, FinderSoft Group, Shenzhen Moldfast Hot Runner Co Ltd, Shenzhen Yangfan Precision Mould and Zhongshan GreatSimple Technology Co Ltd, as well as many others.

The last edition of Asiamold was a great success in terms of the visitor number and the exhibition results. Held together with SIAF, the two fairs were attended by 896 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions from around the world who occupied five exhibition halls across 60,000 sqm of exhibition space. The range of leading edge products and solutions on offer attracted 72,068 visitors from 40 countries and regions. In addition, over 80 presentations were given during the concurrent fringe programme.

3D Printing Asia Zone serves China’s growing additive manufacturing needs

Over the years, the fair’s thematic zones have become one of the key components to its success, helping leading manufacturing industry professionals with their sourcing needs, and to showcase the entire process chain. This year, zones at the fair include Asiametal, Foundry and Die-casting as well as Laser and Welding Asia, while the 3D Printing Asia Zone will address the needs of China’s rapidly developing additive manufacturing industry. Together with SIAF, visitors can also expect automotive mould enterprises to be another key highlight of the show. Aside from the exhibition, a comprehensive schedule of concurrent events will also be held to foster technology exchange and stimulate networking between exhibitors and visitors.

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Global Virtual Reality Conference Gathered Technology Leaders in Shanghai
Jul 16, 2018

SHANGHAI, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Third Global Virtual Reality Conference (GVRC) was successfully held in Pudong, Shanghai from June 27-29, 2018. Industry leaders and experts from China, the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries and regions brought together far-reaching industrial policies, profound insights, the latest scientific and technological achievements, exciting avant-garde contents and fruitful industrial achievements in virtual reality.

A wide range of summit forums, round-table dialogues, exhibitions, venture capital roadshows, industrial negotiations and evening talks were held at China Europe International Business School and Shanghai New International Expo Center. The venues of GVRC 2018 were packed with science and technology enthusiasts. The massive browsing and interaction via social media exemplified that GVRC 2018 was a must see industry event.

Over the two day event, international heavyweights expounded on the latest developments in the following fields:

  • industrial policy
  • virtual reality
  • artificial intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • big data
  • blockchain
  • 5G networking
  • brain-computer link

    Industrial Developments and Trends:
    Virtual reality pioneers and experts shared incredible developments including: national and local innovation modes for guiding and promoting the development of new technology industries; VR/AR is expanding across the world and will usher in the eve of industrial concentration explosion for next-generation human-computer interaction platforms; 5G Internet will continue the growth in VR/AR due to high throughput and low latency; robots and artificial intelligence can liberate physical and menial labor; Blockchain, will revolutionize the future digital world; A kind of carbon-based civilization and silicon-based civilization will be demonstrated by brain-computer interaction and brain-computer interface; a virtual world and robots, will go beyond the limiations of time and space, and subvert the current social form.

    Industry Applications:
    Wang Gang, Deputy General Manager of Migu Culture Technology Co., Ltd., revealed the driving force AR/VR in the sporting industry. Mr. Wang gave an in-depth explanation on multiple aspects of AR/VR technology, e.g., enormous impacts on live shows and broadcast events, the improvement for athlete training modes. According to him, VR/AR technology will continue to grow within the sporting industry. A path has been gradually blazed for perfect combination of VR/AR and sports.

    Technological Innovation, Content Creation and Capital Integration:
    Attendees gained insights into solutions for many questions.

  • How should digital ecology upgrade and set foothold at the dimension of strategic development, technical roadmap, content creation and platform construction in VR Three-dimensional Internet Era?
  • How will digital subsistence reshape virtual reality forms?
  • What changes will take place in the economy, media, art and the relationship between man and the nature?
  • How can capital and finance rise in conjunction with technological innovation and social well-being?
  • How will a "City of Tomorrow" be driven by technology and embedded with culture and art, roll out a beautiful vision the future?
  • What will be industrial opportunities afforded by the new film industry?
  • How to integrate high-quality content within specific ranges?

    Many topics blended into others, which kicked off an industrial brainstorming session among the attendees. Visitors were invited to visit the technology displays and exhibits to experience the "World of Tomorrow". In order to enable visitors to probe into the future world more intuitively, top enterprises specialized in VR, such as Migu Video Technology Co., Ltd., SUNSEA Internet of Things Technology Co., Ltd, Shanghai Xuanjing Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd., Konka Group, Beijing Bewinner Communications Co., Ltd., IFLYTEK and Daschow Crossover Innovation Group jointly launched a new technology experience. They were also able to comprehensively interprete the relationships among new technologies (such as virtual reality, Internet of Things, cloud computing and blockchain) to connect with people.

    The joint exhibition of a "City of Tomorrow" greeted tens of thousands of visitors from all walks of life, and these visitors marveled at the advent of the future world. Various elements of city visitors intuitively took a glance at a future life reshaped up by new technologies (such as AVR, AR, Internet of Things and AI). They were able to learn more about the perfect integration of technology, ecology, life and culture, and saw a better life using VR technology.

    GVRC 2018 successfully ended with the guests exploration, creation and high-spirited interactions with the online live show audience. As the most important aspect of the event, a "City of Tomorrow" alliance was also unveiled and established.

    The "City of Tomorrow" alliance aims to boost the innovative applications of 5G Internet, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, big data and other new technologies all over the world. This redefines and reshapes the future, joins concerted efforts from governments, manufacturers, universities, research institutions and users in a five-in-one manner. It takes collaborative innovation mode as a new dimension, and will lead the long-term development of life in the future. As a permanent organization for GVRC to fulfill the innovation mission, the "City of Tomorrow" Alliance will gather the world's leading industry experts, facilitate technology R&D to put into practice, serve as a bridge between entrepreneurial innovation and financial capital. This will give impetus to the seamless integration of "governments, manufacturers, universities, research institutions and users." The Alliance will be able to conduct other long-term activities, and emerge as a world-class comprehensive innovation platform, with a view to promoting worldwide scientific and technological progress and enhancing human well-being.

    Guided by
    Economy and Information Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipal Government
    Science, Technology and Economy Commission of Shanghai Pudong New Area
    Jinqiao Bureau of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration
    Shanghai Jinqiao Economic and Technological Development Administration Committee
    China Europe International Business School

    Hosted by
    Migu Video Technology Co., Ltd.
    Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Shanghai Jinqiao (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Shanghai Jinqiao Export Processing Zone Development Co., Ltd.
    Shanghai Xuanjing Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd.
    Shanghai Digital Content Industry Promotion Center

    Source: Global Virtual Reality Conference Committee

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    Leading nonwovens & weaving machinery brands sign up for Cinte Techtextil China
    Jul 16, 2018

    HONG KONG --( ASIA TODAY )-- Asia’s largest biennial event for the entire technical textiles and nonwovens sector will feature some of the industry’s biggest overseas machinery brands. Held on the earlier date of 4 – 6 September this year, the fair will feature an expected 500-plus total exhibitors from around 20 countries & regions.

    As the world’s largest producer of technical textiles and nonwovens, China’s demand for production machinery is insatiable. As such, this September’s Cinte Techtextil China has attracted some of the world’s leading machinery brands, particularly in the nonwovens and sewing machinery sectors, ensuring a wide range of sourcing options for both domestic and international buyers.

    Overseas producers respond to strong Chinese demand

    As the Chinese domestic and export markets’ demand for quality technical textiles and nonwovens products continues to increase, overseas machinery brands continue to enter the country, using Cinte Techtextil China as their starting-out platform. ANDRITZ Nonwoven is just one of those who see the growing potential. “Chinese nonwovens manufacturers are increasingly requiring higher capacities and top-class quality for their nonwovens products for local and export markets,” Mr Laurent Jallat explained. “China is the biggest market in terms of installed capacity, and shows quite promising potential for the future. In the past years, we’ve seen rapid growth in products such as disposable face masks.” ANDRITZ responds to this demand with their neXline spunlace eXcelle line which features state-of-the-art TT card web forming and JetlaceEssentiel hydro entanglement units for high capacity and speed.

    The DiloGroup also report an increase in demand for their products in China. “China is one of our biggest markets,” explains Mr Dominik Foshag. “We have procured huge orders from China, as Chinese customers are considering German technology more frequently nowadays. The visitor quality of Cinte Techtextil has been very good in this past, and we think this year’s fair will be also successful as we know many of our customers are going to visit.”

    Oerlikon will introduce its spunbond technology to the Chinese market this year, and is expecting to conclude initial contracts at the fair due to increased demand for overseas products. “The Chinese market for nonwovens products is by far the largest and fastest growing national market. Chinese manufacturers are no longer satisfied with lower product quality, but want to exceed Western quality levels, for example. The products must now meet stricter customer requirements and legal standards, some of which are significantly higher than other international standards,” Ms Lena Kachelmaier said.

    Truetzschler Nonwovens has also noticed this trend. Ms Jutta Stehr commented: “In the last two or three years, China became one of the pacemakers in the field of nonwovens used in beauty, skin care and hygiene applications. Asian markets have set new standards concerning quality in nonwovens. For instance, making disposable wipes from cotton fibres is a trend originating in Asia. The luxurious feeling of cotton combined with the requirement for eco-friendly products will further drive demand in China and elsewhere. Accordingly, Truetzschler Nonwovens anticipates more inquiries at Cinte Techtextil for its proven carding and spunlacing solutions for cotton nonwovens.”

    Weaving machine supplier Itema has also noticed strong demand in China for products made in Italy. “Generally speaking, and especially for technical fabrics, imported machinery is highly evaluated and appreciated by Chinese customers. In recent years, Itema experienced significant growth in the sale of its Made-in-Italy weaving machines in China, and in other APAC countries. Imported machines are synonymous with quality and reliability, and we believe this positive trend will be constant in the future,” Mr Matteo De Micheli outlined.

    Weaving machinery exhibitor highlights

    • ANDRITZ Nonwoven: their specialty is technologies for drylaid, wetlaid, spunbond, spunlace, needlepunch and textile calendering. At Cinte Techtextil, they will highlight their aXcess product portfolio, which has been especially designed for medium-capacity production. ANDRITZ has developed this range to fit the demands of producers with medium-capacity requirements, particularly in emerging markets. It includes lines and individual machines for needlepunch, spunlace, wetlaid and calendering processes.

    • Autefa Solutions: visitors to their booth will experience the company’s expertise as a full line supplier for carded- crosslapped needlepunch lines, aerodynamic web forming technology, spunlace and thermobonding lines. Their nonwovens lines meet customers’ requirements for quality web formation, bonding, active weight regulation and minimal maintenance.

    • DILO Systems: a leader in the field of staple fibre nonwoven production lines, DiloGroup will present their latest developments at the fair, including staple fibre production lines, card feeding and cards and crosslappers & needlelooms.

    • Oerlikon: they will showcase spunbond solution lines for the production of polypropylene geotextiles. According to the company, spunbond geotextile applications are on the rise as the market is increasingly demanding more efficient processes and products, which means the product requirements are often the same or greater, but with a lower raw material input. Spunbonds are progressively replacing classical carded nonwovens due to their technical and commercial benefits.

    • Truetzschler Nonwovens: concentrating on solutions for producing a broad range of hygiene nonwovens including wipes at the fair, they will focus on thermobonding & spunlacing processes and the respective machinery, from fibre preparation down to winding.

    Sewing machinery exhibitor highlights

    • Itema: making their debut at Cinte Techtextil, they are a leading supplier of weaving machines for technical fabrics production. According to the company, they are the only weaving machine producer to offer technical textile manufacturers the top three technologies for weft insertion: Rapier, Projectile and Airjet.

    • Picanol: they use their leading position as producers of weaving machines for other textile products to expand into machines for woven technical textiles by investing heavily in state-of-the-art technology, as well through the modular design of their machine platforms which allow them to serve different industry sectors effectively.

    • Lindauer Dornier: featuring in the German Pavilion this edition, they offer a number of weaving machine varieties including rapier, air-jet, open reed weave (ORW) and more. Their rapier weaving machines have set the technological standard in the high quality wool textiles market for decades, and this quality will be on display at their booth with the DORNIER P1 rapier weaving machine.

    Domestic brands to watch out for

    In addition to these leading overseas brands, a strong line-up of Chinese machinery producers will also feature at the fair, including Changshu Weicheng Non-Woven Equipment and Shijiazhuang Textile Machinery.


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