As the peak sourcing season begins, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is readying the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) large-scale trade fair. Ahead of the Oct. 13 opening, the organizers revealed some of the latest technology trends and fair highlights - including such diverse technologies as mixed-reality (MR) glasses, to a smart walking stick device, to a smart bulb converter.
The Fair is one of four upcoming technology exhibitions being held this Fall, and all four are expected to attract around 7,430 exhibitors in total – a figure on a par with last year, proving that "the recent social unrest in Hong Kong has not affected global exhibitors’ confidence in relation to attending trade fairs in the city, and that Hong Kong remains attractive as a global marketplace,” said Benjamin Chau, HKTDC’s acting executive director.
“As new tariffs put additional pressure on the export performance of electronics manufacturers, we are actively helping SMEs to accelerate their expansion into emerging markets such as Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to diversify risk amid the escalating Sino-U.S. trade friction.”
AI & Voice Recognition Zones Launched in Tech Hall
Forming the world’s largest electronics marketplace, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), and electronicAsia, which run concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC) from Oct. 13-16, are both expected to attract about 4,300 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions.
Highlights at the Autumn Electronics Fair include the Tech Hall, which will feature the new AI & Voice Recognition Zones in response to the latest artificial intelligence (AI) trends, highlighting products such as earphones that feature simultaneous interpretation capabilities in 30 languages. Other thematic zones in the Tech Hall include Robotics & Unmanned Tech, 3D Printing, Smart Tech, Virtual Reality and the Startup Zone. The latter will feature about 120 startups from eight countries and regions to showcase their innovative ideas and award-winning products.
Another highlight of the fair, the Hall of Fame, will gather more than 560 renowned international brands, presenting a wide range of the latest electronics products and technologies.
In response to the huge opportunities presented by the 5G era, the HKTDC and the Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association will co-organize the Symposium on Innovation & Technology on Oct. 14. Under the theme “Intelligent Connectivity: 5G and Beyond,” speakers from several major technology companies including ASTRI, China Mobile, Google, HKT, imec, KeySight Technologies, Nokia, NVIDIA and PwC will examine the latest developments and applications of 5G technology.
electronicAsia: Showcasing Cutting-edge Robotic Sensor Technologies
Held concurrently with the Electronics Fair, electronicAsia creates a platform for suppliers of electronic components and production technologies to showcase their products to international buyers. Featured zones include Wireless and Sensor Technologies, where sensor technologies for smart devices and robotics will be showcased, and Power Supplies, which will present various types of batteries, accessories, solar photovoltaic components and technologies. Other thematic zones include Printed Circuit Board & EMS, World of Display Technology, Electronic Components and Keyboards & Switches.
The seminar “Blockchain in Industrial IoT – The Next Big Thing?” will be held on the first day of the fair (Oct. 13), with experts and representatives from tech corporations discussing blockchain applications in areas such as smart city development, real estate development and building management.