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Tech fairs demonstrate Hong Kong’s tech hub status


InnoEX and Electronics Fair made a strong comeback to unveil the latest tech trend.

Co-organised by the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), InnoEX and HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) drew some 88,000 buyers from 139 countries and regions, accentuating Hong Kong’s advantages as an international innovation and technology centre.

The Smart Hong Kong Pavilion, set up by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, was one of the highlights at InnoEX, showcasing everyday technology solutions through interactive experience and live demonstrations, while the Innovation and Technology Commission presented AI and robotics technology achievements from 16 research centres under InnoHK.

The exhibition also featured pavilions from Mainland China, India and Canada, along with the return of the So French, So Innovative pavilion, showcasing cutting-edge technologies, such as aerospace and satellite technology, chips, data analysis, AI and robotics, that can be adopted across industries.

A Hong Kong start-up PTF AreaTech Company Ltd partnered with a state-owned enterprise to promote the application of BeiDou satellite technology in Hong Kong and ASEAN. Jonathan Maang, Chief Technology Officer of PTF AreaTech, said: “In just a day and a half, we received nearly 120 visitors, including potential buyers from Japan and ASEAN.” InnoEX has brought them numerous business opportunities from overseas.

Nico Broder, CEO of Spanish company Atlantis Internacional SL, was sourcing smartwatches, smartphones and mobile accessories at the Electronics Fair. He said: “We are expanding our product range and have already found new suppliers at the exhibition. We expect to purchase products valued between US$2 million and US$4 million.”

ASEAN Roundtable was also under the spotlight at InnoEX, which brought together officials from ASEAN, Mainland China and representatives of research institutions who discussed a variety of topics, ranging from digitalisation, smart-city strategies and needs and start-up development.

Dr Alias Bin Rameli, Director General of Town and Country Planning of the Ministry of Local Government Development of Malaysia, led a delegation of representatives from Malaysia’s 16 states and federal territories to visit InnoEX and leveraged the platform to establish valuable partnerships and explore cooperation opportunities.

The Hong Kong Alumni Association of Beijing Universities set up a pavilion and organised the inaugural Hong Kong World Youth Science Conference during InnoEX, inviting Nobel laureates, Turing Award winners, I&T professionals and renowned scientists to share insights.

AI was considered most promising field in local I&T industry, according to independent surveys commissioned by the HKTDC at both fairs, with over 340 respondents from InnoEX and 670 from the Electronics Fair.

31% of InnoEX local exhibitor respondents identified AI as the strongest and most advantageous I&T area in Hong Kong, followed by fintech (27%).

Electronics Fair participants identified smart home and smart living products and solutions (23%), electronic and electrical accessories (20%) and home appliances (16%) as the electronics product categories  with the highest growth potential in major markets this year.

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