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Friday, September 28, 2018, 15:05
Spotlight on smart technologies at Global Sources expo
By Pamela Lin in Hong Kong
Friday, September 28, 2018, 15:05 By Pamela Lin in Hong Kong

A guest experiences virtual reality technology during the Global Sources Electronics 2018 fall show’s media luncheon in Causeway Bay on Thursday. (PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY)

The Global Sources Electronics show this fall will see more than 9,000 booths featuring auto electronics, gaming, smart living and many other exciting gadgets to link up buyers and suppliers.

The expo will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau Island in three phases, including Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics, from Oct 11 to 30. 

As one of the world’s largest electronics sourcing shows, the event is expected to take in exhibitors from more than 13 countries and regions, with an estimated 10-percent increase in the number of participants.

“We’re constantly observing and analyzing the industry and consumer trends across every vertical, to adapt our trade-show offerings to meet buyers’ current and future sourcing needs,” said Tommy Wong, president of Global Sources Electronics Group.

The first phase — Global Sources Electronics — will highlight two shows. The Consumer Electronics segment, which will take place from Oct 11 to 14, features 3,800 booths with the hottest smart living electronics and commercial electronics products. The Mobile Electronics show is scheduled from Oct 18 to 21, displaying mobile devices, gadgets, virtual reality/augmented reality and audio electronics.  

The new Global Sources Lifestyle and Global Sources Fashion will be co-located at the expo from Oct 27 to 30. It’s worth noting that the lifestyle show in its first year will feature curated and innovative gifts and home products. Live events with daily shows on lifestyle product categories will be hosted by 13 key opinion leaders and influencers.

Meanwhile, a series of tech conferences focusing on cutting-edge technology and industrial applications will be held with industry experts sharing their views on market trends and industry development.

In view of the ongoing China-US trade tensions, Wong said the number of registered attendees and exhibitors is rising this year, which is promising. 

“Most consumer electronics are produced in southern China which couldn’t be easily replaced by other markets,” Wong said. Moreover, new markets that have emerged in the Belt and Road Initiative countries and regions, as well as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, can be alternatives for manufacturers, he added.

Several tech companies took their latest innovative products to a pre-show on Wednesday. HTC Corp demonstrated its newly launched wireless adapter, which could free hardcore gamers from the tethers of VR experience.

Hong Kong-based Incus Co Ltd, with its own patented intelligent audio separation systems which can separate background noises from the target signal, showcased its recent technology that provides hearing tests for users and produces tailored hearing aids algorithms for them. 

It’s the fourth year the trade show stages the Startup Launchpad, which brings together hundreds of startups from 21 countries and regions to showcase their innovations. Hong Kong has been a global economic powerhouse with diverse incubators and accelerators, having seen a 109-percent surge in the number of startups in the past five years, according to Minesh Pore, head of Startup Launchpad.

“We select 300 startups among thousands of applications around the world that have high-quality products, to showcase innovation and facilitate global distribution,” Pore said.

Besides, the conference program of Startup Launchpad gathers more than 50 thought leaders to share insights on the “Future of Retail” over two days. The Investment Competition will also return this fall catering to startups seeking investors and investment strategies.


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