The Third Hong Kong International Auto Parts and Accessories Fair

The third Hong Kong International Auto Parts and Accessories Fair and the Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair opened yesterday and continue through 1 May at AsiaWorld-Expo. A wide range of auto parts and accessories, as well as printing and packaging products, equipment and services are on display for buyers from around the world. The Hong Kong International Auto Parts and Accessories Fair features 183 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions, while the Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair has attracted 376 exhibitors from five countries and regions.

The joint opening ceremony was officiated by Paul Yin, President of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong and council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Also officiating were: Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC; Andy Chui, Chairman of Info Communication Holdings Ltd; KB Chan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd; Li Kai, Vice President of CIEC Group Corp; Ng Tat Lun, Chairman of the Automotive Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre; Gordon Chan, President of the Hong Kong Auto Parts Industry Association; Simon Leung, Section Chair of the Society of Automotive Engineers Hong Kong Section; Ho Kar Hun, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Hong Kong Printers Association; Candy Tam, Chairman of the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong; and Zhao Hui-Tian, Chief Representative of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

In 2007, Hong Kong auto parts and accessories exports totalled US$1.7 billion (HK$13.3 billion), a 9.7 per cent increase over 2006. Hong Kong's three major markets the Chinese mainland, the US and Japan all performed well. In particular, exports to Japan jumped 55 per cent.

The Hong Kong International Auto Parts and Accessories Fair is jointly organised by the HKTDC, Paper Communication Exhibition Services and the Hong Kong Electronic Industries Association Ltd. At this year's fair, more auto accessories are on display, including security and GPS devices, safety products and car audio systems.

The fair's biggest exhibitor, Hong Kong-listed Norstar Founders Group Ltd, is showing key suspension system components, brake systems and transmission systems. Norstar supplies auto parts for such auto makers as Shanghai GM and Beijing-Benz Daimler Chrysler. Norstar is also cooperating with HSBC to organise the 2008 China Auto Industry Forum on 29 April. Other key exhibitors include Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, Surface Mount Technology (Holdings) Ltd and Boshi Industries Ltd.

Special zones have been set up at the fair for easy sourcing. At the auto parts fair, the Techno Zone introduces technological development projects of educational institutions, R&D centres and enterprises. The Motorcycle Zone displays specialised equipment, parts and accessories for motorcycles. In addition, seminars and forums are being held to spotlight new technology and the auto industry's latest developments in the Chinese mainland and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Hong Kong International Printing and Packaging Fair is jointly organised by the HKTDC and CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd. Seventeen exhibitors are among the "Top 100 Printing Firms" listed by mainland magazine Printing Manager. Exhibitors from Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Zhejiang have set up group pavilions, showing the capabilities of mainland printing firms to overseas buyers. This year's fair includes more packaging materials for food products, cosmetics and medicine. Anti-counterfeiting technology has been applied to some materials, suitable for dollar notes and admission badges.

Two theme zones have been set up at fair: the Digital Printing & Office Automation Equipment Pavilion and the Integrated Pre-press Service Square, where exhibitors promote creative services and skills such as copywriting, graphic and packaging design, colour separation, outputting and other pre-press services. In addition, more than 50 winning pieces from the 19th Hong Kong Print Awards are on display, showcasing the excellence of Hong Kong's publishing, printing and design services.

A series of seminars and forums will introduce the latest printing technology and explore the future development of the printing industry. Among the seminar topics is the potential of green publishing, presented by representatives of Greenpeace.

The HKTDC has organised more than 100 buying missions, bringing in more than 2,800 buyers to the two fairs. For the auto parts and accessories fair, mission members include representatives of auto parts associations from Australia, Canada, Germany and the US, as well as emerging market countries such as Argentina, India, Indonesia and Mexico. For the printing and packaging fair, buying missions are here from Europe, North and South America, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Chinese mainland, together with representatives of printing, publishing and packaging associations from all over the world.

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