Friday, October 24, 2014
News this week: Earlier this week, the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) – NECC Shanghai – successfully concluded its inaugural event attracting some 1,500 exhibitors. Previously held in Beijing, the China International Auto Products Expo (CIAPE) ran from 19th to 21st October 2014.
NECC Shanghai is Asia’s largest purpose-built exhibition centre. CIAPE utilised the venue’s entire north hall covering 106,000 m2 of indoor and outdoor exhibition space in total. CIAPE was divided into 10 product segments covering the likes of finished vehicles, auto parts, tuning products, motorcycles and accessories. According to NECC Shanghai, the three-day show attracted some 130,000 visitors.
NECC Shanghai is situated in Hongqiao district on the west side of Shanghai. The Shanghai Metro opened two exits at the East Xujing station to cater to the travelling public. NECC Shanghai is expected to be fully operational by 2015, and will provide 400,000 m2 of indoor exhibition space over 13 large halls (28,800 m2 each) and three smaller-scaled halls (10,000 m2 each).
News this week: German trade show organiser, Messe Düsseldorf, reported the participation of 1,461 exhibitors from the wire, cable and tube processing industries at the wire & Tube China in Shanghai. The twin shows took place from 24th to 27th September 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).
Jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) and the Shanghai Electric Cable Research Institute, more than 38,000 trade visitors attended the shows. The organisers reported strong participation from China and other overseas regions including Germany, Austria, France, Italy and North America.
Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said, “Messe Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf China and their local partner MC-CCPIT and SECRI are very satisfied with the outcome of the fair. With the rapid growth of wire & Tube China, we managed to not only exceed the visitor and exhibitor results from 2012 but to also strengthen our position as Asia’s leading wire, cable and tube trade fair.”
News this week: Alibaba Group’s B2B e-commerce platform, Alibaba.com, has teamed up with Sydney-based Bigcommerce to launch an integrated sourcing service. Vendors on Bigcommerce will now have direct access to Alibaba’s suppliers from its own platform.
Bigcommerce vendors will also be able to access other Alibaba.com services including its payment protection program and quality control inspection. Bigcommerce is an e-commerce platform serving small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and operates offices in Sydney, San Francisco and Austin. According to the company, it currently has a user base of more than 55,000 retailers.
Michael Lee, director of global marketing and business development at Alibaba.com, commented, “We are partnering with Bigcommerce to make it easy for our customers to do business anywhere in the world. Alibaba.com and Bigcommerce together are building an integrated ecommerce ecosystem and helping introduce more small- and medium-sized merchants and online stores to the global market.”
News this week: Earlier this week, B2B media company Global Sources held two co-located China Sourcing Fairs: Gifts & Premiums and Home Products at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) from 19th to 22nd October. A new “Olympic Sourcing Zone” featuring sports-related merchandise was launched at the Gifts & Premiums event this year.
Separately, Global Sources announced the completed launch of its new industry vertical – “Mobile Electronics”. Global Sources launched its China Sourcing Fairs: Mobile Electronics in 2014, which is complement by other industry-specific content offered through its online marketplace, magazine, sourcing alerts and mobile app. The inaugural April 2014 Mobile Electronics trade fair featured 1,050 booths.
Spenser Au, CEO of Global Sources, said “Mobile electronics is a multi-billion dollar with strong growth across all categories and geographies – nearly 2 billion mobile phones will be sold during 2014. Meanwhile, the wearables category is set to explode reaching US$8 billion by 2018. Our services were developed to help buyers in this industry make the right decision – at the right time – by delivering products, suppliers and intelligence through the channels of their choice.”
News this week: One of UBM Asia’s joint venture companies in China, Shanghai-based UBM Sinoexpo, has signed a ten-year strategic cooperation agreement with the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) effective from 2014 to 2023.
UBM reports UBM Sinoexpo’s operations have grown by an average of 10% annually – with exceptionally high growth rates of 23% and 38% recorded in 2007 and 2011 respectively. In 2014, UBM Sinoexpo rented a total of 880,000 m2 of exhibition venue space across China versus total net space sold of 433,451 m2 from trade fairs – for an average utilisation rate of 49.3% during the year.
Separately, UBM plc reported its third quarter interim results ended 30 September 2014. Management expects underlying performance to remain on track for the full year, and highlighted the strong performances of several Greater China-based trade shows. During the quarter, UBM invested US$11.9 million in its events business, which included the acquisition of U.K.-based Seatrade Communications earlier this year.
News this week: Last week, U.S.-headquartered Diversified Communications announced the acquisition of Singapore-based media company HRM Asia. HRM Asia’s 27 staff members will continue to be led by HRM Asia’s general manager Kaveri Ayahsamy. Terms of the deal were not undisclosed. The deal was assisted by exhibition specialist brokers Mayfield Media Strategies.
The acquisition of HRM Asia will see the additions of HR Summit, the HRM Congress series, HRM Magazine and HRM Online to Diversified’s portfolio of more than 175 events, eMedia products and print magazines. According to Diversified, its global operations of 850 staff now extends to eight countries and regions including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Thailand, the U.K. and U.S.
Matt Pearce, Diversified’s international director, commented, “We are acquiring HRM Asia because it fits well with our model of working across a variety of touch points within a community. We see the opportunity to expand the business both locally and internationally.”
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Friday, October 17, 2014
News this week: Earlier this week, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) held two co-located electronics trade shows at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) with a combined attendance of 4,100 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions.
According to the HKTDC, more than 130 buying missions consisting of 9,900 trade buyers from 68 countries and regions were invited to the twin shows. The Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) focuses on finished electronic products with new product zones this year highlighting wearable technology, health monitoring gadgets and 3D printing.
Co-organised with MMI Asia Pte Ltd, electronicAsia showcases electronic components and production technologies including printed circuit boards, display technologies and solar photovoltaic technologies. Both trade shows took place from 13th to 16th October.
News this week: UBM Asia (Thailand) is set to hold the second edition of INTERMACH Myanmar and SUBCON Myanmar from 29th to 31st October 2014 at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall in Yangon. The trade shows will showcase the latest business tools and high-tech machinery products.
According to UBM, the co-located events will feature more than 50 leading industrial part-makers from Thailand, and some 500 pieces of machinery from more than 150 exhibiting companies originating from 16 countries and regions. The shows will host four group pavilions consisting of exhibitors from Japan, Thailand, China and Taiwan.
Mr M Gandhi, managing director (ASEAN Business) of UBM Asia, said, “After the outstanding success of INTERMACH and SUBCON in Thailand, ASEAN's largest international industrial machinery and subcontracting exhibition, INTERMACH Myanmar and SUBCON Myanmar 2014 is set to follow the same road to success. The show’s inaugural event in 2013 proved to be the perfect place for businesses to source new technology and inspect industrial machinery.”
News this week: Earlier this month, trade show organiser, AMB Exhibitions, hosted more than 250 exhibitors at the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh. The co-located trade shows CAMFOOD Expo and CAMHOTEL were held at the Diamond Island Exhibition Centre from 8th to 10th October 2014.
Covering the hotel and food and beverage industries, exhibitor products at the shows included meat, seafood, juices, wine, spirits, beer, coffee, bakery, kitchen equipment and supplies, toiletries and furnishing and beddings. According to AMB, exhibitor products and services originated from 23 countries and regions including Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China and the U.S.
Andrew Siow, director of AMB Events Group, said, “We know how difficult it is to source for hotel and food and beverage supplies in Cambodia. By having the exhibition here, operators and owners will no longer need to travel overseas.”
News this week: UBM Asia (Thailand), a subsidiary of UBM Asia, has announced plans for the third edition of Thai Water in 2015. The biennial trade show focuses on the water and waste water treatment industry and will be held from 10th to 13th June at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Thai Water is supported by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).
UBM expects Thai Water to attract exhibitors representing 1,500 brands from 25 countries and regions, and spread over 5,000 m2 of gross exhibition space. The event will feature group pavilions from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Germany. Thai Water will be held concurrently with Pumps & Valves Asia and will feature an extensive seminar programme.
Mr Sanchai Noombunnam, group director at UBM Asia (Thailand), said, “Thailand’s industrial sector has always been growing, but as more organisations have seen trade opportunities in the ASEAN region we are faced with new challenges especially regarding water. By organising Thai Water 2015, our goal is to increase water management efficiency in both industrial and household sectors. We will offer a comprehensive range of technologies that provide answers to intelligent water management across the board.”