A well-established technology and innovation hub, Hong Kong is making strides in a range of fast-developing sectors such as healthtech and green technologies apart from being a major exporter of electronic products.
Helping suppliers and buyers capture opportunities in these sectors, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has brought its seven autumn trade fairs together onto a single physical and online platform this year. Featuring more than 1,700 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, the hybrid fairs opened on Wednesday to present a comprehensive range of cutting-edge tech products, solutions, medical and environmental technologies, services and intelligence. The four-day physical fairs run until Saturday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, while the online fairs take place until 6 November.
The seven trade fairs create diverse cross-sector business opportunities for SMEs in Hong Kong. The HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicAsia (jointly organised with MMI Asia Pte Ltd) present a host of the latest cutting-edge technology products, including smart home appliances, electronic gadgets and accessories, anti-pandemic products, artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) and wearables, as well as electronic components and production technologies. Featured products include inventions developed by local start-ups such as hydroponic smart grower, artificial intelligence online-to-offline (O2O) servicing robot and automated guided robot. The Hong Kong Electronics and Technologies Association and IOT HK Association have organised group pavilions to present various innovations and technologies.
The HKTDC International ICT Expo spotlights smart-city solutions and information and communications technologies across all sectors, including the Smart Government Pavilion and HKICT Awards Pavilion set up by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO). Under the theme of “Robotics Technologies”, this year’s Smart Government Pavilion showcases more than 20 technology solutions that facilitate smart-city development and enhance public services in the areas of smart mobility, smart living, smart environment, smart people and smart government. On display are a number of robotics technologies adopted by different government departments, such as the Guiding Robot used by the OGCIO, the Disinfection Robot used by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, the Deliverbot used by Invest Hong Kong, the Intelligent Robotic Monitoring System used by the Correctional Services Department, and the Robotic Dog for Landslide Inspection used by the Civil Engineering and Development Department. The OGCIO aims to help different sectors gain a better understanding of how government departments enhance work safety and efficiency through the application of robotics technologies. Other highlighted exhibitors and pavilions include Autotoll, HKBN Enterprise Solutions, Cyberport, The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Smart City Consortium, Hong Kong Public Key Infrastructure Forum and B4B Challenge. Several research and development centres, including the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) and Automotive Platforms and Applications Systems (APAS) R&D Centre, also showcase projects. It is believed that fostering such technologies can further promote Hong Kong’s status as an innovation and technology hub.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair brings together the most updated medical supplies, equipment and technologies. The fair features various thematic zones including the debut Epidemic Prevention & Control along with Biotechnology, World of Health & Wellness, Rehabilitation & Elderly Care, Hospital Equipment, the Startup zone, as well as a group pavilion organised by the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association. Highlighted products include the self-developed video consultation app DoctorNow, the HPV/STD DNA “pad-type” self-sampling kit, an electronic stethoscope and a flexible robotic endoscopic system.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo display different smart and eco-friendly lighting products, such as the Qivation Lighting-Q Colour light bulb and the electronic UV lamp ballast for germicidal lamps. This year’s Outdoor and Tech Light Expo features the Innobuild zone to showcase construction-related technologies and products. One of the Innobuild exhibitors displays a smart helmet that incorporates functions such as health monitoring, safety alerts, real-time positioning and communication.
The 16th edition of Eco Expo Asia, organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and co-organised by the Environmental Bureau of the HKSAR Government, presents a wide range of green products and solutions. The highlighted zones at the expo include Green Transportation, Waste Management & Recycling, and Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency. A wide variety of electric vehicles and related charging equipment, the latest recycling technologies and energy-saving solutions for companies will be featured at the fair.
Virtual platform, real business
For the online fairs, the HKTDC will continue to mobilise its network of 50 offices worldwide to invite overseas buyers to conduct business discussions with exhibitors via video conferencing. The online fairs will once again feature Click2Match, an artificial intelligence-powered online business matching platform launched by the HKTDC last year, to bring exhibitors together with potential buyers. Buyers and exhibitors can also take advantage of functions such as a meeting planner, live chat, video meetings and e-business card exchange, facilitating their online business activities.
HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair
HKTDC International ICT Expo
HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition)
HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical and Healthcare Fair
HKTDC Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Lighting Expo
Eco Expo Asia