22 February 2024
Anime, TV drama and movie characters attract millions of enthusiasts around the world. Copyright owners, through intellectual property sales and licensing, repackage and design characters to create a variety of trendy products, including this year’s hottest range, collectible toys.
As a leading creative hub in Asia, Hong Kong is a natural design centre. And Mainland China, the factory of the world, is a natural outlet for Hong Kong’s design talents. China’s Anhui province, just inland of the Yangtze Delta, is eager to take on Hong Kong designs. The province is a rapidly growing smart manufacturing centre and Hefei is the site of the country’s first Advanced Technology Application and Promotion Centre.
The watch and clock industry is an industry-of-industries, aggregating component and accessory makers as well as final product assemblers and marketers. Quality component and product makers gravitate to a handful of hubs, such as Switzerland and Hong Kong.
The HKTDC Food Expo’s global trade show, Food Expo PRO, and Hong Kong International Tea Fair have returned, drawing more than 20,000 buyers from 69 countries and regions, after travel restrictions fell away and participants could taste the food and beverages on offer following a three-year look-but-don't eat hiatus.