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Taiwan-made toys shine at Hong Kong fair

2013/01/07 22:05:32

Hong Kong, Jan. 7 (CNA) A record high number of Taiwanese toy companies are taking part in the four-day Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair that opened Monday, arousing great interest from buyers in their innovative and value-added products.

Scores of original and intriguing toys made by Taiwanese firms are on display at the "Taiwan Image Zone," jointly set up by the Taiwan Trade Center and the Taiwan Toy & Children's Article Manufacturers Association in the fair being held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

These products, ranging from mock BB guns to ride-on and remote control toys, caught wide-spread attention from visitors to the event, the largest of its kind in Asia.

Richard Sun, director of the Taipei Trade Center Hong Kong, said the fair provides the best platform upon which Taiwan's toy industry can introduce its latest and value-added products to foreign buyers, allowing them to gain a good understanding of its competitiveness in terms of research, innovation, quality and pricing.

During the January-October period of last year, Taiwan toy exports totaled US$595 million in value, up 6 percent year-on-year, statistics showed. Game consoles, toy guns, remote control toys and intelligence-enhancing toys made up the bulk of the exports.

The United States, mainland China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Britain, Australia, Mexico and the Netherlands are Taiwan's top 10 outbound shipment destinations, absorbing 79 percent of its total exports.

(By Sherman Wu and Flor Wang)