Computex Taipei draws most international buyers ever

06/04/2011 06:38 PM
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Taipei, June 4 (CNA) Computex Taipei 2011, the world's secondlargest computer trade show, closed Saturday after attracting arecord-high number of international buyers and will look to expandits exhibition venue in the next three years, the organizer saidSaturday.

Computex Taipei 2011, held from May 31 to June 4, drew theparticipation of 1,800 exhibitors and over 120,000 visitors,according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The five-day show, the biggest of its kind in Asia, was attendedby 36,102 international buyers, up 3.1 percent from 2010, andgenerated US$25 billion (NT$716.5 billion) in business, TAITRA said.

Of the 162 countries that had buyers at the show, the countrieswith the strongest representation were the United States, Japan,China, Hong Kong and South Korea.

More than 1,000 one-on-one procurement meetings withrepresentatives of 74 foreign companies (21 from emerging markets)from 21 countries were held, and orders resulting from those meetingstotaled US$540 million.

The show highlighted the convergence trend of new technologies,such as tablet computers, electronic readers, smartphones, and threedimensional (3D) technology and cloud services, said TAITRA ExecutiveDirector Jeremy Horng at the final day press conference.

Venue space continued to be limited, however. TAITRA was onlyable to provide 5,300 of the 6,000 booths requested, and with boothdemand forecast to hit 7,000 in 2012, Horng said efforts are beingmade to provide more space for future trade fairs.

Horng said the TAITRA is already in the process of building anaddition to the Nangang Exhibition Hall, set to be completed in 2014,but in the meantime, it hopes to find alternative venues in the areato add 500 booths next year and 1,000 in 2013.

(By Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/ls

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