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Expectations for Computex Taipei 2009 running high

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Next year’s Computex Taipei, which is expected to attract more than 40,000 overseas buyers, will be one of the world’s leading information and communication technology (ICT) procurement platforms and could generate more than US$25 billion in sales, organizers said yesterday at a press conference to announce the trade show.

“Computex Taipei never stops outperforming itself,” Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) vice president Walter Yeh (葉明水) said.

He said that following the success of the show this year, Computex Taipei 2009 would be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Halls 1, 2 and 3, the newly built Nangang Exhibition Hall and the Taipei International Convention Center.

Yeh said the trade show, which will take place from June 2 to June 6, would bring together the greatest IT selection on Earth, covering such categories as components and parts, data storage devices, software, computer systems, motherboards and add-on cards, communication products, peripherals, displays and digital entertainment products.

Organized by TAITRA and the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), Computex Taipei is the second-largest computer trade show in the world after Germany’s CeBIT, said Yeh, who added that Computex “is the procurement platform for hundreds of thousands of professional ICT buyers because it is where visions are realized and technologies are truly applied.”

He said that Computex Taipei does not show just product prototypes, but the actual products themselves.

In addition to computer equipment, a further 1,800 vendors occupying about 4,800 booths — compared with last year’s 1,700 vendors and 4,481 booths — would display products such as electronic devices for cars, IC applications, embedded products, medical electronics, auto ID, IP telecom, robots, digital signage and security.

“The great variety of products and technologies that will be on display underscores Computex Taipei’s status as the world’s most significant ICT procurement platform,” Yeh said.

Computex Taipei 2009 will not only exhibit the best and the latest in ICT products, but will also stage a series of events ranging from forums to factory visits, conferences and a buyers’ night to help visitors better understand how the show has come such a long way and its critical role in the development of the ICT industry.

The new WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) technology will also be on display, Yeh said, adding that the technology has grown 314 percent over the past year and with government backing would connect more than 80 million users by 2013.

WiMax is still in the early development period, TCA deputy secretary-general Chang Li (張笠) said.

“So it has high growth potential, as deploying fiber [cables] for next-generation networks is an inevitable trend,” he said.

Estimates show that the overall communication equipment market will enjoy moderate growth next year despite the gloomy economic outlook, with an annual growth of 3 percent and a market scale of US$428.7 billion, Chang said.

Yeh said close to 200 booths would be opened at the China Pavilion, featuring 120 exhibitors from China and Hong Kong.

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