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Computer exhibit opens next week

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: A TAITRA official said that up-to-date products at competitive prices would be available to the general public at the exhibition

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A model shows off a multimedia projector at a press conference to promote the Taipei Computer Applications Show, which will run at the Taipei World Trade Center from July 30 to Aug. 3.

PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The 2009 Taipei Computer Applications Show — the best-known computer exhibition in Taiwan aimed at the domestic market — opens on July 31 and is expected to rake in strong revenues despite the economic downturn, organizers said yesterday.

Statistics showed 80 percent of visitors will make a purchase at the show, Enoch Du (杜全昌), ­secretary-general of the Taipei Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會), a co-organizer of the show, said at a news conference.

Among the expected buyers, 75 percent are aiming for hardware products such as notebook computers and digital cameras, Du said.

With average spending of NT$19,300 (US$588) per buyer, Du said that he expected the show to maintain last year’s number of 570,000 visitors and NT$8.8 billion in revenues.

Jointly organized by TCA and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會), the annual exhibition, now in its 19th year, will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall from July 31 to Aug. 3, with free admission.

More than 175 exhibitors will operate some 1,250 booths to display a wide range of computer and peripheral products using the most cutting-edge technologies.

Moses Yen (顏木松), executive director of TAITRA’s Exhibition Department, said that this year the most upscale and advanced products will no longer be unattainable or too pricey.

“This year’s show will satisfy the needs of every consumer, as we have invited every world-leading brand to bring with them the most up-to-date products. Also, the prices are very competitive, with all kinds of installments available,” Yen said.

The exhibition will serve as the benchmark for the latest trends in the 3C industry (computer, communications and consumer electronics) and a gauge of the industry’s prospects, Yen added.

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