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Huge consumer tech fair opens to crowds in Taipei

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s largest consumer electronics show, featuring new products and technologies from companies, government agencies and research institutes, launched into a month-long run in Taipei yesterday.

The ICT Month fair brings together more than 350 exhibitors from home and abroad in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry every year, creating business opportunities worth more than NT$10 billion (US$331 million), according to the Taipei Computer Association (台北市電腦公會), which is organizing the event.

“During the one-month period, the fair also brings the latest technology trends and applications to the more than 2 million people who are expected to attend,” said Raff Liu (劉瑞復), the head of the event’s organizing committee, in his opening remarks.

On the event’s theme this year, “Embracing a Smart Life,” Liu said this refers to how technological developments can improve the quality of life.

“The products at the fair no longer highlight just enhanced efficiency or specifications, but rather focus on user friendliness,” he said.

The annual fair, now in its 31st year, will also be held in Taichung from Dec. 17 to Dec. 22 and in Kaohsiung from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4 after running until Dec. 12 in Taipei.

A total of 350 exhibitors can expect to see their sales during the run in Taipei increase by 20 percent to 30 percent compared to last year’s show, according to the organizer.

The show saw a small increase in the number of opening day visitors this year compared with last year amid the recovering economy.

The annual fair recorded 95,000 visitors on opening day yesterday, up from last year’s opening day tally of 85,000 visitors, the organizer said.

Digital cameras were the biggest sellers, followed by notebook computers and handheld devices such as tablet computers, e-readers and smartphones, the organizer said.

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