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Computex draws record number of international buyers

BIGGEST IN ASIA:Buyers from 162 countries came to the trade show, which plans to add 500 booths next year, 1,000 more in 2013 and build an addition

Staff Writer, with CNA

Computex Taipei 2011, the world’s second-largest computer trade show, closed on Saturday after attracting a record number of international buyers, and will look to expand its exhibition venue in the next three years, the organizer said on Saturday.

Computex Taipei 2011, held from Tuesday to Saturday, drew the participation of 1,800 exhibitors and more than 120,000 visitors, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said.

The five-day show, the biggest of its kind in Asia, was attended by 36,102 international buyers, up 3.1 percent from last year, and generated NT$716.5 billion (US$25 billion) in business, TAITRA said.

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

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

The show highlighted the convergence trend of new technologies, such as tablet computers, electronic readers, smartphones, three dimensional (3D) technology and cloud services, TAITRA executive director Jeremy Horng (洪銘欽) said at a press conference on the final day.

However, venue space was limited. TAITRA was only able to provide 5,300 of the 6,000 booths requested, and with booth demand forecast to hit 7,000 next year, Horng said efforts were underway to provide more space.

Horng said TAITRA was in the process of building an addition to the Nangang Exhibition Hall, set to be completed in 2014, but in the meantime, it hoped to find alternative venues in the area to add 500 booths next year and 1,000 in 2013.

Computex Taipei 2011

‧ 1,800 exhibitors

‧ 120,000 visitors

‧ 36,102 international buyers

‧ US$25 billion in business generated

SOURCE: CNA


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