FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--From March 10 to 14, 2014, 66 exhibitors from Hong Kong will be represented in Hanover at the world’s largest trade fair for information technology. Thereof, 23 companies will be presenting their products on the joint stands organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) in halls 13 (C15) and 17 (F26). Products being exhibited range from data security software, 3D printers and gaming consoles to memory cards and hard discs.
The online platform and database Asia IP Exchange (AsiaIPEX), which is developed and managed by HKTDC, is being presented for the first time at a German trade fair. Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the assets of a company that has to be treated with just as much care and attention as investments or shareholders’ equity. AsiaIPEX can be used free of charge and has the objective of networking and supporting players and trade in the global IP business.
To date, AsiaIPEX has alliances with strategic partners in America, Europe and Asia, including the Chinese mainland plus local partners such as R&D centres and universities. Currently, more than 20,000 tradable IP services are registered with AsiaIPEX.
As the demand for traditional IT products such as desktop computers and notebooks is in decline, Hong Kong’s IT industry is focussing increasingly on technological enhancements. The continuing popularity of smartphones and tablets, as well as the corresponding accessories, are helping to shape future development. This also applies for the trend towards intelligent networking in buildings. “Wearable Computing” is also on the advance, whether as smart bands, smart watches and cyber glasses or clothing with integrated electronic devices.
In this way, Hong Kong’s electronics industry was able to grow in 2013. Exports of electronic articles rose by around seven per cent to USD 270 billion. The main sales markets were China, the USA, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Imports into Hong Kong amounted to USD 281 billion, an increase of 5.9 per cent.
Exports of information technology during the same period decreased by 3.5 per cent to around USD 53 billion. Main customer countries were China, the USA, Japan, Thailand and Germany. Imports were down on the previous year by 2.2 per cent (USD 51.4 billion).