Intermach 2018 shines a spotlight on Smart Factory
May 22, 2018

The 35th Edition of Intermach, which takes place at BITEC this year, showcases ‘Smart Factory’ and the automatic production process without human labour involved. The ASEAN’s largest Industrial Machinery Exhibition is expected to generate more than 10,000 million baht of the trade value.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said that the Intermach 2018 reflects upon TCEB’s policy that places a focus on the conference and exhibition events that feature benefits which in line with the country's development strategy. The Intermach 2018 takes place during 16-19 May 2018 at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

For the 35th edition of Intermach, TCEB collaborates with UBM Asia (Thailand) Co Ltd - the organiser of the event, by providing support for two main campaigns namely ‘Exhibiz in Market’ and ‘Connect Businesses’. The support covered full ranges of overseas marketing activities for the international exhibition which include attracting organisations and overseas governments to exhibit their pavilions as well as drawing potential buyers to join the event.

From the cooperation, it is expected that the event attracts more than 45,000 attendees and generate up to 12,000 million baht of the trade value. In this year, TCEB successfully draws organisations and public sector from the overseas countries to exhibit the pavilions at the show giving the increase of the total exhibition space to 38,000 square meters. Last year, the event attracted 43,000 attendees with 600 companies from all continents.

Mr. Sanchai Noombunnam, Deputy Managing Director of UBM Asia (Thailand) Co.,Ltd., said that the Intermach 2018 showcases the latest technology of industrial machinery covering a wide variety of manufacturing industries including automotive, electronics, construction, medical devices, furniture and agriculture. The show is considered as the significant platform for the industrial entrepreneurs to maximise their productivity. This year, the event is organised under the theme ‘Redefining Manufacturing through Advanced Technology’, which demonstrates the ‘SMART Factory Showcase’. It highlights the application of technology and automatic production process of which the machinery is operated and controlled via the Internet and without human labour involved. The show includes the demonstration of real production through the production line with various machines such as robotic arms, folding machine, machining centre, metal lathe, and measurement, which all are interoperated by software systems. The demonstration of this advanced technology is considered as the first of its kind in ASEAN.

The Intermach has been organised continuously and proven its success over the past years. The exhibition comes to its 35th edition in this year and continues to deliver the comprehensive business success. In this year, the show is organised in-conjunction with MTA2018 – the International Precision Engineering, Machine Tool and Metalworking Exhibition & Conference. By having the MTA2018 under the same roof, it emphasis the position of Intermach 2018 as the ASEAN’s largest Industrial Machinery and Subcontracting Exhibition.

“By proving supports to the Intermach 2018, TCEB’s objectives are not only to sustain the existing markets or expand new markets to increase the numbers of international exhibitions in Thailand but to secure the position of Thailand with the highest record of Net Exhibit Space Sold in ASEAN. Also, the Intermach is recognised as a significant platform which can further generate economic value for Thailand. It is expected that this year, the trade value at the Intermach will reach 12,000 million baht and attracts 45,000 international attendees from overseas countries,” said Mr. Chiruit.


For further information, please contact: Corporate Communications Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

Ms Parichat Svetasreni Tel: +66 2 694 6009 Email:
Ms Paniyada Mulalin Tel: +66 2 694 6091 Email:

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ARCOlisboa strengthens its global recognition
May 22, 2018

The fair, which closed its third edition yesterday with a positive sales outcome, has welcomed around 11,000 visitors, and stands out for its quality and the level of the artistic programmes and galleries.

The city and its institutions have bent over backwards for yet another year with events and exhibitions in its main museums, galleries and collection venues.

Lisbon, 21st May 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- ARCOlisboa 2018, organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, closed the doors on its 3rd edition, securing itself as a huge international meeting point for Portuguese contemporary art and exceeding the overall number of 11,000 visitors, standing out for the high level of the content at the fair, as well as a high-quality public, which has translated into bigger sales and the consolidation of its global recognition.

The interest aroused by the artistic proposals from the 72 participating galleries, located in the historical space in the Cordoaria Nacional, along with the social and cultural programme of the city, has been the best way to attract prominent collectors and international professionals, as well as representatives from institutions such as the San Diego Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum –Miami-; the Guggenheim Museum –Bilbao-; the MALBA -Buenos Aires-; the Palais in Tokyo –París-; the Parasol Unit –London-; the Jeu de Paumme –París-, and the Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Genève.

So, ARCOlisboa closes its third edition with a very positive outcome. Despite not having official sales figures, the optimism of the galleries and the satisfaction of collectors and institutions have verified it since the first day, as they have closed multiple purchases. Amongst others, the purchases include those made by Lisbon City Council for the Contemporary Art Hub of the Lisbon City Council, which has acquired works by Henrique Pavão (Uma Lulik Gallery); Marta Soares and Mariana Silva (Francisco Fino Gallery); Maria José Cavaco (Fonseca Macedo Gallery); Francisco Tropa and Hugo Canoilas (Quadrado Azul Gallery); Carla Filipe (Nuno Centeno Gallery); Mafalda Santos (Presença Gallery); Miguel Branco (Pedro Cera Gallery); Rui Calçada Bastos (Bruno Múrias Gallery); Rita Ferreira and Tiago Baptista (3+1 Gallery); Bruno Cidra (Baginski Gallery); André Cepeda (Cristina Guerra Gallery) and Nuno Nunes-Ferreira (Juan Siló Gallery).

Likewise, the Helga de Alvear Foundation has acquired a work by Mario Merz and JuliãoSarmento (Giorgio Persano) and Gil Heitor Cortesão (Pedro Cera), and the Serralves Foundation confirms that it will incorporate different pieces acquired at the fair into its funds.

ARCOlisboa has presented the Opening Prize award for the first time, which went to the Polish gallery BWA Warszawa, with its headquarters in Warsaw. This accolade awards the best stand in the exhibition space provided by the fair.

The commitment from the city has equally contributed to this outcome, which has celebrated ARCOlisboa all over it. The main contemporary art agents in Lisbon have added to this enthusiasm, not only the galleries, artists and institutions, but also the collectors have offered up meetings, sharing their collections with the guests at the fair.

Institutional support
For yet another year, the huge support for the fair from the Portuguese institutions standard out, with the presence of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the opening event, as well as the Secretary of State for Culture, Miguel Honrado, and the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, as well as different authorities and personalities from the public and business arenas of the country. On his part, the Ambassador of Spain in Portugal, Eduardo Gutiérrez Sáenz de Buruaga, has also been present, as well as the highest representatives of IFEMA, Clemente González Soler, President of the Executive Committee, and Eduardo López-Puertas, Managing Director.

Some evaluations
The evaluation of ARCOlisboa in general has been positive. From Carreras Mugica they state that "the fair has been a success and the visitors very interesting. We have welcomed buyers from the USA, Belgium, France, Brazil, Spain, as well as a high-level public from Portugal. And we have sold works by all the artists that we have brought." For Pedro Cera "it has been an edition with an amazing flow of visitors and in qualitative terms. The fair has more and more foreign collectors, as it is also very good news to see that Portuguese collectors are back on the market".

AtUma Lulik they confirm that "it is very important for such a huge project to have been launched in Portugal. It has been a very interesting fair which has brought together a lot of collectors. We are really satisfied in terms of sales since the first day". Along the same line, from Cristina Guerra they state that "this year we have noticed a lot of interesting public who are more interested. There are also some big collectors very focused on the fair". AndBruno Múrias remarks that "there have been more visitors from other countries like the USA, Canada, Australia and collectors coming from France or Belgium, for instance. We have made more contacts with professionals which has generated a higher level of sales". On his part, Francisco Fino shows his satisfaction and confirms that "our second year is working very well, having surpassed all expectations regarding both the business transactions at the fair as well as the actual gallery with the activity generated by ARCO. We also see a huge investment in groups of collectors and a good turnout every day".

ARCOlisboa, a fair organised by IFEMA and Lisbon City Council, which boasts the institutional support of the Portuguese Republic Government; the General Art Directorate; EGEAC; the Navy; the Portuguese Tourism Board; the Lisbon Tourism Board, the sponsorship of the EDP Foundation, and with the collaboration of Café Pessoa will start to work on ARCOlisboa 2019.


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Strong programme raises profile of The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference
May 22, 2018

Dubai, UAE: 20th May 2018: The programme for the fourth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which will take place on November 6th 2018 at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort, is set to be the strongest yet.

The theme of the event will be: “Converting greater optimism into sustainable trade growth”, which is highly topical and builds on the discussions that took place at last year’s event.

Clive Woodbridge, Editor and Conference Chairman, says, “There is a growing consensus that markets in many different segments of the shipping business are improving. Making the right decisions now as we hit the upturn will be crucial and this Conference is perfectly timed to signpost the way forward.”

The popular one day event is expected to attract over 150 senior executives from across the shipping, ports, finance, banking, trade and legal sectors, who will gather to debate and discuss the key issues and challenges facing the industry. In particular the conference aims to encourage dialogue and cooperation between the various sectors to achieve sustainable growth within the regional shipping and ports businesses, as well as an overall increase in trade activity.

Abu Dhabi Ports is a strong supporter of the Ship Finance and Trade Conference and believes the event is in a tremendous position to add value within the region. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive, says, “We are very excited to be hosting The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference once again in Abu Dhabi. This conference brings together banks, financial institutions and shipping companies under the same roof and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East & Indian Subcontinent. I would encourage any business active in the shipping, ports and maritime sectors, as well as the financial world, to support, participate and attend this important conference.”

The event will kick-off with keynote presentations from renowned business and political leaders. There will then follow distinct conference sessions that will tackle topical themes. The main session in the morning will look at investing in infrastructure delivery, with a view towards unlocking trade potential. Topics that will be addressed include port investments in the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka, as well as the need to invest to capitalise on China’s New Silk Road and One Belt programmes.

Session 2 will look at the future of ship finance, and the implications of change in this sector for the shipping business in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Topics will include an assessment of alternative lending platforms, merger and acquisition activity and the requirements of the shipping industry from financial sector.

The third and last session will assess how best to support regional trade development. This will include case studies from the UAE commodity markets, maritime law issues, environmentally inspired investments and the development of new trade-supporting financial products.

Trevor Pereira, managing director of The Maritime Standard, says, “We are delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi to hold this conference for the fourth time. The programme is an exciting and challenging one, with plenty to engage all sectors of the business. Our aim is to provide something that really sets it apart from other conferences in this sector and we are confident that we can achieve this goal.”

A top quality panel of expert speakers is being lined up by The Maritime Standard, and will include representatives from leading ship owners and managers, port operators, trade organisations, brokers and analysts, law firms and financiers.

The event has also secured sponsorship support from a number of top maritime companies and organisations, including Abu Dhabi Ports as the host sponsor, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, Dubai Trading Agency, Bestar Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, International Shipping and Logistics FZE, ADNOC Logistics & Services, Dubai Maritime City and Sharjah Ports Authority.

The event is endorsed by The Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime. Supporting Associations for the event include: UAE Shipping Association (UAESA), The Organisation of Islamic Shipowners’ Association (OISA), The Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI); Dubai Ship Agents Association (DSAA); Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents (FONASBA); Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers; Nautical Institute; Indian National Shipowner’s Association (INSA); Pakistan Ship Agents Association (PSAA), Jordan Shipping Association, Supply Chain & Logistics Group, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) and the Baltic Ports Organisation.

The TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference is certain to generate a high level of interest and places are strictly limited. For more information about how to register go to:

Photo caption / (from left to right) Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard; H.E. Dr. Ali Obaid Al Yabhouni, UAE Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; Abdulkareem Al Masabi, ADNOC Logistics & Services; H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, FTA; Khamis Juma Buamim, Gulf Navigation Holding


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International Experts Discussed Urban Transformation Through Art at SIAC in Shanghai
May 21, 2018

SHANGHAI, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The forum on "Urban Transformation Through Art", co-hosted by SAFA (Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University), Baowu Steel Group, TICCIH (The International Committee for Conservation of Industrial Heritage) and LIHC (League on Industrial Heritage in China), and organized by SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) Research Institute, is not a one-time idea platform to present a big project to transform Bao Steel's industrial heritage into an art city. The project is going to be an important test case in China where they have abundant industrial heritage resources today.

The two-day forum (May 11-12) continues to be heard after the event because of its size, the reputation of the speakers, and the importance of the theme. SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) attracted the attention of the public because of the importance of converting the industrial heritage of key industries such as Bao Steel into an art city.

Prof. Hang Jian, China Academy of Art, spoke about 100,000 ambitious heritage conservation plans currently under way by Chinese government, which includes regenerating the industrial heritage as well as conservation plans for traditional Chinese rural areas and their way of life. China has more than 5,000 years of history but the experience of industrialization is only 160 years.

On the first day, participants visited the industrial heritage site of Bao Steel and felt the sweat that workers poured for the prosperity and industrialization of China. One of the participants suggested that Bao Steel's industrial heritage should be permanently preserved as a sacred work site through minimal restoration.

The forum was divided into four different research topics under the main title "Urban Transformation through Art", a subject suggestive redevelopment of industrial heritage. The forum also discussed rejuvenation plans that utilize arts and how to revitalize industrial heritage through architecture and urban planning.

Summary of the discussion

1. A museum is not just a place for exhibition and a temple of collections but a platform for the public to relate, participate and suggest their active opinions. The audience today are not passive visitors to be educated by professionals of institutions but an opinionated neighbor. Museums should transfer their ownership to the audience.

2. Relative success stories of industrial rejuvenation have been introduced in the west and in China. Orsay Museum in Paris from train station, Venice Biennale Arsenale Exhibition Space refurbished from shipbuilding and ship-fixing space, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin from Berlin train-station, Wiels Contemporary art center in Belgium, etc. In China, Chin Pagoda and Hangzhou Pagoda were also introduced by Stephen Hughes, secretary general of TICCIH. But unagreeable industrial rejuvenation cases have not been introduced. Success stories vary and are debatable. Failure cases are all varied and debatable as well.

3. Why are most success stories of Industrial Heritages transformation focused on art museums, art centers or art-oriented facilities? Is art so important? Is art a victim? Is it simply because making art-related spaces is cheap? Is art casual, easy or at stake? Why not architecture?

4. Industrial Heritage Rejuvenation should be able to preserve not only memory of the process of conservation but also of the history of users. Industrial heritage regeneration is understood as a surgery or demolition of buildings. But it could be a nutritional injection and reconnection to the history.

5. SIAC (Shanghai International Art City) shouldn't be a city of tourism with art. Art city is not a tourist city that uses art, but the quality of the city is more important. Quality is a guarantee of life.

6. Rejuvenation is about reusing. It is like two sticks which are called chopsticks, not a single chopstick, which is almost useless. Art is like Chinese chopsticks. Baowu heritage site is 26 square kilometers but in reality, there are 230 square kilometer sites in Shanghai that need to be rejuvenated.

7. The relationship between art and rejuvenation of city is not inevitable and conclusive. Is it because art is cheaper than any other medium? Urban Transformation Through Art? Why not through architecture?

8. Community culture needs to be related to the SIAC context. Eva Franch i Gilabert said that she doesn't work with business models in her architectural practice but an idea model. It alludes to the future of SIAC.

9. The difference of value and capital are crucial matters that need to be reconsidered in the field of art given recent environments.

10. Why do we pay attention to the legacy of the past? What is the role of heritage? What about living heritage? Energy of creating space and energy of memory go together.

11. SIAC should also be a city for education for future generations.

12. Academic Director of the forum, Yongwoo Lee, said in a conclusive comment "we make a house but the house shapes us. We don't seem to think that the city we create shapes the framework of our actions, habits and values."

Source: Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts

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National Design Centre Singapore Hosts the Premier Forum of Designers in Southeast Asia
May 21, 2018

3 Design Gurus from Singapore and Taiwan in the Spotlight: Peter Tay, Kimming Yap, and Mark Stocker

Taipei, TAIWAN --( ASIA TODAY )-- Heading to Singapore for the very first time, Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon stages hard talks in English with three design gurus from Singapore and Taiwan. The headline speakers include celebrity interior designer Peter Tay, Creativeans’ Kimming Yap, and DDG’s Mark Stocker. The event takes place at the National Design Centre on the evening of May 31. Entry is free, but seating is limited so be quick to register!

The 27th Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon executive organizer is Design Business Chamber Singapore, supported by DesignSingapore Council. Between 2015 and 2017, the Salon series toured Kuala Lumpur as well as 18 cities in China and the surrounding region including Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei. To date, the Salon has brought more than 80 of Asia’s most celebrated design professionals onto its stage. The Salon series supports the remit of Design Perspectives, an archive of opinions from design professionals in the Chinese-speaking world. Like the Salon series, the archive is also sponsored by the Golden Pin Design Award.

Introduction to the Speakers
Managing Director of Creativeans, Kimming Yap refers to his interdisciplinary creative consultancy as the Charlie’s Chocolate Factory of creativity. Yap’s talk on Design Thinking to Culture Thinking reflects his company’s cross-cultural base in Singapore, Milan, and Jakarta. His works have been widely published and exhibited at international platforms including Salone del Mobile, London Design Festival, and Singapore Design Week. He serves on the judging panel of Singapore Prestige Brand Award, and in 2017 he co-authored the book ‘Are You Brand Dead?’

Mark Stocker delivers a talk on Observations at the Crossroads of Culture, Design, and Brand. He is Managing Director of DDG, a Taipei and Shanghai-based brand consultancy that combines insightful strategy with inspiring design and communications. DDG has been recognized for its work across a variety of industries, and it is known as a pioneer in the field of rebrand; winner of the 2018 REBRAND 100® Global Award. Over the past twenty years, Stocker has crafted brand strategies for clients in consumer electronics, hospitality, retail, and sporting goods sectors. He also leads the DDG team responsible for public relations and marketing of the Golden Pin Design Award. Consultant for Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau, the Taiwan External Trade and Development Council, and the National Palace Museum, in addition he often serves as a judge at leading international design competitions, including the 2017 iF Taipei Cycle Design and Innovation Award.

Celebrity interior designer Peter Tay speaks about the Power of Design that has propelled his career. Upon his graduation from the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2000, he worked with several leading contemporary architects before starting his own practice in 2001. In 2014, he participated in the ‘Time-Space-Existence’ exhibition at Palazzo Bembo in the Venice Biennale, and in the same year he won Designer of the Year at the President's Design Awards. His portfolio of high-profiled residential and commercial projects boasts a star-studded patronage of A-list clients including Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, Singaporean singer-songwriter Stephanie Sun, Singaporean actress Zoe Tay, and singer-songwriter Wang Leehom. He has worked on boutiques and showrooms for Richard Mille, Manolo Blahnik, Armani Casa, Louis Poulsen, Maxalto (Space Showroom), as well as show flats for SC Global.

Design Perspectives x Golden Pin Salon is organized by the Golden Pin Design Award and Taiwan Design Center. The Executive Organizer for this event is Design Business Chamber Singapore, supported by DesignSingapore Council. The host venue is the National Design Centre and the official media partner is Portfolio magazine.

Event Info
Date: May 31, 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm - 9pm (Registration begins at 6.30pm, light refreshments will be served)
Venue: National Design Centre, 111 Middle Road, Level 2 Auditorium, Singapore 188969
Admission: Free
Telephone: +65 6909 2717

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ADB Seminar Considers Challenge of Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia
May 20, 2018

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar.

“Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila, Philippines. “Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social safety net will be well positioned to take advantage of change that new technologies will bring to the region.”

The seminar “Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia” had as panelists Philippines Finance Secretary Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Indonesia Finance Minister Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Japan Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso, and Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, and Communications Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. They shared experiences and issues from their countries’ perspectives.

According to the theme chapter of ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2018, despite concerns that new technologies and automation could lead to widespread job losses, there are four reasons for optimism about developing Asia’s job prospects.

First, despite the growing use of industrial robots in the region, new technologies often automate some tasks of a job, not the whole job.

Second, automation takes place only where it is both technically and economically feasible, and it has so far been concentrated in the region’s capital-intensive manufacturing with relatively low employment levels.

Third, empirical evidence from developing Asia shows that jobs created by rising domestic demand more than compensate for job losses due to technological advances. This job creation will likely continue as a growing middle class consumes more and better goods and services.

Fourth, technological advances and rising incomes will lead to new occupations and industries, further offsetting labor displacement due to automation.

Nonetheless, new technologies will alter the composition of skills needed by the workforce, panelists said. They may lead to more frequent unemployment and lower wage growth for less skilled workers who engage in manual and routine tasks, widening income inequality.

Governments can respond by ensuring workers are protected from these negative effects. This will require policy actions on education and skills development, labor regulation, social protection, and income distribution. Also, government support for new technologies must benefit people and protect their rights and privacy, panelists agreed.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Over 300 Companies Participated in the 15th China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show (CVS)
May 18, 2018

SHANGHAI, May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 26, 2018, Asia's largest vending show, China International Self-service Products and Vending Systems (CVS) 2018 was launched in Shanghai. The exhibitions were co-organized by the China Self-service Vending Industry Association and UBM Sinoexpo Ltd.

Concurrently, Shanghai International Smart Retail Show (SRS) also opened at Shanghai New International Expo Center. Both Mr. Zhang Jiang, Secretary General of the China Self-service Vending Industry Branch of China Department Stores Association, and Mr. Zhang Xueqiang, General Manager of UBM Sinoexpo Ltd., spoke at the grand opening ceremony.

Brands Coalesced at CVS and SRS

CVS has experienced 15 successful runs, and is the most recognized fair in the self-service and new retail industry. It's the most representative of what's trending in the industry, and is the bellwether in star-building and cross-border integration platforms. CVS and SRS 2018 attracted more than 300 exhibitors in 15,000 square meters of exhibition space, and hosted more than 20,000 professional visitors. Well-known corporate brands were present, but the exhibition also gathered many industry rookies as vendors.

CVS Makes a Giant Leap with Quality of Exhibitors and Products

Industry leaders brought game-changing exhibits: Youbao created a modern technology experiential shop highlighting the future of intelligent self-service consumption; Shanghai Ju'ang focused on building the latest research and development products; VingooJuice's tribal smart intellectual convenience store - the X-24 smart retail space; Shanghai Yongguan, China's number one commercial device manufacturer, exhibited smart self-help clearing trolleys (LIFI technology), smart stores (face recognition and RFID), and smart self-service vending machine (mechanical visual product identification).

Innovative workshops were held to present new retail visual solutions, self-service shopping solutions for retail shelving, retail cabinet inventory solutions, and more. Furthermore, Shanghai Renji and Jingpin Hi-Tech were on site as exhibitors of overall solution providers for vending machines.

High-end summit: experts presented opportunities and challenges in the industry

The summit on April 26th attracted academics, practical schools, capitalists, Dalat platforms, academic institutions represented by Peking University's HSBC School of Business, Langran Capital Capital Partners represented by China Merchants Securities, Focus Media represented by the media, Tencent Cloud represented by the Practical School, Suning Tesco, Innovation Factory, Joy City Real Estate Co., Ltd., and Iraqi Company. In total, more than 1,000 participants were privy to discussions regarding trends in smart retail, as well as case studies.

On April 27th, the China Department Stores Association, the Vending Industry Branch, the American Vending Machine Association, the Japan Vending Machine Association, Dalian Fuji Bingshan, VingooJuice, the Franchise Retailing Business School of Hisense, Haier, City BOX, Hahabianli and other companies gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the vending machine industry. The summit also received strong support from companies such as Dalian Kelvin and Hangzhou Yile.

Looking Forward

CVS aims to support young business and startups, to act on opportunities for partners, and to move forward in innovation and development. CVS is dedicated to building the frontline information for industry experts and elites at home and abroad, and to explore platforms for industry trends. Join us in our future endeavors:

  • On April 26-28, 2019, the 16th China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show (CVS) and the Shanghai International Smart Retail Show (SRS) will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.
  • In late October 2019, the 17th China International Self-service, Kiosk and Vending Show (CVS) and Shenzhen International Smart Retail Show (SZRS) will make its debut in Shenzhen.
  • Source: UBM Sinoexpo

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    Record 18,300+ Visitors Attend 10th Entrepreneur Day
    May 18, 2018

    18 May 2018 – A record turnout of more than 18,300 visitors attended the 10th Entrepreneur Day, which concluded its two-day run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) today. The number represented a four per cent increase from last year. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the event hosted a record 276 exhibitors, showcasing a range of innovative products and technologies as well as support services for start-ups. A series of on-site activities were organised to help start-ups seek funding, expand their business, recruit talent and solve problems. These included seminars, pitching sessions, Start-up Clinic consultations, as well as Start-up Mixer “speed dating” meetings between start-ups and experts in various sectors.

    Nurturing young entrepreneurs

    A key highlight of Entrepreneur Day 2018 was today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final, the final contest of the HKTDC’s new “Start-up Express” incubation programme. Launched in March this year, Start-up Express aims to help start-ups expand globally by connecting them with investors, buyers and potential partners from different parts of the world, through exhibitions, overseas business missions and other activities. Participants are selected through a competition that culminates in the Start-up Express Pitching Final. In this year’s inaugural edition, 20 finalists were shortlisted from 100 entrants.

    Today’s Start-up Express Pitching Final was preluded by a Teenage Entrepreneur Pitching session, during which Hilary Yip, the 13-year-old founder of start-up MinorMyna, pitched her business ideas to HKTDC Chairman Vincent HS Lo. She also shared her source of inspiration and story as an entrepreneur. “My business is an online educational platform that helps children of all ages pick up another language by chatting via live video calls with children their own age [in other countries]. My original intention was to help people to learn. But if it’s popular, I think it will make money, just like Facebook,” she said.

    Mr Lo said: “Youth are the future of Hong Kong. It’s very important to nurture them and create opportunities for them, as they will be driving force of the city’s economic development.”

    Start-up Express winners

    The Start-up Express Pitching Final yielded 10 winners – Dragon Creative Enterprise Solution Limited, RainsOptics Limited, Film Players Limited, Koofy Development Limited, Walnut Technology Limited, Mamahelpers Limited, 3DK Tech Limited, Farseer Limited, Lecker Labs Limited, Hong Kong Wowwoo Catering Services Limited.

    Each of them is entitled to participate, free of charge, in a series of major local and overseas activities, worth about HK$160,000, that will help them build their networks and expand their business. The activities include a business mission to the Guangdong Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area and visits to major trade fairs around the world. Business leaders, including Mr Lo; Victor Fung, Group Chairman of Fung Group; Neil Shen, Founding and Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China; and Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group will share their experiences with the winners during a series of power meet-ups. NiCubator, a project set up by actor and entrepreneur Nicholas Tse, may also provide the winners with promotion opportunities.

    The contest’s Head Judge Antony Leung, also Chairman and CEO of Nan Fung Group, said:
    “The quality [of the contestants] is very good. I’m interested to invest many of them. It also shows that Hong Kong’s ecology and environment for start-ups is getting better and better.” Other judges included Jonathan Lee, Director of Karting Empire; Derek Yeung, co-founder of Chef Nic Holdings Ltd, Duncan Chiu, CEO and co-founder of Radiant Venture Capital; Erica Ma, co-founder and Community Advisor of Cocoon, Lap Man, co-founder and Managing Partner of Beyond Ventures; and Chen Guanhua, co-founder of the HKX.

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    The 28th edition of Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is about to open its doors!
    May 18, 2018

    TOKYO --( ASIA TODAY )-- Japan’s leading high-end interior and design fair, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, opens in just a few days’ time. The fair will run from 30 May – 1 June 2018 at Tokyo Big Sight West halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and the Atrium. The show maintains its reputation as one of the best B2B platforms for the autumn / winter and year-end sales seasons, in the fields of interior and design.

    At the coming 28th edition, 811 exhibitors (Japan: 616, Overseas: 195) from 30 countries and regions will showcase a variety of interior design products across 13 zones: Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’, ACCENT, EVERYDAY, FOODIST, GLOBAL, HOME, JAPAN STYLE, KITCHEN LIFE, MOVEMENT, NEXT, TALENTS, NORDIC LIFESTYLE and JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poissons.

    In the past few years, the product range at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo has extended from interior items to include apparel, jewellery, arts & crafts, and high-end home electronics and food. This is reflective of the current market trends taking place, whereby concept shops are becoming more and more widespread. The wider product portfolio exhibiting at the show also suggests that Interior Lifestyle Tokyo is recognised as an indispensable destination to expand business in various industries including interior products, art, fashion, food and home electronics.

    Special zones including the popular Atrium highlight ‘For Here or To Go’ to feature a wide array of attractive products

    Atrium highlight: ‘For Here or To Go’

    The 2018 theme of the Atrium highlight will be ‘For Here or To Go’ – a familiar phrase heard at coffee shops and fast food shops. At the zone, buyers have the option of placing an order at the venue (For Here) or to take an offer away for further consideration and place an order later (To Go). Collaborating director Mr Yu Yamada is one of the well-known and experienced buyers in the design market in Japan. After working as a buyer for IDEE SHOP in Minami-Aoyama, he founded his own company ‘method’ in 2017, and began working as a freelance buyer shortly afterwards. Based on his buying experience, he designed the Atrium presentation including its booth layouts and fascia boards, which aim to facilitate communication between exhibitors and visitors. At the entrance, a special themed café and a pop-up office designed by method will serve as business meeting spots. Mr Yamada will also conduct a complementary live talk once a day on the stage at the Lifestyle Salon, located at West Hall 1. Buyers and creative directors from leading interior and concept shops in Tokyo can join the sessions to discuss their buying perspectives and sourcing criteria.


    Products in the JAPAN STYLE zone will demonstrate the fusion of modern lifestyle and traditional craftsmanship. The area was originally presented at Ambiente to promote high-quality Japanese design and skillsets internationally, and has since been developed at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living. Among other highlights at the 2018 edition, KORAI / HULS Inc will present a new brand of tea sets designed by Ms Shizuka Tatsuno together with Japanese craft manufactures.


    This zone is dedicated solely to Scandinavian design, which is loved by many people around the world, the Japanese being no exception. This year, LIVING MOTIF will exhibit for the first time at the fair and introduce the simple and stylish Swedish furniture brand, MASTERPRODUCTIONS. Meanwhile, Apex Co Ltd will showcase various brands including Menu, LOVI and LUMI from Finland.


    Given that food is an integral part of life, specialty stores have been expanding their space for well-designed packaged food in recent years. Reflecting this and other related trends, the FOODIST zone will showcase an array of products that are perfect as gifts and displays. For example, renowned Susumuya teashop will be presenting its select tea varieties and blends and original teapots, to match modern lifestyles and interiors. This year, the zone is expanded to feature 23 companies with nearly half of the participants as long-term supporters.


    Interior Lifestyle Tokyo prides itself on its international participants and brands. This year, exhibitors from countries and regions around the world will include: Austria, Bangladesh, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK and the US. Over 16 exhibitors will also gather at the ‘ITALIAN PAVILION – Italian Lifestyle in Japan’ to showcase a wide array of products including home accessories, kitchenware, gift items and furniture with rich design and craftsmanship.


    TALENTS and NEXT are zones that support young talents. The concept was also brought from Ambiente in order to give new and upcoming talents a chance to present their ideas to trade show visitors. At TALENTS, visitors can expect to find a number of different prototype designs. At NEXT, new design ideas produced by young energetic companies will be presented.

    JEWELRY-selected by gallery deux poisson A must-see is the unique jewelry selected by Tomohiko Mori of Gallery de Poisson, also the director of the "New Jewelry" event held at several place in Tokyo, focusing on design and handicraft and the sale of new and creative jewelry.

    Interior Lifestyle Awards and talk show programme ‘Lifestyle Salon’ to complement the show as a trend-setting business platform The fringe programme events laid on during Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will include a number of talks, lectures and an award ceremony which will provide participants with the most relevant industry information.

    The Interior Lifestyle Awards will consist of two prizes: the Young Designer Award and the Best Buyer’s Choice. Every year, the winner of the Young Designer Award is selected from the participants of TALENTS and will receive the chance to exhibit at the TALENTS zone in Ambiente, which gathered 135,000 international visitors in February 2018. Meanwhile, the Best Buyer’s Choice will be awarded to the must-buy item among all the products at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, and will be selected by prominent industry buyers. This will be presented by Mr Kenji Ono, Merchandise General Manager of THE CONRAN SHOP JAPAN, a leading high-end interior shop based in Tokyo. Both awards will be announced on the first day of the show on the stage in West Hall 1 on 30 May at 2:00 pm.

    LIFESTYLE SALON is a series of talk shows presented by experts discussing the latest developments in the fields of interior and design.

    Ambiente Trends 2018 will present the trends in consumer goods. The talks will be held by the trend bureau stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano.

    Programme schedule
    Ambiente Trends 2018
    Wed 30 May /Thu 31 May 12:15 – 13:15
    Fri 1 June 12:00 – 13:00
    Speaker: Ms Annetta Palmisano, stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano
    Language: English / Japanese

    Design & Buying: Success stories across different retail forms Thu 31 May 10:30 –11:30
    Speakers: Mr Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising, MoMA Design Store, New York, USA
    Ms Cecilia Chizzali, Product Director, Coincasa, Venice, Italy
    Ms Monica Somaruga, Business Partner, Amleto Missaglia, Milan, Italy
    Moderator: Ms Yasuko Natsume, Lepre

    About Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
    Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and its sister fair IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living are held every summer and autumn respectively at Tokyo Big Sight. The two fairs are based on two of Messe Frankfurt’s most prominent annual fairs in Frankfurt, Germany, Ambiente and Heimtextil. Ambiente is the world’s most important consumer goods fair held every February and Heimtextil is the world’s leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles held every January.

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    Masters at Formex
    May 17, 2018

    The Formex interior design fair that will be held on August 20-24 will have a special focus on craftsmanship “Masters at Formex” is a new cooperation between Formex, the National Crafts Council and the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies. The cooperation will be presented in an exhibition and a workshop.

    “One of the strongest trends we are seeing now is craftsmanship. Unique collaborations and that we value knowledge and quality from a sustainability perspective will be highlighted through skilled craftsmen, and we would like to add some extra emphasis to this at the fair in August. Sweden has an incredible wealth of knowledge that we must foster, and we want to display expert craftsmanship from across the country,” says Christina Olsson, Project Area Manager at Formex.

    Stefan Andersson is one of the masters who will be at Formex. Stefan has held ceramics exhibitions all over the world, and he works, among other things, with the production of ceramic goods for restaurants, including Frantzéns, Sweden’s only restaurant to receive three stars in the Michelin Guide. He will be joined by five other masters and journeymen to display examples of craftsmanship within the areas of woodcarving, hand weaving, embroidery, pottery and photography. The masters that will participate are Karl Sjögren, woodcarver; Arianna Funk, weaver; Katarina Evans, embroiderer; Stefan Andersson, potter; Erica Petersdotter, photographer; and Lena Lee, photographer. The masters and journeymen will visit the exhibition area to talk about their work, and visitors will be offered a hands-on experience.

    The editor of the magazine, Hemslöjd, will interview the masters and journeymen from the exhibition on stage. The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies (Hemslöjden) and the National Crafts Council (Hantverksrådet) will also participate in the on-stage discussions, which will touch on topics such as:

    What brings people to pursue a career as a craftsman today? What are the challenges?

    Why should a person become a journeyman? Why should someone employ a master?

    For more information, please visit or contact:

    Christina Olsson
    +46 8 749 44 28

    Lotta Ahlvar
    +46 8 749 41 52

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