Eye on Vietnam, The New Electronics Manufacturing Hub
Jan 19, 2019

Major electronics makers are desperately seeking new production bases as the U.S.-China trade war shows no signs of abating. For many, Vietnam is the top choice, with a powerful electronics cluster taking shape in the northern part of the country. We went there to find how what’s happening.

At the beginning of 2007, not long after Vietnam gained accession to the World Trade Organization, Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) Chairman Terry Gou set out from his factory in Shenzhen and drove through Nanning in the Guangxi Autonomous Region to Hanoi in Vietnam. (Read: Terry Gou's Secret Bases)

He wanted to get a firsthand look at a possible cross-border transportation route in anticipation of setting up a Hon Hai assembly line in northern Vietnam, where wages were less than a third of those in Shenzhen. The factory there would be fed parts and components from the company’s plants in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.

At the time, Gou realized that, with the drive from his plant in Shenzhen to Nanning taking 13 hours and the 300-kilometer drive from Nanning to Hanoi taking only six to eight hours, he could ship goods from the Shenzhen facility in the evening and have them in Bac Ninh just west of Hanoi the next morning, ready to be processed.

One person familiar with Hon Hai’s operations described Gou’s thinking behind the strategic move and why he opted against southern Vietnam, where most Taiwanese were investing at the time, saying,

“If it had been southern Vietnam, which was much farther away from China’s supply chain, the timing of the shipments would not have worked.”

Consequently, Hon Hai bought more than 400 hectares of land in Bac Ninh that included space in the future for upstream suppliers in the supply chain. The company’s plans to build a new facility there were temporarily derailed, however, when the global financial crisis undermined the world economy in late 2008.

Twelve years later, though the United States and China have reached a temporary ceasefire in their trade war, Taiwanese electronics manufacturers continue with plans to shift production out of China to avoid punitive American import duties, worried about lingering uncertainty over U.S.-China relations. (Read: Terry Gou’s U.S. Gambit: The Eagle Has Taken Off)

As a result, the electronics connection envisioned by Gou more than a decade ago has blossomed.

Hon Hai now has three factories in the northern Vietnam provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, and leading notebook assembler Compal Electronics is planning to re-launch its facility in Vinh Phuc province, northwest of Hanoi.

Many other businesses and investors have flocked to northern Vietnam over the past three to four months, scouting the area.

One of those that moved in was communications equipment company Wistron NeWeb Corp., which quietly rented a factory from Taiwanese company Mitac Precision Technology Corporation in the Kinh Bac City industrial park in Bac Ninh.

“When you make products for American brands, if you deliver one to two months late, it will affect distribution in the market. Those who were in a rush decided to rent factory space to meet production needs, because buying land, building a plant and ramping up production takes at least a year. They would not have made it in time,” says the general manager of a Taiwanese company that has set up a factory there.

We followed the same route Terry Gou did in 2007, starting from Nanning to experience this new electronics industry artery firsthand and get an understanding of the speed, scale and sustainability of this latest Taiwanese migration tide.

Scene 1: Nanning to Friendship Pass in Pingxiang
Core Hub of the China-Vietnam Electronics Artery

Our vehicle left from Nanning and got on the flat and wide Nanyou Expressway, the major roadway heading toward the major border crossing near Pingxiang.

During the trip, we saw one 45-foot container truck after another scream by a “One Belt One Road” banner.

It took less than three hours to reach the China-Vietnam border – the Friendship Pass in Pingxiang – and line up for immigration and customs procedures to enter Vietnam. Pingxiang is the hub of this 300-kilometer-long electronics artery.

All of the parts and components produced in China’s main electronics clusters in Chongqing, Chengdu, and the Yangtze and Pearl River deltas have to pass through here before being delivered to industrial parks in Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Vinh Phuc about 150 kilometers away to be processed.

“Of all the land bordering checkpoints in China, Pingxiang has the biggest volume of electronics products passing through. Eight hundred cargo trucks a day deliver components to Vietnam, with each container carrying tens of millions of renminbi worth of parts,” says Catch Cheng, the 31-year-old vice general manager of logistics company Guangxi Greating Fortune International Cooperation Logis Co., Ltd.

He has promised one of his customers – Samsung – that components manufactured in the Kunshan area near Shanghai will arrive at Samsung’s factories in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang in “72 hours, without fail,” he says.

A native of Hunan Province, Cheng was stationed by his company in Pingxiang for three years, and he has since married a woman from the minority Zhuang people. He handles about 10,000 containers of electronics parts shipped from China to Vietnam a year, an average of nearly 30 a day.

He said the volume of goods being transported on this major artery is growing about 20 percent a year, and he has seen many companies from Shenzhen set up logistics and trading companies over the past year in the Pingxiang customs building where he has his office.

Scene 2: Friendship Pass to Hanoi
A Different Look in Vietnam

After we drove through the Friendship Pass and entered northern Vietnam, the gap in basic infrastructure between China and Vietnam became immediately apparent.

The high-quality expressway within China’s borders narrowed into a regular two-lane dirt road.. A long line of container trucks seemed to occupy the lane, and intrepid drivers would occasionally veer into the opposite lane to pass a truck or two, often just barely averting direct collisions with oncoming traffic.

Ultimately, it took four hours to cover the roughly 170 kilometers to Hanoi.

When our vehicle arrived at the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park in Bac Ninh, about 30 kilometers from Hanoi, it drove into ALS East Hanoi Joint Stock Co., a customs bonded warehouse exclusively serving the electronics sector. There, 40 people work in shifts around the clock.

The containers of electronics components shipped by Catch Cheng from China are sent to the ALS warehouse and sorted before being reshipped to electronics manufacturers in industrial parks in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang.

“The factory that Foxconn uses to assemble Nokia phones, Fushan Technology, is right next to us, not even five minutes away,” says Tran Do Trong Khanh, ALS East Hanoi’s deputy director, in fluent English.

ALS serves 50 electronics manufacturers who have set up factories in the area, including Foxconn and Samsung. (Read: A Threat to South Korea? Terry Gou’s American Dream)

Compared with the one week it would take to ship the components by sea, trucking goods from Shenzhen, Dongguan or Guangzhou in Guangdong province or even from Xiamen through the Friendship Pass to Bac Ninh, Bac Giang or Vinh Phuc takes only one or at most two days.

That’s roughly the same amount of time required for shipments within China, explaining why northern Vietnam has emerged as a dominant player in the global electronics manufacturing services market, especially as the U.S. and China continue to duke it out.

Translated by Luke Sabatier
Edited by Sharon Tseng

Strong industry support for SILMO Bangkok 2019, ASEAN’s business platform for the optical and eyewear industry
Jan 15, 2019

SILMO Bangkok is returning for the second edition in 2019, to bring a more comprehensive platform to the optical and eyewear industry. The first edition in 2018, SILMO Bangkok welcomed 3,750 local and international trade visitors from 42 countries. SILMO Bangkok has proven to be the trade platform for the optical community in the ASEAN region.

Mr. Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT Exhibition Management Co., Ltd., said “We aim to organize SILMO Bangkok as an annual event in response to the rapid change in fashion trends. This is an opportunity where optical and eyewear industry movers and shakers can explore the latest eyewear collections from various brands; get updated on industry trends; as well as seek new business partnerships. SILMO Bangkok 2019, with the theme, ‘Business Meets Fashion’, will be showcasing over 250 eyewear brands; optical lenses; optometric instruments; equipment and machinery; optical equipment; as well as product and services to operate optical shops and chain stores.”

SILMO Bangkok 2019 will be bringing together more than 4,000 industry players from Thailand, ASEAN+6 and beyond, via a whole host of exciting activities, including:

• SILMO Fashion Show – featuring the latest eyewear collections from global companies and brands;
• The Village - A showcase of boutique designs by designers from around the world;
• SILMO Academy - A knowledge platform where experts from the optical industry will share their expertise;
• SILMO Arena - Learning hub of marketing and sales strategy tailored for optical retailers. Highlights include brand management in the digital era, integrated marketing strategies, visual merchandising; and
• SILMO Cruise Night - The premier networking event of the year, where exhibitors have the opportunity to connect with key dealers and distributors across the region.

SILMO Bangkok 2019 takes place from 5 to 7 June 2019, at IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please visit www.silmobangkok.com

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Sapphire's Subsidiary Awarded EPC Contract of RMB 832 million Related to its Public-Private-Partnership ("PPP") Project in Chengdu
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Jan 15, 2019

SINGAPORE, Jan 15, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - SGX Mainboard-listed Sapphire Corporation Limited ("Sapphire", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an established infrastructure design and construction group in China, is pleased to announce that the Group's 97.6% owned subsidiary, Ranken Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd ("Ranken"), has secured a EPC contract of RMB 832 million related to its PPP project in Chengdu.

On 19 November 2018, the Group announced that Ranken and its consortium partners have secured a PPP project to carry out investment and financing, design, build, operate and transfer works ("DBFOT Works") with the Urban and Rural Coordination Work Bureau of Chengdu Wuhou District for the first phase of Wuhou District, "Liveable River Bank" project in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

The DBFOT Works period of the PPP project is expected to be 15 years, which comprises 2 years of construction as well as the operational/management rights of the building infrastructures along the river bank for a 13-year period.

The scope of work related to the EPC contract includes engineering, procurement and construction works associated with the water environment protection, ecological restoration, flood control measures, building infrastructures and lifestyle amenities of this PPP project.

Recently, as announced on 30 December 2018, Ranken, being one of the consortium parties, has injected RMB 25 million in cash for a 25% equity interest in the PPP's project company, Chengdu Derun Jinlong Environmental Management Co., Ltd. ("CDJ Environmental Management Co."), which is funded through Ranken's internal resources.

The other well-known consortium partners in the PPP project includes Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd., Chengdu Wuhou Industrial Development Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. and Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited have injected their proportionate share of the registered capital and capital reserve in CDJ Environmental Management Co..

Focusing on a broader urban renewal effort to create a greener living environment in Wuhou District, this PPP project involves the design, build, finance and management of ecological restoration, flood control measures and building infrastructures along an 18.68 km embankment along Jiang An River, one of the key waterways in Chengdu.

Two-Prong Business Strategy in the PPP Market Bearing Fruits

Adopting a two-prong business strategy in the PPP market, the Group targets to be a strategic shareholder with the first mover advantage to secure the EPC contract and operations management contract related to the PPP project.

As a testament to the Group's strategy, this EPC contract of RMB 832 million is the largest contract win in recent years. As such, the Group is expected to benefit financially from three components of this PPP project as follows:

a. EPC contract of RMB 832 million during the 2-year construction period;
b. Potential of recurring dividend income arising from Ranken's 25% shareholding in CDJ Environmental Management Co.; and
c. Potential of recurring revenue from the operations management contract of the PPP contract for a 13-year period upon completion of the EPC contract

Commenting on winning the EPC contract of its PPP project, Ms Wang Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire, said, "Recognising that China's burgeoning PPP market presents strong prospects for long term recurring revenue, we have taken the first step as a strategic shareholder with a direct investment into this PPP project in Chengdu together with other well-known consortium partners.

Other than being a shareholder in the PPP project, we also set our sights to secure the EPC component and operational management contracts of our own PPP projects so it will be accretive to our revenue, strengthened our track record, deepen our working relationships with leading industry players in the PPP industry and further mitigate our risks.

Moreover, working together with these leading industry players will be a positive boost to our reputation and operational experience in the water environmental industry, thereby leading to more working opportunities with major industry players in this field.

Besides being a EPC contractor and a strategic shareholder in this PPP project, we also have the opportunity to be the manager of the new recreational amenities, F&B retail and lifestyle concepts along the river bank for a 13-year period, thereby developing our operational experience in this area and creating a new recurring revenue stream for the Group."

Ms Wang added, "With this approach, stakeholders' interests are aligned and provides greater assurance that the PPP project can be completed successfully on time and on budget.

We have also demonstrated that this two-prong business strategy can present us with larger EPC contracts and long-term recurring revenue related to PPP projects with minimal capital commitment."

Established and Well-Known Consortium Partners

A PPP project is generally defined as a long-term contract between a government agency and private organisation(s) for the construction and operation of economic and social infrastructure (such as water treatment facilities, utilities and public transport systems). The PPP model has been utilised for many public infrastructure projects and it has been used in many countries.

The consortium partners of this PPP project include Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd., Chengdu Wuhou Industrial Development Investment Management Group Co., Ltd. and Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited.

Chongqing Derun Environment Co., Ltd. ("Derun Environment") is jointly established in 2015 by SUEZ, NWS and Chongqing Water Assets Management Company and it is the biggest SinoFrench investment platform in China's environment market, as well as the key investment project of SUEZ in China. Derun Environment aims to become provide systematic solutions for urban environmental problems domestically and globally. Derun Environment's total assets value has reached nearly RMB 30 billion.

Beijing Enterprises Water (China) Investment Limited is part of Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited ("BEWG"), a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 0371), is a large-scale group which provides a broad range of water services and environmental protection services in China. Currently, BEWG owns and operates a few hundred water supply plants and sewage treatment plants in China, Malaysia, and Portugal, with a total water treatment capacity of over tens of million tons per day.

Throughout the years, BEWG was consistently awarded "China Water Service Outstanding New Enterprises", "Best Water Business Enterprises in China", and recently, BEWG has been ranked No.1 of the "Top Ten Water Enterprises with Influence in China" for the eighth consecutive year.

This press release is to be read in conjunction with Sapphire's exchange filings on 14 January 2019, which can be downloaded via -www.sgx.com.

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Asia’s Largest Toys & Games Fair Opens
Jan 07, 2019

7 January 2019 − The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair opened today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The three fairs, which run concurrently from 7-10 Jan, feature some 3,000 global exhibitors and showcase a broad selection of innovative products. Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), officiated at the opening ceremony this morning and delivered the opening remarks.

The current Sino-United States trade friction has brought about uncertainty in the global economy. Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Margaret Fong said: “Although the latest developments in the negotiations between the United States and Mainland China indicate that a settlement in the trade dispute is now more likely, we can still expect to see a slowdown in the growth of toy product exports in the coming year, even as the global economy continues to grow. The HKTDC will step up its efforts to support the industry in developing more diverse businesses and exploring new markets, as well as allocating resources to invite buyers from emerging markets such as ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], India and the Middle East to participate in our trade fairs.”

Ms Fong noted that the HKTDC has organised around 125 buying missions from 65 countries and regions, comprising more than 9,200 buyers from more than 6,200 companies, to source at the three fairs.

Smart and Educational Toys in Trend at Asia’s Largest Toys & Games Fair

The 45th edition of the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 42 countries and regions, making it the largest event of its kind in Asia, and the second-largest in the world. Six group pavilions, including Mainland China, Korea, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as the “World of Toys” pavilion, featuring mainly European exhibitors, are showcasing the latest toys and games from around the world. A fair highlight, the Brand Name Gallery features about 240 renowned brands, including 4M, Hape, Ming the Minibus, Soap Studio, STEM University and Welly.

The Smart-Tech Toys zone gathers a variety of toys and games that incorporate virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), as well as those compatible with mobile apps. As educational toys exploring children’s potential continue to gain in popularity, a STREAM Toys Product Display highlighting toys related to science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and mathematics has been set up at the fair. Other thematic zones include Pet Toys, Fireworks and Kidult World – the latter showcasing toys for grown-ups such as hobby goods, magic items, action and war game items, as well as models and figurines.

Toys Industry Conference Unveils Market Trends

The Hong Kong Toys Industry Conference 2019 will be held tomorrow (8 Jan) to explore ways to build a bright future for the global toy sector, with industry experts including a Euromonitor analyst, a toy industry consultant and publisher from the US and a leading Hong Kong toy manufacturer coming together to examine development trends in the global market and opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative. Other seminars include “Smart-Tech & DIY Toys – What’s New?”, “Toy Safety & Regulations Updates”, “Toys Compliance, Testing & Certification”, “Insight into the Upcoming Stationery Trends” and “Digital Marketing: Innovation Key to Success”, featuring representatives from Guru Online and Madcradle Online.

Concurrent Baby Products and Stationery Fairs

The 10th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair has attracted more than 610 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions, including those featured at pavilions from Korea, Singapore and the Hong Kong Children, Babies, Maternity Industries Association. The debut Maternity Products zone presents a variety of pre- and post-natal essentials for mothers, while the Baby Tech zone showcases high-tech smart products. The Brand Name Gallery presents close to 50 well-known quality brands. The winning products of the Hong Kong Toys and Baby Products Awards 2019 can be viewed at the Halls 3F-G Concourse during the fairs showcasing creative designs to international buyers.

Organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, this year’s Hong Kong International Stationery Fair welcomes more than 260 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, including pavilions from Korea and Taiwan as well as first-time exhibitors from Australia and Malaysia. The fair is once again organised into five distinct product zones, namely DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office, for an easy-to-navigate sourcing environment. The “One Moment in Time” display at the entrance of Hall 5B showcases a variety of stationery that people use in different stages of life.

The three fairs are held concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show (7-9 Jan) to provide a one-stop sourcing platform for buyers, creating synergy and more cross-sector business opportunities. The fairs also continue to feature the hktdc.com Small Orders zone with its online transaction platform (http://smallorders.hktdc.com), and on-site business-matching service to facilitate business partnerships and sourcing.

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Exhibitor recruitment: Asia Agri-Tech Expo 2019 aims to fill 6,000 sqm
Jan 06, 2019

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum, Taiwan's leading tradeshow, features manufacturing technologies and comprehensive solutions in the fields of agriculture, aquaculture and livestock. Themed as "innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable," the 3rd edition of Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum will be launched at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov, 2019 and co-located with Aquaculture Taiwan & Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum. The organiser UBM Taiwan targets manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers dealing with smart agriculture, recirculating aquaculture system and circular bio-economy from around the world.

"The 2018 edition enlisted 210 exhibitors and 400 booths to attract more than 14,000 visitors from 34 countries. Compared to the previous year, the growth rate for visitors increased 20 percent," said Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan. Based upon the post-show report 2018, the top three visiting purposes are collecting market information, looking for new products and networking with suppliers; while the top primary requested products are devices with IoT technology, automatic equipment and biogas facilities. Smart, precision agriculture and renewable technology are undoubtedly the industrial trends that Asia-Pacific buyers are looking at.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), the Asia-Pacific is suggested to focus on protecting agriculture from climate change. At present, Taiwan is well-performing and has had breakthrough results in embedding IoT and biological technology into agricultural practices. This has accelerated agricultural development and has drawn attention from ASEAN buyers. UBM Asia has therefore decided to develop a spin-off of the agricultural tradeshow in Shanghai debuting in 2019. Ms. Liu believes that the agritech exhibition will be spread to more countries in the near future. "I'm glad to see more innovative technology carried forward, so that the integration of agricultural resources can be more achievable," remarked Sabine Liu.

UBM Taiwan is now recruiting vendors from around the world. There are currently more than 40 brand companies returning for Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum 2019 and 1,200 sqm has been taken. Companies that have confirmed participation are SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, InterHeat, JK Lighting, Hunan Green Solutions, Nabel, IDAH, Bühler from Denmark, Malaysia, Turkey, South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore and more.

Launched concurrently with Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan, the 3rd edition of Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum is supported by the Council of Agriculture, the official authority based in Taipei. The grand three-day exhibition contains a series of forums, technical seminars and business match making programmes. UBM Taiwan expects to recruit advanced products to provide a better solution for food safety, food crises, and animal diseases.

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Six Young Hong Kong Fashion Labels in Focus
Jan 05, 2019

4 January 2019 – Creations from six Hong Kong fashion designer labels will be showcased at the “FASHIONALLY Collection #13” fashion parade and three sessions of the “FASHIONALLY Presentation” at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2019. In addition, two other up-and-coming Hong Kong brands − ARTO. and YMDH − will take part in FASHIONALLY promotions for the first time, showcasing their 2019 Fall/Winter collections. Fashion Week is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and runs from 14-17 Jan at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

The three designers displaying their latest collections at FASHIONALLY Collection #13 are: Yeung Chin (brand name: YEUNG CHIN), who runs a concept store at PMQ; Jane Ng (brand name: Phenotypsetter); and Alee Lee (brand name: ALEE LEE), who is launching her brand’s second collection. All three are ex-YDC (Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest) finalists who studied at the Alternatif Fashion Workshop. They are coming together to showcase their Fall/Winter 2019 collections in a show that exudes a freewheeling, eclectic vibe against a backdrop of live music.

At the Fashion Week fairground, FASHIONALLY Presentations will showcase the design concepts and 2019 Fall/Winter collections of local fashion designers Arto Wong (brand name: ARTO.), Jason Lee (brand name: YMDH) and Carrie Kwok (brand name: CAR|2IE) in the form of a story told against the backdrop of a theatre-like stage.

Knitwear designer Arto Wong received the New Talent Award and was named Overall Winner at YDC 2017. The New Talent Award gave Ms Wong the opportunity to retail her debut collection at Joyce, a famous multi-brand fashion store in Hong Kong. High-end streetwear designer Jason Lee won the “Best Footwear Design Award” at YDC 2017, after which he launched a capsule collection with renowned Hong Kong retailer i.t. Taking inspiration from literature, Carrie Kwok creates sophisticated, poetic designs that have been well-received by consumers. Her label, CAR|2IE, is available at Lane Crawford.

Hong Kong artist Yam Chan, who worked as a fashion designer previously, will collaborate with FASHIONALLY for the first time to showcase MICH, his handmade ball-jointed doll, at Fashion Week on 16-17 Jan.

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter Celebrates its 50th Edition

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter celebrates its 50th edition in 2019. The fair is expected to host about 1,400 exhibitors from around the globe. In 2018, some 14,000 buyers from 76 countries and regions visited the event, Asia’s largest fashion fair, reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as the unrivalled sourcing hub for global fashion traders and retailers. The fair is organised into themed zones to cater for the sourcing needs of different industry sectors, including garments, designer labels, upstream products such as fabric and clothing accessories, trade services and new technology in fashion.

The Corporate Fashion and Uniforms zone returns this year after making its debut in 2018. The World of Fashion Accessories also returns by popular demand, bringing together fashion items ranging from shoes and bags to fashion jewellery, scarves and shawls all under one roof. New this year, the Hong Kong Footwear Federation will showcase its latest shoe designs with a fashion parade. Special product zones such as Fashionable Sportswear, Thermal Clothing, Bridal & Evening Wear, and Intimate Wear & Swimwear are set to feature the latest designs on offer. Incorporating designs from more than 60 international designers, the International Fashion Designers’ Showcase presents masterpieces from around the globe at one glance.

Operated by the HKTDC, the award-winning FASHIONALLY is a unique platform for networking and sharing the latest news and information about Hong Kong fashion design. The non-profit website features news on local young designers, fashion trends, brand stories, and news about the annual YDC.


FASHIONALLY: https://www.fashionally.com

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter: https://event.hktdc.com/fair/hkfashionweekfw-eng

YDC: https://www.fashionally.com/en/YDC/about

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ISH China & CIHE the go-to trade fair for capturing lucrative opportunities in China’s HVAC industry
Jan 05, 2019

ISH China & CIHE will return to the New International China Exhibition Center in Beijing on 6 – 8 May 2019. This must-attend event for the HVAC industry is currently in full swing with its exhibitor recruitment.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd and CIEC Union (Beijing) International Exhibition Ltd, ISH China & CIHE 2019 will focus on the latest trends of the HVAC industry which present lucrative opportunities for overseas brands. The fair will occupy 116,000 sqm of exhibition space and host over 1,300 renowned brands. As a leading HVAC exhibition in Asia, ISH China & CIHE covers an impressive range of exhibits including HVAC, plumbing, smart heating and intelligent household systems.

ISH China & CIHE has already secured the participation of recognised overseas and domestic brands. Confirmed notable enterprises include A.O Smith, AIC, Airpower, Alarko, Amitime, Amnesty, Anze, Ariston, Bekaert, Bllc, Cadiffi, CALEFFI, Chant, Chongguang, Danfoss, Devotion, Fangkuai, Gassero, GREE, Grundfos, Gude, Haier, Hailin, HANSE, Herush, Honeywell, Ideal, Jae Woo, Jankun, KD Navien, Kenuo, KITURAMI, KMC, Linuo Paradigma, Nasen, Noritz, Nuociss, NWRH, Oilon, Outes, Oventrop, Panasonic, PHNIX, Power World, Radiant, Rheem, Rinnai, Shimge, Siemens, SingFun, STIEBEL ELTRON, ThermlQ, Tsinghua Tongfang, Unbeatable, Vexve, Vicot, Warm Master, watts, YUMA and Zehnder.

Return of the well-received Overseas Area provides a gateway for international HVAC brands to enter the Chinese market

Thanks to the government’s coal-to-clean-energy initiatives, China is experiencing a rapid growth in the HVAC market. The debut appearance of the Overseas Area in the 2018 edition successfully allowed foreign companies to extend their market reach to China. Highly regarded by participating exhibitors, this area will again return to ISH China & CIHE in 2019, gathering prominent brands from countries such as the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. International brands that have confirmed their participation in this zone include AMETEK, Bowers Eclipse, Cordivari, Groppalli, Heatmise, KANE, MADAS, Polidoro, Sermeta, Shinwoo Valve, Vexve and ZERO.

The Overseas Area presents an unrivalled opportunity for exhibitors to find new markets. One of the participating exhibitors in the 2018 edition, Sermeta, expressed strong approval on the effectiveness of this zone. Mr Joseph Le Mer, President of the company said: “We are targeting the entire Chinese market, and with the government’s policies here, we see that this market is the future. We’re here to explore new prospects in China.” Sermeta considered ISH China & CIHE as an indispensable platform, and has already decided to return to the 2019 show. “The role this fair plays in the industry is very different to Europe as it’s more focused on China. China takes up a significant part of the worldwide market, which makes it worth us being here,” Mr Le Mer further explained.

ISH China & CIHE is headed by the biennial ISH event in Frankfurt, Germany, which is the world’s leading trade fair for HVAC + Water. The mother event will take place from 11 – 15 March 2019 (Monday to Friday). For more information, please visit www.ish.messefrankfurt.com. Furthermore, the next edition of ISH India powered by IPA will run from 28 February – 2 March 2019 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.

A further ISH event in China, ISH Shanghai & CIHE, will be held from 3 – 5 September 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

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Architect Expo 2019 will have at least 500,000 visitors and 850 worldwide brands
Jan 04, 2019

The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage and N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer announced the Architect Expo 2019 under the concept "Living Green", the expo will have at least 500,000 visitors and 850 worldwide brands.

The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage and a new partner “N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd.” announced the Architect Expo 2019 under the concept "Living Green", pushing architecture toward the eco-friendly. Ensure that the attention of Thailand and ASEAN has no less than 500,000 people, up to 50% more space for 850 worldwide brands.

Mr. Ajaphol Dusitnanond, president of the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage, 2018-2020 said “Architect Expo 2019 will be held on April 30th to May 5th, 2019 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand. This is our 33rd time under the concept "Living Green", the most important event in architecture, design and construction business, not only in Thailand, but this event is expected to gain regional interest in ASEAN. The expo that reflects the role of architecture in order to give the society a better understanding of the professional exhibition on architecture, innovation and international seminars are also organized, including services to students and the general public that will be upgraded to universal trend. The expo, which has been collecting materials and products related to architecture, interior and the great construction of the year. This is an important part of stimulating the economy of the country."

H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will attend the opening ceremony of the Architect Expo 2019 on April 30th, 2019 under the concept "Living Green" as the association recognize the problem that the world is facing, global warming and waste that affect the quality of life. There must be a way to achieve a community architecture and the city on the positive side. The use of resources from local wisdom combined with new technologies.

Mr. Ajaphol added “this year, the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage has strengthened the “N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd.” as a new partner through a public procurement process. We recognize that the potential and strengthening national from past events and produce more good results for the Architect Expo including operational procedures and information with us. It is expected that Thai and international visitors will attend at least 500,000 people this year, up from 25% last year. "

Dr. Acharawan Chutarat, chair, Architect Expo 2019 said we have focused on exhibitions and activities, such as the contest of contemporary art and international design competition open to association members and the general public, as can the events. In additional we will have the Smart City Fair to give a knowledge and to be a study case for developing Smart & Low-Energy City from another city in Europe, America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia side by coordinating with urban planning, city leaders and professionals involved in Urban Development, Smart City, Green City and Sustainable City which are successfully in the process of concrete development for example, Vienna, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, San Francisco, Melbourne, Adelaide, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo and Surabaya. In the exhibition will have 6 interesting activities, especially the exhibition of wisdom from 3 regions to the present. Because it is Thai wisdom in architecture from 3 regions to be learned from the current in the world. Visitors will be interesting from the show in the exhibitions. There are also ASA Forum 2019, ASA Seminar 2019, seminars by architectures both local and international. This exhibition is not just for the activity of architecture but the public also can join. Like, Home expert, there will have a professional architecture to advise the problem about housing near you. For example, solving complicated home problems, reduce the electricity fee, all the policy to build the house including ASA night. ASA night it’s a traditional party of all generation of ASA Members The event will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at Grand diamond ballroom, Impact forum, IMPACT Arena, Muang Thong Thani”

Mr. Sakchai Pattarapreechakul, president of N.C.C. Management and Development Co., Ltd. and acting general manager of N.C.C. Exhibition Organizer Co., Ltd. (NEO) said “According to the official announcement of exhibition organizer of Architect Expo 2019-2020, the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage has selected NEO to be the organizer for Architect Expo. Definitely, we have aimed to raise this exhibition to become more enlarged in the region. We have invited the construction alliance in Asia and the international entrepreneurs to attend the exhibition in which area has been expanded from 31,000 sq.m. to more than 60,000 sq.m. separated to 26,400 sq.m. approximately for sales area and 2,500 sq.m. for an international area. In this year, NEO has intended to increase the international area to 3,000 sq.m. and total sales area has not been less than 28,000 sq.m.

“Architect Expo 2019 has the best legs from USA, Germany, Italy, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam entrepreneurs. We have predicted that nearly 850 exhibitors and more than 500,000 visitors will participate in the exhibition. Furthermore, NEO has provided both technology and application to connect with organizer, exhibitors and visitors including interfaces such as advance registration, electronic purchasing software and increasing online and offline methods to receive more newsletter from the organizer, not only facilitating all related departments but decreasing procedures and reducing paper usage in accordance with Living Green theme”, he said.

As being the organizer for Architect Expo 2019, we have committed this exhibition to be the ASEAN expo including both Thai and ASEAN products export. The continued Architect will be the significant expo in architecture construction group and encourage traders for economic system circulation. Importantly, advertising in the identity of the architect, being the great consultant to the state and how they can be useful to society is the vital basis of Architect Association. Consequently, there has been our role to be responsible for the public, society, and nation.

For those who are interested in Architect Expo 2019, please follow all updates on www.asa.or.th and Facebook: ASA Crew

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Comprehensive fringe programme at Asiamold to present innovative moulding and 3D printing solutions
Dec 31, 2018

Concurrent events have always been one of the key features at Asiamold. This year, almost 20 presentations that cover an array of moulding and additive manufacturing products, technologies and development trends will be delivered in the three-day event programme to share the latest market insights and innovations with industry players.

The 13th edition of Asiamold will be held from 10 – 12 March 2019 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. It will be held in conjunction with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF). The two fairs are expected to host over 950 exhibitors and utilise more than 60,000 sqm of exhibition space collectively. Professional buyers ranging from manufacturers and product suppliers to distributors and end-users will source the latest and most in-demand mould making, die casting, metalworking, 3D printing, laser and automation technologies during the three-day shows.

Devoted to providing 3D printing, metalwork and mould-making solutions for manufacturing-based industries in South China, Asiamold will include a comprehensive selection of seminars and summits in order to offer a more engaging experience to both exhibitors and visitors. As in the past, the Agora and Seminar Asiamold 2019 will provide local industry experts and those from abroad the opportunities to share their latest research findings on the first day of the show. Some of the highly anticipated presentations include:

• Topic: Introduction of Internet+ Cloud ERP and Studies of Classic Mould Case
Presented by: FinderSoft Group

• Topic: Progress in the Development and Application of New Type Die Steel in Metal Additive Manufacturing
Presented by: Material Technology Innovations Co Ltd

In addition, the organiser of Rosmould, one of the sister events of Asiamold, will conduct a special session immediately after the Agora and Seminar to introduce the policies and local market demands and to share their experiences for doing business in Russia, allowing interested parties to gain a glimpse of the upcoming trends of the Russian market. The details are as follows:

• Topic: Mould and Additive Manufacturing Business in Russia
Date: 10th March 2019
Time: 15:40 to 16:40

Furthermore, continuing the success of the previous edition, the China 3D Printing Industry Technology Application Summit will make its fourth appearance at the 2019 fair. Assorted topics discussing the current developments and future trends in the 3D printing industry will be presented by industry experts to facilitate high-level technical exchange within the industry across the second day and the third of the fair. Some of the confirmed topics include:

• Topic: Additive Manufacturing in Tool and Die Making: Process Chains of Tomorrow
Presented by: ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH

• Topic: The Manufacturing and SLM Application of SS-PREP 18Ni300 Powder SS-PREP 18Ni300
Presented by: Sino-Euro Materials Technologies of Xi’an Co Ltd

• Topic: Digital Light Synthesis for Plastic Parts Production
Presented by: PADT Inc

• Topic: Application of Industrial Metal 3D Printing
Presented by: Z Rapid Technologies Co Ltd

Apart from the seminar and the summit, the 3D Printing Gallery will once again be another highlight of the show this year. In a new move this edition, the gallery will be assimilated into the conference area for the first time, allowing visitors to locate various kinds of 3D printing products more conveniently. A number of enterprises have already expressed their interest in showcasing their products at the newly placed gallery, including ACAM, Guangdong Fenghua Zhuoli Technology Co Ltd, 3DCERAM and others.

Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and forms part of a series of international events including formnext and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from 19 – 22 November 2019 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from 17 – 20 April 2019 in Tokyo and 19 – 22 June 2019 in Nagoya. The next edition of Rosmould will take place from 18 ‒ 20 June 2019 in Moscow.

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UBTech's All-terrain Patrol Robot ATRIS selected by Beijing's Shougang Park
Dec 31, 2018

-The park is home of the world's largest AI industry cluster

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- UBTech, a leading global AI and humanoid robotics company, announced on December 26, 2018 the signing of an agreement with New Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Services Park (Shougang Park), whereby the two parties will collaborate on the development of high-tech demonstration projects. On the same day, Shougang AI Industrial Park also commenced operations. UBTech's all-terrain patrol robot ATRIS will provide intelligent security support for the park.

ATRIS enhances the efficiency of security patrols within Shougang Park and reduce the park's costs associated with security staff. UBTech plans to continue working with Shougang Park to promote the development of the AI-enabled digital community and improve the industry ecosystem characterized by AI applications, with the aim of becoming a model for Beijing's ongoing urban development and supporting the city's hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

By using ATRIS, Shougang Park can establish a rapid, efficient and flexible smart security system, efficiently supporting security patrols within the park. ATRIS comes equipped with U-SLAM, an autonomous navigation feature that allows Shougang Park to build a comprehensive smart solution for security patrols by scheduling the locations, routes and time for such patrols based on the environment and local geography. ATRIS automatically adapts to a number of complex road conditions, including cobblestone paths, steps and sloping roads, in addition to being capable of conducting security patrols even under poor weather conditions.

ATRIS enables round-the-clock patrols and monitoring of sensitive areas within the park through accurate identification of persons within its range of vision even when cloudy, foggy or at night. ATRIS also comes with a "SOS" emergency call button that automatically calls for help when an emergency situation has been identified, allowing for real-time communication with the park's security center.

About UBTech

Founded in 2012, UBTech is a global leading AI and humanoid robotics company. In 2018, UBTech achieved a valuation of USD$5 billion following the single largest funding round ever for an artificial intelligence company, underscoring the company's technological leadership.

Source: UBTech

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