AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong will once again host the 11th edition of the Eco Expo Asia and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) International Building and Hardware Fair from 26 to 29 October.
MOre than 460 companies are expected to attend the events to showcase their green innovations, building produts and technologies.
Eco Expo Asia is jointly organised by HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government.
The expo is expected to welcome more than 320 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. Among the 12 group participations and pavilions, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Scotland will make their fair debuts, while Canada, the Chinese mainland, Japan, Macau, Switzerland and the Netherlands will return to the expo.
Exhibitors will bring a wide variety of green products and solutions catering to the diverse needs of international buyers.
According to Sophia Chong, Assistant Executive Director of HKTDC, with environmental protection being a global concern, green industries have become increasingly important.
“In recent years, the Chinese mainland has taken a proactive approach to promoting a green economy and made substantial investments in the sector,” she said.
Under its 13th Five-Year Plan, the country’s total investment in the green sector is expected to reach at least US$320 billion annually. In Hong Kong, the latest available figures indicate that the value added by Hong Kong’s green industries is HK$7.8 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 9.8%.
Francis Cheng, Assistant Director (Cross-Boundary & International) of the Environmental Protection Department, said that Eco Expo Asia will introduce the latest green technologies, promote green education and encourage businesses and the public to join hands in combating climate change.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair will feature more than 140 exhibitors this year, including new companies from Australia and Malaysia. Shangyu District of Zhejiang Province’s Shaoxing City will also set up a pavilion. The district is well-known for being a building industry cluster on the Chinese mainland.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been gaining prominence in recent years. The HKTDC will set up a BIM & Building Technology zone to feature related software systems and solutions. A BIM Management for Projects Conference 2016 will be held during the fair’s designated “BIM Day” (26 October) for industry experts to discuss the latest trends in the sector.
With green building materials as one of the product categories enjoying the highest growth potential, the HKTDC will set up a Green Building Materials zone to help buyers source related products.
The Building and Hardware Fair will be divided into seven zones, including Building & Decorative Hardware, Indoor Decorative Materials and Coating & Chemicals. – BusinessNewsAsia.com