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2015 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China FairWorld’s Largest PCB & EA Show Marks Another Great Year of Expansion
(Hong Kong, 14 December 2015) The International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair 2015 (HKPCA & IPC Show) marked another remarkable milestone in its 14-year history of success during its recent run from 2-4 December at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China. This year’s show, the largest ever, took up Hall 4 of the Convention Centre in addition to Halls 1 and 2. The expanded floor area of 51,000 sq.m. accommodated 2,378 booths from 531 exhibitors – all these figures breaking the record for every previous show, and firmly establishing the Fair’s status as the largest trade show in the entire world for the Printed Circuit Board and Electronic Assembly industry, attracting a record 40,919 visits over the 3 days of the show.
Fair Has Become a Global Phenomenon
Since it was first staged in 2002, the Fair, jointly organized by the Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA), Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC), and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangzhou Sub-council (CCPIT-GZ), has grown year by year and evolved from a modest regional event into the PCB industry’s premier international platform for networking, information exchange, education, and keeping up with market trends and the latest innovations. This year’s theme “Global Event. Global Vision” recognizes this impressive transformation.
Exhibitors Welcome the Show as the Ideal Showcase for their Offerings
Exhibitors at the show ranged from most of the industry’s leading players, who return year after year, to first-timers with innovative new concepts to promote. All of them find the show, which attracts many buyers from every sector of the market, offers an ideal trading platform for showcasing their products and services. Mr. Gilbert Siaw, Deputy Managing Director of Hitachi Chemical (China) Co., Ltd., described the show as “an excellent platform for Hitachi Chemical to show our strength to others and to promote our products to different people, especially to new clients. We successfully extend our brand name to 2nd tier or even 3rd tier districts or regions through the HKPCA & IPC Show every year. The timing is also good – as the show opens in December every year, it is a very good channel for us to promote our business & products of the coming year in advance. We can make use of this platform as the opening of our next year’s business cycle.”
Buyers Welcome the Great Variety of Exhibits
Buyers were equally impressed by the show, which enabled them to experience the latest market innovations all in one place. Mr. Manfred Ludwig, Director – Operations China of Gardien (Kunshan) Co. Ltd., found the show “unexpectedly large”, commenting: “There are so many exhibitors and many visitors – it is a huge increase from last year. I only arranged one day for my visit, which was clearly not sufficient as I didn’t realize the show scale is so big.” Mr. Ludwig was pleased with the range of products on display: “There are many new products showcased in this year’s fair, and I observe an emphasis on Flex products. It is very useful for me to learn about the market trend and technology direction – I can gather general product Information and find out what technology is currently important. I will absolutely recommend the show to others.”
Appreciation for the Fair’s Accompanying Events
Visitors to the Fair also expressed appreciation of the comprehensive program of accompanying events. New this year was the 3-day 2015 PCB GIGA (Global Information and Green Assembly) Conference, at which global experts and industry leaders shared their knowledge and insights on key developments shaping the PCB industry, such as environmental protection and energy conservation, intelligent automation, and future market trends. Together with the on-site Technical Forum, these two excellent learning opportunities attracted close to 2,500 attendees who are eager to acquire new wisdom and intelligence in the industry. Also new this year, the Smart Automation Pavilion and PCB Smart Automation Development Showcase demonstrated how automated equipment can improve production efficiency and reduce labor costs, while the Green Pavilion offer the industry green solutions for waste management, environmental protection and energy saving.
Regular features of the Fair were also as popular as ever. In addition to the highly regarded Technical Forum, the HKPCA & IPC Show Hand Soldering Competition was again a hit, as visitors witnessed the birth of China Champion who will compete in the world championship in USA. And to give visitors a break from their busy visit schedule, another new feature, the Interactive Activity Avenue, offered them a creative array of entertaining performances and games. Visitors could also benefit from the event’s unequalled networking opportunities, enabling them to generate valuable new contacts with their industry counterparts.
The Global Vision Grows Wider in 2016
The Fair’s global status is again reflected in the theme of the International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair 2016, “Global Wisdom Shaping the Future”, which also recognizes the ways in which the event is helping to shape the industry’s future development, particularly through education and the building of business relationships.
Rebooking for the show – to be held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center from 7-9 December 2016 – is already going strong. 2,300+ booths have been reserved by over 400 exhibitors during the show period, representing a return rate of 95% for booths, which is a true testimonial of the unmatched service the show provides to the industry as well as its unrivaled growth potential. Book your space early to ensure your place among the leading participants in the industry’s most influential platform for sourcing, information and technology exchange!
To learn more and to book space for 2016, visit www.hkpca-ipc-show.org
About Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association (HKPCA)
HKPCA is a non-profit-making association which was founded in Hong Kong during 2000. Being one of the members of World Electronic Circuits Council (WECC), it helps us to get not only closer connections with overseas printed circuit associations but also better communications. Other WECC members include: CPCA, EIPC, IPC, IPCA, JPCA, KPCA and TPCA.
As the unique representative of the Hong Kong PCB industry, we aim to promote and maintain the rights and interests for the industry. Performing the communication liaison role within the industry, a diversified communication platform is provided by HKPCA so that our members can be closely linked. Also, HKPCA represents the industry expressing our ideas and opinions to the government and relevant organizations.
HKPCA has more than 470 members. Total production values reach around 9.4 billion dollars which occupy 36% of the PCB industry in China. Member categories differ from PCB manufacturers, PCB equipment, suppliers of chemicals and raw materials and other trade and software companies. HKPCA member base will be broadened by recruiting more and more qualified members. With all our efforts, the China PCB industry develops more prosperously. For more information, please visit www.hkpca.org。
About IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries®(IPC)
IPC is a global industry association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,500 member companies around the world which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training and certification, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.17 trillion global electronics industry. IPC is headquartered in the United States with international offices in Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing and Suzhou, China; Taos, New Mexico; Wellington, Virginia; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia and Bangalore, India. For more information, please visit www.ipc.org and www.ipc.org.cn.
About China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangzhou Sub-Council
CCPIT-GZ was established in 1985. Over the past 30 years, CCPIT-GZ has been abiding by the principle of promoting international trade and cooperation, in addition to enhancing international communication and friendship. CCPIT-GZ has successfully organized various trade shows and authentication of export documents, training, information, consultation, mediation and arbitration of business disputes. For more information, please visit www.gzccpit.org.cn。
Ms. Manda Wong
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Ms. Amanda Li
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Ms. Vivian Liu
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