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Electronics and green industry event kicks off

TAIPEI -- Five trade fairs covering electronics, cloud computing, broadband communications, green industries and smart green cities jointly kicked off in Taipei yesterday.

The event, which has attracted about 1,000 exhibitors, combines three electronics trade fairs and two green industry shows for the first time, said Wang Chih-kang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), one of the organizers.

The five shows are expected to draw more than 55,000 local and foreign buyers and generate US$350 million in new business, Wang said at the event's opening ceremony.

"The hosting of the five shows at the same venue and at the same time adds new green, smart and innovation elements to the longstanding electronics shows, providing the electronics and green industries with new opportunities for development," said Wang.

The three electronics fairs are the "Taipei International Electronics Show," the "Taiwan International Broadband Communications Show" and the "Taiwan International Cloud Technology and Inter of Things Show."

The green shows are the "Taiwan International Smart Green City Expo" and the "Taiwan International Green Industry Show."

The output value of Taiwan's electronics industry reached US$267.2 billion in 2011, accounting for 51.3 percent of the country's total industrial output.

The industry had exports of US$146.3 billion, accounting for 47.5 percent of Taiwan's total exports, according to the organizers.

Vice President Wu Den-yih, who also attended the ceremony, said that in addition to sustaining its strength in the information and communications technology industry, Taiwan also has the potential to become a key global center for the cloud industry and be more active in green sectors.

"The joint exhibitions are a combination of Taiwan's hard power (hardware) and soft power (innovation)," he said.

The five shows will run until Oct. 12 at the Taipei World Trade Center's Nangang Exhibition Center, the organizers said.

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