COMPUTEX Taipei hosts pre-show conference, unveils new products
By Ted Chen, The China Post
June 3, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 對外貿易發展協會) yesterday held an international press conference previewing the COMPUTEX Taipei, one of the world's premier trade shows for the global information and communication technology (ICT) sector, while presenting accolades to the winners of this year's COMPUTEX d&i Awards.
This year's COMPUTEX Taipei will kick off tomorrow and run through June 7, featuring 5,069 exhibition booths from 1,710 companies across three Taipei World Trade Center exhibition halls. The event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors from 170 countries.
The event this year is organized around five themes of smart technology: touch applications, wearable technology, mobile computing and cloud-based services and computing. In addressing the top trending global trends in the ICT sectors, the all-new Touch Display Applications and Smart Technology pavilions are among the most spectacular additions to this year's COMPUTEX Taipei.
Meanwhile, at the forefront of smart technology applications, Delta Electronics Inc. (台達電), a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, yesterday unveiled its "Smart Home" exhibition to present to the public the boundless possibilities of a greener, smarter future.
In addition to its status as Asia's largest and the world's second largest ICT trade show, COMPUTEX Taipei has in recent years earned a place among the world's premier platforms for new product launches, such as the 74 winning products that received accolades at this year's COMPUTEX d&i Awards. Intel's new president, Renee James, will be delivering a keynote speech and announcing the company's new products for this year.
Most notably, in his address yesterday TAITRA Executive Vice President Walter Yeh (葉明水) stated that this year's COMPUTEX Taipei is poised to continue the tradition of facilitating countless business opportunities through more than 1,000 one-on-one procurement meetings matching international buyers with the best ICT suppliers Taiwan has to offer. Yeh also noted that TAITRA this year saw steady growth in pre-registration figures from international buyers. Among the 38,000 international buyers visiting COMPUTEX Taipei this year are global heavyweights including Siemens, Toshiba, U.S.-based retail giant Best Buy, PC parts distributor MA Laboratories, Europe-based Arcelik, Middle East-based AB S.A., PIXMANIA of France, and China's Hisense Co. (海信團), JingDong.com (京東商城) and Baidu (百度). In addition, Bai Wei-min (白為民) of China, known as the "Queen of display panel procurement," will be visiting COMPUTEX Taipei for the first time this year while attending a cross-strait industries collaboration conference. Bai is expected to visit a number of Taiwanese suppliers during her visit and bolster cross-strait collaborative endeavors.
Yeh reiterated a number of exclusive services extended by TAITRA to international visitors attending this year's COMPUTEX Taipei, including four days of free and unlimited usage of the MRT system, an exclusive app with cutting-edge indoor navigation capabilities, scannable exhibitors' QR code at every booth to provide detailed information and the Meet Taiwan Card, a program that entreats international visitors to enjoy promotional discounts at more than 3,000 participating local shopping, dining, accommodation, transportation and entertainment locations in Taipei.