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Press Release
Eco Expo Asia and Building Fair Open Today
Sports Source Asia Opens Tomorrow at AsiaWorld-Expo

28 October 2013 – Nearly 600 exhibitors from around the world are taking part in three Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) fairs this week. The eighth editions of Eco Expo Asia and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair opened today at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo, while the seventh HKTDC Sports Source Asia opens tomorrow at the same venue.

Together, the three fairs are hosting 150 buying missions representing more than 4,400 companies from 46 countries and regions.

Green Tech
“Green Tech for a Low Carbon Economy” is the theme of Eco Expo Asia, which is on through 31 October. The expo is organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. Hong Kong SAR Government Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing was guest of honour at today’s opening ceremony. Nearly 300 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions are taking part, including first-time participants from Indonesia and Switzerland. Pavilions include those from Canada, Germany, Japan, Macau, Russia and Switzerland, along with four from the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department, Green Technology Consortium and Green Council also feature pavilions.

Environmental protection products are on display in eight zones, from Air & Water Quality to Eco-friendly Products, Green Building Solutions & Services and Waste Management & Recycling. More than 50 exhibitors are showcasing solutions in solid waste, as well as food and water waste.

Expo highlights include the Eco Asia Conference, 28-30 October. The conference begins this afternoon, spotlighting the Chinese mainland’s latest green policies and business opportunities. Waste management and recycling headline the conference on 29 October, with sustainable energy & energy efficiency, as well as green building, the focus on 30 October. Seminars take place all week. Tomorrow, the Italian Trade Commission presents a seminar on sustainable growth research, while the Japan External Trade Organization will hold a seminar on Japanese environmental technology advantages.

Incineration Demonstrations and Public Day
Outdoor incineration demonstrations, by Chuwa Industrial Co Ltd, take place six times each day of the fair. Public Day, 31 October, will offer forums, green workshops and a Green Mart.

Building and Decorating
The Building Fair, showcasing close to 160 exhibitors, continues through 30 October. The Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation is taking part in the fair for the first time.

Special fair zones include: Green Building Materials; Ceramics, Stone & Marble; Coating & Chemicals; Indoor Decorative Materials; and the World of Building & Decorative Hardware. Other highlights include a symposium today on the certification of buildings for a green environment; a symposium tomorrow examines green, smart buildings. Fair seminars will focus on interior design (29 October) and property and facility management (30 October). Two exhibitor forums are also taking place.

Teeing Off
The seventh HKTDC Sports Source Asia opens tomorrow at AsiaWorld-Expo, with more than 140 exhibitors participating. Highlights include the new Golf Equipment & Supplies zone. Outdoor Sports, Fitness & Gymnastic Training Equipment, Water Sports, Sports Equipment & Accessories and the Premium Zone are among the other dedicated areas on offer. Other show highlights include a 30 October seminar, “Future Gear of Elite Athletes,” as well as a buyer forum, 29 October, and daily sports parade shows.

Public Day
Fencing, fitness and basketball demonstrations, product demonstrations and interactive games highlight Public Day, 31 October. Game winners will receive prizes from exhibitors; grand prize is an Apple iPad Mini. Select exhibitor products will also be available for sale.

Fair Websites
Eco Expo Asia: www.ecoexpoasia.com   
Building and Hardware Fair: www.hktdc.com/hkbdh
Sports Source Asia: www.sportssource-asia.com

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:
Billy Ng                             Tel: (852) 2584 4216            Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org

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Taking part in the opening ceremony today for Eco Expo Asia is Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing
“Environmental protection is one of the critical issues of our time,” said HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, speaking at the opening ceremony of Eco Expo Asia
Officiating guests at the opening ceremony today for the eighth Eco Expo Asia include Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing (fifth from right), HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam (fourth from right) and Jason Cao, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd (fourth from left)

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing (second from right) tours the Eco Expo Asia fairground accompanied by HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau
Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing takes part in an Eco Expo Asia luncheon sponsored by BOC (HK)
Speaking at the fair’s Mainland and ASEAN Countries Eco Forum is Christine Loh, Under Secretary for the Environment
Eco Expo Asia is taking place alongside the Building Fair and Sports Source Asia. Together, the three fairs are hosting nearly 150 buying missions representing more than 3,700 companies from 46 countries and regions
The Green Building Materials zone at the Building Fair is showcasing environmentally friendly building and decorative materials

About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 12 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.
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