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Eco Expo Asia witnessed record attendance for its 2013 edition

 

Exhibitors praised the phenomenal turnout of government and commercial decision makers

 

Visitors commended the fair’s diverse selection of green-tech solutions

 

20 December 2013 - Eco Expo Asia, the premier exhibition for green-tech development in Asia, successfully closed its 2013 edition in spectacular fashion, as global green-tech firms showcased their latest products and solutions across a range of sectors. The show took place from 28 – 31 October 2013, once again at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, where it gathered 297 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions. From energy-efficient building solutions to large-scale smokeless industrial incinerators, the fair offered something unique, practical and innovative for all individuals interested in a greener future.

 

In total, 12,952 professional visitors from 98 countries and regions attended the four-day event, a 12% increase from 2012. Top-ten countries for overseas visitor attendance in ranking order included the Chinese mainland, Macau, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, the US, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and Canada.

 

The fair was organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, with co-organising support from the Environment Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. A truly international platform was presented, with pavilions from Canada, the Chinese mainland areas of Foshan, Guangdong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen as well as Germany, Japan, Macau, Russia and Switzerland. Additional pavilions were made possible by the Environment Protection Department, Green Council and Green Technology Consortium from Hong Kong.

 

Mr Wong Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, officiated the opening ceremony for the 2013 show. He commented: “I am very pleased to see so much great support for Eco Expo Asia from industry, government as well as concerned individuals. The show is all about people who care about the environment. And this year, it is providing not only a first-class selection of green solutions, but also a series of engaging forums and seminars with leading experts. It is truly an honour for the Environment Bureau to once again co-organise this event.”

 

Exhibitors praised the phenomenal turnout of government and commercial decision makers

A significant portion of Eco Expo Asia’s exhibitors displayed industrial- and municipal-level solutions at the 2013 show. Exhibitors specialising in these aforementioned areas, presented their latest products and solutions, and met with a targeted audience of top-level government officials and businesses. Through the collective effort of the show’s organisers and associated partners, representatives from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and other areas across Asia, as well as decision makers from leading international brands were all present, giving exhibitors easier access to the people that could implement their available solutions.

 

Mr Andreas Schmidt, Division Manager at MOBA, an automation-based waste collection and management solutions provider, commented: “We were invited to the eco show due to strong interest for our product from the Hong Kong government. The main item we showcased was our waste collection technology, which allows rubbish collection vehicles to accurately collect, weigh and transmit relevant data on waste right at the source of pick up for analysis. On our first day we were able to directly meet with government officials from Hong Kong who mentioned they were interested in implementing our solution across the city. I believe this show is a great platform for us. We also made some good contacts with other waste management firms interested from neighbouring countries.”

 

Mr Urs Heutschi, CEO of Swissenviro.ch, the organiser of the Switzerland Pavilion noted: “I am happy to have participated because it is a very international show. We met a lot of high-quality visitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and other Asian countries. They were decision makers and people who were really looking for solutions or cooperation. For example, there was an Indonesian company that wanted to represent Swiss companies. This was a good contact which we would not have been able to get otherwise. The results totally surpassed our expectations. Our members are glad that they joined the show.”

 

First time exhibitor, Finima Innovations Company Ltd from Hong Kong, joined the fair to promote its innovative solutions for extracting and converting kinetic energy from ocean waves into cost-effective electricity. Dr Kwong Chung Ping, Chief Science Officer shared: “We received a lot of visitors from as far as Sri Lanka, Australia and Europe, who were looking for clean energy solutions. There were several companies who were highly interested in discussing deals with us, including a resort from the Chinese mainland, a developer with a floating house project and an overseas government with a seaside public utility project. Through participating at Eco Expo Asia, we managed to meet potential customers from markets and applications beyond our imagination and expectations.”

 

Visitors commended the fair’s diverse selection of green-tech solutions

Whether they were searching for new and exciting green products to sell to consumers, or innovative solutions to apply to upcoming projects, visitors were treated to wealth of options at the 2013 show. They enjoyed a range of solutions to meet close to all facets of their green-tech demands.

 

Mr Fazal Fausz, Director of the Carbon Consulting Company in Sri Lanka shared: “It is my second time visiting the eco show. My company is a solutions provider to large-scale companies and government departments looking to cut carbon emissions across Sri Lanka and India. I came to look for suppliers of industrial waste management solutions that I can later recommend to my clients. In just a few hours I was able to find some great suppliers of waste management products such as incinerators and waste collection systems at the show. The quality of the eco fair was excellent. And it is one show I will definitely continue to visit in the future.”

 

Mr Philip C.B. Yeung, Property Officer at Kai Shing Management Services Limited, a member of Sun Hung Kai Properties Group in Hong Kong, came to Eco Expo Asia in the hopes of finding energy-saving products and LED fixtures for his company’s upcoming property renovation and upgrading projects. He said: “Due to a recent government funding programme, energy efficiency has currently become a key goal for my company. I appreciate Eco Expo Asia for recruiting international exhibitors with all of these advanced technologies for building a greener society.

 

Held concurrently with the fair was the Eco Asia Conference. The 2013 edition featured more than 30 government representatives and industry experts in green-tech development, who spoke at and lead discussions on the latest policies, innovations and applicable solutions for waste management and recycling, sustainable energy, energy efficiency as well as green building. The Conference was well-received with over 690 attendees.

 

Second-time visitor, Mr Bjorn Gunnarsson, a Project Manager from Gekko Quality Solutions Ltd in Hong Kong, attended the 2013 show to source sustainable solutions for waste and carbon management for his firm’s clients in Sweden. He shared: “This has been a very educational trip. The concurrent conference provided incredible insight on current technologies from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. The show itself has also provided some great potential suppliers for me to recommend to my clients. I will definitely continue to come back to the fair.”

 

The next edition of Eco Expo Asia will be held from 29 October – 1 November 2014 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. For more information, please email ecoexpo@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com, or exhibitions@hktdc.org, or visit www.ecoexpoasia.com.

 

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Media Contact:

 

Keena Tsui
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
Direct line +852 2238 9970
Fax     +852 2519 6800
keena.tsui@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com
www.messefrankfurt.com.hk
www.ecoexpoasia.com

 

Gloria Yam
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Direct line +852 2240 4356
Fax +852 3915 2464
gloria.kk.yam@hktdc.org
www.hktdc.com

 

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world's leading trade show organisers with 536.9 million euros in sales and 1,833 active employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and approx. 50 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events “made by Messe Frankfurt” take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2012, Messe Frankfurt organised 109 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds, featuring 578,000 square metres, are currently home to ten exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Center. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com

 

Background information on HKTDC
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 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit: www.hktdc.com