Computex kicks off

Computex, the world's second largest IT trade fair, has opened its doors for its 26th year, boasting 1,300 exhibitors in its largest show to date. Over 130,000 buyers and visitors are expected to descend on Taipei in Taiwan over the next four days as the biggest names in IT and convergent technologies showcase their latest products.

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By  Andy Tillett in Taipei Published  June 6, 2006

Computex, the world's second largest IT trade fair, has opened its doors for its 26th year, boasting 1,300 exhibitors in its largest show to date. Over 130,000 buyers and visitors are expected to descend on Taipei in Taiwan over the next four days as the biggest names in IT and convergent technologies showcase their latest products. "If you take a look at what we export today and the percentage of components that Taiwanese companies manufacture, it is clear we are the number one in the industry. The significance of this show becoming number two in the world can be attributed to a number of things: the rise of Asian power in manufacturing, the fact that this is a fully digital show, a one stop shop for IT goods and because of our attention to connectivity. We think the average growth in computer and consumer electronic goods in Asia is twice as fast as in the Europe and US markets," said Dr Frank Huang, chairman of Taipei Computer Association. The show is spread out over five separate halls and hopes to generate over US$1 billion of business. Computex sees heavyweights such as Acer, BenQ and Foxconn playing on their home turf and all are expected to make major product and strategy announcements. Computex bosses also announced plans to keep on expanding the show, vying to reach the coveted number one spot on the world stage of IT trade events. "There are 54 more booths than last year and we are seeing demand increase - which is why we have now secured a deal to exhibit from 2008 in an entirely new location, which will have space for up to 5,000 exhibitors," said Hsu Chih-jen, president and CEO of Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The mayor of Taipei, Dr Ying-jeou Ma also announced that the city is soon to become the first truly wireless internet 'cybercity' in the world, with 4,000 access points deployed across it, giving public wireless access to citizens.

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