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Stage is set for April China Sourcing Fair

Posted: 16 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Following the success of the October 2004 "China Sourcing Fair (CSF): Electronics & Components" in Shanghai Mart, event manager Global Sources gears up to cope with the expected 50 percent increase in the number of exhibitors this April.

The three-day fair, to be held on April 12 to 14, is designed to bring buyers from 137 countries face-to-face with Chinese suppliers on one exhibit floor. The show is a key opportunity for international buyers who want to expand their sourcing options and improve bottom lines by buying direct from established and emerging suppliers in China.

To meet the increased demand this year, Global Sources will be providing an additional 12,000m? of multi-storied exhibition space to Shanghai Mart in the adjacent INTEX Shanghai Conference and Exhibition Center.

For exhibitors like Ruixiang Electronic Technology Co. Ltd, one of mainland China's earliest manufacturers of laser pickups for video game systems, CD, VCD and DVD players, participating in the CSF means more than making deals with potential buyers. "We are not a big company yet," said Stone Yuan, a company executive. "But participating at CSF is a step toward getting there."

Meanwhile, a number of exhibitors see the importance of CSF as an effective means of promoting their products to international buyers.

"We met about 200 buyers and more than 10 percent of them have intense interest in our products. Most of them are new buyers we've never met at any other shows we've attended," said Howard Zhao, vice general manager at Wellstart Industrial Co. Ltd.

"Compared to other shows, CSF is more committed to global marketing because we see more overseas buyers in this show, many of which are professional purchasers and engineers," said Lucy Wang, sales manager of Guangdong-based Guangyi Photoelectron Co. Ltd, manufacturer of active components, subassemblies and parts.

Gordon Ketelby, managing director of Australian-based CABAC, said that the CSF is different from other exhibits in Hong Kong and Taiwan. "At the old shows in Taiwan, and to some extent in Hong Kong, you tend to see the same guys again and again. But in China, I'm finding new people with new products."

"I buy goods from China to resell in Mexico, the United States, India and a few other countries," said Jose Loustaunau, co-owner of First Meridian Co. Ltd. "In the three days at the fair, I found everything I wanted."

"I found my 'golden egg' at this show," said Imran Hasan, president of Transglobal Systems of Canada Inc. "I was looking for a very specific kind of connector. I didn't find it in Korea and Taiwan, but I found it at this show."

Buyer attendance for the October 2004 show was 19,037an overall increase of 24 percent from the previous event, and with international buyer numbers up more than 30 percent.

Global Sources will introduce the CSF to Hong Kong in April 2006.

- Jerico Abila

Electronic Engineering Times-Asia

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