Largest-ever Global Sources 2015 Fall Trade Show Series to Feature 8,000 Booths

September 22, 2015

Global Sources' 2015 fall trade show series will kick off at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong on Oct. 11. The shows will be staged in three phases, with 4,500 exhibitors showcasing products in around 8,000 booths.

President of Global Sources Electronics Group Tommy Wong said: "I am extremely proud that this fall marks our 10th anniversary of hosting trade shows in Hong Kong and these are the largest-ever events since debuting in Hong Kong in 2006.”

He added, "Within the past decade, Global Sources trade shows have joined the ranks of the leading sourcing events in the region and have become the preeminent events for tens of thousands of international buyers looking to source quality products from reliable suppliers across China and Asia."

Global Sources Electronics, to be held in two phases, is expected to be the world's largest electronics sourcing trade show. It will feature a wide range of high-demand electronics at some 5,800 booths.

The show will give attendees insights into rapidly accelerating innovation coming out of the region through multiple Experience Zones, the new Startup Launchpad pavilion, and the TEDx conference with innovation set as the theme.

The first phase will run from Oct.11-14 and focus on home, office, and auto electronics, security products and electronic components. The second phase, Mobile Electronics, will be held Oct. 18-21 and is expected to showcase more than 2,300 booths of the latest smartphones, tablets, wearables, accessories and drones.

This year's electronics show will feature several Experience Zones that allow buyers to take a closer look at the most in-demand products come out in the consumer electronics markets. Products in these special zones include smart home security items, next-generation components, electric personal transporters, drones and robotics.

The Gifts & Home show will take place Oct. 18-21 and will be held concurrently with Mobile Electronics, providing expanded sourcing options for visiting buyers. The show is set to feature quality suppliers of innovative and creative products including smart home devices, smart gifts, sports and outdoor products, kitchenware and dinnerware.

Special demonstration zones for sports cameras and 3D printing will be set up for buyers to experience how emerging technologies are reinventing everyday life. Creative & Design Pavilion is set to feature the latest collection of innovative designs from exhibitors.

Asia's leading, one-stop fashion sourcing shows to cover accessories, apparel and fabrics will be held Oct. 27-30. Three co-located events are Fashion Accessories & Footwear, Fashion Apparel & Fabrics and Underwear & Swimwear. The shows will exhibit a wide selection of products from head to toe, covering a range of fashion items as well as highlighting the hottest styles and trends.

New this October is the Young Designers Corner to showcase designs with fashion parades by emerging and talented designers from Korea and top fashion schools in Hong Kong.

The Fashion Technology Corner will demonstrate the latest trends in fashion technology such as 3D printing application in apparel and footwear, while the ASEAN Select Showcase will feature apparel from emerging garment hubs, including Myanmar and Vietnam.

The fall shows are expected to attract tens of thousands of buyers, including executives from many of the world's leading brands and retailers including Audiovox, BenQ, Burberry, Carrefour, Cisco, FILA, Foxconn, Fujitsu, Hallmark Cards, Huawei, H&M, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Li & Fung, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, Panasonic, Philips, RadioShack, Samsonite, Samsung, Sobond, Sony, Target, TCL, Triumph, Woolworths and Walt Disney.

Comprehensive value-added services will be offered to visiting buyers to maximize their sourcing efficiency, including Private Sourcing Events, conference programs, trends and color forums, fashion parade, VIP Buyer Office Suites, and many more.

Global Sources trade shows are complemented year-round by corresponding industry-focused websites. Each website delivers exclusive content, updated daily -- including Analyst's Choices which highlight the industry's newest and most important products.

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