The 31st Computex Taipei, the world’s second-largest technology trade show after Germany’s CeBIT, will be the largest to date this year, with booth numbers expanding 8 percent from last year to 5,200. For the first time, all five exhibition halls of Taipei World Trade Center will be used to house 1,800-plus participating firms from Taiwan and abroad, according to the organizer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
The trade fair is expected to attract 36,000 foreign buyers to source tech products and components from Taiwan, with an increasing number coming from emerging markets such as China, Russia, Indonesia and India, TAITRA executive vice president Walter Yeh told a press conference yesterday.
Last year, 35,017 overseas buyers from 216 countries visited Computex. Most came from the US, followed by Japan, China, Hong Kong and South Korea, TAITRA said. This year’s Computex, to be held from May 31 to June 4, will take place at Hall 1, 2 and 3 of the Taipei International Convention Center, as well as at Nangang Exhibition Hall.
It will expand on the latest trends on show at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, as well as CeBIT in Hannover this month, with tablet PCs, e-readers, smartphones, 3D and cloud computing taking center stage.