Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 03 June 2015
COMPUTEX TAIPEI is back! This major professional ICT trade show, co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association, kicked off this morning, June 2nd, at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall with help from Republic of China (Taiwan) president Ma Ying-jeou and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles H. Rivkin.
Other bigwigs in attendance were Executive Yuan Vice Premier Chang San-cheng, Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Cho Shih-Chao, TAITRA Chairman Francis Liang, TCA Chairman Tung, Taipei Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji, Industrial Development Bureau Director General Dr. Ming-Ji Wu, Bureau of Foreign Trade economic consultant Berton B.C. Chiu, and iF International Forum Design Managing Director Ralph Wiegmann.
TAITRA Chairman Francis Liang’s opening remarks focused on Taiwan’s role in the international supply chain in the age of IT mobility. Taiwan continues to dominate in manufacturing technology and capacity, from the production of key component, such as foundry, IC design, camera lenses, and touch screens, to readily assembled OEMs. COMPUTEX is the metric of Taiwanese ICT growth, and to date it is the largest ICT trade show in Asia and second largest in the world. The 35th edition features 1702 exhibitors from 21 countries, who have rent 5072 booths, centering around 3 major themes: The Internet of Things, mobile applications, and the cloud.
International brands Intel, Microsoft, and Ford choose COMPUTEX as the launching pad for their newest products, as well as globally renowned Taiwanese brands Acer, Asus, Mediatek, and Delta. COMPUTEX is also joined by ASE, the world’s largest semiconductor company, and Haier, the world’s largest maker of consumer electronics, among this year’s first-time exhibitors, while some regulars have upped their exhibit stakes, such as ARM Holdings and Taiwanese brand BenQ.
COMPUTEX also features over 100 forums and seminars over its 5-day duration, as well as more than 40 product releases by individual exhibitors.
During his speech, President Ma noted Taiwan’s role as the major producer country in ICT. In 2015, communication equipment around the world has increased by 7.9%, the value nearing $500 billion USD, or $18 trillion TWD; the overall value of the Taiwanese ICT is approximately $2.8 trillion TWD, 18.7% of the global market, with a growth rate of 9.9% that far exceeds the average growth rate of other nations.
Charles Rivkin, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, announced in his speech the launching of a U.S.-Taiwan Digital Economy Forum. President Ma expressed interest in cooperating with the U.S., citing the U.S.’s role as Taiwan’s second largest trade partner in 2014 with $62.2 billion USD worth of bilateral trade, accounting for 10.6% of the global share.
The COMPUTEX TAIPEI opening ceremony also doubled as an awards presentation for the 5 COMPUTEX d&i Gold Award designs. President Ma himself presented the awards to Dell for their XPS 13 Ultrabook™ and Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop, TPV Technology for their AOC LX series curved TV and Digital Signage X 27” Digital Sign, and Smanos for their K1 SmartHome DIY kit .
This is Dell’s first year entering the d&i awards, and the first-time entrant was able to land the coveted Gold Award for two designs. The XPS 13 Ultrabook™ was lauded as “impeccable” by the jury panel, while the Alienware Area 51 gaming desktop broke through the traditional cubic design to impress the jury with its hexagonal “Triad” chassis— “a perfect marriage of machinery and design”, says the jury.
TPV Technology also impressed the jury with two stellar products, the AOC LX series curved TV, with its sleek and minimal design and unibody chrome-finish frame, and the Digital Signage X 27” Digital Sign, which adopts the same elegant aesthetic while providing multiple configurations. Smanos takes the 5th Gold Award with a smart home gateway that supports up to 50 wireless devices, such as locks, alarms, and surveillance cameras, allowing users to remotely monitor through their smart phones.
The five d&i Gold Award winners will be displayed with the other acclaimed designed in the Nangang Exhibition Hall (booth I0407) through the show, before embarking on a worldwide tour to the other major international ICT shows CES, CeBIT, IFA, and GITEX. This tour offers oversea buyers a chance to see these outstanding designs up close and contact the manufacturers through TAITRA.
The CPX Conference—the Wearable Technology Forum, the Smart City Forum, and the Cloud Security Forum—invited high-level officers from Acer, Alliander, ARM, Bosch, Broadcom, Ford, IBM, Intel, NVIDIA, NXP, Polar Electro, Qualcomm, Samsung, SAP, STMicroelectronics, and Trendmicro to present on industry trends relating to the three sectors. Speakers and moderators also included experts in software and hardware and innovative services relating to the Internet of Things and the cloud. Attendance for the Wearable Technology Forum, and the Smart City Forum exceeded 1000 domestic and international specialists and buyers.