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Finding the right electronics manufacturer in China, or elsewhere in Asia, is complicated. You need to make sure that they got the right quality management systems in place, and that they can make products that comply with electronics safety standards in your country.
By attending a trade show, you can meet a large number of qualified electronics suppliers, under one roof. Thus, you can save weeks, perhaps even months, of work when looking for the right manufacturer.
In this guide, you get a complete overview of the top 2020 electronics trade shows, in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam and Singapore.
Hong Kong Electronics Fair
The Hong Kong Electronics Fair will take place on October 13-16, 2020, in Hong Kong.
The fair, which is organized by Global Sources, features more than 3,700 display booths, and separate zones for different categories like Startup Launchpad, Smart Living Pavilion, VR & Gaming Experience Zone, Next-Gen Components Zone, and more.
You can also find a wide range of products under different categories like:
VR & Gaming
Computer & Accessories, etc.
The admission fee is HK$50 while only 18 years or older are allowed to enter.
The show takes place in two phases – the first phase is for consumer electronics while the second phase is for mobile electronics.
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo, next to Hong Kong International Airport.
Canton Fair Phase 1
The Canton Fair takes place twice every year in three phases. For the year 2020, phase 1 takes place on April 15-19, 2020 (spring edition) and on October 15-19, 2020 (autumn edition):
You can also explore lighting equipment, vehicles & spare parts, machinery, hardware & tools, and other related products.
To visit the fair, you need a visa if you’re not from the 13 countries with a visa-free entry that also includes Singapore and Japan. You can also check the list here to learn about your country’s status.
People who are visiting from North America, Europe, and Australia need a visa to visit China.
The exhibition takes place twice a year in April and October. The last event was attended by around 100,000 visitors while over 20,000 businesses also displayed their products.
Venue: No. 380, Yuejiang Zhong Road, Guangzhou, China
The fair is organized by China Electronics Appliance Corporation as a regular yearly event since 1964. It is one of the largest electronic shows in China and Asia.
Around 1,500 manufacturers and brands attend CEF Shanghai every year, while more than 60,000 visitors also visit the fair.
The fair is slightly different from other similar exhibitions on our list as it focuses more on components instead of products. You can mostly find electronic components in this exhibition under various categories like electronics components (connector, semiconductor, etc.), electronics equipment and instruments, defense electronics, smart cars, lithium battery materials, on-vehicle software & hardware, and more.
The admission is only allowed for 18 years and older.
Venue: 2345 Long Yang Road, Pudong Area, 201204, Shanghai New International Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
The three versions of this fair are organized by CEAC (China Electronics Appliance Corp.) every year in different cities including Shenzhen.
You can find a wide range of electronics products, consumer electronics, and electrical components here.
The exhibition center is divided among 9 Halls based on the product categories which include Intelligent Manufacturing, New Displays & Applications, 3D Printing, Industrial Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Interactive Environment, Test and Measurement Instruments, New Energy, and Electronic Components.
You can find some of the most advanced consumer products here based on the groundbreaking latest technology.
Thousands of exhibitors and visitors attend this fair every year, which makes it one of the major electronic fairs in Asia.
Venue: Fuhua Third Road, Futian District, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China
Taiwan (Republic of China)
Computex Taipei will take place on June 2-6, 2020, in Taipei. It is also referred to as one of the leading B2B ICT trade shows in Asia.
In 2019, around 1,680 exhibitors joined the trade show from 26 countries, while products were displayed on more than 5,800 booths.
You can find some of the leading tech giants here as the fair focuses on technology and artificial intelligence.
Most of the exhibitors are Taiwan based companies, but you can also find companies from Mainland China, Hong Kong S.A.R, South Korea, Europe, the United States, and Japan.
Around 42,000 visitors from 171 countries also visited the fair in 2019.
You can explore products and solutions under different categories which include Smart Home & Entertainment, Wearable Devices, Smart Tech Solutions, Security Applications, Automotive Electronics, and more.
This is a high-tech ICT exhibition where you can explore future technology trends, and meet with some of the most promising tech startups.
You can also visit the sister exhibition, Innovex on the same dates and at the same venue which is specifically for tech startups.
Admission is restricted to professionals (you must have a business card) and people over the age of 18.
Taiwan allows visa-free entry to around 60 countries which include United States, Canada, European Union, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, etc. You can also check the complete list here.
Venue: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 & 2, Jingmao 2nd Road, Taipei
The yearly event is organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
The event attracts hundreds of exhibitors every year and focuses more on electronic components instead of consumer products.
You can find categories like cables, wires, batteries, power supplies, instruments, security equipment, LED components, and few consumer electronic devices.
You can also attend another similar event on the same dates and at the same venue, BROADBAND Taiwan exhibition, which focuses on electronic communication technologies.
The event is not as big as some other exhibitions, but it still attracts a considerable number of exhibitors and visitors from all around the world.
More than 530 exhibitors joined the last event while around 24,000 visitors attended as well.
Venue: Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), 5, Hsin-Yi Rd. Section 5, Taipei
NEPCON is the only major exhibition on electronics and related technology in Vietnam that takes place in September or October once every year. This year, it will take place on September 9-11, 2020, at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC).
For people from the European Union, Japan, UK, South Korea, Malaysia, or Singapore, entry without a visa is possible while for most other nationalities, a visa is required.
In total, Vietnam offers visa-free entry to citizens of 24 countries. You can check the list here if your country is included.
Compared to other events on our list, the exhibition is small in size that attracted less than 10,000 visitors last year and only a few hundred exhibitors.
But it is still a good option to meet Vietnam based manufacturers and to explore testing technologies, SMT, electronic equipment, and manufacturing components.
Venue: 799 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway, District 7, Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Co-founder of Asiaimportal (HK) Limited and based in Hong Kong. He has been quoted in and contributed to Bloomberg, SCMP, Alibaba Insights, Globalsources.com, China Chief Executive, Quartz Magazine and more.
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