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CIOE closes with new records

The CIOE optoelectronics exhibition in China, which ran from 6-9 September, has reported increases in visitors, exhibitors and exhibition space, compared to the 2007 event.

The event attracted 15 per cent more exhibitors, 10 per cent more visitors and increased the exhibition area by 18 per cent compared to 2007. The 10th edition of the CIOE was organised by BMC Herong, a subsidiary of Business Media China AG. Covering a total exhibition area of 65,000sqm, the three exhibition halls of the Shenzhen Exhibition and Convention Center were divided into four specialised exhibition zones, presenting the latest innovations in the fields of optical communication, lasers and infrared applications, precision optics, and LED lighting and displays.

More than 2,173 companies used the CIOE as a platform for their latest products and technologies. International companies and brands such as JDSU, Olympus, Senko, Neophotonics, and Merck accounted for more than 50 per cent of the exhibitors. Many of them have participated in the CIOE for many years, including the German company Schott, which joined the CIOE in 2002. 

Once more, the highlights of the exhibition's international zones were the country pavilions from Canada and France. As an exhibitor of the Canadian Pavilion, Ruben Burga of IRphotonics said: ‘The CIOE is a complete exhibition with a quality similar to the Photonics West in the USA. We have experienced great visitor traffic with more than 20 promising leads per day.’

During the four days, the number of visitors surging through the halls reached 85,000. Moreover, UK Trade and Investment organised a UK delegation of 10 companies to the CIOE. Arranging a matchmaking event on 8 September, the delegation brought Chinese and international suppliers and buyers from the optoelectronics industry together.

In addition to the exhibition, the CIOE offered a three-day conference for China’s optoelectronics industry that dealt with both scientific and practical issues. The exhibition and the conference were supported by all important Chinese universities as well as by optoelectronics-related state institutions: the China Association for Science and Technology, the Academy of Opto-Electronics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Optical Society, the China Electronic Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of the Information Industry.

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