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HTC to address Computex forum for first time

HTC to address Computex forum for first time

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp. said Thursday it will attend a summit forum at Computex Taipei this year for the first time to help promote the world's second-largest ICT trade show. HTC will deliver a keynote speech June 6 at the CEO Summit Forum, but the company's representative and the topic to be addressed have not yet been confirmed, the organizers said. Other confirmed participants include Warren East, CEO of chip designer ARM Holdings Plc, and Barry Lam, chairman of laptop contract maker Quanta Computer Inc., the organizers said. Google Inc. and Intel Corp. will confirm their participation by mid-April, according to the Taiwan External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA). "TAITRA has a long history of helping the world enjoy innovations from Taiwan and helping Taiwan connect to the world," HTC Chief Marketing Officer John Wang said at a press conference. He said the collaboration between TAITRA and HTC is a "very visible example" of such efforts. "To me personally, working together with TAITRA Executive Vice President Walter Yeh and with TAITRA has been a privilege and we look forward to taking this collaboration to a whole new level," Wang said. He said HTC is willing to take part in the forum to do its social duty and to help promote the biggest international exhibition in Taiwan. He declined to comment on whether HTC will launch new products at Computex. The Taipei Computer Association, one of the organizers of Computex, had failed in its efforts over the past few years to have HTC to join the annual event, said David Liu, a media liaison officer with the association. He said perhaps HTC, as a smartphone maker, was not very interested in the computer-related topics at Computex. However, Computex this year has listed "smart handheld devices" as one of its four major topics and HTC's participation may be an indication that it wants to consolidate its relationship with its partners in the information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem, Liu added. Computex Taipei will be held June 5-9, featuring Ultrabooks, smart handheld devices, e-reading and cloud technology. A total of 1,800 exhibitors at 5,400 booths are expected to participate, which would make the show bigger than ever before, according to TAITRA. The show is expected to attract more than 36,000 international buyers and generate US$28 billion in business, up from US$25 billion in 2011, the council said. (By Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-10-22 04:00 GMT+08:00