Companies looking to participate in the global auto parts market may be interested to hear that Taipei, Taiwan, will host its largest ever combined auto parts and accessories, automotive electronics, and motorcycle parts event this April. AMPA (The Taipei Int’l Auto Parts & Accessories Show), will be launched at the brand new Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall from April 9 to 12, 2008. The brand new TWTC-Nangang features a total square footage of approximately 144,000 sq. meters, about twice the size of its former main venue, TWTC Exhibition Hall 1. The move to the larger venue will enable all AMPA exhibits to be housed under one roof, rather than in several satellite buildings. Exhibit Hall 1 will now serve as the home to the AutoTronics Taipei and newly added Motorcycle Taiwan shows. It is projected that 1,500 exhibitors will occupy more than 3,500 booths at the combined events. Attendance is projected to reach 45,000, including 5,000 international visitors. Organizers will also offer a series of events, including the International Auto Parts & Accessories Technology Forum, Industry Workshops and Seminars, Procurement Meetings, One-on-One Trade Talks, Innovative Awards, and Cross-Strait Auto Parts & Accessories Show. All these are aimed at creating more trade opportunities and progressing tech and market exchange. The past AMPA 2007 attracted more than 4,200 international buyers and nearly 35 thousand domestic businesses. Total number of visitors grew by around 3.6%. The largest number of buyers by country was Japan (21.10%), with 889 buyers, followed by the U.S. (9.94%), China (6.50%), Malaysia (6.45%), and Korea (4.63%). The gross product of the automobile industry in Taiwan has been growing steadily and has become one of the most important industries in Taiwan. Statistics show that the total export value of Taiwan’s auto parts and accessories in 2007 amounted to around US$4.1 billion, a 3.8% increase compared to the previous year. For more information on the event, please contact Rebeca Lewy, Taiwan Trade Center, Toronto, Ont., 416-363-9946 ext. 103, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.