Attendance at the Computex trade conference in Taiwan this year reflected the patterns of economic crisis in southern Asia.
Organisers said today that the number of attendees from the most troubled countries, notably Korea and Indonesia, had fallen sharply.
Last year, 1,105 Korean buyers visited Computex, said a representative from Taiwanese IT trade association Cetra. This year the number dropped to 612. This was blamed on the Korean economic slump and particularly crisis in its semiconductor industry.
Cetra only counts buyers visiting the show, a representative said. She maintained that, overall, the number of visitors would match last year's figure. But the number of Japanese buyers at the show also dropped from 1997, with 1,823 visiting this year compared to 1,383 last year.
The representative maintained that attendance from western European countries and the US was up on last year. "European and US companies seem to have been not affected at all [by the crisis]," she said.
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