THE British health-care equipment industry is marketing its products in Hong Kong to expand its 4.5 per cent market share in the territory. A trade mission organised by the Association of British Health-Care Industries was meeting Hong Kong buyers until Thursday, mission leader David MacKenzie said. 'The territory is an extremely important market for us,' Mr MacKenzie said. British trade commissioner Rick Lowes said Hong Kong's medical equipment industry, not including pharmaceuticals, was worth about $3.5 billion a year. A British Department of Trade and Industry adviser, Michael Rosenberg, said his department had made promotion of British health-care equipment in Hong Kong a priority for about five years. The territory was seen as an attractive market because the health-care industry was growing, he said. One challenge Britain faced in expanding its share was that few makers made big-ticket items. Most produced lower-value equipment such as laboratory and operating theatre equipment and paediatric equipment.