THE Hong Kong International Industrial Products Exhibition is back in business and companies from across the territory's commercial spectrum have lined up to make sure it is a success. After a lay-off of 20 years - due to the lack of a suitable venue - the exhibition has been rejuvenated. The organisers, the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong (CMA), believe this is the start of a new era in the history of the exhibition which, at its height, attracted almost two million visitors. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the CMA, which makes the exhibition - which starts today - a focal point for its achievements as well as a centrepiece in Hong Kong's trade calendar. The CMA's president, Herbert Liang, said he hoped the four-day exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, would reflect the changing and developing nature of business in the region. The CMA expects the new exhibition to reflect changes they say are now affecting the manufacturing industry. Mr Liang said the move from labour-intensive modes of production to the technology-led and capital-intensive modes of production would be much in evidence. A manufacturer's emphasis on technology, efficiency and the development of high-valued manufacturing activities will be one of the exhibition's main facets. Mr Liang said: 'In the past, the Hong Kong Industrial Products Exhibition served as a contracted image of Hong Kong's industrial development, displaying local industrial products mainly composed of light consumer items. 'Staged in the 1990s, the 32nd exhibition will encompass the industrial products from Hong Kong, overseas countries and mainland China to cope with the fast developing international trade and industrial activities.' The fair will feature a range of products from personal items such as clothing and fashion accessories to hi-tech computer and electronic products. The idea behind the exhibition is to boost product image to let the public see what is on offer and to try to win essential overseas business. 'This year, the exhibition will maintain its renowned tradition in representing the industry as a whole and present to buyers and visitors a comprehensive picture on the overall situation of manufacturing industries worldwide, their latest products, technologies and services,' Mr Liang said. 'It will also help exhibitors know more about their respective sectors and the industry as a whole, create more investment and development opportunities and further facilitate industrial diversification.' Facilities are being provided for over 500 local, overseas and mainland manufacturers to display their latest products, technology and services and for visitors to look around and buy. The exhibition is being held immediately after the Canton Autumn Fair. The organiser, Headway Trade Fairs Ltd, expects well over 100,000 buyers to attend - many of whom who are coming to Hong Kong just for the exhibition. 'A lot of organisation and hard work has gone into this event and we feel sure it will prove an enormous success for all the companies involved and for all the visitors, too,' Dawn Leung of Headway, said. She hoped about two million visitors would attend.