CIIE 2018: New things the world wants to sell to China at inaugural import fair
Here are some of the interesting exhibits that are being featured at the CIIE.
1. FLYING CAR
Slovakian company AeroMobil's first flying car, the 1.4-tonne electric-hybrid 4.0 STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing Aircraft), is making its Asia debut in Shanghai this week. The vehicle can travel both on land and in air, and can transform from car to flight mode in under three minutes.
2. WORLD'S SMALLEST HEART PACEMAKER
United States medical technology firm Medtronic is bringing what it claims to be the world's smallest heart pacemaker to the CIIE. The wireless Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is less than 10 percent the size of traditional pacemakers.
3. MAORI FOOD PRODUCE
The HUI Maori Collective, comprising of 11 companies, looks to bring Maori-produced food and beverage products to China. The range of products include fruit bars, wine and Manuka honey.
New Zealand's Minister for Maori development Nanaia Mahuta said that for the very first time, Maori exporters can enter into the modern world of e-commerce in ways that will derive benefits for New Zealand's international status as a trading nation, CGTN reported.
4. PREMIUM KENYAN COFFEE
East African coffee chain Java House, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya, will be brewing its premium coffee at the CIIE. It is one of several African firms hoping to expand into the Chinese market, and has signed a distribution agreement with Shanghai-based logistics company Greechain International Ltd.
5. DIAMOND-CRUSTED SHOES
Luxury company Genavant, co-founded by renowned shoe designer Jimmy Choo and his godson Reggie Hung, is showcasing a pair of 30 million yuan (S$5.9 million) heels.According to Choo, the diamond-crusted heels took almost one year to complete.Created by Choo and Hung, the shoes feature 400 to 500 pink and white diamonds graded by the Gemological Institute of America and will be displayed alongside other bejewelled shoes.