Spring Trade Fair wraps up

Inside the 16th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair

The 16th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair wrapped up at the end of last week. I‘ve taken a look through some of the footage from Korean national television and KCNA and spotted a few companies that were exhibiting.

At last year’s trade fair, the Korea Computer Center debuted a new tablet PC. This year didn’t see any major launches of new IT equipment, at least according to the media coverage, but there were tablet computers on show.

One of the companies highlighted in the national TV coverage was Achim Panda Computer JV, also known as Morning Panda Computer. The company was established in 2002 with China’s Panda Electronics. Kim Jong Il visited the Nanjing Panda factory in 2011 during his trip to China.

As usual, the products on show included the big, like CNC machine tools and cars, the high-tech, like tablet computers, and the edible, like food and drink.

The CNC machines were being shown by Ryonha Machine Tool, which Curtis Melvin has profiled on NK Econwatch. The company has factories in Pyongyang and Huichon, but is hobbled by the inclusion of its parent company, Korea Ryonbong General Corporation, on the U.N. sanctions list.

There was also the luxurious: Tissot watches were on show by P&G Co. The company was profiled in “Foreign Trade” in 2007 and described as “a selling agent of the Swiss watchmakers, serving concurrently as the Koryo Association for the Development of Economic Cooperation (KAD).”

Here are some of the companies that were spotted in the video coverage:

  • Ryonha Machine Tool
  • Puhung Trading General Corp.
  • P & G Co.
  • Jangsu Trading Co.
  • High-Tech Development Center
  • Kumunsan Trading Corp.
  • R.C.E. Technology JV
  • Achim Panda Computer JV
  • MT Regional Resources Sdn Bhd
  • Metals & Mining Corp.
  • Manbok JV
  • Kimhwa Trading Corp.
  • Korea Insam Trading Corp.
  • Dandong KPR Electronic Co. Ltd.
  • Digital Info Technology Pty Ltd.
  • Korean Polish Shipping

And here’s a gallery of some of the companies and products on show. Widescreen (16:9) images are from KCNA, standard aspect ratio (4:3) images are from KCTV.


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