World's biggest computing fair opens its doors

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10 March 2005 , HANOVER - CeBIT, the world's biggest computing fair, opened its doors on Thursday in the German city of Hanover with a huge Asian presence, dominated by Taiwan with more than 700 exhibitors. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the city of Hanover's most celebrated resident, took an early morning look around the fair before heading off to a day of traditional political business. After weeks of recurrent snow in Germany, the snow melted and the weather turned sunny in time for the opening, t

10 March 2005 

HANOVER - CeBIT, the world's biggest computing fair, opened its doors on Thursday in the German city of Hanover with a huge Asian presence, dominated by Taiwan with more than 700 exhibitors.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the city of Hanover's most celebrated resident, took an early morning look around the fair before heading off to a day of traditional political business.

After weeks of recurrent snow in Germany, the snow melted and the weather turned sunny in time for the opening, though temperatures were still only just above freezing at the sprawling fairground as the world's best in computing and communications gathered.

More than 6,000 companies are showing not just consumer products such as flat screens, laptops and mobile phones but also nuts and bolts products such as plugs and cables.

Much of the fair is devoted to "business processes" - the software that helps banks to track money on the move, plumbers to charge for hours worked or factories to discover the whereabouts of spare parts.

For the first time, German companies will be in a minority at CeBIT. Taiwanese and Chinese make up the biggest of the international contingents, reflecting the rapid growth of their digital economies and Europe's insatiable appetite for new products.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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