Why Xu Weip­ing is invit­ing tech firms to Royal Docks

ABP in­vites Lon­don firms to meet lead­ing Chi­nese tech firms at its three day ex­hi­bi­tion

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E‘‘ This is the golden era of trade and re­la­tions be­tween the UK and China Xu Weip­ing, ABP

ast Lon­don al­ready has the mo­men­tum when it comes to tech­nol­ogy. Hav­ing started around Old Street, the flow of tal­ent and busi­ness has been pulled away from the cen­tre, drawn by the likes of Ca­nary Wharf’s tech ac­cel­er­a­tor Level39.

Now there is a fresh mag­net in the mix. ABP’s £1.7bil­lion Royal Al­bert Dock de­vel­op­ment is the lat­est lode­stone to ex­ert its force on the cap­i­tal’s dig­i­tal en­ter­prises.

As part of Lon­don Tech Week, it is invit­ing firms based in the cap­i­tal and be­yond to a free in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion at Com­pres­sor House from June 12 to 14.

The event is in­tended as a meet­ing of east and west with a group of 20 com­pa­nies from Shen­zhen – China’s tech city – trav­el­ling to meet ex­hibitors in­clud­ing Honey­well, Siemens, Huawei, Glob­a­l­ynx and Alibaba. The ex­hi­bi­tion has been or­gan­ised by ABP in part­ner­ship with Chi­nese firm Tian An Cy­ber Park, which is the de­vel­oper’s part­ner in its project to cre­ate East Lon­don Tech Hub, which will see com­pa­nies from east and west share space in the 4.7mil­lion sq ft of­fice dis­trict in Royal Docks.

ABP chair­man Xu Weip­ing, who will speak at the event, said: “This is the golden era of trade and re­la­tions be­tween the UK and China.

“The ABP In­ter­na­tional Tech Ex­hi­bi­tion is a per­fect illustration of that as well as a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to show­case tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and so­lu­tions from the UK, China and other in­ter­na­tional firms at the Royal Al­bert Dock.”

The event will in­clude a num­ber of sem­i­nars and talks with speak­ers from a wide range of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing tech in­vest­ment firms, the Mayor Of Lon­don’s of­fice, Tech UK, the Bri­tish Govern­ment, Asian gov­ern­ments, tech PR ex­perts and the CEO of Tian An. There will be a se­ries of net­work­ing ses­sions as an op­por­tu­nity for UK and Asia tech lead­ers to con­nect and build fu­ture part­ner­ships.

Out­side Com­pres­sor House there will be a dis­play by Porsche on its lat­est tech­nol­ogy and the Mu­seum Of Lon­don Arche­ol­ogy’s Time Truck, with ex­hibits to cel­e­brate the Royal Docks’ cul­tural heritage and his­tor­i­cal trade links be­tween China and Europe.

Time Truck ar­chae­ol­o­gist Anna Ni­cola said: “The ex­cit­ing re­de­vel­op­ment of Royal Al­bert Dock by ABP builds on more than a cen­tury of in­no­va­tion in Lon­don’s Dock­lands.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore this rich in­dus­trial past and learn how tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the area rev­o­lu­tionised life for mil­lions of Lon­don­ers, with last­ing pos­i­tive im­pacts to­day.”

The event will also fea­ture food trucks, a tech mu­sic per­for­mance and beer brewed by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

On com­ple­tion, ABP’s Royal Al­bert Dock will com­prise more than 80 of­fice build­ings in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial and retail space, bring­ing more than 30,000 jobs to the area.

Com­pres­sor House, orig­i­nally built as a re­frig­er­ated stor­age fa­cil­ity in 1914, is lo­cated next to Royal Al­bert DLR sta­tion, which is around 12 min­utes from Ca­nary Wharf by pub­lic trans­port.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of ABP’s Royal Al­bert Dock de­vel­op­ment Below right, ABP chair­man Xu Weip­ing Below left, Com­pres­sor House which will host its Lon­don Tech Week ex­hi­bi­tion

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