Chamber in Review
Celebrating Home-grown Innovation
Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Grand Award

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
This is a revolutionary ignition system that offers multiple benefits to users. It features a hydroelectric-powered trigger that relies on the flow of water instead of disposable batteries to generate energy for ignition and the operation of safety features in water heaters. The system, which has a shelf life of 10 years, dispenses with the need for disposable batteries and is therefore more cost effective and environmentally friendly. This would result in an annual saving of at least 80,000 conventional batteries, which would otherwise be required for powering up balanced-flue gas water heaters. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Award

Artech Graphics Limited
Eco Décor Solution offers a selection of designs and products that range from basic product displays to pop-ups made completely of eco-friendly paper and cardboard. The applicant explores new business opportunities by using its ample printing experience and capabilities to create new displays and exhibition panels. This is a local innovation that facilitates new business services by making use of creative designs and environmentally friendly materials. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Award

Bank of Communications (Hong Kong) Limited
Smart Kiosk enables clients to open bank accounts within 15-20 minutes with no human interaction. Through the Smart Kiosk, the bank is able to accelerate the registration and verification process by using the latest eKYC (Know Your Customer) technologies comprising AI, big data analysis and facial recognition. The Smart Kiosk demonstrates how the bank is developing innovative ways to alleviate pressure on frontline staff. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Award

Fano Labs Limited
Fano Labs Limited, which specialises in speech and language technologies, has demonstrated its ability to use scientific research to develop a commercially viable product. Artificial Intelligence Customer Service System uses AI technology to develop sophisticated and practical transcription services. The company has a strong potential for growth, and hopes that the technique can be used in Hong Kong’s Smart City development. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Award

Hung Hing Printing Group Limited
Smart Planning Solution revolutionises the traditional method of prioritising orders for printing through an internally developed algorithm. Hung Hing Printing Group has introduced a new solution for manufacturing to take advantage of the Internet of Things and mature big data techniques, which should help strengthen the adoption of Industry 4.0 in Hong Kong while generating revenue through productivity gains. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

Celebrating Home-grown Innovation<br/>表揚本土創新創意

2019 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Innovation and Creativity Award

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd
Ove Arup has demonstrated a strong passion for technological excellence in building management services. Neuron is an innovative console that uses 5G, IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing and AI technology to monitor real-time performance of buildings through metrics such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, pipe health and power supply. The system helps to expedite the digitalisation of buildings in line with Hong Kong’s Smart City targets. (Comments by the HKGCC Judging Panel)

With its innovative ignition system for water heaters, Towngas won the Grand Award in the Innovation and Creativity category at this year’s Hong Kong Awards for Industries. 

Towngas, formally known as The Hong Kong and China Gas Company, was awarded at a ceremony on 2 December along with eight other companies in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the Innovation and Creativity category.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Salina Yan, Director-General of Trade and Industry at the Trade and Industry Department, congratulated winners across the Award’s seven categories. She expressed her admiration for their tenacity and resolve in pursuing excellence.

“I am delighted that these companies have continued to make innovation and technology a cornerstone in their corporate strategy to enhance their competitiveness,” Yan said.

“This is exemplified in the rise of smart factories where cutting-edge technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence are increasingly applied to the shop floor. 

“At the same time, innovative and creative approaches are being developed to sustain and grow corporate brands. Such achievements are emblematic of the enterprising and resourceful spirit that Hong Kong businesses are renowned for.” 

The Chamber organizes the Innovation and Creativity category of the Awards. This year’s nine winners were selected by the HKGCC Judging Panel and Assessment Team after carefully going through 34 entries received in this category. The nine companies were then submitted for endorsement by the Final Judging Panel, chaired by Professor Way Kuo, President of City University of Hong Kong.

The nine winners comprised businesses from diverse industries such as public utility, banking, printing, technology and telecommunications, reflecting how innovation and creativity are key for growth and success across all sectors.

Chamber Chairman Aron Harilela congratulated all the winners. 

“Hong Kong has shown time and time again that it has the will and capability to develop innovative solutions to address emerging markets and capture new opportunities,” he said.

“This is evident from this year’s Award entrants, who have displayed a range of ideas and concepts that are simultaneously unique, interesting and inspiring. More importantly, these are market-proven and commercially viable. I applaud the winners for their vision, courage and efforts to bring their ideas to life.” 

The Hong Kong Awards for Industries is the city’s premier business awards scheme and is championed by the HKSAR Government. This year, 73 winners were selected from a total of 231 entries received under the seven categories of Consumer Product Design, Equipment and Machinery Design, Customer Service, Innovation and Creativity, Smart Productivity, Technological Achievement, and Upgrading and Transformation.

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