The 8th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair will be held from April 15 to 17 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, government officials announced on Tuesday.

The fair, which aims to showcase the latest innovations and technologies of companies from home and abroad, is co-organized by the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology, State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Municipal Government.

This year’s fair will cover a total exhibition area of 35,000 square meters – the same as the previous edition – and feature over 1,000 enterprises, the most in its history.

According to Zhou Lan, deputy director of the executive office of the fair and the deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, the focus of this year’s fair will be on advanced technological achievements and connecting innovative resources from home and abroad.

This year’s fair will feature a new online exhibition area as well as online conferences and other business activities. Foreign exhibitors from Japan, the Netherlands, Finland and Hungary will showcase their latest technology online.

The Osaka prefecture government has been invited to set up a theme hall at this year’s fair to showcase advanced technology and products in the fields of hydrogen storage and production, detection techniques and sealing materials. The hall is aimed at promoting cooperation and communication in green energy between enterprises from both countries.