Alex Chen from the organizing committee of the China International poker Vending Systems and Commercial Self-Service Products Exhibition 2006 has revealed a number of fascinating facts about China’s growing vending industry. The past few years have seen an upsurge in the development of China’s automatic vending machines market. Vending machines in China are rapidly spreading all over the country, migrating from the affluent coastal areas and mega and second-tier cities to hinterland and sub-developed areas, from start hotels, subway stations, airports and other high-end venues to lower-level communities.

Industry experts predict that the potential for China’s vending market is capable of one machine for every 500 people, against currently one for every 23 in Japan, 40 in the US, and 60 in Europe, as China is still some way from the developed markets. China’s urban population of 360 million in 1996 represents a market potential of 730,000 vending poker machines, with an estimated annual sales of RMB 50bn on the basis of RMB200 per machine per day. China’s vending machines market is poised to boom during 2004-08 on the back of opportunities brought by Beijing’s claim to the 2008 Olympic Games and Shanghai’s entitlement to the World Expo 2010. the sector will enter into the development phase since 2008, when vending machines will stand to trigger the third retailing revolution in China after department stores and supermarkets.

According to estimates, the market has attracted the attention of 10 domestic developer-manufacturers and 40-plus operators. Nankai Guard and Qingdao Aucma have invested RMB160m and RMB60m on R & D, manufacturing, marketing, sales and operation, respectively since 2000 and 2001. Giants such as Haier have also set their sights on this niche. Nonetheless, the market is still dominated by Nankai Guard and Qingdao Aucma. Overseas giants have also begun to secure footholds. Fuji Electric, Japan’s leading AVM manufacturer, and Japan’s beverages companies, the world’s largest vending machines operators, are both bullish in the China market. Meanwhile, US firms De Amertek and Hengxin Group have also begun blazing trails.

China’s large and mid-level cities have reached the stage of rapid growth for vending machines. poker shanghai’s 2,000-plus high end office buildings, with a vast white-collar consumer base, are capable of vending machines on a large number of floors, though it is unrealistic for the buildings to house many shops. Shanghai’s rapidly growing rail system entails constant flux of instant consumers, enabling vending machines to be installed along the rail lines. With tourist and consumer sites increasing, these sites are also premier places for vending machines. It is widely believed among industry that now is the prime time to plunge headlong into the Chinese vending market.
Taiwan operators hope for change before end of year

Operators in the electronic industry of Taiwan are now facing hardship under the impact of the clear-up campaign that is strongly enforced by the government to overhaul social security. Also, the original idea of excluding education- type games from the electronic poker game law has been overthrown by the Executive Yuan. Furthermore, the registration system will be changed to a permission system and it will be retroactive. Within three to six months after the revision, game centres need to apply for permits to local governments, but local governments, but local governments have the right to refuse issuing licenses.
As this law revision is very important, related to the survival and prosperity of electronic game-related industries, representatives of various amusement associations in Taiwan including Taiwan Amusement Machine Association, CFACA, TAFEC and Taiwan Digital Entertainment Association convened a meeting at Taiwan Slot magazine to discuss solutions to changes in the direction of this law revision.
Since current president Chen, a former mayor of Taipei City lifted the thresholds for electronic game centre thresholds for electronics game centre applications, the electronic game business has almost disappeared because ‘ordinary category ’ electronic game establishments need to be located more than 1km away from hospitals, public and private schools, kindergartens and libraries. Operators and poker players alike are hoping that any new mayor’s attitude to electronic game centres will be more lenient than the present incumbent. The next elections are due at the end of the year.

* Taiwan firm TATC slot Giant TV is laying claims to be the ‘most specialized Chinese mechanical games media web. ’ The site, located at, serves Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.
* Derek Anderson, international sales director of Anderson and Amusement in Taiwan has told InterGame that his business now spreads across Europe. Latin America and North America. Anderson and Amusement focuses on the international trading of amusement and slot machine games as well as procurement of machine spare parts.