by Gang Hao Chang, Fastener World Expo F, the most specialized hardware show in Central America and the Caribbean region, successfully made its first debut on Oct. 24-26, 2017 at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City. This show attracted a myriad of exhibitors from home and abroad, who showed high interest in developing Latin American & the Caribbean hardware markets. Fastener World also booked a stand at the show this year to help relevant Taiwanese industries discover business opportunities and reinforce marketing for their brands. According to the organizers, the aim of Expo F 2017 was to facilitate the improvement and progress in the regional hardware industry, boost industrial collaboration and offer a wide gateway for companies to expand business to Latin American & the Caribbean new emerging hardware markets. In addition, according to Fastener World’s show correspondent on-site, Expo F was the best platform for relevant hardware companies to exchange industrial intelligence with each other and the best observatory to get a clear picture of the current market trends and developments in the region. During the 3-day event, exhibitors not only showcased their latest hardware products, technology and patents, but also tried to locate the most potential purchasers and business partners at the event. One latest market survey reports that with the successful expansion of Panama Canal, the increasing investment in large infrastructure projects, stable economic growth and the relatively friendly governmental regulations, the demand for hardware products in the market is increasing day after day. Many professionals from the industry also said that the future of the construction industry in Panama and Latin America is very promising and they expect growth in construction spending as well. All these positive conditions are no doubt favorable to relevant industries and suppliers, especially the main purchasing sources of Panama, such as China, USA, Italy, Japan, Spain, S. Korea, Colombia, Taiwan, Mexico and Germany.