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2014

July
Global Sources is expanding its well-established China Sourcing Fair series to Jakarta, Indonesia – the sourcing hub of the ASEAN region.

June
EDN-China reveals 2014 Innovation Awards winners; Dr. Li Tingwei of Broadcom and professor Zhou Ligong of Guangzhou Zhiyuan Electronics named; Innovators of the Year 2014

March
Global Sources announces intended cash tender offer for up to $50 million of its outstanding common shares at $10.00 per share.

January
Global Sources has signed an agreement to purchase one floor of office space property in Singapore (together with appurtenant roof top accessory lots), for its operational use.

Global Sources wins Gold Award in The Asset Triple A Corporate Awards 2013.



2013

October
Global Sources celebrates 10 successful years of China Sourcing Fair: Electronics & Components.

August
Global Sources will launch China Sourcing Fair: Mobile & Wireless in 2014 to meet growing industry demand.

June
GlobalSources.com launches its redesigned homepage, highlighting the product positioning.

May
Global Sources launches new Chinese corporate logos.

January
Global Sources wins Gold Award for investor relations and social responsibility in the 2012 Asset Corporate Awards.




2012

August
Inaugural 2012 China Sourcing Fairs opened in Sao Paulo. The shows marked the largest expositions to date of China-made products in Brazil.

Global Sources Board Member Eddie Heng designated as Independent Director and appointed to Compensation Committee.

July
Second annual China Sourcing Fairs in Miami grew 16 percent from previous year as Sino-Latin America trade boomed.

May
Chief Executive China celebrated its 20th anniversary.

January
Global Sources won the Gold Award for social responsibility and investor relations in the 2011 Asset Corporate Awards, earning the honors for the third consecutive year.

Global Sources launched the new Ranking-based Star Packages Program, which featured the breakthrough “one row per supplier” search result rankings, allowing suppliers to reach target buyers fast with accurate and comprehensive information in an economical way.




2011
 
December
Global Sources announced completion of planned management transition, Peter Zapf moved to CIO role and Brent Barnes assumed COO role.

September
China International Optoelectronic Exposition 2011 expanded by 20 percent, featuring over 3,000 exhibitors.

Global Sources opened the first Global Sourcing Fair: Electronics & Components at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center.

August
Global Sources purchased office space in Shanghai to support the company's growth and expansion plans.

Merle A. Hinrich transitioned to Executive Chairman of Global Sources and Spenser Au named CEO.

July
Global Sources opened the first China Sourcing Fairs in Miami, helping China suppliers expand to North and Latin America while enabling buyers to source more efficiently.

June
Global Sources Ltd's shareholders appointed Mr. Peter Yam to the company's board of directors.

April
First Online Sourcing Fairs launched in April 2011

January
Peter Zapf is named Global Sources' Chief Operating Officer.

Global Sources expanded Shanghai Global Sourcing Fairs with five additional shows specialized in Fashion Accessories, Gifts & Premiums, Baby & Children's Products, Home Products and Underwear & Swimwear to meet the local market's growing demand for quality products.




2010

December
Global Sources opened its first China Sourcing Fairs at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Fairs were the largest Greater China products exhibitions ever held in Africa.

Global Sources won The Asset's 2010 Corporate Award for the second consecutive year.

November
China Sourcing Fairs debuted at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, comprising six specialty shows that featured Greater China suppliers' latest gifts and premiums, home products, garments and textiles, hardware and building materials, auto parts and accessories, and food and beverage products.

October
The 12th China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE), co-located for the first time with IIC-China, was held in Shenzhen and showcased more than 2,300 exhibitors, up 10 percent over 2009.

Global Sources introduced integrated multi-channel marketing solutions focused on Solar & Energy Saving Products, Medical Products & Supplies and In-Car Electronics & GPS, helping buyers and suppliers take advantage of these fast-growing industries.

Global Sources' 40-year book  is published to recount the Company's transformation over 40 years in response to an ever-changing market and reaffirm its commitment to facilitating trade by connecting buyers and suppliers with industry-leading marketing channels.

Global Sources' 40th anniversary party in Hong Kong brought together suppliers, buyers, business partners and major China media outlets to celebrate the Company's first 40 years.

September
Global Sources opened its 3rd China Sourcing Fairs at the Bombay Exhibition Centre with a 76 percent increase in pre-registered visitors, making it the largest Greater China products exhibition in India.

July
Global Sources appointed Connie Lai as Chief Financial Officer.

June
The largest China Sourcing Fair held in Dubai attracted over 14,000 buyers, up 31% from 2009.

Global Sources renewed its contracts with AsiaWorld-Expo Management to host China Sourcing Fairs at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong.

Global Sourcing Fair: Electronics returned to Shanghai with more than 460 booths after its 2003 debut in the city.

May
The Thunderbird School of Management presented Merle Hinrich with an honorary doctorate degree in International Law in recognition of his achievement in facilitating global trade.

April
Global Sources was honored by IR Global Rankings for the fifth consecutive year with awards for Best IR Website and Corporate Governance Practices.

March
China's largest systems design event, International IC-China Conference & Exhibition and the co-located Components Zone spring edition, was held in Shenzhen, Chengdu and Shanghai, attracting 25,538 visitors, up 6% from 2009.

January
China Sourcing Fairs: Gifts & Premiums, Baby & Children's Products and Fashion Accessories opened in Shanghai.




2009

December
Global Sources received the Titanium award for excellence in Corporate Governance and Investor Relations from The Asset's Triple A Awards.

November
China Sourcing Fair debuted in Mumbai.

October
Spenser Au promoted to Deputy CEO.

135 exhibitors participated in Global Sources' Care & Share charity program held during the Hong Kong China Sourcing Fairs by donating five truckloads of display samples to Crossroads Foundation.

September
IIC-China expands to Dongguan and Wuhan.

April
First-ever India Sourcing Fair: Home Products opened in Hong Kong.

March
Global Sources won two top awards for Best IR Website and Best Corporate Governance Practices for the fourth consecutive year.

IIC-China Conference & Exhibition expanded to four cities across China.

January
E-sourcing platform was launched to connect China suppliers with emerging market buyers.



2008

November
First-ever China Sourcing Fairs held in Mumbai with 13,635 buyers attending.

August
Global Sources named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 list.

July
Global Sources announced the launch of the India Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong.

Global Sources purchased additional office space in Shenzhen's CBD to accommodate expansion.

June
Global Sources extended its product and service offerings to the Vietnam market.

May
Global Sources donated RMB 2,000,000 to charities involved in helping victims of the Sichuan earthquake.

April
First China Sourcing Fair for Baby & Children's Products held in Hong Kong.

March
Largest-ever IIC-China Conference & Exhibition drew 36,046 visitors at four venues, up 21 percent year-on-year.

February
Global Sources expanded online, trade show, print services for India's suppliers.

January
Global Sources launched Six Star supplier ranking system which provides buyers with third-party credit check information on all verified suppliers.



2007

December
First China Sourcing Fairs: Fashion Accessories and Baby & Children's Products in Shanghai attracted more than 5,600 local and international buyers.

November
China Global Sources Online launched to drive new business for companies engaged in China domestic trade and for overseas firms intent on selling into China.

Beijing's Tsinghua University opens Global Sources Hall at School of Journalism and Communication.

Global Sources ranked as second largest trade show organizer in Hong Kong.

Forbes ranks Global Sources among Asia's 'Best Under a Billion' .

October
Global Sources Online 2.0 launched providing buyers with comprehensive search results and pre-screened suppliers.

September
Elegant Living magazine and website launched.

August
Global Sources acquires assets of Blue Bamboo Ventures.

June
First-ever Middle East China Sourcing Fair held.

Global Sources included in Russell 3000® Index.

April
Launched new Security Products magazine.

Global Sources holds four hugely successful China Sourcing Fairs at Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong. The shows cover Electronics & Components, Fashion Accessories, Gifts & Home Products and Underwear & Swimwear.

Global Sources' buyer community tops 600,000.

February
Global Sources wins two top honors in the Investor Relations Global Rankings & Awards for the second consecutive year.

January
Global Sources and Beijing University form a partnership to offer world-class export education courses to China's executives.

Buyers with annual sales of US$260 billion meet Greater China toy suppliers at Global Sources largest ever Private Sourcing Event.




2006
 
October
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 544,000.

Global Sources holds three hugely successful China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong Asia World-Expo: Electronics & Components, Fashion Accessories and Gifts & Home Products.

July
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 530,000.

June
Global Sources Completes Purchase of 10 Percent Equity Stake in HC International.

May
HC and Global Sources form China's largest B2B strategic partnersip.

April
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 484,000.

Global Sources holds 35th anniversary celebration parties.

Global Sources holds three hugely successful China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong Asia World-Expo: Electronics & Components, Fashion Accessories and Gifts & Home Products.

March
Launched new Baby & Children Products magazine.



2005
 
December
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 479,000.

November
Shenzhen new office officially open.

October
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 463,000.

Launched new Auto Parts & Accessories magazine.

August
Global Sources/CMP Media forms publishing alliance with Penton Media to launch Electronic Design-China.

July
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 434,000.

June
eBay and Global Sources formed a strategic alliance to offer a new service, Global Sources Direct.

May
Launched Garments & Textiles and Fashion Accessories magazines.

Launched China Sourcing Fair: Fashion Accessories in April 2006 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong.

April
Global Sources holds two China Sourcing Fairs in Shanghai: Electronics & Components, Gifts & Home Products.

The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 430,000.



2004

December
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 423,000.

October
Global Sources holds three China Sourcing Fairs in Shanghai: Electronics & Components, Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement.

September
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 419,000.

August
Purchased new Shenzhen offices for its southern China headquarters.

May
Global Sources announces China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong in 2006.

April
Global Sources holds three China Sourcing Fairs in Shanghai: Electronics & Components, Gifts & Home Products and DIY & Home Improvement.

March
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 409,000.



2003

December
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 402,000.

October
Global Sources launches the first China Sourcing Fair in Shanghai.

September
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 398,000.

June
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 392,000.

March
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 385,000.



2002

December
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 378,000.

September
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 369,000.

August
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 337,000.

April
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 331,000.

January
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 306,000.



2001

November
Worldwide Retail Exchange and Global Sources form strategic alliance to develop Asian Supplier Sourcing Program.

October
Global Sources wins the Darwin Fittest 50 Award ™ from IDG's Darwin magazine and the Best B2B Site Award from Revolution magazine.

The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 288,000.

Global Sources is selected by Forbes Global magazine as one of the 200 Best Small Companies in the World.

July
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 259,000.

April
The Global Sources buyer community exceeds 226,000.

Global Sources Online is upgraded to a new platform.

March
The Malaysian Sources online marketplace is launched.

Global Sources wins Best B2B Internet Site at Internet World Asia Industry Awards.




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