A large group of mainland computer and home appliance manufacturers arrived in Taiwan on a procurement trip last weekend, AP reported. Buyers include representatives from 46 Chinese companies, including computer maker Lenovo and appliance manufacturer Haier. The companies have recently won bids to supply rural and urban residents with computers and home appliances under a state-subsidized plan, and hope to buy chips and other components from Taiwan, said group leader Li Shuilin. Unidentified Taiwan officials have said that total Chinese purchases could amount to US$8 billion. Beijing said last week that it would send between seven and nine procurement delegations to Taiwan from May to September. A delegation of television manufacturers is due to visit in June as are tea merchants and fruit organizations. Telecom industry procurement visits are also expected.