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Hong Kong Int'l Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004(HKTDC Enterprise, Vol 09,2004)

Vol 9, 2004





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Hong Kong Int'l Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004

Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair 2004

Hong Kong Int'l Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004

OCTOBER 27-30, 2004

 

Fair Dates Opening Hours Buyer Registration Counter
October 27-29 (Wed-Fri) 9:30am - 6:30pm 9:00am - 6:00pm
October 30 (Sat) 9:30am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 4:30pm

Total Exhibitors
2003: 151

Total Visitors
2003: 14,807

MAJ0R EXHIBIT CATEGORIES

  • Bathroom Fittings & Sanitary Ware
  • Building Materials
  • Car Accessories
  • Cleaning Tools & Supplies
  • Door/Window Accessories
  • Furniture & Furnishing Accessories
  • Gardening Products
  • Hardware & DIY Products
  • Home Furnishing Products
  • Safety Equipment & Supplies
  • Trade Service & Publications

    SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT

    Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2004

    Scale
    3,822 square metres

    Venue
    Hall 2B
    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Harbour Rd, Wanchai, Hong Kong

    Organiser
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council

    Sponsors
    Hong Kong Diecasting Association
    Hong Kong Marble & Granite Merchants Association
    Hong Kong Metal Merchants Association
    The Hong Kong Metals Manufacturers Association

    Admission
    For trade only. Persons under 18 will not be admitted.

    Enquiries
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    Unit 13, Expo Galleria, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Tel: (852) 2584-4333
    Fax: (852) 2824-0026
    Email: exhibitions@tdc.org.hk

    Good Times For Hardware

    Building and construction, renovation and DIY markets are booming all over the world, which bodes well for the forthcoming Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004.

    Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27-30 October, the fair is a "must" for builders, architects, interior designers and hardware wholesalers, according to Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) senior exhibitions manager Anne Chick.

    "This is the fair that lets visitors feel the pulse of the international hardware industry by checking out new products and identifying the latest trends," Chick says.

    "In addition, holding the hardware fair concurrently with the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair enables buyers to double the value of their visit by sourcing at both fairs."

    An international sourcing hub, the Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004 offers an enormous range of products including:

    • bathroom fittings and sanitary ware
    • building materials
    • car accessories
    • cleaning tools and supplies
    • door/window accessories
    • hardware and DIY products
    • gardening products
    • home furnishing products
    • furniture and furnishing accessories
    • safety equipment and supplies
    • trades services and publications

    There will also be two new zones - the Outdoor and Gardening World, and Sanitary World - which will augment the highly successful Décor Zone introduced in 2003.

    The Sanitary World will include all bathroom fittings and sanitary wares such as bathtubs, bathroom racks and holders, basins and sinks, towel hangers and rails, pipe fittings and water pumps.

    Outdoor and Gardening World will feature all sorts of outdoor and gardening furniture, gardening products like barbecue grills and accessories, fireplace equipment, flower pots and boxes, garden decorations, tools, watering pots and other outdoor fittings.

    The well-received Décor Zone will also be back to highlight those interior and decorative items fit for use by architects, interior designers, surveyors and renovation companies.

    "Together, these three zones with focused themes will enable buyers to easily and conveniently meet their needs," Chick adds.

    As a result of these innovations, Chick is confident that the Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004 will prove even more successful than last year's event.

    "Last year's fair attracted a total of 151 exhibitors from eight countries and regions and we are well on the way to signing more than 150 exhibitors for the 2004 event," Chick notes.

    To date, registered participants represent seven countries and regions - Hong Kong, Austria, France, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. "Taiwan will stage an individual pavilion," Chick adds.

    Last year's event also attracted 14,807 buyers from 122 countries and regions, including 6,314 from Hong Kong and 8,493 from overseas.

    "Buyer attendance was very encouraging last time round, and we are confident that our combination of new and proven attractions will be even more popular this year," Chick predicts.

    Satisfied customers such as Martin Allen of Positively Paraphernalia Posthaste Ltd of the UK will certainly be returning for the Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004.

    "I've been coming here for several years and with the hardware fair taking place concurrently with the lighting fair, I find this trip really fruitful," Allen says. "Not only can I meet my previous suppliers all under one roof in Hong Kong, in just half a day I have also explored new items such as an electronic detector and a floor cleaning device which I can add to my merchandise range."

    His enthusiasm was shared by Somchai Sakolvipas of Fiber Best Co Ltd, Thailand.

    "This is my first visit to the fair and it is big enough to find niche products," he enthuses.

    "I have been looking for belt buckles made of nickel and other materials for both men and women - I didn't really expect to see such products but I found what I needed."

    WRITTEN BY JAMES PALMER


    Hong Kong Int'l Lighting Fair 2004

    OCTOBER 27-30, 2004

    Delivering Bright Prospects

    Show Times

    Fair Dates Opening Hours Buyer Registration Counter
    Oct 27-29 (Wed-Fri) 9:30am - 6:30pm 9:00am - 6:00pm
    Oct 30 (Sat) 9:30am - 5:00pm 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Total Exhibitors
    2003: 745

    Total Visitors
    2003: 18,426

    Major Exhibit Categories

    • Lighting Applications
    • Industrial Luminaries
    • Lighting for Christmas
    • Lighting for Decoration,
    • Lighting for Emergency & Safety
    • Lighting for Entertainment Use
    • Lighting for Office, Advertising & Exhibitions
    • Outdoor Luminaries

    Design, Production and Services

    • Lighting Accessories & Components
    • Lighting Design and Light Emotion
    • Lighting Equipment, Accessories, Fittings
    • Related Services and Publications
    • Technology for Controlling and Measuring Light

    Lighting Products & Systems

    • Bulbs
    • Chandeliers
    • Flash Lights
    • Lamp Shades
    • Lamps
    • Lighting Fixtures
    • Lighting Systems

    Scale
    22,386 square metres

    Venue
    Halls 1, 2A, 3 & Grand Hall
    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

    Organiser
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council

    Special highlight
    Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair 2004
    A customised event organised for the hardware & home improvement product industry which has developed into a highly recognised fair in the region after years of concrete success.

    Admission
    Trade only. Visitors under 18 willl not be admitted. (Free admission)

    Enquiries
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    Unit 13, Expo Galleria, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Tel: (852) 2584-4333
    Fax: (852) 2824-0026
    Email: exhibitions@tdc.org.hk

    FAST-GROWING EVENT SHOWS THE WAY

    The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2004 looks set to maintain the impressive growth that has made this annual event one of the fastest growing trade shows in Asia.

    Last year's show set new records, with the number of exhibitors up 59% from 2002, to 745 from 22 countries. More than 18,000 buyers from 122 countries and regions visited the fair, ensuring it retained its title as Asia's largest and the world's second largest lighting show.

    While some 10,573 buyers from overseas attended last year's fair, this year's event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, from October 27-30, promises to be even bigger and better, according to Hong Kong Trade Development Council's senior exhibitions manager Anne Chick.

    "The decision to hold the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair together with the Hong Kong International Hardware and Home Improvement Fair for the first time last year proved a tremendous success," Chick claims.

    "This provided buyers with a vast array of synergistic products in one convenient location, and created a 'one-stop' buying opportunity that will prove equally attractive this year."

    The two fairs will be staged concurrently again this year with new, added features offering even greater selection.

    "Aware that buyers are constantly on the lookout for innovative and exciting ideas, we have introduced a new Outdoor Lighting Section which will complement the proven appeal of the existing Lighting Applications, Lighting Products and Systems and Design Production and Services categories," enthuses Chick.

    She maintains the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair will be a truly comprehensive experience.

    "There will be everything from industrial and safety equipment to system design services and products such as bulbs, shades, fixtures and fittings in more than 22,000 square metres of exhibition space," she says.

    "The show will also feature specialised equipment, light measurement and control tools and industry publications, as well as our ever-popular and highly informative conferences and seminars."

    Chick notes that the current home renovation craze is fuelling demand for the stylish, competitively priced and high quality lighting products and services with which Hong Kong has become synonymous.

    "One of the significant developments in the lighting industry is the booming do-it-yourself (DIY) sector, especially in major markets such as North America and Western Europe."

    The Hong Kong industry offers an array of DIY lighting apparatus, specifically designed for ease of installation and maintenance.

    The increasing popularity of these products is reflected in the latest TDC statistics, which show that 21 out of 30 of Hong Kong's major markets recorded increases in export sales of lighting products during 2003 - with Malaysia alone registering a 140% surge in sales.

    Hong Kong's total exports of lighting products, which head for key markets such as the US, the EU, the Chinese mainland, Canada and Japan, exceeded US$1.59bn in 2002 alone. lighting sales to Europe for the first six months of 2003 were up 24%, the Chinese mainland up 21% and Japan up 22%.

    Accounting for the lion's share of Hong Kong's lighting industry are table, desk, bedside and floor-standing lamps, and battery-operated portable lamps. Chandeliers and wall lighting, light fittings and filament lamps are also popular items.

    The latest designs in all these categories will be showcased at this year's fair. In addition, there will be displays of decorative lighting items that include a wide range of lighting sets for domestic uses, such as track lights, linear lights and spotlights of different novelty designs.

    Exhibits are also expected to reflect the trend for natural, recyclable, mercury-free and non-polluting materials, including wood, textiles and bamboo that are used for housings and shades and high-pressure sodium lights that replace high-pressure mercury and halogen-tungsten lights.

    Industry observers expect products that produce highly efficient lighting, with longer life krypton, halogen or fluorescent bulbs that are more energy efficient than traditional versions, to be in keen demand this year.

    "The local lighting industry has already received a significant boost since the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement came into force this year, offering Hong Kong manufacturers duty-free access to the Chinese mainland," Chick observes.

    The Hong Kong International Lighting Fair 2004 will therefore offer an unrivalled opportunity for those who want to tap into the flourishing mainland market, making it the one lighting fair that local and overseas traders simply cannot afford to miss.

    WRITTEN BY SANDRA JENNER

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