INDIA INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR GAINS POSITIVE RESPONSE FROM TRADE AND INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS
Unprecedented support from trade organisations and associations for India International Furniture Fair 2011
Since its launch, the inaugural India International Furniture Fair (IIFF) has gained enthusiastic response from the furniture industry. To be held in Mumbai from 16 to 18 November 2011 at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, IIFF is positioned as a premier international furniture trade fair which will feature over 70 per cent of international exhibitor participation.
IIFF 2011 is organised by MP International Pte Ltd and International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd.
A special industry briefing on IIFF was recently held in conjunction with the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2011 at Singapore Expo. Participants were briefed with impressive growth statistics on India’s booming economy and burgeoning furniture industry.
Ms Sylvia Phua, chief executive officer of MP International Pte Ltd expressed her confidence in IIFF as a dedicated premier platform for international furniture brands to penetrate into India’s massive market.
Ms Phua said, “Following the successful partnership between MP International Pte Ltd and IFFS Pte Ltd for our Singapore event, we are combining our resources and expertise to organise our first show launch in India. Thanks to our strong track record and experience, we have been able to garner support from trade associations and organisations.”
Regional trade associations such as the Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Association of Furniture Manufacturers of India (AFMI) and Institute of Indian Interior Designers have affirmed their support for the trade fair.
Mr Anil Mathur, chairman of AFMI, welcomes the launch of IIFF and cites that there has been a lack of international platforms in India for leading international furniture brands to participate in and to showcase quality products to the local market.
Mr Mathur further explained, “The India International Furniture Fair will be beneficial, not only for India’s high-end furniture importers and retailers to network and source for exciting furniture brands, but also for our local architects, interior designers and real estate developers to be exposed to a diverse range of innovative furniture designs.”
According to the latest figures from World Furniture Review by CSIL Milano, India currently represents the world’s eighth largest furniture market and its real consumption of furniture will grow another 6 per cent in 2011.
India’s rapid urbanisation will spur strong demand for quality furniture in the coming years. Its urban population is likely to rise to 400 million by 2015, with Mumbai set to become the world’s biggest city with a population of 15.7 million, according to Euromonitor International.
According to McKinsey Global Institute’s research published last year, India’s fast-growing cities are estimated to drive a near four-fold increase in the country’s per capita income. There is also a rising prominence of the middle-class households with high purchasing power.
The organisers of IIFF foresee that the impressive growth prospects of India’s furniture industry will continue to attract more international furniture brands to seek new market opportunities though IIFF. India’s domestic demand is currently dominated by imports from Italy, Germany, Spain and Malaysia.
Attracted by the huge business potential India offers, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is the latest organisation to confirm its support for IIFF.
Mr Nguyen Van Dzung, director of VCCI said, “We are constantly looking out for opportunities to penetrate and grow in new markets. India’s expanding furniture industry, driven by its buoyant economy and increasing construction development, is a very attractive market to the world now.”
“We are confident of Vietnam’s capability to produce premium furniture and furnishings and participating at the India International Furniture Fair makes perfect business sense since the show focuses on mid- to high-end furniture.”
A wide range of exhibits, ranging from residential to commercial furniture, occasional furniture and furnishings will be on display at the IIFF. The 10,000 square metre showcase is expected to draw some 5,000 visitors from all over India, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.
Besides extensive promotions in Indian subcontinent, attractive show highlights have also been planned. These include a new-to-market product showcase and industry seminars on design trends and new product innovations.
For more information on the event, please visit www.indiafurniturefair.com
A BRAND NEW COLLABORATION OF 5 AUTHORITATIVE ORGANIZATIONS
HFD2011 OPENS A NEW ERA FOR HOME FASHION & DECOR INDUSTRY
2011 is a new start of China's Five-Year Plan (2011-2015). With a clearer direction of promoting "Green Economy" and "Low Carbon Society", environmental-friendly, trendy and green products are more welcomed by local consumers, especially those high-end users who pursue a better quality of life and lifestyle.
In order to have a sustainable growth of China's home fashion, furniture & decoration industry, to facilitate the communication between Northern and Southern Chinese enterprises, as well as to serve the markets surrounding Bohai Sea, China Building Decoration Association (CBDA), China Furniture & Decoration Chamber of Commerce (CFDCC), Dongguan Famous Furniture Association and Guangdong Furniture Chamber of Commerce (GDFCC), firstly join hands with Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. - the pioneer of international trade fairs organizer in China for over 30 years, to launch China (Beijing) International Exhibition on Furniture, Home Fashion & Decorations 2011 (HFD2011) on Jun 9 -12, 2011 at New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC).
Authoritative Guests Attend the Press Conference
A press conference was held today (Dec 15) at Beijing Radisson Blu Hotel with theme "The Brand New Integrated Home Fashion Trading Platform in Bohai Area". Number of guests from renowned enterprises and associations attended. Ms. Zhang Zhongling, Secretary General of China Building Decoration Association Material Committee, welcomed all the guests attended on behalf of the organizers; Mr. Li Changli, Vice Chairman of China Building Decoration Association, Mr. Zhang Chuanxi, Executive Chairman and Secretary General of China Furniture & Decoration Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Fang Hui, Secretary General of Dongguan Famous Furniture Association, Mr. Jiang Dehui, Executive President and General Secretary of Guangdong Furniture Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Stanley Chu, Chairman of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. delivered their speeches on industrial development as well as show highlights respectively.
Mr. Li Changli of China Building Decoration Association explained, "Home fashion and building materials industry in China is at the key turning point in its history. It is a new era for innovation and quality-orientation. The production value of China's building and decoration industry exceeds RMB 2 trillion in 2010, more than 14 million people are working in this industry. We utilize our advantages to motivate 20,000 member companies to exhibit and visit HFD2011. Exhibitors can understand more about the needs of customers while visitors can grasp the latest market trend. We believe that the show will attract over 30,000 buyers to come and purchase." "Adsale persists in providing the most professional exhibitions to all industry players. Beijing - the capital of China, is a hub of both traditional culture and the latest fads. With Beijing's evolution towards a "World City" and its stepping up for a cosmopolitan image, its influence on the world's economy, politics and culture that the city imposed is indispensable. Beijing has also set the most fashionable trends for home product consumption in China", said Mr. Chu of Adsale.
Spectacular Scale of 600 Exhibitors and 60,000sqm Exhibiting Area
HFD2011 is expected to accommodate 600 exhibitors and reach 60,000sqm exhibiting area. 5 theme zones will be set up, namely "Premium Furniture Zone", "Decorative Product Zone", "Kitchen & Bath Zone", "Decorative Material Zone" and "Home Design Zone", so as to facilitate different target visitors including property developers, building constructors, decoration & interior design companies, designers, building design companies, star hotels & restaurants, all design lovers, etc.
Organizers also announced that various attractive activities will be held concurrently with hot topics on Trend, Design, Home Fashion, etc. Among all, China Real Estate Association and China Building Materials Circulation Association will organize an activity named "China Home Interior Design Fair - Designers Homes Exhibition". Award-winning designers homes by 30 top Chinese real estate developers will be showcased and visitors can experience the explicitly creative interior design solutions.
Mr. Jiang Dehui, Executive President and General Secretary of GDFCC, revealed that the chamber will organize a Guangdong Pavilion at the fairground. This is the first time to gather excellent Guangdong's furniture enterprises altogether and to promote "Guangdong as a brand icon" outside Guangdong Province.
Renowned Enterprises Join the Strategic Partnership Signing Ceremony
Furthermore, BBMG Group Company Limited, Alliance of Beijing-style Furniture Brands, Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co., Ltd., Hunter Douglas, Guli Security Products Limited, Dongguan YiJia Sofa Co., Ltd., OuDe Furniture, Asia Pacific City of Furniture and Home Materials, etc, have attended the press conference and signed the partnership contract with HFD2011. As renowned enterprises in their own business sectors, they said that Northern China offers unparalleled business opportunities and they believe that the market will grow continuously in coming years. In the past few years, companies could not find one suitable exhibition in Beijing; HFD2011 is really a good platform for them to enlarge the market share in Bohai Area.
In the final part of the press conference, all guests held a ceremony to highlight the first cooperation between Northern and Southern Chinese associations. It is expected that HFD2011 will become a stunning show in furniture and decoration industry in China.
HFD2011 will be held on Jun 9 -12, 2011 at New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC), Beijing, PR China. Apart from 5 authoritative organizers, the show is also co-organized by China Building Decoration Association Material Committee, Beijing Yazhan Exhibition Services Ltd. and GD Modern Convention & Exhibition Management Co. Ltd.
CHINA (BEIJING) INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION ON FURNITURE, HOME FASHION & DECORATIONS
TO BE HELD IN BEIJING IN JUNE 2011
China (Beijing) International Exhibition on Furniture, Home Fashion & Decorations (“HFD” thereafter) will be held in New China International Exhibition Centre (NCIEC) from June 9-12, 2011. The exhibition is jointly organized by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., China Building Decoration Association, Dongguan Famous Furniture Association and co-organized by China Building Decoration Association Materials Committee, GD Modern Convention & Exhibition Management Co Ltd and Beijing Yazhan Exhibition Services Ltd.
With the rise of the nation’s economic power, Chinese people become wealthier. They no longer simply consider the practical aspect of home living, but look for a living environment that stresses on comfortable space and spiritual enjoyment. It enriches the furniture and home fashion products with more trendy and stylish elements.
HFD 2011 serves as a good channel for the trendy and innovative brands to expand into the capital-led Bohai market. The exhibition provides a perfect platform for quality home products suppliers to tap into both local and overseas markets. It also satisfies the demand of buyers in sourcing trendy and fashionable home products and materials in the high-end consumer market in Beijing. HFD 2011 follows the latest international trends and creates a modern home living with high-grade living environment.
Beijing, the capital of China, is a business city with both rich cultural heritage and latest trends and fads. Beijing is now transforming into a “World City” and a cosmopolitan image is gradually formed. It does not only exercise great influence on the world’s economic, political and cultural development, but also set the trends for the nation’s home furniture, fashion and decoration products.
The World Bank estimates that more than half of the world’s building construction projects will take place in China by 2015. And by 2020, the urban population in China will rise to 60% while residential area will reach a high level of 70 billion square meters. The Chinese people demand a higher home living standard, which means huge business opportunities to home furniture and decoration industry.
HFD 2011 is built upon the themes of “home fashion”, ”environmental-friendly” and “low carbon”. Following the trends of “environmental protection”, “ecology”, “fashion & trends”, “health” and “comfort”, it places great focus on energy saving and low emission and aims to build a green and low carbon city. The exhibition showcases world famous brands, self-developed brands, original design brands and quality products to make itself a new and innovative home furniture and decoration industry event.
HFD 2011 keeps abreast of the industry trends. It provides one-stop comprehensive home furniture, design and decoration solutions based on the ideas of “low carbon”, “environmental friendly” and “green”. In this way, consumers are able to understand the concept of low carbon living and the put into effect the use of environmental-friendly, low carbon and green home furniture and products in thousands of households. Industry practitioners generally agree that “low carbon living” will be the new highlight in the industry of home furniture, fashion and decorations.
To make one-stop sourcing more convenient for buyers, 5 theme zones are set up, namely “Premium Furniture Zone”, “Decorative Product Zone”, “Kitchen & Bath Zone”, “Decorative Material Zone” and “Home Design Zone”. Famous brands in the category of premium furniture, decorative products, whole-set kitchens and related products, sanitary wares, decoration companies, interior design companies, energy-saving and environmental-friendly materials are also invited to make it an important industry function.
The exhibition aims at providing the industry practitioners in Beijing and the nearby regions with the latest home furniture products. It has built a new platform for both local and overseas enterprises to develop their import/export businesses. We cordially invite all home furniture experts to meet in Beijing.
WMF2010 & FAM2010 -
CREATING A NEW MILESTONE FOR WOODWORKING INDUSTRY
Being an excellent trading platform in woodworking industry, the biennial world-class event, The 13th International Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Manufacturing Equipment (WMF2010) and The 13th International Exhibition on Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (FAM2010), will be held on March 10 to 13, 2010 at the China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC) in Beijing, China.
Despite the global economic downturn, the furniture and woodworking industry in China gradually recovers and records an encouraging growth. China is undoubtedly a huge market; Domestic sales for furniture in the first half of 2009 have reached RMB 152.9 billion, with a 10.6% year-on-year growth. Furniture exports in the first half of 2009 remained high at USD 14.1 billion despite a drop of 9.45%. Among all, the decline in China’s wood products import and export trade were less than the national level, trading amount for China’s wood products reached USD 26 billion in the first half of 2009. Second quarter data even showed a more impressive increase rate at 15.05%, when compared to first quarter. Such recovery has reinforced the enterprises’ confidence for the WMF2010 & FAM2010, which in turn has resulted to an overwhelming response in both exhibitors recruitment as well as visitor promotion.
Asia’s Largest Woodworking Fair Hits Record Scale
Following the success in 2006 and 2008, WMF2010 and FAM2010 continue to be Asia’s Largest Fair for Woodworking Machinery, Furniture Accessories and Materials. WMF2010 & FAM2010 will occupy an exhibition area of 70,000sqm, accommodating 700 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions including Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, India, Italy, Malaysia, China, Taiwan Province and more. Over 2,000 machines will be presented at the exhibit.
The organizers have also expanded the venue from 10 halls to 12 halls to include theme zones on Woodworking Machinery, Panel Board Manufacturing Technology, Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (Overseas), Furniture Accessories, Materials and Wood Products (Local) and others. Meanwhile, the number of pavilions will be increased to 7 to include those from Germany and Italy, and from associations / regions like Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA), Qingdao Woodworking Machinery, Shanghai Woodworking Machinery and Lunjiao Woodworking Machinery.
Numerous renowned woodworking, accessories and materials enterprises have already confirmed / reserved spaces for the event. Lunjiao Woodworking Machinery Pavilion will house Nan Xing, New Mas, Weideli, V-hold, Guangdong Firmy, Tongan, Ente, etc. Qingdao Woodworking Machinery Pavilion will include Friend, Yazhou Gongyou (Weihai), Shanxi Qiulin, Qingdao Yongqiang, Qingdao Haomailong, Qingdao Huashunchang, Qingdao Haozhonghao, Qingdao New-Motivity, Shangdong Dongwei, Laizhou Fulin, Qingdao Qianchuan, Qingdao Huachengtian, etc. Shanghai Woodworking Machinery Pavilion currently partners with Shanghai Yuetong and other renowned exhibitors. Exhibitors from Furniture Accessories, Materials & Wood Products will include Blum and more, while exhibitors from the Woodworking Machinery & Panel Board Manufacturing Technology are namely Guanglong, Jiangsu Jangja, Nantong Guoquan, Dalian Huizhong, Anderson, Beijing Lianzhonglian, Keenman, Sufoma and more.
A One-stop Sourcing Platform for Machinery, Accessories and Materials
To enhance the brand image of the show, the organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. specially designs a new logo for FAM. Incorporating with the original logo of WMF, the show has manifested one-stop purchasing and trading concept of “Machinery + Materials + Accessories” to all visitors.
Since its inception in 1986, WMF & FAM have gained wide support from furniture and related industries. The trade fair, recognized as the most established woodworking fair in China, is now in its thirteenth set. As in the past, WMF & FAM is expected to demonstrate the latest woodworking machinery, accessories and tools to professional buyers. Exhibits on machinery and tools will include Wood Processing Machinery, Furniture Manufacturing Machinery, Panel Board Manufacturing Machinery, Knife and Blade, Machinery Accessories, Hand Tools, Grinder, Measuring Equipment, Materials Handling Equipment, etc. Exhibits on the materials will include Logs, Panel Board, Hardware, Semi-finished Wood Products, Chemicals, Decoration Materials and more. Building Construction Products and Interior Decorative Materials and Software will also be displayed in their specific theme zones.
Supported Exclusively by EUMABOIS
WMF & FAM have gained exclusive support from European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS) for three consecutive years (2008, 2010, and 2012), which further consolidates the show’s international and local support.
With diversified and extensive promotion campaigns, organizers have collaborated with various local and overseas trade media, as well as furniture-related professional markets for visitor promotion. Several buyer delegations and associations from the Hebei Province and more have been invited. Over 30,000 visitors from all over China and the world are expected to visit the show.
The honorary organizers of WMF and FAM are the State Forestry Administration of P.R. China, China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade. The organizers include China National Forestry Machinery Association, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., China Forestry Group Corporation and China Building Decoration Association.
INDEX, THE MIDDLE EAST’S MOST EXCLUSIVE INTERIOR DESIGN EVENT,
IS SET TO OPEN ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC
INDEX, the leading trade interior design show in the Middle East, has announced an exclusive consumer evening on Monday 16 November, from 16.00 - 21.00. Consumers will have access to some of the most influential and cutting edge interior design brands from across the world all gathered in one place.
Showcasing everything from luxurious lighting to cutting edge textiles, unusual paints to outdoor furniture and tableware, INDEX is guaranteed to be the perfect place for design lovers to purchase sought after, individual pieces from leading interior brands from around the world including Villeroy & Boch, Alpha Crystal Lighting, Andrew Martin International, Bafco Karndean, Kartell, Flou, Zanotta and Swarovski.
align=right width="120" height="108">In addition to being able to snap up some fabulous and unique pieces for the home, consumers will also get an in-depth insight into all the latest interior trends, providing inspiration for them to create the perfect stylish home. Leading interior designers will also be on hand with style advice and providing top tips on interior design. World expert trend forecaster, Victoria Redshaw from Scarlet Opus will provide consumers with an overview of the Spring/Summer 2010 & Autumn/Winter 2010/11 trends, detailing the coming season’s colours, materials and surface patterns, ensuring that they are informed about the latest interior design concepts.
The show is also set to include other inspirational features, such as a competition to design the majlis of the future. The first competition of its kind, four leading interior design companies have been selected to design and build their vision of the contemporary majlis using only products available at the show. A symbol of traditional Arabic culture where family and friends gather, the challenge lies in fusing the old with the new. All four designs will be built and showcased at INDEX, with the best being selected and awarded by a panel of industry leaders.
Lu Buchanan, INDEX event director said, “We are looking forward to welcoming consumers to what is otherwise a trade dominated event. INDEX will provide a rare opportunity to purchase a vast array of high end products from the best designers in the world, including Italy and Spain. With the exhibition’s focus firmly on high-quality design, visitors are guaranteed an exclusive opportunity that anyone with an interest in interior design should not miss!”
Access to the consumer day will cost just 50 AED, with tickets available on the door of the World Trade Centre, for more information or to reserve your ticket visit www.indexexhibition.com.
EXHIBITION 2010: PROVIDING A GATEWAY FOR
OFFICE SECTOR COMPANIES INTO THE MIDDLE
With European markets depressed as a result of
the economic crisis, The Office Exhibition 2010
is seeing increasing interest from European
office sector companies wanting to capitalise on
the huge opportunities that are available in the UAE.
The office sector in the UAE continues to grow,
and the region is becoming an attractive
location for companies to relocate to, with many
leading international companies transferring
their headquarters to the region as a result of
its tax-free environment and advantageous
free-zones. The recent drop in high office
rent, prompted by the current global economic
situation, has also added to the attractiveness
of the region, resulting in an increasing number
of businesses relocating or opening offices
within the GCC. The UAE is predicted to have
the highest growth in office space in the
region, with a further 6.7 million m2
of new office space planned in 2010 alone.
Despite the current global economic downturn,
the MENA region is still growing, achieving real
GDP growth of 2% for 2009. In particular, the
higher education, healthcare and public sectors
are set to continue to experience extraordinary
growth, with the UAE government committed to
spending some US$56 billion on public
development projects over the next three years.
The Office Exhibition, now in its 9th
year, is a premium showcase for the high-end
products, technology and services that combine
to create outstanding working environments. The
exhibition, which is the only event of its kind
in the MENA region, will take place at the Dubai
World Trade Centre from 9-11 February 2010 and
will feature over 350 companies, covering an
area of approximately 25,000 m2. The
event has evolved into a one-stop-shop for the
office industry, and will include everything
from the latest in office furniture design to
cutting edge technology solutions.
Interest in the show from companies outside of
the Middle East, in particular from Europe, has
increased significantly. In addition to
National Pavilions from the UAE, Germany,
Portugal, UK, Austria, Sweden, USA, Korea and
Turkey, there will be a debut appearance of a
Greek Pavilion, and Cyprus has doubled the size
of theirs. The Danish Export Association is
also, for the first time, working on bringing a
grouped participation of up to 12 companies.
Given the changing shape of the office, with
technology becoming increasingly important, The
Office Exhibition 2010 will have an increased
focus on this sector, and will provide
opportunities for IT companies from across the
world to showcase their latest products. The
show will also include a visionary Future Office
feature, where a number of manufacturers from
both furniture and the technology companies will
put together a mock-up of their predictions of
what the working environment will look like in
years to come, addressing also the ergonomic
Sinead Bridgett, The Office Exhibition event
“As the European economy continues to suffer, we
are seeing strong interest from European
companies who are recognising the massive
potential of the Middle East. The office sector
here remains a growth area, and The Office
Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for
overseas businesses to showcase their products,
and network with companies here.”
POSITIVE BUSINESS NEWS FROM THE GCC REGION
Saudi companies optimistic on
Saudi Arabia's small business sector is among
the most optimistic of 12 key emerging markets
studied in a new HSBC survey.
Small business sentiment across the kingdom was
largely positive in their 12 month outlook
regarding nvestment in their businesses, foreign
trade and recruitment, the Emerging Markets
Small Business Confidence Monitor added.
The survey showed that 39 percent of Saudi
businesses with a turnover of less than $30m
expected to increase capital expenditure while
only 19 percent believed investment in their
companies would slow.
The kingdom's entrepreneurs were even more
optimistic about trade outlook. About 57 percent
believed trade with the rest of the Middle East
will expand by up to a fifth or more.
80 percent predicted increased business with
mainland China, with more than half of these
anticipating growth of more than 20 percent.
Two thirds of respondents forecast a rise in
trade with the rest of Asia.
Regarding recruitment, owners and top management
of Saudi Arabia's small businesses have the most
ambitious plans of any of the 12 emerging
markets surveyed with 40 percent expecting to
need to increase their workforces and with one
in eight seeking to grow their staff by more
than 20 percent.
"Overall, the leaders of Saudi Arabia's smaller
business sector - the vital fuel of every
country's economy - are more positive about the
short term outlook than their counterparts in
almost all other emerging markets surveyed,"
said, Adel Al-Nasser, deputy managing director
‘FMC 2009’ WHERE HIGH-END SUPPLIERS OF FURNITURE
RAW MATERIALS MEET
Manufacturing & Supply China 2009 (FMC 2009) and
FMC Premium will be held at Shanghai New
International Expo Centre from September 9-12,
2009 alongsde Furniture China 2009, the 4th
largest furniture exhibition in the world, which
is expected to attract 2,300 exhibitors and more
than 70,000 domestc and international trade
Strong support from
our exhibitors ensure FMC 2009 was fully booked
a month before its
opening. FMC will host more
than 600 exhibitors of woodworking machinery and
furniture matereals over 36,000 sqm of
exhibition space. The show is proud to attract a
large numbe of famous machinery equipment
brands, including HOMAG, BIESSE, WEINIG, YUETONG,
NANXING, YUANTIAN, many other wel-known Chinese
woodworking machinery manufacturers as well as a
pavilion organized by the Taiwan Woodworking
Machinery Association (TWMA) with more than
twenty Taiwanese companies. At the same time,
more than 350 domestc furniture matereal
suppliers will present a full variety of
high-quality products and exhibits, together
with well-known international brands like AHEC,
JOWAT, ITC, CHENGUANG, FRENCHTIMBER, KINGDECOR
etc. Firms like HUARUN coating and BASF will be
participating in the show for the first time.
Located in hall E5,
FMC PREMIUM 2009 will feature 150 selected
exhibitors over 6,000 sqm of exhibition space.
Exhibits will cover all necessities for
furniture manufacturing rom raw materials to
chemicals, fittings, semi-finished products and
The Organiser is
arranging a series of seminars and other
activities during the show to foster cooperation
between domestc and overseas companies.
Organised in cooperation with "China Wood", the
"Legal & Sustainable Furniture Raw Mateal Forum"
will be held on September 10, 2009. WWF-CFTN,
FSC\PEPC, AHEC, Canada Wood and French Timber
will come together to discuss timber
availability, classification and application in
China, and about sustainable development of
FMC 2009 will be a
testimony to the rapid development of the
country's furniture and interior design
industry. This year the show will again bring
the most updated products and designs and market
INDEX 2009 SET TO
PARTNER WITH APID –
FIRST STEPS TOWARDS DUBAI
FESTIVAL OF INTERIOR DESIGN
2009, the leading trade interior design show in
the Middle East, has signed an agreement with
APID, the Association of Professional Interior
Designers, making them the official partner for
this year’s show. It marks the first steps
towards a combined goal of introducing the Dubai
Festival of Interior Design, which would place
the Emirate at the forefront of the
international interior design calendar.
APID is hosting the 24th General Assembly of the
IFI (International Federation of Interior
Architects/Designers) and the World Interior
Design Congress 2009. These biennial events are
being held in Dubai for the first time in their
46 year history, and take place from 6-11
INDEX takes place the following week, from 14-17
November, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and
is introducing a number of features to help the
interior design industry maximise opportunities
in what is a difficult business environment.
The exhibition will showcase some of the
industry’s leading products and designs from
high profile companies including Longhi, Rexite,
Porada, Andreu World and Colleccion Alexandra.
Pre visitor registration for INDEX is already at
record levels, up by over 90% from this time
In order to bridge the gap between the events,
INDEX will be hosting cultural tours for IFI
delegates on 12 and 13 November, as well as a
reception at the show. In addition, IFI
delegates will be invited to join the INDEX VIP
Business Match-Making programme, which will
match top interior designers, specifiers and
buyers with relevant exhibitors.
Hosting the Dubai Festival of Interior Design
will be a fusion of the best of creative talents
and business minds that will undoubtedly place
Dubai on a level with other major international
design show capitals.
The Emirate of Dubai will embrace interior
design for the week, promoting interior design
as a vital part of Dubai’s economy where
significant projects are confirmed for the year
2009. The Dubai Festival of Interior Design
will elevate the profile and global
understanding of professional interior design
and consultancy to a new level, thereby
providing significant benefits to both clients
and the design profession world wide.
APID and INDEX are collaborating closely to
ensure that this event will be a landmark in the
design calendar and an event at the forefront of
“Design Worldwide”, for the future.
Lu Buchanan, INDEX event director said, “We have been working
closely with the industry to ensure that INDEX
2009 is very design-focused, as we want to
produce a show that rivals the other leading
international interior design events. Our
longer term goal is to expand INDEX so that it
becomes part of a brand new Dubai Festival of
Interior Design. Working with APID, and other
interested parties, will ensure that this
happens, and our formal relationship for INDEX
2009 is a great start to this process.
“We are looking forward to IFI Conference
delegates joining us – I am confident that the
special activities we have planned for them, in
addition to the fact that they will be part of
our VIP Business Match-Making programme, will
make their time in Dubai worthwhile.”
Kenneth Laidler, APID President, added, “”APID was given the
opportunity to host the IFI National Assembly
and grasped the opportunity with both hands,
similarly APID welcomes the opportunity to
partner with INDEX and is confident the
collaboration will produce a truly individual
inspiring and memorable event.”
MANUFACTURING & SUPPLYCHINA2009
with Furniture China, FMC Premium
2009, Shanghai New Int’l Expo Centre
China National Furniture
Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo Int’l
Exhibition Co., Ltd.
FMC 2009 – Fully Booked
Furniture Manufacturing & Supply
China 2009 (FMC 2009) will be staged alongside
FMC Premium at the Shanghai New International
Expo Centre from September 9-12, 2009. Being a
part of Furniture China, FMC is one of the
largest furniture equipment and material
exhibitions in Asia. The show is proud to
attract more than 650 famous machinery equipment
exhibitors and furniture supply corporations.
FMC 2009 benefits from
co-location with Furniture China 2009, the 4th
largest furniture exhibition in the world, which
is expected to attract more than 70,000 domestic
and international trade visitors. FMC and FMC
Premium will host about 650 companies with
36,000 sqm of exhibition area.
World famous brands re-join in
spite of a weak economy
Despite a bleak economic climate,
FMC 2009 has continued to keep its key figures
at the record heights achieved in the previous
edition. According to the statistics of the
organizer, FMC 2009 is fully booked again.
International and domestic woodworking
manufacturers, such as HOMAG, BIESSE, WEINIG,
SCM, NANXING, Shanghai YUETONG, V-HOLD confirmed
their participation. Taiwan Woodworking
Manufacturers Association (TWMA) will joint with
more than 30 of their members. In addition, a
large number of exhibitors have confirmed their
attendance in the classified display sections,
LEITZ, LEUCO and AKE in Saws Blades and Tools
hall, JUNJIA, LIWANG in Fabric and Leather hall,
HYDERON, BOKE in Furniture Hardware and Fittings
hall, CHANGRUNFA PAINT, HUARUN PAINT in
Furniture Coatings & Chemicals hall…Thus FMC
will create an excellent opportunity for great
business deals and provide international
networking at the show.
FMC Premium continues to attract
As a part of FMC, FMC Premium
continues to provide an exclusive business
platform where exhibitors can concentrate fully
on business and products. Targeted at high
leveled furniture raw material exhibitors, FMC
Premium has been fully booked, among them
international companies such as JOWAT, POLLMEIER,
EXOR, TABU, AHEC, etc. FMC Premium witnesses the
rapid development of the country’s furniture and
interior design industry. The show will again
bring us updated products and ideas of the
Exhibition space of FURNITURE
CHINA including 10 indoor halls and 26 outdoor
halls are fully booked and assure the high
quality and quantity exhibitors and visitors of
FMC. Thus the show will showcase the full
spectrum of the industry. This September
exhibitors from over 20 different countries
gather in Shanghai, to show their latest
products, discuss the latest industry
technologies, prospects and innovations. In this
special environment, FMC will still be the most
important platform in China for visitors and the
exhibitors to establish profitable
NO.1 IN ASIA，LEADING
THE WORLD “CIFF 2009”
CIFF 2009 March,
short for 23rd China International Furniture
Fair (Guangzhou), lowered its curtain with
gratifying results on March 30th at China Import
& Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou. The 1st phase
of the grand event specialized in CIFF-Home
Furniture, staged from March 18th to 21st,
concurrently with Outdoor & Leisure Guangzhou
2009, Homedecor & Housewares China 2009, CeramEx
China 2009 and Intertextile Guangzhou-Hometextile
China 2009, while the 2nd phase focused on CIFF-Office
Furniture, along with China International
Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Raw Materials
Fair (Guangzhou) / interzum guangzhou 2009 from
March 27th to 30th.
the face of the global economic crisis, the
March show of CIFF 2009 along with seven
vertical shows under one roof gained a great
success. The total exhibition scale has enlarged
to 500,000 SQM and hosted 2620 domestic and
overseas exhibitors while gathering 136310
buyers, 32922 of which are overseas buyers from
160 countries and 103388 are domestic buyers,
respectively. The overall attendance of buyers
remains the same level as that of 2008, with
3.1% growth in domestic visitors and 11.8%
decline in overseas counterparts. According to
the feedback of our satisfaction survey,
exhibitors are fairly pleased with the results
which are better than what they anticipate and
they have basically achieved the targeted goals.
CIFF-HOME FURNITURE (18th -21,
ALL Star Cast
CIFF 2009 March
- Home Furniture shows up with an all-star cast.
The domestic leading brands like LANDBOND, HING
LEE, KINWAI, ROYAL, KUKA, ZUOYOU, RED APPLE,
OPAL, KANG SHENG, BEKING，CAMERICH,
ZHI HAO, STEEL-LAND, YI FENG, BILTURE display
their newest products in Modern Furniture
region. FOUR SEAS, BO YUEN, YUE XING, WEN HUA
SPIRIT, POSH, GOLD PHOENIX, GAINWELL, FU BANG,
WSXINGLONG, MINGQING in Classical Furniture
region exemplifies dazzling charm in showcase.
Besides, overseas exhibitors including
INDEX(Thailand), Colono(Spain), KODA(Singapore),
HI TEAM(Taiwan), PT.
BUANA INTER GLOBAL(Indonesia) bring in the
furniture of fresh designs. Though the buyers
from USA and Europe buy less due to weak
markets, exhibitors gain increased trading
volume in the domestic market and other rising
markets like Middle East. The furniture
wholesaling giants of Shunde Louvre and
Redstar Macalline have their booth shown
at CIFF as well.
Comments from Participants
China National Furntiure Association, Mr. Jia
Qingwen, praises CIFF as “the barometer of
Chinese furniture industry”. Chinese buyers are
happy to see the enterprises pay more attention
to the domestic market, while 89.2% overseas
buyers are satisfied with the exhibition effect
according to the on-site survey. The trading
delegation from Japan is formed with five
reprehensive enterprises like TAIYO Furniture,
JEFSA Central Inc., GARANT MOBEL and so on.
Particularly, the president over 80 years old of
TAIYO Furniture, the biggest furniture
department store in Japan, takes part in the
shopping at CIFF for the first time. The speaker
of the delegation says, “We will increase the
shopping volume and select the suppliers and
qualified products more carefully this year.
This is our unique way to tackle the difficult
time.” He also remarks, “On this tough occasion,
it is impressive for CIFF to successfully keep
the progress in scale and quality.”
Professional Activities & Service
concept of “LOHAS”, standing for the idea of
healthy life and human friendliness, is
expressed in the design of furniture found
throughout the fair, which delivers the good
experience to the visitors. They also appreciate
the services and activities at the CIFF, like
the “Service System for Frequent
Buyers” first launched this year, the
gallery of “Red-Stroke Design Exhibition”
promoting cooperation between designers and
manufactories, and the Digital Kitchen Zone
highlighting the technology in lifestyle. The
multifunction of trading and communication at
CIFF gains the high intention for next session’s
participation from both buyers and exhibitors.
Outdoor & Leisure Guangzhou 2009
“VIP Union System”, innovatively launched this year, 105
most influential brands like ALMA CONTRACT, KIAN,
MANO LEISURE, GARDENART FURNITURE, ARTIE GARDEN,
HUATONG GARDEN and LINYA CRAFTWORK have been
attracted to the fair of Outdoor & Leisure
Guangzhou 2009. The show establishes a high-end
platform for commercial meeting, image
presenting and fashion releasing through the
full display of outdoor living.
European Outdoor Furniture Design delivers a
hint of making use of high-quality
environment-friendly materials to enter the
market. The gallery of “World Class Outdoor
Design” combines together top-brand display and
interactive communication to release the latest
outdoor fashion and promote the concept of
healthy living. Over 90% buyers are satisfied
with the show and will come back next year in
Homedecor & Housewares China 2009
Housewares China 2009 covered an area of 35,000
SQM, 15,000 SQM larger than the previous session
in March 2009. Around 200 domestic and overseas
enterprises including famous brands like
Sitong,Xiang You, Artage, Eternal, Yinbo,
Zhongshun Wooden, Jin Da, Landbond, Ya Masun,
Fuhua, Beixiong displayed their qualify products
at the show.The diversity of product lines cover
the products of Pottery & Glassware, Lighting,
Picture & Frames displayed at the show which
becomes richer than that of the last session.
The inspired designers bring in concepts like
“Continental Style”, “Miscellaneous Pieces” of
Nature, Abstract Art, and Accessories for all to
There are 34,834 buyers visit the
show, 8,322 of which are international buyers.
82% of them feel satisfied with the effect of
participation and find the products meeting
Ceramics China 2009
China 2009, covering an area of 10,000 SQM, has
engaged in household & art ceramics in spite of
Hong Kong Pavilion and Chao Zhou Pavilion.
Famous brands like Sanhuan, Red Star, Hualian,
Liuhua, Shunxiang, and Yongfengyuan
at the show with products from different
regions. The stylish features insist on the
concept of health, environmental friendliness
and green techiques. Hunan Hualian China
Industry Co.,LTD. showcases the estimated master
piece of the Chairman Mao’s memoral, which is
full of collection values and attracts a good
flow of visitors at the show.
Hometextile China 2009
(Guangzhou) International Trade Fair for Home
Textiles 2009(hereinafter refer to as
Intertextile Guangzhou- Hometextile China 2009)
featured by 151 exhibitors in an exhibition area
of 20,000 SQM. It’s the first time that overseas
group pavilions from Germany, Britain, Korea and
Pakistan participated in the show, while the
exhibitors from major domestic manufacturing
clusters like Yuhang, Jiaxing, Shaoxing and
Haining in Zhejiang province continually attend
the show in regional pavilions. The products are
much richer with sofa fabrics and leather
accounting for 43.9%, upholstery fabrics 23%,
curtain fabrics 15.5%, bed linen, blankets and
bedding down products, carpets and rugs 17.6%.
trends of 2010 for the interior products market
based on observation of developments in Europe”
was performed by Kevin Lewis - a famous designer
from Britain during the show. The Gallery of
“Outstanding Works in Home Textiles 2008”
displays the awarded products in last session
show. Visitors are crowding into the gallery and
appreciating them as pieces of art. Buyers
throughout the world pay high involvement to the
show and about 80% of whom remarked that they
will be back at the next session according to
CIFF-OFFICE FURNITURE (27-30,
All Star Cast
CIFF 2009 March
- Office Furniture is the largest office
furniture event in Asia with features of new
concepts, new designs and new stature. Nearly
all top furniture enterprises like
MATSU, SAOSWN, OU LIN, YOUZHAN、SUNON,
OFISWORLD have participate the show and divided
by specified product categories in order under
the deeper professional organization.
Many famous manufacturers at the fair
demonstrate their latest creations and
advancements to show their improvement in
technological innovation. SUNON firstly releases
their latest R&D technique of “U + Coating
Technology” during the show, which reveals the
new progress in the environmental friendly skill
in domestic furniture manufacturing industry.
Seminar hosted by SAOSEN Furniture introduces
the future development of “medium density
fiberboard powder coating technique” to
Multiple Industrial Activities
furniture show this year adopts the creative
multiple formats in activity organization. The
theme gallery of “Finland Modern Furniture
Design and Office Space-Works of Yrjo Kukkapuro
and His Students” is one of the unique
activities consisting of three parts: the design
works show, the academic forum and the cocktail
banquet. Many domestic furniture companies
appreciate the works created by the renowned
design master and his students and acquire
advanced design concepts from Europe through the
event. It also functions as a channel for
communication in the furniture industry.
Besides, the Annual Meeting of China National
Furniture Association Office Furniture
Profession is held during the show. The 3rd
Annual Meeting of Government Furniture
Procurement kicks off with officials from over
30 procurement centers of municipal governments
and furniture company representatives. The 23rd
CIFF-Office Furniture is more than a mere
“one-stop” trading platform, but a must attended
event of Chinese office furniture industry.
Comments from Participants
industry is in a tough time resulting from the
global economic crisis, the industry
practitioners still remain confident about the
future by the positive responses from the market
at CIFF. Zhu Changling, vice president of China
National Furniture Association, foresees an
increase of exports in the office furniture
industry; his foresight is not only justified by
investigation done by the organizer of CIFF
which indicates that there is a change in sales
strategy, but not in volume, but also proved by
the marketing director with HONGKAI who also
says that there is an increase in the number of
buyers both at home and from abroad at this fair
indicating a promising future.
Renames in 2010
As Asia’s mature
trading platform of office furniture, CIFF
Office Furniture Show is growing to be the best
place to showcase office integrated environment,
office space design and systematic planning.
From March 2010, the show will be renamed as
CIFF Office Show, so as to further reflect the
positioning of Whole-office presentation.
Getting more elements from office perspective,
the show will provide all-in-one solutions in
the fields of modern office space layout,
environment design and supported facilities. (无须突出该部分)
China International Woodworking
Machinery & Raw Materials Fair (Guangzhou)/
INTERZUM GUANGZHOU 2009
International Woodworking Machinery & Raw
Materials Fair (Guangzhou)/interzum guangzhou
2009, holding the strategic position as a
gateway for international companies to sell to
the China market as well as a springboard for
China companies to sell to Asia, attracts many
repeated as well as first time exhibitors. The
fair is further enlarged in size to 80,000sqm,
33% over that of last year, providing more
opportunities for participating companies and
buyers. In total, 761 exhibitors attend the
show, 10.6% more than that of last year, with
209 international exhibitors.
remain optimistic about the future. About 39,222
buyers visit the show, 9,057 of which are
overseas buyers, slightly over the situation in
last year. Li Qiang from Chengdu, China, says
the increasing number of buyers at the fair
shows the sign of an optimistic attitude toward
the future market. The frequent buyer, Karl R.
Kehrer from Australia, is glad to see the great
progress in scale and upgraded products and
service. Jan Rudzki, the purchasing agent from
Sweden, says with excitement and eagerness that
products exhibited are great in quantity.
situation is better than what we expected.
Chinese customers are more optimistic and they
hold a very good view for the future.” commented
Mr. Marco Rampichini, General Manager, SCM
Group. Mr. Aduen Wang, the Marketing Manager for
A&D JASMINE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD said “This is
the second time that we exhibit and we feel that
it is an excellent platform to showcase our
products, as we received many enquiries from
buyers in China and the Asia Pacific region.”
Preview of CIFF 2009 September
In the next
session, the 24th CIFF will keep the exhibition
marketing principle of “Export Orientation”
along with the “Domestic Market Expansion”.
There are three highlights of CIFF 2009
September you can not afford to miss as follows:
A Right Comprehensive
“Whole-Home-Decor” showcase with accessories and
Core themes of
Modern Furniture and Classical Furniture in CIFF
2009 Sept. along with Homedecor + Hometextile
China (Guangzhou) 2009 will be held
concurrently. Outdoor & Leisure products theme
will be shown in the special zone at the show.
The exhibits from interior furnishing to outdoor
lifestyle will form the “Whole-Home-Decor”
September Fair Attracts Growing
Attention of the world
September’s exhibition venue is located closely
by the largest furniture manufactory base of
China and Southern Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The marketing channel throughout the world and
the thousands of esteemed customers of CIFF will
make CIFF 2009 September the Asia’s furnishing
sourcing center in fall season.
Professional Service Valuates
The floor plan
arrangement will be divided more scientifically;
high technology in fair networking will be
adopted to upgrade the service systems for
buyers, exhibitors and media; more added value
activities and seminars will be organized to
motivate the long-term development of the
furniture industry. More spectacular business of
world furniture industry awaits your
participation in CIFF 2009 September. See you
right in Guangzhou, September 6th-9th, 2009.
GOH APPLAUDS SINGAPORE MOZAIC SHOWING AT SALONE
INTERNATIONALE DEL MOBILE 2009 IN ITALY
Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong visited the
prestigious Salone Internazionale del Mobile
2009 in Milan, Italy on Wedneday. He visited the
show to lend support for the Singapore
contingent representing the country’s furniture
industry at the event under the collective
brand, Singapore Mozaic.
SM Goh was received by Mr Andrew Ng, President
of the Singapore Furniture Industries Council
and accompanied by representatives from
Singapore government agencies. Together, they
Singapore pavilion and viewed the quality
displays by the six local companies that are
holding Singapore’s name up high under the
Singapore Mozaic umbrella – they are brand
Division Pte Ltd,
Getz Bros & Co (S) Pte Ltd,
Office Planner Pte Ltd
Star Furniture Industries Pte Ltd
as well as
An initiative by the Singapore Furniture
Industries Council (SFIC), Singapore Mozaic is a
B2B industry furniture brand supported by
International Enterprise Singapore (IE
Singapore) and SPRING
It aims to showcase Singapore furniture’s finest
and to enhance global recognition of the
quality, design, reliability and value offered
by Singapore’s furniture companies so as to gain
greater market share worldwide.
SM Goh also had a series of lively discussions
with the representatives of the six Singapore
exhibitors at the fair whose participation is
supported by the International Marketing
Programme (IMAP) from International Enterprise
Singapore (IE Singapore). He was also given a
quick overview of the works by six of
Singapore’s rising design companies -
1degOFF design playgroup, d.lab™,
Jarrod Lim Design, Air Design Group, Outofstock
and Studio JUJU.
These companies are exhibiting at Salone
Satellite, an annual showcase for new designs
and ideas by young architects and students of
industrial design with the support of the
Overseas Promotion Partnership Programme (OPPP)
Council. Mr Andrew Ng said: “I am glad that
Singapore furniture companies and our young
designers are leveraging on important
international platforms such as Salone
Internazionale del Mobile to reach out to a
bigger, global audience and thus, increase
Singapore’s profile as reputable furniture
player in the international market”.
SM Goh’s visit is a strong testimony for the
local furniture industry and an endorsement of
its efforts to expand internationally. The
positive encouragement he has given to the
Singapore Mozaic ambassadors and furniture
designers while on his visit to Salone
Internazionale del Mobile has given the industry
a positive fillip.
PANELEXPO 2009 –
A SUCCESSFUL ENDING OF AN EFFICIENT FAIR
fourth edition of Panelexpo concluded on a
successful note here at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Despite economic
slowdown, turnout of visitors was good and their response encouraging. Many of the
participants reported having received good number of
serious trade enquiries. A number of participants reported having received
substantial amount of spot orders too. Over 85
percent of the participants indicated their interest to participate in the
next edition of Panelexpo in 2011. A large
number of participants indicated their interest
to participate in a similar event in Kolkata,
Hyderabad and Chennai.
The fair was organized from 2 – 5 April
2009 jointly by the Federation of Plywood and
Panel Industry (FIPPI) and Fair Design
India Pvt. Ltd. (FDI) under the aegis of the
Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of
Environment and Forests, and the Planning
Commission, Government of India. It was held in
Hall No 10 and 11 of Pragati Maidan covering an
area of about 7,800 sq. mtr.
The fair was supported by most of the
prestigious national and international
organizations in the field including ITTO, INBAR,
CNFMA, CBTC, NMBA, IPIRTI and AMCHAM. Other
supporters included BIS, CAPEXIL, AIVMA, NIPMA,
SIPMA, GPVMA, ICFRE, CNFMA, JHEA, FORHEX & Wood
partners to the fair included FDM Asia, Panel &
Furniture Asia, WFD, Ply Reporter, Asian Timber,
India Wood & Allied Panels, Ply Digest, B2B
Hardware Sanitary Construction World,
web media partners included
Indiamart, Tradeindia.com, Tender Tiger, Timber
hunt.com were the official e-media partner, Wood
& Panel World were the official e-publication
and Orbitz the official travel agent.
Exhibit profile of the fair included
Plywood, Bamboo, Panels including Wooden /
Aluminium / Honey Comb & Glass / Allied Panel
Products, Veneers / Laminates, Particle Board /
MDF, Moulded Plywood, Bamboo / Wood working
machinery, Furniture making machinery, Sawing
Machines, Logging Tools & Machines, Hand Tools,
Adhesives, Chemicals, Resins & Glues, Coatings, Funiture & Fittings, Work Stations, Modular
Kitchen, Doors & Windows, Floor Tiles, Hardware
There were a total of 99 participants
from 9 countries. Overseas participation came
from countries like China, Germany, Italy,
Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Taiwan and UK.
China was the Partner country and Chinese
companies focused mainly on machinery.
Bangladeshi companies displayed exclusively
wooden furniture while Malaysian companies
displayed a variety of wooden products including
furniture, laminated panels, sawn timber, board
and laminated scantlings. Italian and German
companies also focused on machinery while
veneers, veneer edging were the major attraction
Some of the leading Indian companies
at the fair were Biesse, FlexiCam, Sandeep
Machines, Wood Master, Woodtech Consultants,
Industries, Guru Amar Industries and
Jamuna Engineering in the machinery segment,
Century Plyboards, Sarda Plywood, Greenply
Industries, Bajaj Eco-Tec, Balaji Action
Buildwell, Alstrong, Alstone, Durian,
Unique Ply in the plywood and panel segment, and
Indian Crafts, Golden Furnitures and Litmus
Design in the furniture segment. Bamboo products
were displayed prominently by companies like
Arunachal Plywood and Loga Shree under the NMBA
banner. Bamboo Hut was a major attraction for
The fair was inaugurated by Shri
Sajjan Bhajanka, President, Federation of Indian
Plywood and Panel Industry, in the presence of
eminent personalities from the trade and
industry. It attracted over 3000 quality trade
visitors during the four day period. These
included prominent builders, architects,
interior decorators, hoteliers besides
wholesalers, distributors and other trade
channels. Visitors came from across the country
including far off places like Mumbai, Pune,
Chennai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Jaipur, Assam,
Ahmedabad, Yamunanagar, Jalandhar, etc. Visitors
were largely decision makers comprising top and
senior officials from the companies.
concurrent technical seminar was organized under
the theme World class latest technology for
process and products ‘Wood, Bamboo and
Beyond!’ A number of papers on current
subjects concerning the industry were presented
by eminent speakers from India and abroad. These
Forest Certification for Wood Products by Prof.
Maharaj Muthoo, President, Roman Forum, Italy
• Agoforestry – The Raw Material Supply:
Sustaintainability and Future Prospects by Dr.
Sudhanshu Gupta, IFS, Asst. Director General
(RP), ICFRE, Dehra Dun
Photocuring of Biofibre Composites by Dr. R. N.
Kumar, Course Director, Dept. of Wood Science &
Technology, Kannur University, Kannur, Kerala
and Consultant in M/s. Western India Plywoods
Role of Wood based Industries in Climate Change
Mitigation by Mr. Jaydeep Chitlangia, Secretary
Bamboo – A Resource for Wood Substitution by Mr.
Ajay Kumar, NMBA, New Delhi
Conversion of Plywood, Veneering Units, Saw
Mills in the North Eastern Region Value Addition
and Ancillary Unit with Assured Market: A
First-Hand Experience by Mr. M. M. Jalan,
Chairman, Arunachal Plywood Industries Limited
Wood Substitution – Recent Development by Dr. S.
K. Nath, Jt. Director, IPIRTI, Bangalore
Bamboo: Trade Opportunities for Livelihood
Development in South and Southeast Asia by Mr.
T. P. Subramony, Regional Coordinator (South
A review of Standardization in the field of
Wood, Bamboo & Panel Products by Mr. J. Roy
Chowdhury, Scientist-E, BIS, New Delhi
• Export Scenario and Potential for Indian Plywood
& Panel Industry by Mr. B. H. Patel, Chairman,
Particle Board & MDF Scenario in India by Mr. J.
Economic Slow Down and Stimulus-Clean Technology
and Wood Based Panel Product Industry by Mr.
Anand Amrik Singh, Amman Consultants.
presented for excellence in display and
innovative products in different categories.
Following companies were selected for the
Plywood and Panels
Prize: Greenply Industries Limited
Prize: Century Plyboards (I) Ltd.
Prize: Sarda Plwood Industries
Unique Plywood (P) Ltd.
Prize: Sandeep Machines Private
Prize: Biesse Manufacturing Co.
Arunachal Plywood Industries Limited
National Mission on Bamboo Applications
Prize: Bangladesh Furniture
Prize: China Foma Group Co., Ltd.
ZOW ITALY 2009: DESIGN,
INNOVATION, AND TECHNOLOGY PLAYERS IN VERONA
21 to 24 October 2009, Veronafiere will host the
9th edition of ZOW Italy – International
Exhibition of Components and Accessories for
Furniture Industry and Interior Decoration,
organized by Survey Marketing + Consulting srl.
For four days the exhibition will offer the most
comprehensive overview of components and
accessories of the furniture industry: more than
270 companies (the number will be growing in the
coming months), have already chosen ZOW
Verona to present their new products and
concept solutions for 2009,
on a surface area of 40 000m²
Furthermore, a full
program of exhibitions and special events will
bring under the spotlight Design, Materials,
Technology and Innovation: The events will focus
on architecture and design,
offering its visitors exciting special shows on
the industry’s very latest topics.
In this year event – more than for
past years - ZOW Verona will stake on quality,
with the goal to confirm the high standards
characterizing the event.
This innovative exhibition shows visitors from
design and architecture, retail design and
commercial construction, the furniture industry
and interior design the huge diversity of
creative material ideas for the product
solutions of today and tomorrow. The material
innovations will be set in free-standing
containers, featuring effective integrated
lighting to show off the very best of the
exhibits in terms of colour and design.
furniture makes life more entertaining
The show is a display of specific
interior settings which demonstrate how living
rooms and workspaces, kitchens and bathrooms can
be designed and fitted out right now to support
media access – and networked with each other.
Lightness leads to innovative furniture ideas
The lightweight construction network provides
impressive evidence of the diverse development
potential for the interiors industry and
furniture design. Both young and renowned
companies in the international supplier industry
are presenting their latest solutions from
lightweight construction, which will
revolutionise the furniture and fittings world
in the coming years.
The show will serve as the central
meeting place for all ZOW visitors interested in
architecture and feature product highlights for
the special topics on show. Catering and
relaxing is also provided for.
RFID Factory: Logistics for the furniture
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification,
an identification technology based on electronic
data exchange. With this technology you can
quickly pinpoint the location of a product
anywhere in your company without having to
handle each item individually. After all, time
So many appointments
scheduled in ZOW Verona – the only event in
Italy truly representative of the area of
subcontracting for the furniture industry and
TULIPWOOD IS THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR'S AHEC
PAVILION AT INTERZUM
Two years ago, the American Hardwood
Export Council (AHEC), had a big impact at
Interzum with its red oak pavilion raising
awareness for the species and creating a focal
point for the US hardwood industry to network
with hardwood buyers from around the world.
This year it is American tulipwood
that will feature strongly in both, the display
and information graphics, as well as the
structure itself. “Over the past year, AHEC have
been raising the profile for this very
sustainable and versatile species and
challenging the market to look at it
differently. I mean this literally as one of our
aims has been to show everyone how exciting it
looks and that it doesn’t always have to painted
and stained”, says David Venables, AHEC’s
The “tulipwood challenge” as AHEC
calls it, gained extra momentum last autumn when
top architect David Adjaye used it for his
“Sclera” pavilion for the London Design
Festival. The challenge of treating the
tulipwood for external use has led to an ongoing
cooperation between AHEC and wood treatment
specialists Osmose. The latest research results
and samples of treated and exposed tulipwood
will be displayed on stand.
The AHEC stand will again feature
interactive grading areas with industry experts
on hand to carryout demonstrations and answer
questions on how American hardwood lumber and
veneer are graded for export.
The final element will be an internet
café area where visitors can come and try the
new user friendly AHEC website to learn more
about the potential of US hardwoods, order free
publications, enjoy a cup of coffee and talk to
the experts. If you trade in US hardwoods or
want to know how to develop these species as
part of your business make sure to visit the
Hall 5.1, C-010, D-011.
ASEAN FURNITURE INDUSTRIES COUNCIL PUSHES AHEAD TO
ASEAN TRADE SHOW CIRCUIT
The ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC) is once again leading its member countries to further enhance and develop a seamless furniture trade show circuit in the ASEAN region. Six furniture trade shows organised by AFIC member countries Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand will be taking place over 12 days in March 2009. Taking centre stage is the AFIC-supported 26th ASEAN Furniture Show held in conjunction with International Furniture Fair Singapore 2009, where the best of ASEAN furniture elements come together under one roof.
To enable exhibitors and visitors to manage their participation and travel plans more productively, AFIC members fine-tuned the show dates of the furniture trade fairs in their countries to bring the start and end dates closer together. The more efficient exhibition calendar allows both exhibitors and buyers to save precious time and expenses while achieving effective results. This will in turn encourage higher participation and create greater visibility for member countries.
First on the calendar is the Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2009 (MIFF), which will be held in Kuala Lumpur from 3 to 7 March 2009. This is followed by the Philippine International Furniture Show 2009 (PIFS-Manila Now) and 20th Cebu International Furniture and Furnishings Exhibition (Cebu X) that are taking place in Manila and Cebu in the Philippines. The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2009 held in conjunction with the 26th ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS 2009) is the next show on the circuit and will be held from 9 to 12 March 2009. Rounding up the 2009 furniture trade show calendar from 11 to 15 March 2009 are the International Furniture & Craft Fair Indonesia 2009 (IFFINA) in Jakarta and Thailand International Furniture Fair 2009 (TIFF) in Bangkok.
Mr Jerry Tan, Chairman of AFIC said: “Besides facilitating intra-ASEAN trade, AFIC also hopes to further build and strengthen global recognition for the ASEAN furniture industry. In view of the current economic climate and stiff competition in the furniture arena, AFIC and our member countries are even more acutely aware of the importance of banding together to collectively raise awareness of the strengths of the furniture industry in member countries. The excellent furniture trade shows organised by our members provides an ideal platform for us to showcase our quality offerings and highlight our competitive advantages in design, innovation, manufacturing and even exhibition management to global players.”
Each furniture trade show on the ASEAN circuit possesses unique strengths and identities that differentiate the ASEAN furniture industries from other regions.
For example, TIFF is regarded as an important event to spot the latest furniture design trends with exhibits that often display unique contemporary styles infused with distinctive Asia touches. CebuX is also well-known for consistently featuring products of excellent design. Together with PIFS-Manila Now, the Filipino furniture shows present exhibitors with furniture pieces of fine local craftsmanship steeped in cultural traditions, using natural raw materials found in Asia. Similarly, IFFINA provides a complete overview of the Indonesian furniture and craft industry with a large array of quality hand-crafted products at reasonable prices. Besides showcasing a comprehensive selection of furniture and furnishing products, MIFF also hosts an extensive range of hospitality services to make visitors feel at home.
Each year, top ASEAN players also come together to display the best of their furniture and furnishing pieces at AFS. As the most established trade fair for the ASEAN furniture industry with 25 successful runs, AFS features the biggest collection of furniture exhibits from ASEAN countries in one location. Held in conjunction with IFFS at the Singapore Expo, AFS has grown to become a prestigious, must-see event featuring design-centric furniture of excellent quality from manufacturers across Asia and around the world. IFFS/AFS 2009 looks set to continue in its role as a successful global trade platform, with over 60,000 pieces of furniture and furnishing products from some 30 countries slated to be on display.
To promote the ASEAN furniture trade show circuit, AFIC has also initiated a joint advertising campaign for the five ASEAN furniture tradeshows. Managed by the AFIC Secretariat in Singapore, this campaign is currently running in key furniture trade publications and serves to highlight the locations and dates of the respective shows. The advertisement emphasises the effectiveness of the ASEAN circuit and its ability to meet the sourcing requirements of global furniture trade buyers in a most efficient manner.
To offer the global furniture market a bigger, better and more innovative ASEAN show, AFIC will also look to the implementation of effective design and value propositions from member countries.
Mr Steven Chew, Secretary-General of AFIC, said: “Our combined efforts reflects the unity and cohesiveness of AFIC members and demonstrates the strong cooperation within the ASEAN furniture trade industry. With this synergy, we hope to achieve good results during the upcoming furniture trade show season. Moving forward, AFIC will also continue to lead our member countries to tap on growth opportunities and harmonise our implementation plans for the ASEAN furniture trade.”
FMC 2009 - LARGER SCALE & MORE CLASSIFIED
Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China 2009 (FMC 2009) will be staged alongside FMC Premium at the Shanghai New International Expo Center from September 9-12, 2009. Under the umbrella of the Furniture China Exhibitions, the two shows
will provide outstanding business opportunities to companies supplying raw materials, components and woodworking machinery to furniture manufacturers. While FMC PREMIUM is a show specially designed for high-end manufacturers of furniture raw materials & components.
The shows benefit from co-location with Furniture China 2009, the 4th largest furniture exhibition, which is expected to attract 70,000 domestic and international trade visitors. FMC and FMC Premium will host about 600 companies with 36,000 sqm of exhibition area.
FMC 2009 will be allocated totally 2 indoor halls and 12 outdoor halls. FMC2009 will upgrade its classification of display areas for easy visiting. The following is the layout plan.
FMC 2009 - A Pleasant Prospect
A financial crisis spread all over the world at the end of 2008, bringing inevitable effects to all industries in 2009. But according to the statistic of organizer, FMC2009 is still fully booked. International and domestic woodworking manufacturers, such as HOMAG, BIESSE, WEINIG, SCM, NANXING, Shanghai YUETONG, V-HOLD have confirmed their participation. Taiwan Woodworking Manufacturers Association (TWMA) will come with over 30 of their members. In addition, a large number of exhibitors have
confirmed their attendance in the classified display sections, LEITZ, LEUCO and AKE in Saws Blades and Tools hall, JUNJIA, LIWANG in Fabric and Leather hall, HYDERON, BOKE in Furniture Hardware and Fittings hall whereas JOWAT, EXOR, AHEC, POLLMEIER, FRENCH TIMBER, KINGSLIDE, TABU, etc
in FMC PREMIUM. Thus FMC is a most important platform in China for visitors and the exhibitors to establish profitable relationships as well as creating an excellent opportunity for great business deals and furthermore to create an international networking structure.
FMC Premium-A Show for High-end Suppliers of Furniture Components and Raw Materials
FMC Premium set an exclusive business platform for domestic and international quality suppliers of furniture components and material. Designed to provide an open and harmonious atmosphere with uniform,
high-quality exhibition stands, FMC Premium continues to provide a forum where exhibitors can concentrate fully on business and products. Catering and selective visitor access will make attendance efficient and effective for both visitors and exhibitors. Until now FMC Premium has received the booth booking from over 80% of 2008 exhibitors, among them international companies such as JOWAT, POLLMEIER, EXOR, TABU, AHEC, etc.
NEW SMARTSHOP TO SHOWCASE
FOR THE SMALL CABINET SHOP
The 2009 AWFS® Fair will feature a new
area called the smartSHOP, a fully operational
cabinet shop, this summer to show attendees how
automated woodworking equipment can increase
shop efficiency. The machinery that will be
demonstrated in the special small shop booth
will include nesting machines, multi-head
horizontal boring machines, edgebanders,
motorized case clamps and hinge insertion
machines, all working in tandem.
Gero Sassenberg, a woodworking expert
and furniture consultant specializing in
management and engineering consulting to the
cabinet and furniture industries, will be
operating the smartSHOP and will use equipment
from participating exhibitors to demonstrate how
all the processes of cabinet construction, from
data input software to cabinet assembly can be
automated, saving time and money. He’ll also be
available to answer attendee questions.
“This very hands-on demonstration will
provide a great learning opportunity for
attendees, answer their questions, and allow
anyone that attends to get one-on-one advice for
their own shop,” Sassenberg says.
Sassenberg will also be teaching an
efficiency seminar in the smartSHOP space,
“Simplicity in Automation for the Small Shop,”
as part of AWFS’s Special Machinery and Relevant
Technology (SMART) educational sessions. SMART
sessions are designed to give attendees an
in-depth look at new technologies and machine
processes. Sassenberg’s session will take the
mystery out of designing and building
Euro-cabinets using CAD/CAM. He will take
observers through software selection and
application, nesting, machine layout, material
handling and the machining of parts and
During regular show hours, Sassenberg
and other woodworking professionals will
interact with attendees while demonstrating the
automation process — start to finish. smartSHOP
workers will use the automated machinery to
produce cabinets and drawers for a local Las
Vegas charity. Free “mini-smart demos” will also
be sprinkled throughout the day for attendees.
“Our decision to launch a smartSHOP is
a direct result of listening to our attendees,”
says Archie Thompson, AWFS Tradeshow Committee
Chair. “Owners of smaller-sized businesses told
us that the AWFS®Fair can be
overwhelming and they just don’t know where to
start looking for machinery or supplies. We felt
the smartSHOP would allow them to see everything
at work in an environment that is similar to
their own, get advice on what products they need
and be directed to the exhibitors who are
showing equipment they can use.”
The full-scale international AWFS®Fair,
scheduled for July 15 – 19, in Las Vegas, will
also feature exhibitors from the entire home and
commercial furnishings industry and includes
manufacturers and distributors of machinery,
hardware, lumber, construction, materials, and
other supplies to furniture, cabinet
manufacturers and custom woodworkers.
NATIONAL HARDWOOD LUMBER ASSOCIATION EXPANDS
NEW OFFICE OPENS IN SHANGHAI, CHINA
The National Hardwood Lumber Association
officially opened its first overseas office on
Monday, January 12th in Shanghai, China. Bob
Sabistina, previous NHLA Inspector Training
School Director and previous NHLA Chief
Inspector, will oversee the Shanghai office. His
work will be divided into three main areas:
1) Inspection services including grade inquiries
on specific loads and dispute resolutions.
2) Teaching and training of US hardwood lumber
grades to the growing list of consumers in China
and Southeast Asia in cooperation with the
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC).
3) NHLA promotion and representation at industry
meetings, tradeshows and various industry
Mr. Sabistina has been working in Asia as a
consultant for the American Hardwood Export
Council (AHEC) since 2005, mainly conducting
NHLA grading seminars. The move to a permanent
office is a natural progression as the North
American hardwood industry expands its search
for hardwood lumber markets. "The success of
reaching those markets is dependent upon the
differentiation of North American hardwoods from
the rest of the products," explained NHLA
Executive Director Mark Barford. "Our
commitment to the Shanghai office shows our
members, the industry and the global market that
NHLA is moving forward with our new brand and
refocused message - 'Strong Roots. Global
LAS VEGAS MARKET ATTENDEES WILL DISCOVER
NEW RESOURCE WITHIN WMCLV’S BUILDING B
interior designers looking to maximize their
experience at 2009 Winter Las Vegas Market,
February 9 – 13, will find the latest and
greatest conveniently located under one
roof—Building B at World Market Center Las
Vegas. The 1.6-million-square-foot Building B
will be a true hub of activity during Las Vegas
Market, including an assortment of new and
expanded showrooms, educational resources and
To accommodate the
many new product introductions planned for 2009
and growing retail business at Las Vegas Market,
many World Market Center Las Vegas showrooms
have moved to expanded spaces in Building B.
Such companies include Dovetail Furniture and
Designs, one of the largest importers and
distributers of eclectic handmade furniture,
accessories and textiles from around the world;
Peninsula Home Collection, which features
uniquely painted and distressed furniture
handcrafted in South America; Crestview
Collection, showcasing a full line of portable
lighting, accent furniture, accessories and wall
decor for today’s home; and Richter Designs,
premier manufacturers of high-end custom
upholstery, are all moving their show-rooms to
larger spaces within Building B.
accommodate buyers looking for fresh resources
and products, a new eclectic mix of permanent
showrooms will be located entirely on the first
floor of Building B. Showrooms located here will
showcase a wide array of fashion-forward
products that are unique in character and
originate from different corners of the globe.
will offer an assorted mix of traditional,
transitional and contemporary home furnishings
and will feature accessories, wall decor and
other modern trends of design,” said Babs Blair,
Vice President of Leasing for World Market
Center Las Vegas. “This will be an area that
designers will go crazy over.” Buyers will find
an array of goods that boast unique staining and
finishing processes, as well as products made
from stone, granite and marble. Dining and
occasional tables, crafted from a variety of
different types of finishes, such as
hand-painted chests and leather goods, also will
companies as Acrylicore, Environment Furniture,
Charles Carol, Crestview, Style Craft Frames &
Wall Decor and Kreiss will have exhibit space on
the first floor. Cutting-edge lines that were
previously located on other floors, such as
Andes International, Armenart, Casa Bonita,
Classic Leather, Dovetail Furniture & Designs
and Peninsula, will now be relocated on the
first floor of Building B.
juried showcases now located in Building B
In tandem with the
changes taking place on the first floor, the
second floor of Building B will also be fashion
forward: “B2” will serve as the home of the
juried showcase exhibits, including ConText,
Design & Living and the Living Green Pavilion.
“These exhibits have been held at various
locations in the past, so we are excited to
provide a permanent home for them in Building
B. As always, this will be a must attend
destination for discriminating buyers and
designers,” said Tim Branscome, Vice President
of International for World Market Center Las
Vegas. Each section of the juried showcases
will allow buyers the chance to purchase a
variety of unique and exclusive products shown
by exhibitors at the Las Vegas Market.
Marking its one-year
anniversary at the 2009 Winter Las Vegas Market,
ConText is the premier showcase for high-end
home textiles and bedding, offering decorative
pillows and cushions, luxurious bath items,
table linens and throws among others. Design &
Living is ideal for buyers searching for hot
trends, including creative and colorful products
that range from traditional to contemporary.
This exhibit will convey high-designs for home
furnishings and decor, as well as innovative
products and exceptional accessories.
Las Vegas Market’s
Living Green Pavilion offers the latest in
innovative eco-friendly and sustainable designs.
The Living Green Pavilion is the country’s
largest, most comprehensive venue of its kind,
showcasing an array of recycled, reclaimed and
renewed products from prestigious exhibitors.
All products displayed are verified sustainable.
The 2009 Winter Las Vegas Market is proud to
offer the Living Green Pavilion as a resource
for buyers to educate themselves on the latest
in the eco-friendly movement.
As always, the
juried showcases boast a strong international
presence and will highlight new designs from
Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Asia. “There will be
a lot of surprises on the second floor. Buyers
should anticipate the opportunity to see a lot
of new companies that have not exhibited in the
country before,” said Branscome.
Upon reaching the
second floor of Building B, buyers will have the
option to go directly to one of the three
showcases. With convenient access from both the
escalator and elevator, there is no need to walk
through one section to reach the next. In
addition, buyers can take advantage of the
accessibility from the second floor of Building
B to the Las Vegas Design Center, the year-round
hospitality marketplace located in Building C.
architects, high-end specialty retailers,
suppliers and buyers looking for new designs
will have an excellent opportunity to explore
ConText, Design & Living and Living Green
Pavilion on floor two, as well as the Las Vegas
Design Center, which is conveniently located
across the skywalk in Building C,” said
Branscome. “These two independent parts
complement one another nicely, so their prime
locations and trend-setting designs offer buyers
convenience as well an incredible product mix.”
In addition to the
wealth of home furnishings manufacturers and
their products, attendees will be able to take
advantage of many educational, trend-setting,
industry and business seminars that provide
meaningful and strategic tools to make their
business successful and their Market experience
World Market Center
Las Vegas, along with Western Home Furnishings
Association (WHFA) and National Home Furnishings
Association (NHFA), is unveiling an Education
Concierge to provide streamlined education
information and world-class service to all
Market attendees. Located in the Lobby of
Building B, the Education Concierge will be
available for those wishing to learn up-to-date
seminar details, locations and speaker contact
information. Specialty seminars will cover
trends, color, and merchandising, buying
patterns, sales techniques, business strategies,
sustainability and more.
“With a robust
offering of seminars from World Market Center
Las Vegas and WHFA, we take pride in providing
original and relevant seminars with information
that attending retailers and designers can truly
apply to their business,” said Margaret Casey,
Director of Programming for World Market Center
Las Vegas. “The expertise and passion our
speakers bring is reflected in their valuable
and engaging presentations. By providing our
attendees with easy access to information on all
of these events at one convenient location, the
Education Concierge adds additional value during
Las Vegas Market.”
A majority of
Market’s seminars will take place on the 16th
floor of Building B. Additionally, the NHFA/WHFA
Retailer Resource Center is located there and
features a number of resources, including
enhanced technology, coffee bar, Internet cafe,
new vendor space and a “Launch Pad” for new
RETURN 1152 – THE RETURN
DEVICE FROM HOLZ-HER
the new RETURN 1152 HOLZ-HER offers a simple,
fast and rational device for returning panels to
the operator on edgebanders.
the International HOLZ-HER Days on 25th
and 26th September 2008 REICH
Spezialmaschinen GmbH, known internationally
under the brand name HOLZ-HER, demonstrated a
return device for edgebanders. This modular
system can be attached to the various SPRINT,
ARCUS und CONTRIGA series from HOLZ-HER.
HOLZ-HER RETURN unit allows efficient one-man
operation of edgebanders and eliminates the
cost-intensive work of manually removing work
pieces from the machine and moving them back to
the front of the edgebander. Regardless of
whether small or medium lot sizes or even mass
production, this unit ensures high efficiency
with minimum space requirements and minimum
manpower for edgebanding and the associated
return of the work piece.
heart of this unit is the basic machine body,
which is attached to the end of the edgebander.
The work pieces coming out of the edgebander are
transferred to the return device, transported in
the lateral direction and then returned to the
operator along the motor-driven return path.
control for the unit is integrated directly into
the switch cabinet on the base whereby the work
pieces are recognized by a light barrier. A
modular return path system allows the overall
length of the unit to be adapted to the specific
length of the edgebander.
RETURN 1152 transports highly varying panel
lengths within the range of 150-2500 mm safely
and reliably. Work piece thicknesses of 8-60 can
be transported without problems up to a maximum
weight of 70 kg.
cushion table for easy charging
air cushion table for charging the edgebander
allows workpieces to be turned and positioned
against the fence easily. This ensures that long
parts can be fed into the machine precisely.
With the RETURN unit and air cushion table HOLZ-HER
REICH Spezialmaschinen GmbH offers handling
systems for edgebanders to allow maximum
efficiency while protecting the material.
TAKES OVER CHAIRMANSHIP OF ASEAN
FURNITURE INDUSTRIES COUNCIL
Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has been
formally handed the reins of the ASEAN Furniture
Industries Council (AFIC) starting 8 November
2008. Taking over from the Philippines,
Singapore will act as the Chairman, Secretary
General and Secretariat for AFIC from 2008 to
2010. The other member countries of AFIC are
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
The Singapore Furniture
Industries Council (SFIC) Executive Committee
has appointed Mr Jerry Tan as Chairman of AFIC
for the two-year term. Mr Tan is the Vice
President of SFIC and Managing Director of JACO
Singapore Pte Ltd. He is a well known figure in
the regional furniture circles and has
tremendous experience in the organisation of
international furniture trade exhibitions and
missions. He has extensive contacts with major
furniture players and regional furniture
associations throughout the ASEAN countries. His
wealth of experience in regional furniture trade
issues will put him in good stead to play a key
role in fast tracking AFIC’s strategic
initiatives to accelerate the growth of the
ASEAN furniture industries.
He said: “I am honoured to take
on this new role as Chairman for AFIC. The past
committees have established a strong foundation
for AFIC and we will work towards cementing even
stronger ties and partnerships between the ASEAN
furniture communities. I am confident that
collectively with our partner members; we can
forge ahead and make the ASEAN furniture trade
more prominent in international markets and
To further strengthen the
committee’s knowledge and expertise, the SFIC
Executive Committee has appointed Mr Steven
Chew, Executive Director of Sitra Holdings
(International) Limited, as Secretary General of
AFIC. Mr Chew has over a decade of experience in
the furniture and timber industries. He is also
a strong supporter of the green movement and
brings with him a wealth of industry experience
in sales, purchasing, operations and finance
functions. Together with Mr Jerry Tan, he is
expected to play a key role in further
and instilling it with a renewed sense of
“In these challenging economic
times, AFIC plays an even more important role,
that of ensuring healthy intra-ASEAN trade and
an enhanced competitiveness to stay buoyant
amidst the sea of fast-moving global players who
are increasingly focused on speed and value.
ASEAN integration is our primary focus and I
hope to see immediate results in the form of a
smoother, more cohesive and effective ASEAN
furniture exhibition circuit.” adds Mr Jerry
AFIC member countries like
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore
and Thailand hold annual furniture trade fairs,
namely International Furniture & Craft Fair
Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF),
the Philippine International Furniture Show -
Manila (PIFS), Cebu International Furniture and
Furnishings Exhibition (Cebu X), International
Furniture Fair Singapore in conjunction with
ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS), and Thailand
International Furniture Fair (TIFF). The ASEAN
Furniture Show held in conjunction with IFFS in
Singapore adds to the vibrancy of this circuit,
bringing the best of ASEAN players together in a
dynamic and comprehensive trade event annually.
AFIC will work with member
countries to devise a more efficient exhibition
timetable and route for exhibitors and buyers
alike. This will bring about better efficiency
in terms of time and expenses for all exhibitors
and visitors, and encourage higher participation
and greater visibility for member countries.
AFIC is also keen to support effective design
and value propositions in a bid to offer the
global market a bigger, newer and more
innovative ASEAN show.
In the next two years, AFIC will
continue to roll out initiatives to promote
closer relations and cooperation between
furniture manufacturing business communities in
member countries and regional and international
organisations. Actively making recommendations
on trade incentives and measures to benefit the
ASEAN furniture industries, AFIC aims to further
accelerate and harmonise the growth and progress
of the furniture and fixture industries
regionally with a global consciousness.
C&F ENTERPRISES TO OPEN LAS VEGAS SHOWROOM IN
SEPTEMBER ‘09 FASHION-FORWARD
GIFT LEADER TO EXHIBIT IN TEMP SPACE AT FEBRUARY
Inc. leased a 10,540-square-foot showroom in
Building C at World Market Center Las Vegas. C&F
Enterprises is one of the leading designers and
producers of giftware, decorative accessories,
quilted bedding and needlework, everyday linens
and holiday merchandise.
showroom, C-599, will open in the fall of 2009
and will showcase the C&F line, Gallerie II,
and licensed lines such as April Cornell and
Colonial Williamsburg. In the interim, C&F will
exhibit in temporary space for the Winter 2009
Las Vegas Market in February, according to Jimmy
Fang, executive vice president of the Newport
News, Va.-based company, who said the Las Vegas
showroom will be his company’s first corporate
showroom in the western half of the United
Fang said the
attraction of the growing gift segment in Las
Vegas along with the adjoining home furnishing
showrooms was a strong attraction to his
company. “Under normal circumstances, we’d grow
our business by adding some customers while
growing with our existing customers. In this
difficult economy, we need to reach new
customers to maintain and grow our business.
We’ve had many requests from customers that no
longer attend other shows, asking us to open a
Las Vegas Showroom”
This seemed like an
ideal time for us to expand into the Las Vegas
Market and we’re doing it in a big way. This
will be our 2nd largest showroom and
gives us an opportunity to show our entire line
to stores in the western US, many of whom have
never had a chance to see our entire line.”
Fang added, “Las Vegas
is a destination for not just the western half
of the U.S. but the entire United States and the
rest of the world. They get a lot of
international buyers there. We expect the Las
Vegas Market to be successful because people are
excited to go to Las Vegas, not just for the
Market, but for the city itself.”
sells to higher-end retailers, including better
department stores, small gift stores and
catalogs. “We certainly expect to broaden our
customer base with
this new showroom,” Fang said.
A NEW BOOST FOR ZOW IN ITALY
ROMANO UGOLINI IS THE NEW SURVEY MANAGING
DIRECTOR IN MILAN
On 1 November 2008, Romano Ugolini took up the post of Managing Director of
Survey Marketing + Consulting s.r.l., Milan.
Since 2001, Ugolini has been the Sales
at Survey Marketing + Consulting for the regions
of Southern Europe, France, Great Britain and
America. Under his management, the Italian
Survey team is now enthusiastically launching
into the task of preparing for ZOW 2009 at the
new venue in Verona.
Romano Ugolini (52) has been
involved in the wood processing industry for 30
years, where he held several management
positions; he was General Manager for the
American subsidiary of the Italian SCM Group in
Atlanta and Sales Manager for Koch
Maschinenfabrik (Leopoldshöhe/Germany). Since
2001, Ugolini has been the Sales Director at
Survey Marketing + Consulting for the regions of
Southern Europe, France, Great Britain and
America, and is one of the pioneers and
guarantors of the international success of the
numerous Survey exhibitions.
The main drive and incentive for
Romano Ugolini in his new position as Managing
Director in Milan are convincing growth rates in
the various countries and the positive results
of ZOW. “I’ve been travelling the world for many
years and am very familiar with the global
markets. I'm convinced that we can still do a
lot more to bring people and countries together.
I can’t think of a better job than working
together with my team to make this objective a
For Ugolini, the current sense of
crisis in the markets is no reason to give up –
quite the contrary. “As exhibition organisers,
we have an extremely important role in
supporting the economy in every possible way
during difficult times. We take this job very
seriously, so we’re now supporting the sector in
a more disciplined and ambitious manner. ZOW is
an effective tool with great potential to
achieve this. It’s in times like this that the
ZOW philosophy shines through. The motto ‘back
to the roots’, which ZOW traditionally follows,
will prove to be a future-proof exhibition
concept and it also provide the furniture
supplier sector with an effective market
platform in the long term because this motto
focuses on people, products and communication.”
The future of ZOW in Italy lies
The course is set for the future.
Ugolini is delighted that ZOW in Italy is moving
to Verona next year: “ZOW in Verona will be the
top event in 2009 for the supplier sector in
Italy and the Veronafiere venue will set new
MARKET CENTER LAS VEGAS
JORDAN SPENCER OPENS
18,000 SQ. FT. MULTI-LINE SHOWROOMS AT LAS VEGAS DESIGN
The Phoenix, Az.-based Jordan
Spencer opened a new, multi-line showroom at Las Vegas
Design Center on the World Market Center Las Vegas home
furnishings campus. Jordan
Spencer carries top design brands focused on transitional
elegance, including Lorts Manufacturing, Artitalia, Pearson
Company, Lee Industries, Currey & Co, Casa Fiora, Jonathan
Charles, Wildwood and other high-end lines new to Las Vegas
Jordan Spencer showroom is currently located in Building C,
C-376. In 2009, Jordan Spencer will open their new
18,000-square-foot showroom in space C-412. “Jordan
Spencer offers residential and hospitality customers the
option to choose from hundreds of fabrics, finishes and
distressing choices as well as custom sizes”, said Ty Lorts,
said the company welcomes the opportunity to cater to the
local, regional and international design community from its
new Las Vegas showroom. “Las Vegas is a great destination
for people to visit and we look forward to servicing a broad
range of customers here – from five star resorts to
residential customers.” Lorts said, adding that Jordan
Spencer was missing an opportunity by not being in Las
Vegas. “We want to be where the buyers are and we’re turning
over every stone to make that happen. We are looking forward
to day-to-day design business as well as hospitality
William Grenewald, Vice President
of Leasing at Las Vegas Design Center said, “We are really
pleased to welcome Jordan Spencer to LVDC. They will be one
of our largest showrooms, our first independent multi-line
showroom, and the owners bring decades of industry
experience plus a wonderful cross-section of high-end lines
to our product mix. Much of their offering will be of great
interest to our growing hospitality design audience, as well
as residential designers.”
SICAM - THE PORDENONE EVENT
BUSTLING WITH ACTIVITY
The upcoming SICAM trade show’s
organisational framework is
already buzzing with activity
To date over 140 companies have registered for the SICAM -
event dedicated to the furniture industry’s components,
semi-finished products and accessories - that will be held
in Pordenone on 14 - 17 October 2009. One third of the
available exhibition area has already been allocated to
companies and groups that have chosen continuity, thus
witnessing their appreciation for the experiences in this
city in Friuli.
Pordenone is unquestionably a leading city in the world of
sub-supplies due to its location in the furniture district
that embraces both the provinces of Treviso and Pordenone,
which produce 40% of Italian furniture and, most likely, and
thanks to the efforts made by Fiera di Pordenone and its
partners, who have never doubted that the SICAM would cross
the borders of the reference markets as a real international
event. Data based on such events held from 2001 to date
prove this point.
Therefore, on the one hand we find a strong, mature
industrial fabric, and on the other hand a precise, tested
project that witnesses a close knit team’s efforts in
organising a B2B event. Targeted at meeting the demands of
specialist operators, both exhibitors and visitors, SICAM
will be held in a trade district – such as the one in
Pordenone – entirely dedicated to hosting this review of
supplies and semi-processed items.
SICAM’s success in Pordenone over the years mostly depends
on insight into sub-supplies companies’ need to have their
own stage to display their productive qualities to a large
number of potential partners. History seems to repeat itself
today – despite the extremely hard times for the entire
production line, and the rather confused atmosphere that
prevails in the trade show framework, Pordenone holds its
leadership with an event that deems “service” the most
relevant commitment. The success of this happening held in
Friuli lies in the unparalleled focus on clients and
obsessive care for the smallest details.
For various weeks Exposicam – the company that organises
the event – constantly counts the participation of all
leading companies. Thanks to the growing synergy created
between Exposicam, the Pordenone Trade Fair, local
institutions, associations and institutions that have long
worked to provide this container with the tools required to
ensure its very best.
CHINA FURNITURE & WOODWORKS 2008 – A
The thirteenth edition of China Furniture & Woodworks was
held from June 12-15 in Dalian, comprising three sectors,
the 13th China Int’l Furniture (Summer)
Exhibition (China Furniture 13th), the 13th
China Int’l Woodworking Machinery (Summer) Exhibition(China
Woodworks 13th ) and the 13th
China Int’l Furniture Components & Raw Material (Summer)
Exhibition(China Furniture Supply
China Furniture & Woodworks 2008
featured 521 exhibitors, of which 85 were international.
Trade visitors of approximately 40,000 attended the show,
including about 3000 international buyers from Japan, Korea,
Russia, Europe, North America, South America, Middle East
and Southeast Asia.
China Furniture, balanced
development with variety and sustaining innovation
In line with the slogan of
Export-orientation, combined with domestic distribution, the
13th China Int’l Furniture (Summer) Exhibition
saw a balanced development with variety. Wood furniture
still took the leading position, and upholstered furniture
increased by a great proportion, panel furniture caught more
attention. Rattan, plastic, metal furniture and home
furnishings made the show a brilliant total events in
furniture manufacture industry.
New products and new technology
became an eye-catching feature of the 13th China Int’l
Furniture (Summer) Exhibition. Nowadays innovation has
become a common perspective, which has been witnessed as the
most distinctive and obvious prospect of Edition 2008. The
multi-purposed sofa bed with collapsible design that Dalian
Roman displayed combined artistic and space saving feature.
Asian Zakka Hari Rabu did more on innovative design. Its
products are fashionable and avant-garde. With Thailand
hand-made technology, the products gave a close experience
to Northern market a Southeast Asian home furnishing style.
Preliminary statistics showed that about 85% exhibitors
launched new products at the show, and Chinese furniture
manufacturers are on their way to independent innovation.
Growing domestic market demand
evolves fierce competition. As the government’s macro
regulation and control put into force, furniture export
faces increasing press. A large group of enterprises
majoring in export started to explore domestic market. The
leading brand of wood furniture in China, Dalian Hua Feng,
displayed various types of panel furniture targeted at
domestic consuming market. Long-established export companies
like Noda, Jinling, San You also focus their eye on the
market at home. Domestic distribution is becoming a central
part of Chinese furniture manufacturers’ sale strategy.
Platform of Export-to-Japan
Stylish Furniture Selection was launched during China
Furniture 13th. Over 60 pieces furniture of
Japanese style from 30 domestic exhibitors displayed become
highlight of the show, attracting about 400 person/times of
Japanese visitors. Additionally, Sino-Japanese venture like
Okawa, Zengben, KYOWA MOKKO, Yuan Mu, IMADA, etc. also
displayed their products at the platform.
and China Furniture Supply, co-existence of technology
reformation and product diversity
12-15, The 13th China Int’l Furniture Woodworking
Machinery (Summer) Exhibition and 13th China
Int’l Furniture Components & Raw Material (Summer)
Exhibition was held in Dalian Star-Sea Convention
&Exhibition Center. According to statistics, nearly 300
woodworking machinery and raw materials enterprises gathered
at the show over a total area of 20,000 sqm. During the 4
days’ show time, 20,000 trade visitors attended.
Further development of furniture industry calls for high
quality woodworking machinery and technology. China
Woodworks 13th concurrently held with China
Furniture 13th gave domestic and overseas
professionals an ideal platform of collecting latest market
and technology information. Exhibitors of China Furniture 13th
and buyers’ delegations from Russia, U.S.A., Germany, Japan
and domestic regions visited the show, and made business
talk and purchased related products.
International machinery manufacturers like Union Brother,
Kumha, Bohler udderholm, Companies from Taiwan including
Jianming, Senko, Yicheng, Deyuan, domestic enterprises like
V-hold, Jiang Jia, Weideli, Weite Power, Qiantway Machine,
etc. brought their latest products and impressed the
Mudanjiang Woodworking Machinery Works Co., Ltd. is majoring
in production of four-sides moulder, which is used in
manufacture of wood furniture. While Dalian is China’s Solid
Wood Furniture Industrial Base, and the company attained
rich harvest every time from China Furniture & Woodworks in
Dalian. At China Furniture & Woodworks 2008 it launched new
type four-side moulder which it developed independently. The
machine increases feeding speed from 18-24m/minute to
30m/minute, and the rotational speed of blade carrying axle
reaches to 8000 turns /minute from original 6000 turns
/minute, which comes up to the advanced world standards and
improves production efficiency. The new machine received
attention from overseas users of Japan, USA, Russia, etc.,
and the company also established contacts with quality
100 furniture components and raw material suppliers
exhibited under the same roof at China Furniture Supply 13th.
Numerous overseas wood suppliers were part of the show,
which came out to be a highlight of the event. The U.S.A.
Pavilion organized by Hardwood States Export Group (HSEG)
and American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) was joined by 14
American wood products suppliers. Canada Wood was also
present at the show together with several local companies.
They brought quality wood material to China. With sound
quality and favorite price, North American wood has been
accepted by more Chinese users. At the show these suppliers
harvested satisfying orders. Moreover, they established
business contact with numerous potential customers and
attained anticipative result.
J.D. Irving Limited has been
greatly impressed by its initial participation of China
Furniture & Woodworks 2008 as an exhibitor. J. D. Irving
Limited is a diversified family enterprise with its business
scope covering Canada and USA. In order to open the Chinese
market as quickly as possible, J. D. Irving Limited has made
a decision to participate China Furniture Supply 13th.
After the accession to the Chinese market, China Furniture &
Woodworks 2008 has been selected as the first stage by J. D.
Irving Limited. Mr Dennis Cuffley, senior
chief director of the hardwood sale with fifteen years’
experience in hardwood distribution in North America has
been accredited to participate in this exhibition by his
company. Mr Dennis Cuffley was very delighted and gratified
toward the achievement of the show. He said, ‘We are very
happy to come to China, China is a market saturated with
enormous potentiality. During two times’ visit of China, I
have deeply felt that Chinese customers are demanding for
various kinds of high-level wood materials, which could be
definitely attributed to the fast development of the Chinese
economy. Here, I may assert my words explicitly that we will
seek for the long-term cooperation in China and will also
contribute to the fast development of Chinese economy with
the superb quality of our products. China Furniture Supply
13th has gone out of our previous expectancy with
which we are satisfied. In the past three days, the show is
flooded with people, among whom the professionals of the
relative circles account for the large proportion. In
accordance with the characteristics of the market in
northern part of China, most audiences express their keen
interests in our products like hard maple, white cedar,
spurce etc, and further negotiate with us on a variety of
specific terms such as specification, grades and quotation.
During the show, we also sign the cooperative agreements
with three major customers.’
Dalian is renowned as China’s
Solid Wood Furniture Industrial Base, the demand for coating
products have been prioritized by the industries of this
city. Therefore, manufacturers of coating products around
the nation are taking this business opportunity to exhibit
in Dalian. According to the statistics, the exhibitors who
are producing coating products account for the largest
proportion, which is 30%. While leather and hardware
products are the followings, which accounts for 25%. As the
consumption demands of the consumers are diversified, there
will be an increase on demanding upholstered and panel
furniture. Therefore the demand for leather and hardware
products which can be witnessed as the indispensable part of
producing upholstered and panel furniture will definitely be
on the increase. Nevertheless there are less manufacturing
enterprises of leather and hardware products in Dalian.
Therefore, tremendous manufacturing enterprises of leather
and hardware products from south part of China are landing
on this city for penetrating this big market. They wish to
make their reputation and brand known through participation
of China Furniture & Woodworks 2008.
China Furniture & Woodworks 2008
has been successfully held for thirteen sessions. With 13
years of careful cultivation, it has grown into a mature and
professional exhibition. The category of China Furniture &
Woodworks will be specifically classified, and the service
will also be diversified in the near future. The next
edition of China Furniture & Woodworks is scheduled from 05th
to 08th of June 2009.
NEW SHOW DATES FOR DELHIWOOD
EVENT RESCHEDULED BY TWO DAYS
“DELHIWOOD” the largest International
woodworking TRADE FAIR for NORTHERN INDIA is now rescheduled
by two days, the exhibition will now be held from the 14-17
FEBRUARY 2009 at HALLS 14 & 18,PRAGATI MAIDAN, NEW DELHI,
The organiser, PDA TRADE FAIRS, explains the
change in schedule: “Delhiwood has drawn a phenomenal
response in its inaugural edition from the originally
planned one hall i,e., Hall 18 & has grown to a 16000 sqm
event & includes Hall 14 now. In spite of this tremendous
growth we were unable to provide more than the initially
planned 2 days as build up period to exhibitors as the venue
was not available, the event was sandwiched between two
other exhibitions. The venue authorities (ITPO, Pragati
Maidan) have informed us that due to some changes in the
bookings, we would now be able to extend the dates.
We now wish to utilize this opportunity to
offer our exhibitors one more days move in time, we also
know from experience it is imperative for an event of this
size to have a minimum of 3 days build up. Since, we can
now, extend the booking days we are providing a 3 day build
up time. Hence the exhibition opening is being moved ahead
by two days. DELHIWOOD therefore will now be held from 14-17
Mr.Pradeep Devaiah, Chairman & CEO, PDA TRADE
FAIRS adds “a look at INDIAWOOD’s growth reflects the way
the Indian wood working industry has matured. In 2002
INDIAWOOD was a platform that showcased the advantages of
technology & mechanization.For the first time in INDIA a
complete wood processing line was showcased in INDIAWOOD
2004 & by then the event was facilitating the conversion of
INDIA’s woodworking industry from manual carpentry to
mechanized production. By 2006, the market dynamics
positioned INDIAWOOD as the most fulfilling sourcing ground
for the woodworking Industry in India, which reflects the
extent to which the market had matured since 2002. Thanks to
the industry’s growth & the rapid modernization of
woodworkers in INDIA, INDIAWOOD 2008 set a new bench mark
for woodworking industry shows outside USA & EUROPE, the
event showcased besides state of the art panel processing &
Solid wood processing machinery, semi finished products,
fittings, accessories, Raw materials, Plywood mfrg machines,
lamination machines, lumber & timber from around the world.
The show was a whopping 30,000 Sq Mtrs exhibition & drew
over 18,000 visitors. “INDIAWOOD” had arrived in style”.
Mr.Pradeep opines that DELHIWOOD is a logical
brand extension of INDIAWOOD. Given the GEOGRAPHICAL size of
INDIA & the unprecedented growth the country is witnessing,
there is a latent need for a comprehensive exhibition to
address the needs of the NORTH INDIAN markets requirements.
Leveraging INDIAWOOD’s experience we announced DELHIWOOD
aiming to showcase the latest in wood processing
technologies like sophisticated CNC machines, accessories
and tools from all over the world. It also aims to bring
together a comprehensive range of materials and fittings to
help give an impetus to the growth of industry in this
region. This will also go a long way towards the creation
of new entrepreneurs to enter this arena.”
The Delhiwood team is also upbeat about the
event & a team member says “Indiawood’s proven track
record of attracting the biggest machinery companies with
live displays of production lines attracted pan Indian
visitors and visitors from South Asia and South East Asia.
The industries’ trust in our ability to deliver similar
audiences is amply reflected in the response to Delhiwood
within a short span post the announcement”.
The press release by PDA TRADE FAIRS also
states visitors can hope to see industry majors such as
BIESSE, JAI INDUSTRIES, HOLZHER, HOMAG, HBR, SCM, WEINIG,
WOODTECH as well as Country Pavilions from Taiwan, Italy and
Germany and groups from Malaysia, Turkey and China. Special
efforts or on to attract Architects & Interior decorators to
provide additional value to Non-machinery exhibitors such as
HAFELE, REHAU, Asian Paints and others .
In keeping with our philosophy of delivering
complete value to exhibitors, the DELHIWOOD PROJECT TEAM
will target visitors from the following segments: Furniture
Manufacturers, Particle Board Manufacturers, Architects and
Builders, Manufacturers of Wood-Based Articles, Craftsmen,
Forestry Officials, Plywood Manufacturers, Interior
Decorators and Saw Millers.
PDA is committed to sparing no effort and
money to ensure that exhibitors leave Delhi Wood with their
order books full, like in the past with India Wood says
He adds to drive home the point “In the face
of uncertainty in most markets, due to the global economic
meltdown, INDIA is in a unique position to offer scope for
companies looking to gain from INDIA’s internal requirement.
One such sector that still has enormous potential due to
INDIA’s internal requirement is the woodworking industry.
The tremendous response the first edition of “DELHIWOOD”
India’s largest International woodworking exhibition in
North India is adequate testimony to the Indian markets
stability & strength of internal requirement.
The Delhiwood team looks forward to welcoming
all to another woodworking industry “MEGA EVENT.”
ZOW COMES TO SHENZHEN: PREMIERE IN MARCH 2009
SECOND FURNITURE SUPPLIER FAIR IN CHINA
Between 19 and 22 March 2009, the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre will play host
to its first ZOW supplier fair for the furniture and interior design industry. ZOW is
taking place at the same time as the Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition (SIFE),
held every March, which brings together the decision-makers in the furniture industry in
this important economic hub in southern China. The organiser is the Shenzhen Trade Furniture
Association (SZFA), one of China’s most influential furniture associations. The organiser of ZOW,
Survey (Asia) Marketing & Consulting, is delighted at this new strategic partnership and is confident
that in SZFA it has found the optimum partner in Shenzhen.
Since being declared a special economic zone in the 1980s, the Shenzhen region
has undergone rapid development. Boasting 12 million inhabitants and the highest
income per capital in China, the city is situated in the south of Guangdong province,
in the Pearl River delta, just a few kilometres from the international financial hub
of Hong Kong. Guangdong is the centre of the furniture industry in southern China and
with its economic growth; it offers promising sales prospects for international furniture
suppliers. With its excellent connections in the Chinese and overseas markets, SZFA sees
itself as a promoter of international contacts and investments – the perfect host for a second ZOW in China!
In Shenzhen, the organiser Survey is looking to apply once again the successful formula of ‘Creating Close
Contacts’, which has become ZOW’s trademark around the globe. At the heart of this unique trade fair is
the clear presentation of exhibits and the communication between exhibitors and visitors, which is encouraged
by specially designated functional areas. Only company decision-makers are invited to attend, so exhibitors can
engage in profitable discussions with customers. Ready-made complete packages for exhibitors, an open stand layout,
and comprehensive visitor services such as free admission, parking and catering make ZOW an
attractive proposition for everyone attending while encouraging the creative workshop aspect of the event.
The Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre is one of the most modern trade fair venues in southern
China, easily reached from either Shenzhen International Airport or Hong Kong International Airport.
At ZOW, visitors can expect to see the full range of products from the furniture supplier industry
all in one place: surfaces and fittings, recess and lighting systems, panels and profiles, built-in
and semi-finished parts, adhesives and glues, and much more. Innovative product ideas and the opportunity to make
excellent business contacts in a relaxed atmosphere make ZOW a popular meeting place for the industry.
But Shenzhen itself also has plenty to offer ZOW visitors in terms of both business and pleasure. SZFA maintains a variety of institutions here, including the Design Institute, which offers a fascinating insight into Chinese furniture design
WOODWORKING & MACHINERY TRIENNIAL EVENT
ASEANWOOD-WOODTECH MALAYSIA 2008 IS BACK
Industry players from the ASEAN woodworking machinery,timber processing,
forestry managing and furniture manufacturing and upplies sector will be
congregating at Aseanwood-Woodtech Malaysia 2008 (WTM 2008) held at Putra
World Trade Centre from 24-28 September 2008.
WTM 2008 is the only official woodworking trade fair in the ASEAN region held once every
three years in Malaysia since its inception in 1994. WTM 2008 is endorsed by the Ministry
of Plantation Industries and Commodities Malaysia, the Malaysian Woodworking Machinery Association (MWMA),
the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and the Malaysia Furniture Industry Council (MFIC).
It also receives full support from the Malaysia Furniture Entrepreneur Association (MFEA). On the international
level, WTM 2008 is supported by the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS), the
Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA) and their Japanese counterpart, the Chubu Woodworking Machinery
Manufacturers’ Association (Chubu).
WTM 2008 has confirmed 4 national pavilions from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, and China. AFEMMA is expected to bring in
the Spanish pavilion. As of today, China is the largest pavilion with a participation force of 18 companies occupying
over 900 sq meters of exhibition space.The overall exhibition size of WTM 2008 is targeted to be over 25,000 sq meters
and is expecting to attract approximately 15,000 visitors from the Asia Pacific region. This is an overall increase
of 10% from the exhibition in 2005.
Albert Lai, Managing Director of Trade-Link Management Services Sdn Bhd, organizer of WTM 2008 said, “Aseanwood-Woodtech has been
growing more imperative as Malaysia moves from being just an exporter of unprocessed wood to a more focused development of value-added
downstream products in the wood-based industry, combining manufacturing activities and research & development as well as product design
and market promotion.”
“Despite the slowdown in Q1 & 2 for the wood-based sector in Malaysia, industry players are still looking
forward to a relevant platform to promote their businesses. With the full support from the Ministry of Plantation
Industries and Commodities and significant federation and associations around the region,WTM will reinforce Malaysia’s
position as a regional production,trading and distribution center for the wood-based industry. With the government’s aim for the wood-based industry to go global, WTM 2008 is poised to open more doors of opportunities.” Lai continues.
Malaysia is the 10th largest exporter of furniture with over 60 export destinations,
and is identified as an important segment of Malaysia’s
dynamic manufacturing sector, the main driver of economic growth for the country.
For the year 2007, wood-based activities
recorded of an encouraging growth in exports,
amounting to RM 22.65 billion, a 60% increase
compared to 10 years ago, as reported by the
Ministry of Plantation
Industries & Commodities recently.It is also indicated that about RM933.4 million in I in-vestments were approved, representing about 23.1 percent of total investments in the commodities sector. Of the amount, RM539.1 million was domestic investments
and RM394.3 million foreign.WTM 2008 incorporates Furnitech 2008, the 6th ASEAN International Exhibition of Machinery
& Accessories for Furniture Production, Upholstery and Furnishings; and Forest 2008, the 6th ASEAN International Forestry
Management, Timber Supply, Handlings and Storage Exhibition.
ZOW Shanghai – Gateway to the Asian Market
From September 12-15, 2007, the third ZOW
Suppliers' Show for the furniture and interior
design industry takes place at the SNIEC
Shanghai International Expo Center, running
parallel to Furniture China. More than 170
exhibitors from 16 countries will be present
in 2007 to show all the latest supplier
innovations in surfaces and fittings,
semi-finished products and elements and
systems to the Chinese audience. Exhibitors
are coming in from Australia, Austria, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New
Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland,
Taiwan, the UK and USA, as well as from China.
Organizer Survey will continue to pursue its
successful "Creating Close Contacts" formula
in Shanghai, which has become the trademark of
ZOW events worldwide. Central to this unique
show are the clarity of exhibitors' displays
and the interaction between exhibitors and
trade visitors facilitated by the designated
open-plan communal space. Invitations go out
to corporate decision-makers only, to enable
discussions with customers to be effective.
Ready-made all-in packages for exhibitors, an
open and transparent stand design and
extensive services for visitors, such as free
and catering, make ZOW particularly attractive for
all show participants and
add a creative workshop quality to the venue.
The simultaneous staging of ZOW with Furniture
China has proved to be extraordinarily
fruitful. A great number of exhibitors and
visitors at Furniture China take the
opportunity to up-date themselves on the
latest supplier innovations showing parallel
to the nation's biggest furniture show. "Last
year, more than 12,000 guests from the
industry visited ZOW in Shanghai, and we
expect some 15,000 trade visitors in 2007,"
declares Bernd Rademacher, Director of Survey
Asia based in Kuala Lumpur.
China remains one of the sales markets with
the greatest potential for furniture
suppliers. The annual economic growth rate
runs at more than 10 %. 1.3 billion people
live in a country that has developed in recent
years into the second biggest industrial
nation in the world. The building boom is
relentless with 80% of public funds alone
flowing into the housing and apartment
construction industry. According to the latest
forecasts, income per head in China is due to
double by 2010, with a new middle class on the
rise that's keen to spend and consume.
By 2015, the number of people
moving into new accommodation will be around 20
million - and that's just an annual figure! Hence
the huge demand for furniture and interior
fittings. In fact, the ideal condition for ZOW in
Shanghai as it becomes more successful from year
to year. The show is now considered to be an
important platform for the Chinese and East Asian
FURNITURE MANUFACTURING &;SUPPLY CHINA 200 CONCURRENTLY WITH
‘FURNITURE CHINA 2007’, ‘ZOW CHINA 2007’
12-15, 2007, Shanghai
Woodworking Machinery, Furniture Raw Materials
A Leading Platform for Furniture Manufacturing Industry
in exhibiting space, still 200 companies waiting out of the
With great supports
of all exhibitors, FMC2007 (The 13th Furniture
Manufacturing & Supply China) has been fully booked out three months
before the show opening. A lack of 15,000 sqm makes 200 companies fail
to participate in the show this year. As forecasted by the organizer,
Year 2007 witnesses another positive growth of FMC, with up to 90%
growth in exhibiting space. Active reactions from manufacturers show
the prosperity of furniture manufacturing industry in China.
Updated data from the
organizer – Shanghai CMP Sinoexpo Int’l Exhibitions Co., Ltd. – reveal
that FMC2007 will exceed 30,000 sqm in space and have up to 600
companies exhibiting, providing an all-round display of latest
products and technology of woodworking machinery, furniture
manufacturing raw materials and components. To build up a leading
platform for furniture manufacturing industry home and abroad, the
organizer spares no efforts to promote FMC through over 100 domestic
and international media, and send invitations to 100,000 trade
visitors in its huge database cumulated throughout past 15 years, thus
better proving the tenet “Base in China, Face to the World” of
Furniture China, the stable backing of FMC
A total display area
up to 220,000 sqm of ‘Furniture
currently held together with FMC2007 will have around 1,600 furniture
manufacturers participating. Facing directly with these trade visitors
around, the convenience of neighboring sourcing provides FMC a strong
backing to be successful.
Being the largest
international furniture show in
is a professional event with a variety of display sections, such as
residential furniture, office furniture, cabinet furniture, and etc.
Its concurrent summit forum – World Furniture Congress will also be on
the stage for the first time in Shanghai. Furniture China has become
the 4th largest furniture show in the world, after the
premier three in Germany, Italy, and the United States. With a 30%
annually growth, Furniture
guarantees FMC a perfect exposure opportunities for woodworking
machinery manufacturers and furniture material suppliers.
Year Round Online
Display, new B2B concept of Trade Show
In order to easily
touching exhibitors of FMC and Furniture China, an online B2B
built up and warmly welcomed since its appearance. Being a new
highlight of the expo industry, the website provides visitors
convenient indexes of FMC exhibitor list, stand number, exhibiting
products, and functions to arrange appointments onsite the show, etc.
As a year-round show on website, the
B2B platform provides 365 show days online for exhibitors and trade
By the end of May,
over 1,500 exhibitors of Furniture China and FMC2007 have registered
and submitted their information.