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Four April Fairs Expected to Attract Over 6,700 Exhibitors
Houseware and Textile Fairs Open Saturday at HKCEC

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At a press conference today, highlights of the four HKTDC fairs opening this month were discussed by (left to right): HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau; Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Houseware, Home Textiles and Gifts & Premium fairs; and Benson Pau, Vice-Chairman of The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association

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 The World of Pet Supplies, one of the highlights of the Houseware Fair, will showcase a wide range of pet-related products, including a life jacket for dogs, from Wantronics Industrial Ltd
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Planet Technology Int’l Ltd, one of the Houseware Fair’s exhibitors, will showcase a bean-bag chair filled with crumb foam instead of polystyrene. The decomposition of this bean bag takes eight years, while traditional bean bags may need about 100 years

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 Hong Kong exhibitor Chung Kong Kai Lok Beddings Co will participate in the Home Textiles Fair for the first time, presenting aromatic memory foam pillows with scents ranging from rose and lavender to green tea
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The Gifts & Premium Fair will present the latest gift products from over 4,100 exhibitors. Highlighted products include the “365 Days Bear” (far left); names can be printed on each tailor-made bear. P.S.L. Ltd (centre) will offer a variety of gift items, including a digital LED watch that projects the time on your hand. And the jewellery of Hong Kong’s Oapes (right) is inspired by everyday objects such as egg tarts and pineapple buns

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 The eighth edition of the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair will host 360 exhibitors and showcase products such as this RFID, specially designed for wine
17 April 2013 – More than 6,700 exhibitors from 46 counties and regions are expected to take part in four major trade fairs this month. The HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair and the HKTDC Hong Kong International Home Textiles & Furnishings Fair open this Saturday (20 April) and continue through 23 April at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The HKTDC Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, at the HKCEC, and the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair, at AsiaWorld-Expo, will run from 27 April to 30 April.

ASEAN Pavilion at Houseware Fair
The 28th edition of the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, the largest fair of its kind in Asia, will host more than 2,000 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions, including newcomer Slovenia. The fair will feature 17 group pavilions, including the ASEAN Select pavilion, with about 80 exhibitors showcasing products from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The Chinese mainland (Shangyu) and Sri Lanka are first-time fair pavilions.

Highlights include the new World of Fine Décor zone, which will present 59 exhibitors. The Hall of Elegance returns, spotlighting such brands as BWT, Metier Atelier, Multiple Choice by Topchoice, Thomson Pottery and Umbra. Also back are the World of Fine Dining, the Small-Order Zone and the World of Pet Supplies.

Spotlight on Pet Supplies
Pet Supplies is also spotlighted in an industry forum (21 April), and a seminar on the pet-care business in emerging markets (22 April). Other information sessions include a designer forum (21 April), a houseware buyer forum spotlighting Asian market opportunities (22 April), and a seminar on boosting the home products business through e-tailing (22 April). Special events range from ASEAN cooking demonstrations through each of the fair’s first three days (20-22 April), to a houseware product demonstration in the Sri Lanka Pavilion (22 April).

Handmade Carpets
The fourth Home Textiles and Furnishings Fair will welcome more than 220 exhibitors from five countries and regions, including three group pavilions: the Chinese mainland (Zhejiang), India’s Handloom Export Promotion Council and India’s Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts. The new Fine Handmade Carpets zone will feature high-end handmade carpets from India and Iran, while the returning Hall of Glamour will spotlight high-quality products by top designers, including: Ajaz Nanda Design (India), Chung Kong Kai Lok (Hong Kong), Craftex India, J-tex (Hong Kong) Kerala Balers Private Ltd (India), Livington (Hong Kong), Sarla Handicrafts P Ltd (India), Shiv Shakti Exports (India) and Small World (Hong Kong).

Other product zones at the fair include Baby & Bedroom Textiles, Bathroom & Kitchen Textiles, Carpet & Floor Coverings, Upholstery & Furnishing Products, and Window Fashion & Accessories. A home textiles buyer forum (21 April) and a handmade carpet forum (22 April) are among the fair’s industry trend sessions. 

A World of Gifts
The Gifts & Premium Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, will present the latest gift products of more than 4,100 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions, including first-time participation from Zambia, and 16 group pavilions.

Gift Fair highlights include six new product zones: Boutique Deluxe, featuring such luxury items as gold pens, gemstone globes and high-end cigar boxes; Jewellery Galleria, focusing on corporate jewellery gifts; the Hong Kong New Design Force, showcasing local design talent; Scarfs & Ties; Sunglasses; and Value-for-Money Gifts. The Hall of Fine Designs returns, with such high-end brands as Cerruti 1881, Christopher Vine Design, Kimmidoll, Lexon, SEMK and Swarovski Elements. Also back are the popular World of Gift Ideas, iAccessories, showcasing smartphone and tablet gadgets and accessories, and the Small-Order Zone, presenting more than 300 gift, electronics and houseware products.

Special fair events range from the 27 April Taiwan Design Center’s product launch to 29 April seminars on safety compliance and accreditation, giftware and e-tailing trends. The presentation ceremony of the second Hong Kong Smart Gifts Design Awards will be held on 27 April, with the winning entries will be on display in Hall 5E throughout the fair.

Packaging Business
The eighth edition of the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair will host 360 exhibitors, including newcomers from the United States and Vietnam, at AsiaWorld-Expo. Highlighted products include high-security anti-counterfeiting labels and advanced RFID systems, as well as luxury packaging and materials at the De Luxe zone.

A series of seminars and symposiums will cover such topical trends as luxury packaging (27 April), upgrading your brand by going green (28 April) and cross-media publishing (29 April). Throughout the fair, the “The Art of Premium @ Harbour City” will showcase 24 elegantly designed collections of red packets made of deluxe paper using high-end printing technology.

Fair Websites
Houseware Fair: http://www.hktdc.com/hkhousewarefair 
Home Textiles & Furnishings Fair: http://www.hktdc.com/hkhometextilesfair 
Gifts & Premium Fair: http://www.hktdc.com/hkgiftspremiumfair 
Printing & Packaging Fair: http://www.hkprintpackfair.com

Media Enquiries
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Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers . With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com.  

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