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Four International Trade Fairs Open at AsiaWorld-Expo
The Environment, Furniture, Sports Goods and Building Materials and Hardware in the Spotlight

At today's joint opening ceremony for Eco Expo Asia, the Hong Kong International Furniture Fair and the Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair, Edward Yau, Secretary for the Environment, said there is a need to encourage closer interaction between eco-innovators, product suppliers and buyers, and that Eco Expo Asia offers a strong platform for such interaction. Also officiating at the ceremony were (front row, from left): International Furniture & Decoration Association Chairman Chan Oi Man; Kenfair International Chairman Herbert Ip; Edward Yau; HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam; CIEC Exhibition Company President Meng Wenhui; and Messe Frankfurt General Manager Jason Cao
Officiating at the opening ceremony for Sports Source Asia were: Timothy Fok, President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong (centre); Fred Lam, Executive Director, HKTDC (right); and Ronald Unterburger, Managing Director & CEO Asia Pacific, MMI-Munich International Trade Fairs (left)
Anissa Wong, Permanent Secretary for the Environment/Director of Environmental Protection, gave the keynote speech, on energy efficiency, at the Eco Asia Conference

HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam and the Mayor of Kawasaki City Takao Abe today signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance environmental exchange between the two cities

28 October 2008 - More than 820 exhibitors from all over the world were on hand today for the opening of four international trade fairs at AsiaWorld-Expo: Eco Expo Asia, the Hong Kong International Furniture Fair, Sports Source Asia and the Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair.

The fairs offer international buyers the latest products, services and market intelligence in environmental protection, sportswear and equipment, furniture and building materials and hardware.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), in conjunction with Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd, Kenfair International Ltd and MMI-Munich International Trade Fairs Pte Ltd, the fairs continue until 31 October. "We are delighted to partner with the four organisers in presenting the latest products and industry intelligence from around the world," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC.

This year, Eco Expo Asia and the Hong Kong International Furniture Fair will open to the public on the last day (Friday, 31 October). "The Hong Kong International Furniture Fair will open to the public for the first time, offering the public the latest information regarding environmental protection and furniture trends. The public can also purchase designer furniture," said Mr Yip.

Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection
Eco Expo Asia is Hong Kong's only international trade fair on environmental protection. With environmental awareness growing rapidly, the industry continues to expand. The third Eco Expo Asia is the ideal platform for sourcing environmental products, services and solutions. About 130 exhibitors from 16 countries and regions are taking part this year including, for the first time, Sweden, whose pavilion showcases the country's environmental expertise in waste management and emissions control. The Japanese city of Kawasaki is a leader in eco-industry development and has extensive experience in tackling pollution. HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam and the Mayor of Kawasaki City Takao Abe signed a memorandum of understanding today to strengthen cooperation in environmental areas.

"The new Swedish Pavilion highlights the country's advances in environmental protection, while the Eco Asia Conference will cover such important topics as energy efficiency, air quality, waste management and recycling and the hot new topic - green building," said Jason Cao, General Manager of Messe Frankfurt.

Fair highlights this year include air quality, eco-friendly products, energy efficiency and waste and recycling. In addition, the two-day Eco Asia Conference (28-29 Oct) brings together 14 of the world's leading environmental protection experts to discuss the industry's latest developments. Anissa Wong, Permanent Secretary for the Environment/Director of Environment Protection, is the keynote speaker for this conference.

The fair will open to the public on the last day (31 Oct), with a public day forum to enhance awareness of environmental protection. Representatives from the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Green Council, Greenpeace and Kelcroft E&M Ltd will share their knowledge on such topics as eco-design, the green label scheme, how to choose ancient forest-friendly paper and energy efficiency.

Hong Kong International Furniture Fair
This year's Hong Kong International Furniture Fair gathers more than 170 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, including first-time exhibitors from the Netherlands and Vietnam.

The fair showcases a wide selection of designer furniture for contract business, indoor and outdoor furniture, office furniture, as well as parts and accessories.

"This fair allows buyers to select quality, stylish and original furniture," said Herbert Ip, Chairman of Kenfair International Ltd. "We once again present the IGLOO Zone and Classic Furniture Zone, and the Office Furniture Zone this year has been set up to meet the demands of international buyers."

The ever popular IGLOO Zone displays furniture that is Inspirational, Glamorous, Lively, Original and Outstanding. The Classic Furniture Zone encompasses antique and reproduction items, in classic styles of both East and West with the emphasis very much on quality and refinement. As office design is now recognised as a powerful tool for conveying a good corporate image, the Office Furniture Zone features smart-office solutions as well as office furniture.

This year, 12 companies from Xian You, a city in Fujian province, are participating in their own group pavilion. Xian You is known as the "capital of Chinese classic and craft furniture."

A series of topical seminars has also been arranged during the fair period.

The fair will be open to the public on 31 Oct. Visitors can get cash coupons from Majestic Furniture and Interior Design while stock lasts.

Sports Source Asia - International Sourcing Fair for Sports Equipment & Sports Apparel
Following the success of last year's debut, Sports Source Asia has attracted approximately 240 exhibitors from six countries and regions.

"To enable buyers to enjoy more focused and convenient sourcing, four zones have been set up: Premium Zone, Sportswear & Shoes, Sports Equipment & Accessories and Fabrics & Materials," said Ronald Unterburger, Managing Director & CEO, Asia Pacific, of MMI-Munich International Trade Fairs Pte Ltd.

Fair highlights include parade shows and demonstrations, as well as seminars to provide industry players with up-to-date market intelligence. Topics include sportswear trends and design and the latest development of mountaineering equipment.

Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair
To provide a one-stop sourcing platform for buyers, fair organisers this year merged the Hong Kong International Building Materials & Construction Equipment Fair with the Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair. As a result, both exhibitor numbers and booths have increased by 20 per cent over last year. Near 300 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions are participating in the fair, which is showcasing more than 370 booths.

The fair this year features a wider range of products, including bathroom fittings and sanitary ware, decoration materials, doors, windows and accessories, hardware products, lawn and yard products, and building technology, materials and engineering.

"An increasing number of global suppliers have joined the fair," said Sam Xie, Managing Director of the CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd. "That suggests the fair is becoming the industry's key regional event for identifying new business opportunities between the Chinese mainland and overseas building and construction companies. This year, we've set up an Aluminium-Plastic Composite Panel Product Zone. Aluminium-plastic composite panels are widely used in the Chinese mainland. An environmentally friendly construction material, it has been extensively applied to curtain walls, interior and exterior decoration, advertisement and publicity plaques, vehicle and boat decorations and furniture," Mr Xie added.

Fair websites:
Eco Expo Asia: http://ecoexpoasia.hktdc.com
Hong Kong International Furniture Fair: http://hkfurniturefair.hktdc.com
Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair: http://hkbdh.com
Sports Source Asia: http://sportssource-asia.hktdc.com

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Sam Ho       Tel: (852) 2584 4569     Email: sam.sy.ho@tdc.org.hk

About the HKTDC
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 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.hktdc.com

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