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Hong Kong Houseware Fair Opens with Nearly 2,400 Exhibitors
New Zone for Paintings and Art Supplies Highlights Asia's Largest Houseware Fair

Helping to open the HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair today are (left to right): Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee; Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Secretary for Development; and Fred Lam, Executive Director of the HKTDC

 
Jeffrey Lam, Fred Lam and Carrie Cheng play house with a stylish coffee set at the HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair. Keith Chan, Managing Director of Topchoice Industries Ltd (far right), does the pouring
 
At the houseware fair, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Fred Ma (second from right) catches the product launch of the world's first clock hand toaster and vertical conveyor toaster, both designed by Technical (HK) Manufacturing Ltd

21 April 2008 - The HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair, the largest of its kind in Asia, opened today and continues through 24 April, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. More than 2,380 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions are featured, showcasing a wide variety of innovative lifestyle products, including tableware, kitchenware, pet accessories and home decoration items.

"To enhance the fair for buyers and sellers, we've introduced a new specialty zone this year. Paintings, Objets d'Art and Art Supplies is dedicated to paintings and accessories, figurines and sculpture," said Jeffrey Lam, Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee, speaking at the opening ceremony.

Joining Mr Lam at today's opening ceremony were Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Secretary for Development, and Fred Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), organiser of the fair.

Posh Corner, a premium lifestyle product zone, returns this year, as does the Hall of Elegance, which features branded and designer collections. The Pet Supplies zone showcases a wide variety of pet products, from aquariums and toys to pet accessories. The fair also features 15 group pavilions, from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States and Vietnam.

A series of seminars and forums take place during the fair, providing participants with market updates on branding, product trends and risk management. Product demonstrations and new launches are also being held.

The HKTDC has organised 83 buying missions to the fair, including missions from emerging markets such as the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Brazil, India and Vietnam. Among them are buyers from such major department stores, retailers and distributors as Sur La Table, Z Gallerie, Value City Department Stores and Brookstone Inc of the US, Galeries Lafayette of France, Nitori and Entrex of Japan and Giant Store of Saudi Arabia.

In 2007, Hong Kong houseware exports totalled US$1.64 billion (HK$12.76 billions). "With the rising purchasing power of emerging markets, there is a greater demand in those markets for household products," said Raymond Yip, the HKTDC's Assistant Executive Director. Exports to the UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Russia climbed more than 30 per cent in 2007.

Fair Websites
HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair - www.hktdc.com/hkhousewarefair

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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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