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Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair - an ideal sourcing platform for international buyers

Celebrating the sixth anniversary, the Hong Kong International Hardware & Home Improvement Fair will once again be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 24 - 26, 2002. Throughout the past 5 years, the fair has grown in size and become a specialised event of its kind, highly recognised by trade visitors in the region.

Organised by the Trade Development Council (TDC), the fair features 131 exhibitors from 10 different countries and regions, presenting a wide range of hardware and home improvement products.

Products on display include building materials, cleaning tools and supplies, Do-It-Yourself products, electrical/ mechanical systems and supplies, gardening products, hardware, hardware packaging, home improvement products, safety equipment and supplies, sanitary ware and bathroom fittings. The fair offers an ideal sourcing platform for international buyers and a channel for industry players to look at new product trends.

This year, a new section - Brand Name Gallery is created to highlight some of the premium brands with superior design and functions.

TDC's Senior Exhibitions Manager, Anne Chick said: "In face of keen competition, suppliers need to build up a unique brand image to stand out from the crowd. They should make continuous efforts to upgrade product quality, design and functions. Application of new technology is also needed to create distinctive edge over competitors."

To facilitate exchange of the latest technology and new product information among industry players, a special seminar on a new functional material - metallic foam has been organised. Its special properties and applications will be introduced by Professor T.C. Lee from Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, who is also the Honorary Consultant of the Hong Kong Metals Manufacturers Association.

In view of the burgeoning potential of the mainland market, TDC has also organised a trip to Shenzhen on the last day of the fair. Participants will visit some retail outlets of hardware and home improvement products in Shenzhen and get first-hand knowledge about consumers' tastes and see what's hot on the market.

"As the living standard of mainland citizens is improving, they tend to pursue better quality of life, which in turn stimulates demand for home improvement products. More opportunities will open up for industry players as a result," Anne Chick said.

In 2001, Hong Kong's total domestic exports and re-exports of building materials and hardware reached HK$52.6 billion, of which 47% were exported to the Chinese mainland.

Last year, the fair attracted 3,616 visitors from 69 countries and regions covering the U.S., Australia, Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa.

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For press enquiries, please contact Katherine Chan of TDC's Corporate Communication and Marketing Department at 2584 4537.

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