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Hong Kong Optical Fair more eye-catching than ever

The 14th Hong Kong Optical Fair opens today (Nov 8) at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Picture shows Mr. Fred Lam, TDC Executive Director puts on the new sunglass designed in Hong Kong. On his right is Mr. Hui Leung Wah, Incoming President of Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association.
R.M.F (Real Memory Frame) is the winning design of the 8th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition (Corporate Group). It has successfully merged the 256M memory stick in the spectacle, making it a user-friendly gadget for stylish youngsters. Picture shows Mr. Lo Kwok Wai (left), the designer and Mr. Michael Ng Hoi Ying (right), Chairman of Arts Optical International Holdings Limited.
Designed by Mr. Siu Wing Kit, the flower-shape "Goddess" spectacles won the Champion and Creativity Award of the 8th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition (Student Group).
The theme of the 8th Hong Kong Eyewear Design competition is "Fascination". Models are showing the winning designs of the Student Group. On the left is "Rock On" designed by Mr. Ki Chun Pong and on the right is "Anole" designed by Mr. Lau Sze Kin. Both are student of IVE (Shatin).

All eyes are again on Hong Kong as it opens today (November 8) one of the world's largest and most attractive optical fairs.

More than 530 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions are taking part in the dazzling three-day show organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association.

The participating countries and regions include Hong Kong, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chinese mainland, Denmark, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the U.A.E., the United Kingdom, and United States.

Everything that the optical industry buyers are looking for are on display. Exhibits range from finished eyewear products and parts, to accessories and instruments, leading designs, new styles and the latest technology used by the trade.

Hong Kong is the largest exporter of spectacles and frames in Asia and second largest in the world after Italy. This makes it the most suitable venue for organising international trade fair for the optical industry, and it has been held for more than a decade and growing bigger each year.

Hong Kong's total exports of spectacles rose by 17% to US$999 million in the first nine months of 2006, after a 13% increase in 2005. Growth of exports to the EU was particularly strong and went up 33% in the first nine months of 2006.

TDC's Assistant Executive Director, Benjamin Chau, points out that the fair offers something for everyone in the industry.

"Apart from the products on display, the fair hosts a series of seminars on the latest developments in the trade, ranging from trends, technology, market conditions, and ophthalmic issues," Mr Chau says.

He adds that there are excellent opportunities for industry players to get to know each other, to collaborate and to strike deals.

"There's plenty to see and do over the next three days," he says.

TDC has organised 43 buying mission via its comprehensive overseas offices network, inviting near 1,800 buyers from the US, Germany, Italy, Russia, UAE, Australia, Japan, Chinese mainland, South America and South East Asia. Many of them are senior management of famous retain chain stores. For example, Les Lunetiers du Jura in France, Fielmann Ag in Germany, Polinelli Group in Italy and Multiopticas in Spain.

An exciting annual event is the Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition which encourages creativity in optical frame design. This year, the design theme for the competition is "Fascination." The entries offer an interesting insight into the upcoming trend & design in the optical industry. They also give fairgoers a close look at the creativity of Hong Kong designers.

Another event that is expected to be well attended is the Eyewear Trend Seminar at which industry experts will analyse developments in the fast-paced eyewear business.

The stunning products and clever ideas of world-famous designers are on display at the "Visionaries of Style - Enjoy Your Vision in Life" Section.

Other crowd-pullers include:

  • The Retail & Shop Design, Equipment & Technology Section where furniture and fixtures, lighting and point-of-sale equipment and technology are on show - all useful to retailers looking for the best solutions to stay competitive;
  • The Optometric Instrument, Equipment & Machinery Zone where the latest in optometric equipment for eyewear suppliers & manufacturers are on display; and
  • The ever-popular Hong Kong Optometric Conference at which industry experts from Hong Kong, the U.S., Philippines and Australia will discuss the ophthalmic issues confronting the industry today.

For press enquiries, please contact TDC's Corporate Communication at 2584 4333.

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