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Inaugural Sports Goods Fair Teams up with Building Materials,
Furniture and Environmental Protection Expos
Hong Kong Fairs "Marvellous Platforms for Suppliers and Buyers"

Officiating at the joint opening of today's Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment Fair, Hong Kong International Furniture Fair and Eco Expo Asia are Fred Lam, TDC Executive Director, and the Hon Audrey Eu, Chairman of the Panel on Environmental Affairs, Legislative Council of the HKSAR

Fred Lam and Audrey Eu take time to check out the range of products on offer at the fairground
After officiating at the inaugural Sports Source Asia fair opening, Dr Eric Li (far left), Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, and Ma Ji Long (left), Secretary-General of the China Sporting Goods Federation, listen in on Alan Wong (far right), Acting Executive Director of the TDC

October 27, 2007 - Four international trade fairs spotlighting the latest products and services of about 850 companies from around the world opened today and continue through October 30 at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Now in their second year, the Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment Fair, Hong Kong International Furniture Fair and Eco Expo Asia are "marvellous platforms for suppliers and buyers," according to Fred Lam, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC). In 2006, they brought together more than 21,000 visitors. This year, they're joined by Sports Source Asia, a brand new international sports equipment and apparel fair. Among those attending the four fairs are about 3,800 VIPs from 156 buying missions arranged by the fair organisers.

The fairs have been organised by the TDC in cooperation with MMI-Munich International Trade Fairs Pte Ltd (MMI), Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd (Messe Frankfurt), CIEC Exhibition Co (HK) Ltd (CIEC), and Kenfair International Ltd (Kenfair).

The launch of Sports Source Asia this year is particularly well timed, with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 East Asia Games in Hong Kong and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou all on the Asian horizon. Given Hong Kong's strategic location, Sports Source Asia should serve as an ideal platform for sourcing product and developing new business opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the emerging Chinese mainland market.

In the first eight months of 2007, Hong Kong sportswear and sports accessories' exports totalled US$3.8 billion (HK$30.1 billion), up more than three per cent over the same period in 2006.

Sports Source Asia -International Sourcing Fair for Sports Equipment and Sports Apparel

The first edition of Sports Source Asia features about 300 exhibitors from seven countries and regions: Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Thailand. Exhibitors include such major industry players as: Hong Kong's Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd, Mainland Headwear Holdings Ltd and Dart International Garment Ltd; the mainland's Hongxing Erke Sports Goods Co Ltd and XTEP (China) Co Ltd.

Jointly organised by the TDC and MMI, the fair is supported by the ispo group, which connects more than 85,000 industry players worldwide.

Aside from the fair's more than 4,700 registered buyers, the fair organisers have arranged 38 buying missions, with more than 500 buyers from around the world visiting the fair. These include such leading sports brands and chain stores and distributors as: the Chinese mainland's InterSport Corp and Decathlon; France's Lafuma; Germany's Adidas and Sport 2000; Hong Kong's Li & Fung; Japan's Mega Sports and Markcity; Italy's Asics and Lotto Sports; and the United States' Allen Sports.

The fair spotlights a vast range of sports goods in five theme zones: Sportswear, Sports Equipment, Sports Shoes, Sports Accessories, and Fabrics and Materials. A variety of seminars, providing industry players with up-to-date market intelligence, will also take place. Hot topics include sportswear trends, sportswear design and the use of materials, licensing opportunities and the impact of REACH.

Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment Fair

More than 240 exhibitors from six countries and regions - Hong Kong, Belgium, the Chinese mainland, Italy, Indonesia and Taiwan - are showcasing a broad array of building materials and technology, indoor decorative materials, construction equipment and building engineering products and services.

A new theme area, the Building Ceramics and Sanitary Ware Zone, has been added this year for ease of sourcing. Visitors can also keep abreast of the latest market and product trends through seminars highlighting building and lifestyle trends, sustainable development and architecture.

Fair organisers the TDC and CIEC have arranged 46 buying missions and more than 1,220 top buyers to visit the fair. They include such major sourcing firms and developers as: Australia's Tudor Timber Company and Wilson Homes; Japan's Fuji Boeki Co Ltd; the United States' Everlast Worldwide; and United Arab Emirates' RGS GULF and Drake and Scull.

In 2006, Hong Kong's exports of building materials and hardware reached US$12 billion (HK$93.7 billion), up 14.6 per cent. Exports are already up to US$8.4 billion (HK$65.5 billion) over the first eight months of this year, a growth of 7.8 per cent, with the Chinese mainland, the US, Japan, Germany and Macau as the top five markets.

Hong Kong International Furniture Fair

More than 170 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions are taking part in the fair, with Austria, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Spain and the United Kingdom taking part for the first time. Attendees also include more than 1,540 top buyers from 48 buying missions, arranged by fair organisers the TDC and Kenfair. They include such major sourcing houses and chains as: America's Wal-Mart Stores; Hong Kong's Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Sogo Hong Kong Co Ltd; Japan's Asplund Co; Finland's Vivaldo Oy; and Sweden's BoLaget Sourcing AB.

The fair features a wide selection of offerings, including designer, office, contract business, indoor, outdoor and classic furniture, as well as parts and accessories.

The International Furniture and Decoration (HK) Association has, for the first time, organised a group pavilion occupying more than 1,000 square metres at the fair, enable buyers to source quality furniture with innovative design.

The IGLOO zone, which features Inspirational, Glamorous, Lively, Original and Outstanding furniture, is again being staged following last year's successful launch. It is joined by the new Classic Furniture Zone, which covers both antique and reproduction items of exceptional quality.

The fair also includes seminars on industry trends, brand building and retail management of the mainland's furniture industry, along with tips on enhancing commercial and residential spaces with the right furniture.

Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Production

The only event of its kind in Hong Kong, Eco Expo Asia features the region's latest environmental solutions, with 135 exhibitors taking part from 18 countries and regions. New exhibitors come from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, India and Vietnam.

The last day of the fair (October 30) is open to the public and will feature a variety of informative seminars. Experts from government, academia and industry associations will discuss the challenges of going green.

Organised by the TDC and Messe Frankfurt, the fair showcases the latest products and services in three zones: Green World addresses buyers of regional and national organisations; Green Enterprise offers solutions for business and manufacturing; and Green Living concentrates on eco-friendly consumer products and services.

The fair also offers new group pavilions hosted by Canada and Hong Kong. A new theme zone focusing on indoor air quality, a topical issue in Hong Kong and around the world, is another new addition of the fair.

Running in tandem with the fair is the three-day Eco Asia Conference, with government regulatory authorities, academic and industry specialists tackling the hot issues of today's fast-changing environmental industry. Conference topics are Air and Water, Waste Management and Recycling, and Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency. At the fair's Mainland Environmental Industry Forum, representatives from a variety of mainland environmental protection industry associations will discuss the current market situation, including opportunities for the environmental protection industry in the Chinese mainland.

Fair organisers have arranged the visits of 24 buying missions and more than 520 VIPs, including representatives from Tesco International Sourcing, Kleenair Systems International Plc, Envirolyte Asia Pacific, and Guangzhou D.C. Environmental Equipment Co, Ltd.

Fair Websites
Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment
Hong Kong International Furniture Fair
Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection
Sports Source Asia - International Sourcing Fair for Sports Equipment and Sports Apparel

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About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) 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 TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC 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.tdctrade.com

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