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New trade fairs give rising industries a powerful boost

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(From left to right) Mr Herbert Ip, Chairman of Kenfair International Limited, Mr Fred Lam, TDC's Executive Director, Ms Anissa Wong, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment), Ms Katy Lam, Director (Trade Fairs) of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Limited and Mr Yao Rui, Vice President of China International Exhibition Centre Group Corporation.
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Mr Fred Lam and Ms Anissa Wong toured around at the Eco Expo Asia earlier today, showing interest in the biodegradable food container.
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Mr Fred Lam and Ms Anissa Wong also visited the Hong Kong International Furniture Fair. Picture shows Mr Lam and Ms Wong sitting on chairs designed by renowned Hong Kong designer Mr Barrie Ho. Inspired by the furniture in the Ming's dynasty, the designer chair fused the best of classic and contemporary elements.
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Situated at the Tuen Mun Area 38, a 20-hectre Eco Park is open to companies which are in the Eco business. Picture shows Ms Anissa Wong explaining the concept and overall plan of the Park to Mr Fred Lam.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) is poised to give Hong Kong's rising industries a further powerful boost by staging three new fairs from today (October 27) to October 30.

TDC join forces with three fair organisers - Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd., CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd. and Kenfair International Limited., and other trade groups to stage three new fairs at the AsiaWorld-Expo near the Hong Kong International Airport.

The three fairs are Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection, Hong Kong International Building Materials & Construction Equipment Fair and Hong Kong International Furniture Fair.

"Many industries in Hong Kong, such as the environmental protection, furniture, building materials and construction equipment are growing at full throttle with huge export potential," says TDC's Assistant Executive Director, Mr. Benjamin Chau. "But they need the right kind of fairs to get wider exposure," he adds.

TDC has organised VIP buying missions and invited more than 2,300 key buyers from around the globe to visit the fairs.

Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection

"Eco Expo Asia" is able to provide a needed platform for the business sector, and people who are concerned about the environment, to have an opportunity to see and hear what are being done to improve it.

This first-ever environmental protection exhibition in Hong Kong is organised by TDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd.

Running four days - from October 27 to 30 - the fair is open to the public on Sunday, October 29, and reserved for the trade during the remaining three days.

Around 130 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions take part in the expo, attracting exhibitors from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and the Asia Pacific, as well as from Canada, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The fair coincides with stepped up efforts in Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland to clean up the environment and encourage industrialists to work greener and smarter.

The expo showcases the latest trends in three zones: Green World focuses on environmental systems and technologies that can be implemented on national or regional level, Green Enterprise demonstrates environmentally-friendly systems and products for business operations, while Green Living concentrates on eco-friendly consumer products and services.

The expo provides an ideal opportunity for eco-solution providers to show their products and solutions to factory operators in the Pearl River Delta region, home to hundreds of thousands of factories that have recently been asked to comply with new environmental protection standards.

Under Beijing's 11th Five-Year Programme, announced in March this year, mainland factories are required to raise their "green production" standards by reducing pollution and increasing energy efficiency.

In Hong Kong, Chief Executive Donald Tsang, in his recent Policy Address, pledged the Government's commitment to protecting the environment, a vow reflected in the strong support given by the Government's Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to Eco Expo Asia and in its participation in the expo.

The fair organisers have arranged a two-day industry conference on issues affecting environment, such as worsening air and water pollution, growing energy consumption and the unprecedented amount of waste being created.

A series of public workshops and talks have been lined up on October 29. Experts from the government, universities and the Green Council will share with participants on how they can live greener.

TDC organises 13 buying missions inviting over 330 merchandisers from around the world to visit the fair.

Hong Kong's environmental protection industry consists of about 300 establishments, employing some 26,000 persons.

Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment Fair

The fair is organised jointly by the TDC and the CIEC Exhibition Company (HK) Ltd.

It is the first specialised fair of its kind being staged in Hong Kong and displays the latest building materials, indoor decorative materials, construction equipment, building technology, building engineering and related services.

A total of 230 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions are taking part in this fair. They are from Hong Kong, Australia, the Chinese Mainland, Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the UK. Key players in the industry such as the Guangdong Fenglu Aluminium Company Limited, Xishi Group Company, and CSG Holding Company Limited are also taking part.

The fair organisers have made arrangements for a number of buying missions, comprising over 900 buyers, to visit this fair. They are from Australia, the Chinese Mainland, Chile, France, Japan, Malaysia, Middle East, Russia, Singapore and the US, and include representatives of well known retailers and chain stores as Ace Hardware from the USA, Nankai Trading Co. Ltd. from Japan and Mitre Mega 10 from Australia.

There are special display zones at this fair, including:

  • X-square: showing new products and technologies;
  • Green Frontier: showing environmentally friendly products and services;
  • Classic Choice: showing traditional building materials and equipment.

A series of seminars are held during the fair. Experts will focus on issues such as: "The Low, the High and the Integrated - A Sustainable Design Approach in Architecture", "Sharing the knowledge on Home Improvement Retail Market of Mainland" and "Characterisation of Porous Construction Materials Using Electromagnetic Wave - Using Concrete as an Example."

Hong Kong's total exports of building materials rose by 15% to US$ 7,796 million in the first eight months in 2006.

Hong Kong International Furniture Fair

The Hong Kong International Furniture Fair is organised jointly by the TDC and Kenfair International Limited.

The fair displays a wide selection of furniture from around the world. Exhibits include indoor furniture, outdoor furniture, office furniture, parts and accessories for furniture, furniture for contract business, smart-home, smart-office solutions, designer furniture, ethnic furniture and antique furniture.

About 170 exhibitors from Hong Kong, Australia, the Chinese Mainland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam are taking part in this fair.

A highlight of the fair is the IGLOO Zone. The word IGLOD refers the icehouses in which Eskimos live. It is also hailed as a masterpiece of architecture that symbolises wisdom and creativity. Stylish and innovative furniture from Hong Kong companies such as OVO Limited, Barrie Ho Collections Ltd., Jackie Chan Design Ltd., as well as Maruni Wood Industry Inc. from Japan, and Contemporary Australian Design from Australia are on display in this zone.

The organisers have already confirmed 35 missions of over 1,100 buyers to visit the fair, such as Canadian Tire Corporation and Cantire (China) Limited, Mitre 10 from New Zealand.

Seminars are also held during fair including "Sales Channels, Licensing & Franchising of the Furniture Industry in the Chinese Mainland", "Design Concept on Japan Furniture" and "Latest Furniture Trend - Design, Colour & Raw Materials".

In the first eight months of 2006, Hong Kong exported a total of US 336 million worth of furniture and parts to the world.

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For press enquiries, please contact Mr. Lawrence Yau of TDC's Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4510 or lawrence.yau@tdc.org.hk

Further References

Websites & Industry Profiles:

Eco Expo Asia - International Trade Fair on Environmental Protection
http://www.ecoexpoasia.com
http://www.tdctrade.com/profile/envpro.htm

Hong Kong International Building Materials and Construction Equipment Fair
http://www.hkfurniturefair.com
http://www.tdctrade.com/profile/bldgmaterials.htm

Hong Kong International Furniture Fair
http://www.hkfurniturefair.com
http://www.tdctrade.com/profile/furniture.htm

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