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Watch & Clock Fair Attracts Over 17,500 Buyers
Fair Survey Results Highlight Mainland Market Promise

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The 31st HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair, which ended today, attracted more than 17,500 buyers

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A variety of special events took place during the fair, including brand celebration events for Temporis (up) and odm (bottom)

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The Small-Order Zone displayed special watch and clock showcases catering to orders of less than 20 items, offering manufacturers and buyers alike more business opportunities

9 September 2012 – The five-day HKTDC Watch & Clock Fair ended today with more than 17,500 buyers participating, up 4.5 per cent over last year. Emerging market buyers were up significantly, including Iran (up 32 per cent), the Chinese mainland (up 17 per cent) and Russia (up 17 per cent).

The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) commissioned an independent market survey agency, Actrium Solutions (HK) Ltd, to conduct a survey during the first three days of the fair. The company interviewed 349 exhibitors and 759 buyers on site to get their views on such issues as market prospects, product trends and purchasing methods.

Robust China Market
The survey found that 75 per cent of buyers and 70 per cent of exhibitors expect better or similar business prospects in 2013. At the same time, 71 per cent of exhibitors and 64 per cent of buyers expect production and purchasing costs will also likely rise next year, due to increasing labour costs.

Both groups feel that the China market will remain robust, and are striving to tap this new market. They are also interested in such emerging markets as ASEAN, Central America, Russia, India and the Middle East.

"Seeing relatively higher demand for luxury goods in both the China and Middle East markets, we believe they will be interested in our brand products," said Iris Chan, Marketing Manager of Memorigin Trading Company, a Hong Kong exhibitor specialising in the design and manufacture of Tourbillon Watches.

She added that the company plans to explore the Chinese mainland and Middle East markets. "We consulted with five to six Middle Eastern buyers during the first three days of the fair and further negotiations will be arranged."

Exhibitors that have set up factories on the mainland said the costs of labour, land, raw materials, taxation and government charges have increased during the past three years and that they would be forced to raise their prices.

Market Trends
Respondents thought that fashion watches would have the best growth potential, while quartz analogue watches and metal watch dials would be best received by the market. They expect that industry players will develop watch products under brand licensing. The majority (74 per cent) of responding buyers are not agents for brand watches, but 30 per cent of them plan to be.

Brand Name Gallery
"We set up the fair’s Brand Name Gallery in response to increasing buyer demand for brand products," said the HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. "To accommodate more exhibitors and buyers, we plan to make Brand Name Gallery an independent fair next year. It will be held concurrently with the Watch and Clock Fair. This will provide a collection point for reputable brands and help exhibitors get more business."

Small-Order Zone Success
Some surveyed buyers noted that they maintain low inventories, shorten delivery periods and tend to adhere to small-order purchasing. The purchase volume of over 70 per cent of the buyers surveyed was 1,000 items or less. Seeing this growing demand for small-order suppliers, the fair set up the Small-Order Zone this year for special watch and clock showcases. These catered to orders of less than 20 pieces. The special zone attracted more than 6,500 buyer visits, generating over 5,000 business enquiries.

Buyer Response
Graham Emmott, an Australian buyer, who owns a local retail shop, thought the Small-Order Zone was a very good idea. "It’s flexible. It helps test market responses and facilitates inventory management." He located several suppliers willing to accept small orders, and placed a number of orders for brand watches at the fair.

The Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair, 5 to 9 September, brought together 720 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions. It was organised by the HKTDC, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd, and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries Ltd.

Fair Website: http://www.hktdc.com/hkwatchfair

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Media Enquiries
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Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: mailto:joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
A statutory body 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 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/ 

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