More than 64,000 buyers from 141 countries and regions attended the HKTDC Hong Kong Intl. Lighting Fair, Eco Expo Asia, HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair and Sports Source Asia.
As they came to a close on Oct. 30, the events organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) had welcomed 14 percent more buyers than the previous year. The most significant increase in buyer numbers was from emerging markets including Iran, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Russia, the Czech Republic and the Chinese mainland. The four fairs also attracted some 2,850 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions.
To create more business opportunities for exhibitors, the HKTDC organized 180 buying missions featuring major importers, distributors and retailers from all over the world. Among the companies represented were Hitachi East Asia Ltd., EG Light and Neon-EC from Russia, Domoz Sp. z o.o. from Poland, Sofit from Ukraine, Bashiti Stores for General Supplies from Jordan and Framework Building Products Pte Ltd. from Singapore.
The four fairs put green and new technology products in the spotlight, with eco-friendly household products meant to encourage a low-carbon lifestyle. Among the new eco-tech products launched at the events were water-activated batteries, fitness bicycles that convert kinetic energy into electricity and energy-saving lamps with body temperature sensors to automatically switch them on or off in kitchen cabinets. Other items of note were bamboo wall decorations and flooring, as well as a carpet drycleaning solution made from natural ingredients.