More than 18,000 buyers from 112 countries and regions took part in the sixth Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition). The four-day exhibition (April 6-9, 2014) drew nearly 1,100 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions, a new exhibitor record for the fair.
HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau noted that buyer attendance from the United States, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Thailand and Poland recorded double-digit percentage growth.
Jim Hardaway, Vice President of lighting brand Viribright, said he expected business to grow by more than 20 percent despite the continuing drop in LED prices, thanks to improving market conditions in Europe and North America. Hardaway met with key buyers from the Middle East, Spain, Mexico and Australia, all interested in green lighting products and high-efficiency LED lighting. Some of the buyers ordered samples on site.
Spanish buyer Francisco Jose Garcia Campuzano sourced LED lighting products on his first visit to the fair. He said LED lights are preferred in the Spanish market because of longer lifespan and higher luminance. “Quality is our priority when it comes to LED lighting. We have seen many suppliers who can meet our requirements, so we are confident that we can find suitable suppliers,” he said.
The Spring Lighting Fair’s Small-Order Zone featured some 400 showcases, offering about 4,000 products. These were available in minimum orders ranging from five pieces to 1,000. The zone attracted more than 8,300 buyer visits during the four-day fair period, generating more than 20,000 business enquiries.