What's in store

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 April, 2008, 12:00am

FAIR PLAY

The HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair, the largest event of its kind in Asia, offers industry players access to innovative household products from around the world. This year, more than 2,380 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions are taking part, including clock manufacturer Inter Game, the first Swedish company to exhibit at the fair. As the world's third biggest houseware fair, a wide range of products are on display for the home and garden. This year there is also a Paintings, Objets d'Art and Art Supplies zone. Other special highlights include the Hall of Elegance - a themed section dedicated to showcasing top brand names and designer products - as well as Posh Corner - a premium section presenting stylish home living items.

KEY FACTS

When April 21-23, 9am to 6.30pm; April 24, 9am to 5pm

Venue Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai

Admission HK$100, trade only

What to see artificial flowers, bathroom accessories, cleaning supplies, furniture, gardening and outdoor accessories, handicrafts, hardware, health and personal care items, home decorations, textiles, kitchenware, lighting, pet supplies, small electrical appliances, bar accessories

2007 statistics: 2,383 exhibitors (998 local and 1,385 overseas); 30,592 buyers (13,135 local and 17,457 overseas) from 34 countries and regions; gross area 59,645 square metres

EXTRA EVENTS

Seminar 'How SMEs Brand Products in Mainland China' presented by Choi Lung-wai of Goodway Electrical Enterprises and Sherriff Luk of the department of management and marketing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; April 22, 10.30am-11.30am; in Cantonese, English and Putonghua translation provided; admission is free

Seminar 'The Market Trends in Lifestyle Products' hosted by Peter Gianetti from Home Word Business (US), Shingo Maeda from LifeStyle Ind. News (Japan), Sue Marks from Progressive Gifts & Home Worldwide (UK) and Jerzy Osika from Promedia (Poland); April 22, 2.30pm to 4.30pm; in English and Japanese, Putonghua translation provided; admission is free

Forum 'Buyer Risks in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis - How to Identify Reliable Buyers during a Global Credit Crunch' with Jackson Adhikari of the Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation; April 23, 10:30am to 11:30am; in English; free