Spotlight on latest products and services
The 5th Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials and Hardware Fair begins tomorrow and runs until October 30 at AsiaWorld-Expo. Held during the peak sourcing season, the event presents the latest building-related products, expertise and services of Hong Kong, mainland and international companies.
About 180 exhibitors from six countries and regions are well-represented, offering buyers an array of building and decoration materials.
Special product zones have been organised to help buyers locate items and two are new this year.
The first is the Green Building Zone, which features eco-friendly building materials including wooden plastic compounds, bamboo boards, zero volatile organic compound paint, recycled paint and more. The other is the new Testing, Inspection and Certification Zone.
Other major exhibit categories include building and decorative hardware, building technology, green building, bathroom and kitchen, door and window, and coating and chemicals.
Hong Kong's exports of building materials, including hardware, jumped 40 per cent to HK$72 billion in the first eight months of this year. The top five export markets are the mainland, the United States, Japan, Germany and South Korea.
Meanwhile, in the first eight months of this year, Hong Kong's imports of building materials, including hardware, surged 42 per cent from the same period last year to HK$76 billion.
One of the show's exhibitors is Ultrafine Asia, which specialises in wood flooring. The company's sales manager, Michael Ng, says that its wood-flooring brand, Upofloor, is environmentally friendly and its chemicals are emissions-free in the wood's treatment and installation processes.
The type of wood used are mainly oak, maple, beech and ash, and are treated with Ecotop oil. 'We are DNV certified [from Norway] and, during installation, we do not use any glue or nails,' Ng explains. 'It's put together using the RealLOC system, which attaches and interlocks the adjoining boards like a puzzle so people don't breathe dangerous chemicals.'
Superl Technology also focuses on green products. Its project administrator, Philomena Yeung, says that, at this year's fair, the company is promoting Power Coating on medium-density fibreboard on furnishings.
Powder coating is a dry finishing process using finely ground particles of pigment and resin that are electrostatically charged and sprayed on to the MDF. The charged particles adhere to the board until they are heated, melted and fused into a tough and durable coating. The coating protects MDF products from chips, stains, spills, and scratches. Because there are no shape restrictions and the product has a seamless edge, a wide range of designs can be created with various colours and textures.
The powder-coated wood board is odour-free, and without volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde.
As the product contains antimicrobial additives, it can be easily cleaned and is ideal for health care facilities and schools.
Chevalier (Building Supplies & Engineering) specialises mainly in kitchen and powder-room products. Its assistant product manager Ricky Ng says the company will promote its kitchen doors this year, with new designs and classic colours.
'Some of the doors we are featuring are wood but have a high-gloss finish, which is a new look,' he says.
The four-day fair presents many events for industry players. The highlight is the seminar on October 28 entitled 'Latest Building Development in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China', presented by Alex Lush of Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers. David Dumigan, of Henderson Land Development, will then discuss a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design platinum project, the World Financial Center in Beijing.
In a discussion about green-energy buildings in Guangdong, Ma Zhencong, of the Guangzhou Design Institute, will talk about the first zero-energy building in southern China. A networking reception will also be held that evening to allow buyers, exhibitors and guests to build relationships in the Oasis Area in Hall 6.
Another interesting seminar to watch is the 'Green Building Certification and Designs' on October 29. Professor Daniel Chan from the Hong Kong Green Building Council will introduce BEAM Plus, while Martin Tam, head of the Bamboo Industry Committee will present 'A Bamboo Movement'. There will also be an experience-sharing session involving some Green Building Awards 2010 finalists.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) will be held concurrently at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Apply for tickets
Venue Hall 6, AsiaWorld-Expo
Date and time October 27, 10.30am-6pm; October 28-29, 10am-6pm; October 30, 10am-3.30pm
Buyer registration Trade visitors can register for a free-admission badge through one of the following channels: Smartphone Info Site to download HKTDC fairs on the iPhone App Store, BlackBerry App World or Android Market, or via the Mobile Info Site at hktdc.com/wap/en.