interzum guangzhou with international participation – digital expansion ensures worldwide business contacts beyond the trade fair itself. Suspense and great anticipation accompanied the launch of the first Koelnmesse event since the coronavirus crisis began: interzum guangzhou in China (27 to 30 July 2020) demonstrated that trade fairs with strict hygiene rules in place and a limited number of admissions – in the food-service areas, for example – are possible in spite of the pandemic and can result in a good commercial outcome. ‘The international participation was good and in keeping with the circumstances; thanks to digital business matchmaking, exhibitors were also able to reach visitors who were unable to travel to the event’, according to Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. ‘This corroborates our efforts to begin hosting trade fairs again in our halls in Cologne as soon as possible. The success of interzum guangzhou encourages us to set the course for this outcome, together with our customers.’ interzum guangzhou marked the first major platform for the international furniture manufacturing and supply sector in the second half of the year. More than 800 exhibitors from 16 countries and almost 100,000 visitors took the opportunity to meet vendors, customers and business partners again in person, building and strengthening relationships and reconnecting as an industry. ‘In the current situation, the most important thing is for our customers to feel comfortable and safe at our events’, Keith Tsui, Managing Director of the Chinese Koelnmesse subsidiary, explained. ‘As event professionals, we see ourselves in a position to create conditions that are conducive to trade fairs, even in times such as these.’ As expected, there were fewer exhibitors than seen in the statistical results of the previous interzum guangzhou, but there were international exhibitors who made use of the event as well. Among other things, there was an official German group entry comprised of a total of eight German exhibitors; their appearance was successfully supervised by local employees or sales partners on location. Among visitors, the trade fair was focused primarily on the Chinese market. From the first day of the trade fair, it recorded excellent and only slightly lower numbers of national visitors when compared to the previous event. On the third day of the event, a record number of visitors was even achieved compared to previous events: "This shows that our visitors feel safe and enjoy spending several days and more time at our show," says Tsui. This makes the event a role model for returning to normalcy following months of uncertainty – and a successful digital extension of the event’s reach: For international customers who were unable to travel to the venue due to travel restrictions, interzum guangzhou offered ‘Offline2Online Live Business Matching’. International visitors joined in the proceedings digitally from home, virtually meeting with the exhibitors on hand to cultivate business relationships and present new products. Exhibitors' feedback on these virtual meetings and on the event as a whole was consistently very positive: Dr. Rajat Agarwal, Henkel (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Corporate Vice President “So, I am quite impressed with the quantity of exhibitors and people. We also see that the exhibition overall is extremely well organized and very clean. So, I’m very happy to see a well-organized exhibition.” Mr. Simon Jenkinson, LINAK (Shenzhen) Actuator Systems Ltd., President “My personal opinion is that the show is busier than I was actually expecting it to be. There are more people here than I thought there would be, and we are meeting many of our old friends as well from within the industry, that we haven’t seen for a long time. This has been the first opportunity to catch up with existing customers and contacts.” The kick-off in China will be followed by further outbound Koelnmesse events in the food sector: THAIFEX – Anuga Asia in Bangkok in September, and yummex Middle East in Dubai in November. The trade fair team in Cologne is looking forward to a re-start there, with ART COLOGNE and COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN (18 to 22 November 2020). ‘For all of our events – whether in Cologne, with our B-SAFE4business concept, or abroad in coordination with our subsidiaries – we have developed detailed hygiene concepts that enable our customers to conduct business with one another directly’, Böse assured.‘Trade fairs have an absolute systemic relevance for the global economic fabric, and for many participants they are actually of existential importance. 90 percent of the exhibitors in the Koelnmesse programme are small or medium-sized enterprises for which international trade fairs represent the main gateway to the global market. Our mission, as an international trade fair organiser, is to give the industries involved the propulsive power they need for their business. And we take this mission very seriously.’ About Koelnmesse: Koelnmesse generated more than 400 million euro in revenue worldwide in 2019 and has a workforce of more than 1,000 people. As a city trade fair location in the heart of Europe, it is home to the third-largest trade fair grounds in Germany and ranks among the top ten in the world, with approximately 400,000 m² of hall space and outdoor area. Each year, Koelnmesse organises and manages around 80 trade fairs, guest events and special events in Cologne and in the most important markets all over the world.
The Board of Cepra-Centro promozionale Acimall had to take note that it is impossible to organizeXylexpo in 2020, setting the next date for exhibitors and visitors in 2022”. Cepra communicated the non-existence of objective conditions to organize the 2020 edition of Xylexpo, Biennial world exhibition for woodworking technology and furniture supplies, with an official letter to all exhibitors signed by President Lorenzo Primultinion July 6, 2020. "Postponing the exhibition to November 2020 – Primultini's letter states –seemed the best possible solution, but the efforts of our organization in recent months and the constant monitoring of all the conditions required to offer a successful exhibition have clearly shown that the situation in November will not be favorable, yet.
A prelude to industry recovery: Return of Asia’s largest woodworking machinery, furniture production trade show in July
Touted as the largest and most comprehensive trade exhibition for the woodworking and upholstery machinery, furniture materials and interior decor industry in Asia, CIFM / interzum guangzhou will be back in its namesake city from July 27-30. Traditionally held alongside the China Guangzhou International Furniture Fair (CIFF) office segment, the new date will see this year's CIFM / interzum guangzhou coinciding with the home installation of CIFF which features household furniture as well. Poised to be a shot in the arm for the rebound of the furniture market in the second half of the year, the triple event will showcase industry verticals comprising finished furniture, production equipment and raw and auxiliary materials under the same roof, offering attendees a chance to grasp the trade dynamics of the entire industry. “in” Live Streaming · Online Business Matching Debuting this year, the “in” Live Streaming · Online Business Matching aims to allow selected buyers who are unable to visit the exhibition to connect with exhibitors providing added business opportunities to both parties. The scheduled one-on-one sessions will be held at the first three days of the show according to the four main product categories sought by buyers: hardware, machinery, decorative materials and upholstery accessories. All interzum guangzhou 2020 exhibitors are expected to have the opportunity to participate in the event. While recognizing that “touch-and-feel” in the furniture industry is irreplaceable, organizer Koelnmesse says the live streaming component serves to provide industry players with a more diversified procurement experience to meet the various business needs and unique situations of buyers. Industry rallies behind interzum guangzhou Thanks to China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, as well as the exhibition’s long-standing reputation for its effectiveness, interzum guangzhou has continued to garner strong support from loyal exhibitors, while also ushering in several new names. As part of the plans to maximize efficiency, Area C of the event venue will also be optimized and integrated to present a more refined and centralized layout to facilitate procurement. Some industry heavyweights slated to appear in 2020 include: Woodworking Machinery & Cutting Tools: Paolino Bacci, HSD, GreCon, Nanxing, Leitz, WDMAX, Vollmer, Freud Upholstery Machinery & Pneumatic Components: Elektrotek, Limoss, Duerkopp, Lianrou, Yuantian, LINAK, DewertOkin, Nantong Healthcare, Huajian Upholstery Accessories: Latexco, Lien A, Richard Pieris, Theptex, Vinabedding Hardware & Components: Ferramenta, Samet, Koyo, Union Star, FREITAS IRMÃOS, Stabilus, Suspa Wood Products & Adhesives: H. B. Fuller, Henkel, French Timber, Urufor, Malaysian Timber Council, Quebec Wood Interior Decoration & Accessories: Schattdecor, Impress, Technocell, DNP, LG, Hyundai Based on estimates from the International Monetary Fund, China is expected to contribute 28 percent of global economic growth from 2019-2024, playing an important role in the global economy. In addition, the country has the advantages of a huge market and the presence entire industry value chain, which provide an internal driving force for the overall economic recovery in the post-pandemic era. Unexpected positive changes With more time spent staying home, the pandemic has inadvertently brought about a newfound awareness by consumers on their living spaces - new materials, personalized designs, customization and aesthetics are aspects that have become more prominent than ever. Riding on this wave, the spokesperson of Italian hardware brand Italiana Ferramenta said: "The market now has increasingly strict demands for product design and furniture details. Furniture manufacturers are constantly looking for better hardware accessories, because well-made hardware accessories can enhance the overall value of furniture and in turn provide better products for consumers. The current custom furniture trend in China has driven production companies to continuously improve the flexibility of their products and services." "In recent years, we are seeing an increasing number of design studios and small-scale custom production factories that provide customized services and furniture products. Furniture customization trends reflect the structural upgrading of furniture consumption, especially in China. These trends will cause new changes in the furniture industry and the formation of new supply chains to adapt to these market changes," said the spokesperson of Linak Transmission Systems on his observations of a more market-oriented industry. The novel coronavirus outbreak might ironically have a positive impact and provided the impetus to drive China’s bid to transform and upgrade it’s furniture production industry from just "manufacturing products" to "manufacturing quality products". To learn more about interzum guangzhou, visit www.interzum-guangzhou.com.
THS Taiwan: The only Hardware Show Available This Year Taiwan’s Hand Tools Industry: identifying opportunities amid crisis, and leveraging opportunities to set new records
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many global hardware trade fairs this year have been postponed to 2021. However, Taiwan’s success in combating the coronavirus has made it possible for the Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) 2020 to take place as scheduled during 13-15 October at the Taichung International Exhibition Center, making it the only hardware and hand tools trade show taking place worldwide this year.
The organizer Kaigo and co-organizer, the Taiwan Hand Tool Manufacturers' Association (THTMA), have enjoyed a long-term partnership that continues to increase the event scale and expand business opportunities. Faced by the challenges of COVID-19, both organizations have determined to highlight Taiwan’s manufacturing prowess, and have planned strategically in advance to seize future opportunities during the economic recovery. The Organizers are committed to helping businesses rise to the challenges that COVID-19 has presented as well as generating more business opportunities.
Taiwan has dealt with COVID-19 in the best way possible, resulting in the supply chain and manufacturing industries of Taiwan rather unaffected. As such, the event this year is likely to attract more international buyers. During the pandemic, Kaigo has stayed connected with the global hardware industry by contacting international buyers and media via EDM, sharing Taiwan’s successful experience of containing the virus while reassuring potential visitors that hardware production continues business as usual. Kaigo has also highlighted the advantages of THS as an optimal one-stop sourcing platform that facilitates new product displays, business negotiations, and factory visits. With Taiwan’s top performance in fighting COVID-19, Kaigo is dedicated to providing the safest and best environment possible for exhibitors and international buyers to do business.
Hsin-Te Huang, Chairman of the THTMA, suggested that Taiwan’s hand tools industry should “seek business opportunities amid crisis, and leverage the opportunities to set new records.” In post COVID-19, businesses prepare for a recovery in the hand tools business, they should also keep an eye on how the US-China trade disputes continue to shape the global supply chain network. Product orders diverted from China, global pushbacks against China, as well as diversifying outsourcing manufacturing risks are all factors that international companies will begin to consider in developing their procurement strategy. As such, the industry has to plan ahead during the pandemic. “An economic crisis is generally followed by waves of new industry growth, and the current global situation has presented Taiwanese businesses a great opportunity to join the trade show and prove themselves as reliable and trust-worthy partners to buyers,” said Fang-Wei Hsiao, Coordinator of the Market Development Division at THTMA.
As the global spread of COVID-19 slows down, and nations worldwide start to ease their lockdown restrictions, the global economy is expected to be back on track in the second half of the year. Relatively free from the impact of the coronavirus, industries in Taiwan will be able to respond quickly to pent-up demands of the global market. This October, the top three metal trade fairs in Taiwan will take place. Taipei AMPA, THS, and Taiwan International Fastener Show—will take place in Northern, Central, and Southern Taiwan respectively. Together, the three events are set to demonstrate the capabilities and potential of Taiwan’s metal industry to the fullest.
Among those three, THS will kick-off the event series. In response to the stay-at-home economy boosted by the pandemic
,the organizer Kaigo has set up five main exhibit areas featuring: Tools & Accessories, Garden & Outdoor Equipment, Locks & Fittings, Building Supplies, and Safety Equipment & Products. Another three exhibit areas are also in place as the industry recovers, including Automotive Supplies & Accessories, Fasteners & Fittings, and Machines & Plant Equipment. The eight exhibit areas in total will join Taiwan’s hardware and hand tools businesses in setting another brilliant business record. Kaigo is now also launching event services to meet the needs of all participants during the pandemic.
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The organizer ofDOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2020announce that the new date of the exhibition is August 31-September 2, 2020. The show is also getting new location: National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) with a total of 185,000 sqm gross space in Shanghai. The postponement of the original dates (March 24-26) was necessary to protect the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors from the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. International visitors welcome the new dates since conveniently after the summer holidays and perfect restart of the second half of the year. Moreover, organizers research has shown that September is the month with most international visits to Chinese suppliers. Confident in the improvement of the situation in China by the end of August 2020, and inspired by the can-do attitude of the exhibitors, DOMOTEX asia/CHINA FLOOR will continue to strongly contribute to the flooring industry, turning the situation at hand into an opportunity for further development of the show and create another successful flooring event. We are now resuming preparations together with exhibitors and working on the layout of the halls.