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Furniture Fairs you Won’t Want to Miss

In Sourcing and Trading on September 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Furniture Fairs

To find out the top furniture fairs coming this fall 2010 read this blog.

New York Home Textiles – NYC, NY, USA (Aug 14-19) -New York Home Textiles + Gift Week is the premier textile show in the United States. It also offers a full slate of educational programs to enhance your show experience, as well as exciting after-hours’ events to help you make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

Formland – Herning, Denmark (Aug 20-23) – Scandinavia’s largest and most international trade fair for home accessories, design and gifts. Up to 20,000 professional buyers from over 40 countries gather ideas and inspiration for the coming season twice every year.

Tendence – Frankfurt, Germany (Aug 27-31) – The most important international consumer goods’ fair in Europe for the autumn, winter and Christmas business of the same year.

September

3F – Dongguan Famous Furniture Fair – Dongguan, China (Sept 1-5) – A huge furniture fair near the heart of furniture city in Houjie. Also, there is a home accent and lighting section. This fair has a large focus on the local China furniture market.

CIFF Furniture and Home Decor – Guangzhou, China (Sept 3-6) – The biggest furniture fair in China. Also running concurrently are sections for home accents and housewares at the same grounds as the Canton Fair. This show is both for local and international guests.

Maison & Objet – Paris, France (Sept 3-7) – More than just a trade show, MAISON & OBJET is a magnetic pole for all professionals. Design, home-fashion, objects, tableware.

Meuble Paris – Paris, France (Sept 3-7) – The Paris event devoted to furniture in all its expressions, this show will bring you to an international, high-quality offer spread out over more than 80,000m2.

Spoga + Gafa – Cologne, Germany (Sept 5-7) – The top European trade fair for garden + lifestyle.

Furniture China 2010 – Shanghai, China (Sept 7-10) – As one of the 3 largest furniture exhibitions in the world, Furniture China is held annually in September in Shanghai. It combines a comprehensive set of popular themes: Home Furniture, Office Furniture, Furnishings Fabrics & Lighting, Kitchen & Cabinet, Furniture Manufacturing & Supply.

Houseware Expo – Moscow, Russia (Sept 21-24) – Eastern Europe’s biggest international specialized trade fair, GIFTS EXPO is held twice a year, in March and September, in Manezh and Gostiny Dvor Exhibition Complexes, Moscow.

Habitat Valencia – Valencia, Spain (Sept 28 – Oct 2) – The most important sales and trends platform for the Made-in-Spain home, where the sectors that make up the home products’ industry will be showcasing their latest designs. There will be an extensive program of activities both within and outside the fair while the city of Valencia is living and breathing the project every day.

October

HCMC Expo – Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam (Oct. 6 – 10) – For years, HCMC International Furniture and Handicrafts Fair has been developing tremendously, contributing substantial achievements in promoting business images as well as furniture & handicraft products to overseas’ markets. This show has the most home furnishings’ vendors in Vietnam.

Trade Expo Indonesia – Jakarta, Indonesia (Oct. 13 – 17) – Indonesia’s largest event for furniture in the fall. Hundreds of manufacturers attend the 4 day event.

The Canton Fair – Guangzhou, China (Oct 15 -19, Oct 24 – 28, Oct 31 – Nov 4) – One of the oldest, and by far the largest home furnishing fair in the world (if you include the surrounding fairs). Phase 2 (Oct 24 – 28) of the Canton Fair is when most of home furnishings suppliers show there. Phase 1 includes lighting, and Phase 3 has home textiles, carpets and rugs. Overall, there are over a million square meters of exhibition space and over 50,000 suppliers. This is probably the best factory-sourcing fair in the world.

High Point Market – High Point, NC, USA (Oct 16 – 21) – The largest home furnishings market in the World. Buyers can find all the latest furniture, home decor, and lighting from top American and global manufacturers. People looking to buy from overseas will find prices at High Point to be competitive with Asia, and many wholesale and manufacturers are willing to ship direct from overseas’ factories.

Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair – New Delhi, India (Oct 17 – 20) – The biggest furniture and home accent fair in India. Fantastic products and great values for people looking to source in India with over 1000 suppliers.

Manila F.A.M.E – Manila, Philippines (Oct 18 – 21) – Asia’s Boutique Show is the largest home furnishings fair in the Philippines and features over 200 Home Decor Manufacturers.

Premier Vision China – Shanghai, China (Oct 20 – Oct 21) – One of the best high-end fabric and fashion shows in China.

China Sourcing Fair: Home Products + India Sourcing Fair: Home Products – Hong Kong, China (Oct 20 – 23) – Both fairs are at one location in Hong Kong (the AsiaWold-Expo, near the airport). This is an unassociated extension of this year’s Mega Show. Expect to find thousands more suppliers. But, since the Mega show is the premium event, suppliers at this event typically are waiting to get a space at the HK Convention Center in the coming years. Shuttles and the train make it easy to travel back and forth between events.

Mega Show 2010 Part 1 – Hong Kong, China (Oct 20 – 23) – An important sourcing exhibition for the gift, housewares, premiums and toy industries in the Asia-Pacific region, taking place every October at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Since 1992 this premier trade-only exhibition has offered international buyers a one-stop showcase of over 5000 well-merchandised stands displaying products from nearly 4000 exhibitors.

Hong Kong International Lighting – Hong Kong, China (Oct 27 – 30) – Joining the HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair places you among the stars of the industry. Over 1500 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions made the fair the largest in Asia, and the second biggest of its kind in the world.

Mega Show 2010 Part 2 – Hong Kong, China (Oct 27 – 30) – Mega Show Part 2 has established itself as an essential dateline in the annual sourcing calendar every October, commencing as Phase 2 of the Canton Fair closes. A well-edited selection from nearly 1,300 Asian and international companies present high-volume products from traditional gifts and premiums, to everyday household items, as well as home décor products, home textiles, garden and outdoor goods, home improvement items, and designs for good living. Also on display will be the best of Asian pen, print, paper and stationery items.

India Carpet Expo – Varanasi, India (Oct 29 – Nov 1) – Almost 200 carpet manufacturers and exporters will attend this fair in Varanasi, India. Select buyers can receive significant incentives including airfare and hotel arrangements.

December

Home & Lifestyle Fair – Taipei, Taiwan (Dec 9 – 12) – Home & Lifestyle Fair (HLS) is held at the Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 2. It is the synonym for a new, more efficient kind of business meeting and is well known as a platform for communication and innovation through its unique workshop concept. Positioned as the only annual home & decoration show which focuses on design and home lifestyle in Taiwan, HLS 2010 presents a diverse exhibit profile including the goods of living & styling, dining & gourmet, bathing & feeling, home electronics, decor & giving, gardening & outdoor, and kids & pets.

Are you Compliant? What Furniture Importers NEED to know about the Lacey Act

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

New penalties on illegally sourced woods could cause innocent buyers up to $200,000 in fines, forfeiture of goods, and possible imprisonment.

Are you compliant? Lacey Act restrictions go into effect April 2010.

The main change to the 100-year-old Lacey Act is that it is now against the law to trade or own illegally sourced animals/agricultural materials (including wood), regardless of their point of origin. And starting in April, all companies will be required to provide detailed documentation on the source and origin of the imported agricultural products.

Details on what importers and furniture manufacturers need to know are available from Furniture Today, in a free White Paper.

The major issue we can see is that all importers must file a detailed declaration for incoming agricultural products specifying species and country of origin, no matter where the product is assembled. So a coffee table made from Indonesian rubberwood and American cherry veneer would need to include both species and origins.

An important note to importers: plywood, MDF, and fiberboards alone can sometimes contain over a hundred species of wood, and it seems that industry pressure has won out. Until further notice, the APHIS has published a guidance document with regard to composite, recycled, and/or reused materials. Basically, APHIS is instructing importers to indicate the type of material (e.g. MDF) under “plant scientific name”. The link above also shows an example to help fill out the document.

For now, there is no specific burden on the importer to provide documentation on the legality of the materials, but that certainly is the intent. This means that importers ARE required to ensure that their immediate purchase is legal, as well as attempt to trace the origin of the materials back to its point of harvest to ensure all steps along the way have been made in accordance with local and international law. If imports are found to be “tainted”, then the importer can be prosecuted to the full extent of the Lacey Act.

To download the Declaration Form, click here

Please note that packaging materials do not need to be submitted in this documentation; but they still need to be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and include an approved international mark certifying treatment.

The Official US Government website for the Lacey Act is: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/index.shtml

Those who file electronic customs forms will note that they will automatically be prompted to enter Lacey Act declaration information.

This type of documentation is becoming more necessary in countries around the world, and our industry needs to support legally harvested materials. But, it should be noted that the burden of proof falls on the US government, so it is not clear how easily they will be able to enforce these regulations.

Those who are attending the Las Vegas Market this Febuary should note that there is a and ECO conference being held on January 31, that is specifically covering the Lacey Act.

GoodFactories.com will continue to update this story as it develops…

The Best Furniture Sourcing Fairs (Spring 2010)

In Sourcing and Trading on January 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

For a list of ALL upcoming events through May, visit our Furniture Fair Calendar

The top upcoming furniture fairs

February

Ambiente Frankfurt (Feb 12-16)
The passage sections of Ambiente feature suppliers and manufacturers from around the world.  A great show for home décor and housewares for those not planning on going all the way to Asia.

Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (Feb 20 – 23)
The biggest furniture and home accent fair in India.  Fantastic products and great values for people looking to source in India with over 1000 suppliers.

India Carpet Expo (Feb 25 – 28)
Almost 200 carpet manufacturers and exporters will attend this fair in New Delhi.

March

MIFF Malaysia (Mar 2 – 6)
-More than 500 Malaysian furniture manufacturers and exporters.

Cebu International Furniture and Furnishings Exhibition (Mar 5 – 8)
-A smaller show with all the top local Cebu manufacturers and designers.

Manila Now (Mar 4 – 7)
-More than 100 furniture and home décor suppliers.

IFFS Singapore (Mar 9 – 12)
-One of the leading furniture fairs in Asia for good design.

TIFF Thailand (Mar 10 – 14)
-200 Thai home furnishings suppliers

IFFINA Indonesia (Mar 11 – 14)
-The largest furniture fair in Indonesia, this is also the best furniture show of the year for finding Indonesian home furnishing suppliers.

VIFA Vietnam (Mar 11 – 14)
-A smaller furniture fair with around 100 suppliers.  This fair has mostly furniture companies, but not as many home decor suppliers as the fall HCMC Expo.

3F – Dongguan Famous Furniture Fair (Mar 16-20)
-A huge furniture fair near the heart of furniture city in Houjie.  Also, there is a home accent and lighting section.

CIFF Furniture and Home Decor Guangzhou, China (Mar 18 – 21)
The  biggest and best furniture fair in China in the Spring.  Also running concurrently are sections for home accents and housewares.

SIFE Shenzhen (Mar 19 – 22)
Another huge furniture fair, not as large as the other two shows running at the same time, but still very big and lots of manufacturers at this show.

Premier Vision China (Mar 31 – Apr 1)
-One of the best high end fabric shows in China

CIFF Office Furniture (Mar 27 – Mar 30)
-One of the best high end fabric shows in China

April

Hong Kong International Lighting -Spring (Apr 13 – 16)
-The premier fall Asian lighting fair is now twice a year.  Manufacturers and suppliers are from around the world, but a majority are Chinese and HK companies.  There are not nearly as many companies at the spring event and only occupies one tenth of the floor space.

Manila F.A.M.E (Apr 14 – 17)
-The largest home furnishings fair in the Philippines features over 200 Home Decor Manufacturers.

The Canton Fair (Apr 15 -19, Apr 24 – 28, May 3 – 7)
-One of the oldest, and by far the biggest home furnishing fair in the world (if you include the surrounding fairs).  Phase 2 (Apr 24 – 28) of the Canton Fair is when most of home furnishings suppliers show there.  Phase 1 includes lighting, and Phase 3 has home textiles, carpets and rugs.  Overall, there are over a million square meters of exhibition space and over 50,000 suppliers.  Please note, that while there are more furniture manufacturers now attending the canton fair, it is still not as good as the CIFF for furniture, but it is much better for home accents.  Four fairs are within walking distance.  To read more about these fairs Click Here.

High Point Market (Apr 17 – 22)
-The largest home furnishings market in the World.  Buyers can find all the latest furniture, home decor, and lighting from top American and global manufacturers.  People looking to buy from overseas will find prices at High Point to be competitive with Asia, and many wholesale and manufacturers are willing to ship direct from overseas factories.

Hong Kong Housewares (Apr 20 – 23)
-One of the best houseware fairs in the world, there are thousands of manufacturers from China, India, Asia, and other parts of the world.  Products are housewares, textiles, handicrafts, and a level of Pet Supplies.

China Sourcing Fair: Home Products + India Sourcing Fair: Home Products (Apr 20 – 23)
-Both fairs are at one location in Hong Kong (the Expo Center, near the airport).  This is an unassociated extension of the Hong Kong Houseware fair.  Expect to find thousands more suppliers. But, since the HK Housewares is the premium event, suppliers at this event typically are waiting to get a space at the HK Convention Center in the coming years.   Shuttles and the train make it easy to travel back and forth between events.

Hong Kong Gifts and Premiums (Apr 27 – 30)
-A huge event, but not as appealing for home furnishing buyers.  These are often less expensive products, but some product categories of interest, include picture frames, ceramics, and clocks.  Also running at the same time, is the China Sourcing Fair: Gifts & Premiums (Apr 28 – May 1), at the Asia World Expo in Hong Kong.

Take the Order

In Home Furnishings Trends, Sourcing and Trading on May 7, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Last week, looked like the beginning of the end for quite a few furniture manufactures at the furniture fairs. They were just hoping for that order that could save their business. I’m guessing, that as furniture sales are not picking up at any quick rate, this summer will be rough for many manufacturers, and we will see a spike in number closing down.

This leads me to an interesting story, I heard from a friend who buys for a big furniture retail store. He had some orders, which were pretty simple items, and wanted to help out some of his older higher quality suppliers. He brought the project to them, and told them what he needed to pay. They rejected the price and came back about 20% higher. Now, my friend is very reasonable, and the price he offered was no problem for him to get at good quality factories. He was literally trying to help the factory, because he knows they have very few orders.

2 months later, that factory closed its doors. And, he’s wondering why they would not take an order, just so they can keep their employees salaries going. Maybe they do not make money, since high-end manufacturers have a different overhead structure, but right now, it is about survival. Orders are starting to come back slowly, and the companies who survive stand to be in a good position.

What would you do?

Furniture Prices in China???

In Sourcing and Trading on April 13, 2009 at 7:43 am

We’re working on a report for our readers, on dining room sets. Just plain basic wood tables and chairs. I’ve been shocked and interested to see if others have found similar results…

Our quotes coming back from Malaysia are almost 50% LOWER than prices coming back from China! We though this was an abnormality, but our Malaysian prices come from two companies who are already exporting to major wholesalers in the states.

So, we’re still searching China, we’ve been calling around all over the country, figuring that the prices in Ningbo, or Fuzhou should be more reasonable, but so far, the prices have been similar. My last real furniture project was over 3 years ago, and the prices that we were quoted back then FOB Xiamen, were very similar to the prices we’re getting from Malaysia today…

Also, from the prices I saw in Indonesia, I’m feeling that China may climbing up the price ladder… I still think that China is competitive, but I find it interesting that Vietnam and Malaysia direct furniture is selling so cheaply…

I’m also getting convinced that smaller buyers may find pricing outside China to be lower… I would love feedback on this subject, I’ll be looking more during the Canton Fair, too…

Please note, that in Upholstered Furniture, and possibly some other categories, China still seems to be the most affordable…

Singapore Furniture Fair

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2009 at 3:47 am

Wow what a cool trade show…  Lets start out this review with the basics, and not how cool I think the city is…

The trade show is pretty small, maybe 200-300 furniture and home decor companies.  At least 80% are furniture, and maybe 20% home decor (although many furniture manufacturers do sell accents, too).

They have a lot of nicer goods suppliers from around Asia.  Especially from Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Mylasia.  Whats nice, is that you can get your work done, with a very nice assortment of product in a few days.  There were lots of Austrailians at the show, and it seems like the show is still primarily focused on exporting, and not as much on the actual Singapore market.

This is also the most diverse furniture show I’ve been to.  If you go to Manila FAME, or Ciff Guangzhou, all those shows tend to have a majority of local suppliers, but in Singapore, its pretty diverse, with suppliers from Singapore, Taiwan, China, Malysia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.  They are a bit higher end suppliers, but the value still seems good, and the design content is really good.

The only show I’ve been to that is more diverse, is the HK Housewares show, but that is not a furniture show, but has more home accents.

So, onto Singapore.  First off, there is a Hard Rock Cafe in the Airport!  Getting into the city is super easy, and only costs $1.20 (US) via the MRT (subway).  It goes strait to the Expo, too.  So, getting around is simple, and clean.  I’ve never been in such a clean city.  The tunnels underground are spotless and polished.

If you can find a good deal near the Raffels or anywhere downtown, its fantastic.  Really good curries can be had in the Indian Quarter (? not sure about that name).  And little pockets of nice restaurants and outdoor food stalls are scattered around the Central Business District.  Overall, I had a great time and saw some really cool products.  If the furniture indstry is really slow, the vendors here seem less worried and were quite busy.

FOB Asia

In Sourcing and Trading on February 21, 2009 at 7:29 pm

The Feb 9th Furniture Today really highlights a trend that has long been available, but not marked so directory.  That trend is really low furniture prices FOB Asia.  Slow economic times calls for drastic marketing strategies, and it seems, lower margins.

There were 4 companies advertising furniture sets for $299.  Bella Esprit is selling a 6 piece bedroom set for $299, Acme Furniture is selling a better looking 5 piece set for $299, U.S. Furniture is selling bonded leather sofa and loveseat sets for $299, and Williams Imports is selling 3 piece sofa sets for $339.

These prices are probably not ground breaking in the industry, but each of these companies has placed large advertisements to attract buyers at this winter’s Las Vegas Market Furniture Fair.  Actually, there have not been many adds in Furniture Today or other home furnishing trade magazines, that spell out how cheap companies can buy, direct from Asia.

Direct marketing by furniture manufacturers will probably keep increasing, as sales keep declining, and companies need to stand out among the competition.

Bella Esprit

Bella Esprit

Acme Furniture

Acme Furniture

U.S. Furniture Inc.

U.S. Furniture Inc.

William's Imports

William's Imports

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