With more than 14,700 buyers from 99 countries, the Hong Kong Optical Fair concluded on a positive note
When: 4-6 November, 2015
Where: Hong Kong
The 23rd Hong Kong Optical Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, ended its three-day run on Friday, November 6, 2015. A record of more than 14,700 buyers from 99 countries and regions took part in the fair, a close to five per cent increase from the previous year. Buyer numbers from a variety of emerging markets grew significantly, including the Middle East, Thailand and Indonesia. Buyers from mature markets such as France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and Taiwan also increased.
“The growth in total attendance shows that the Hong Kong Optical Fair is a major sourcing platform for the industry,” said HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau. “The trading atmosphere was very good at the fairground, and buyers were eager to find the latest eyewear designs, products and equipment.”
To create more business opportunities for exhibitors, HKTDC organised more than 70 buying missions from 47 countries and regions to visit the fair. Participants included Argentina’s Vision Planet SRL, the Chinese mainland’s Amazon (China) Investment Co. Ltd, the Czech Republic’s Fokus Optik A.S., Kazakhstan’s Dega Plus Company, Korea’s CED International, Spain’s Athletic Sport Group (GRUPO ILLICE), Taiwan’s AD Global Co. Ltd, Turkey’s Kuz Optik and Majestic Optics Co. from the UAE.
This year’s Brand Name Gallery at HKTDC featured 220 brands and designer collections from around the world, setting a new record. A diverse range of products were showcased, with a focus on innovative eyewear built with the latest technology.
During the fair, the HKTDC organised a number of activities to facilitate trading, including eyewear parades, buyer forums, seminars and networking receptions. The 13th Hong Kong Optometric Conference was also held on 5 and 6 November during the fair, with the theme “Update on Anterior Ocular Disorders and Dry Eye Syndrome”.