• Thomas Russell

Shenzhen market draws more foreigners as overall total drops

Organizers of the 18th Shenzhen International Furniture, Home Decorations, Material and Accessory Exhibition reported a slight increase in international attendance at the March 19–22 market.

This year, there were 8,050 overseas buyers from 106 countries, up from the 8,041 that attended the March 2005 event.

Of those, the largest percentage, 13.7%, came from South Korea, followed by Finland at 12.2% and the United States at 11.2%.

Overall attendance dropped from 83,464 in March 2005 to 79,186 at the latest event, according to show officials. The largest number at the latest show, 27,241, were domestic buyers and designers from the Guangdong province of southern China.

Of the domestic visitors, 35% were wholesalers and 15% were materials traders. Another 28% were from retailers or specialty stores and 6% were designers.

Compared to the June 2005 event, international attendance was up significantly. That show, which usually is held in August and typically is less well attended than the March event, attracted 3,896 international buyers and had a total buyer attendance of 52,154.

The March 2006 show featured 540 exhibitors, 383 of which were furniture companies. The show also featured accessory vendors, home decoration companies, raw materials vendors and woodworking machinery vendors.

They showed their products and services in about 1.7 million square feet of exhibition space at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center.

The next Shenzhen show is set for Aug. 19–22.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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