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2017 EFE show in Malaysia drew 10,870 visitors

Attendance at March Export Furniture Exhibition was up 18.7% from 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – This year’s Export Furniture Exhibition held here drew nearly 11,000 visitors, a double-digit increase in attendance from the previous year.

The March event drew 10,870 visitors from 140 countries, up 18.7% from 2016, according to recently released show results. Of those, 7,140 were from outside Malaysia, up 20% from 2016.

The top 10 countries represented included China, India, Singapore, the U.S., Australia, Japan, the Philippines, the U.K., Indonesia and Vietnam. About 37% of the visitors were from Asia, 21% from Southeast Asia, 13% from Europe, 10% from the U.S., 7% from Africa and Oceania and 6% from the Middle East.

New buyers were reported from Kosovo, Botswana, Belarus, the Virgin Islands, Lithuania, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, the Czech Republic and Rwanda.

The event occupied about 320,000 square feet of space at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, which was 20,000 square feet larger than last year. It featured a mix of case goods, upholstery and accent furniture from 269 manufacturers.

EFE openingA new feature of the show was the India Export Pavilion, which occupied about 10,000 square feet of space and featured 15 exhibitors. Officials said India represents a major area of growth, representing $10.5 billion in bilateral trade with Malaysia, a figure that could grow to $25 billion by 2020.

“Coupled with the strong spending power of India’s young generation, … India has huge potential for trade expansion and business growth,” EFE officials said in a statement. “It is the next economic power in the making.”

In 2018, the show will be held from March 9-12 at the Kuala Lumpur Exhibition Center.

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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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