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Far Sighted(HKTDC Optical,2009)


HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair


One of the largest optical shows of its kind in the world will once again dazzle buyers this month with a vast selection of products from hundreds of companies specialising in optical design, manufacturing, retail and related services.

The HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair that runs from 6-8 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre offers something for everyone.

The thousands of innovative, interesting and exciting exhibits include:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Frames & Mountings
  • Lenses
  • Parts & Accessories
  • Safety Eyewear
  • Sportswear
  • Sunglasses
  • Optometric Instruments
  • Spectacles Cases & Holders
  • Equipment & Technology
  • Chemicals & Materials
  • Packaging Materials
  • Services & Publications

Special highlights include:

  • Retail & Shop Design, Equipment & Technology Section - a wide range of exhibits from furniture and fixtures through illuminations to point-of-sale equipment and technology that meet the needs of retailers seeking the best solutions to stay competitive
  • Visionaries of Style - Enjoy Your Vision in Life - offering elite international eyewear brands an eye-catching setting

Little wonder then that Hong Kong is the world's second-largest exporter of spectacles, lenses and frames, exporting spectacles worth US$1.7bn in the first 10 months of 2007 - an increase of about 29% over the same period the previous year.

Hong Kong's total exports of spectacles rose by 34% in the first half of 2007, after a 20% increase in 2006, with sales to the US and EU rising 43% and 36% respectively in the first six months of 2007.

Exports to Italy jumped 49% while sales to the US, Germany and France rose 36%, 17% and 12% respectively. "The increasing importance of optical goods in everyday fashion is one of the main reasons behind the impressive export showing," Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip observed.

Other not-to-be-missed attractions include the Optometric Conference that will once again draw together acknowledged experts in their fields from around the globe to share insights and new developments with other professionals.

Seminars are always popular features of the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair and the 2008 edition will be no exception, offering designers, manufacturers and retailers previews of fashion trends for coming seasons.

There will also be seminars on issues that impact on the optical industry, such as industry trends, retail technology or the current state of important markets.

This year's fair will see the 10th anniversary of the Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition, with a display of winning entries showing the world how Hong Kong designers have developed their unique styles.

Whatever their interest, market niche or product, buyers can rest assured it will be firmly in focus at the forthcoming HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair.