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Hong Kong Watches & Clocks


Vol 4, 2004





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Fair Peview

The Time Is Right
Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair

Sept 1-5, 2004

The Time Is Right

Show Times

Fair Dates Opening Hours Buyer Registration Counter
Sept 1 (Wed) 10:30am - 6:00pm 10:00am - 5:30pm
Sept 2-4 (Thur-Sat) 9:30am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sept 5 (Sun) 9:30am - 6:00pm 9:00am - 5:30pm

Visitor Enquiries: (852) 2240-4554

Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair
SEPT 1-5, 2004

Total Exhibitors
2003: 720

Total Visitors
2003: 15,137

Major Exhibit Categories

  • Brand Name Gallery (Brand Name Watches & Clocks)
  • Machinery Packaging
  • Parts & Components
  • Complete Watches & Clocks
  • Trade Services & Publications

    Scale
    29,087 square metres

    Venue
    Halls 1,2,5 & Grand Hall
    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Harbour Rd, Wanchai, Hong Kong

    Organiser
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd
    The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd

    Special highlight
    Brand Name Gallery - A premier section that casts the spotlight on makers of fine fashion labels, as well as licensed and original brands.

    Admission
    Trade only. Visitors under 18 willl not be admitted. (Free admission)

    Enquiries
    Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    Unit 13, Expo Galleria
    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Tel: (852) 2240-4554
    Fax: (852) 2824-0026
    Email: exhibitions@tdc.org.hk

    An Event To Watch

    The forthcoming Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2004 is confidently expected to surpass even the elevated expectations raised by past successes of Asia's most important show for the timepiece industry.

    Co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, this year's event from September 1-5 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre reflects the creativity and dynamism of local and international exhibitors.

    "The timepiece industry is fast moving, and we work closely with exhibitors and buyers to shape and organise an event that is directly relevant to their needs," explains senior exhibitions manager Anne Chick.

    She maintains the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2004 is essential for buyers who wish to bring themselves up-to-date on industry trends and technology and to take advantage of the one-stop shopping convenience the event affords. "For exhibitors the event offers direct access to exactly the buyers they are most keen to reach," Chick adds.

    Endorsing that view, C.T. Yang, head of the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2003 event says, "The fair is a very well organised and managed event and the organisers plan well ahead."

    Echoing that opinion, buyer Ali Harkous, general manager of Lebanon's Johnny General Trading Co says, "This fair is good for me because it has everything I'm looking for, all under one roof."

    Business last year was brisk, and this obviously encouraged the 700-plus exhibitors who have already signed up for the 2004 show. "We are confident that many more will sign up and confidently predict that we will surpass last year's total," Chick says.

    Last year's Watch & Clock Fair attracted 720 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, and 15,137 buyers from 93 countries and regions.

    The 2003 event was also a magnet for both local and overseas buyers with 9,267 from Hong Kong and 5,870 from overseas.

    A particularly healthy growth in buyers from the important Chinese mainland market was recorded with 1,489 buyers attending - up 10.5% on 2002 - and strong representation from the US, Japan, Taiwan, India, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany and Singapore.

    "We anticipate a similar international spread this year with a probable increase in the overall number of buyers," says Chick.

    "We expect a particularly high level of interest in the premium brand names in the Brand Name Gallery, which, since its introduction in 2000, has become one of the highlights of the show and has more than doubled in size."

    This year the Brand Name Gallery will display more than 50 prestigious high quality brands from Hong Kong, Australia, the Chinese mainland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and the US.

    The gallery is of particular interest to buyers from the Chinese mainland, who find that increasingly discerning customers with real buying power demand the quality that brands showing in the gallery have to offer.

    Conversely, for many exhibitors both in and outside the gallery, access to important Chinese buyers is one of the biggest attractions of the show.

    "We're particularly keen to get going on the Chinese mainland as large numbers of malls are opening up in the cities there," observes J.S. Kim, CEO of A-Dong Industrial Co Ltd, adding that at the 2003 fair he made several useful mainland contacts with a particular interest in franchising arrangements.

    Another popular attraction at the fair is the Asian Watch Industry Conference programme, which this year will also have an emphasis on branding and mainland business.

    Seminar topics will include "The Market Development of International Branded Watches on the Chinese Mainland" and an overview of the Indian watch market aimed at familiarising mainland manufacturers with the many opportunities in that area.

    Opportunities arising from Hong Kong's special trading relationship with the mainland, embodied in the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, will also be highlighted and explored, while special pavilions will put the spotlight on timepieces and manufacturers from the Chinese mainland, Korea and Taiwan.

    "As ever there will be useful Business Matching Meetings to put manufacturers together with label representatives to explore avenues for developing branded watch lines," observes Chick. "Opportunities of that kind simply don't arise in the same way at any other Asian event for the industry."

    The creativity of Hong Kong's own designers will also be on display in the 21st Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition held in tandem with the fair. Mini "Watch Parades" will be held throughout the event, offering another eye-catching extra to the core business of the show.

    "This year's fair offers exhibitors an unparalleled opportunity to gain or extend access to the rapidly developing Chinese mainland market and will allow buyers from all over the world a direct connection to some of the finest and most innovative international manufacturers," says Chick in conclusion. "The time is right and we anticipate our most successful fair yet."

    WRITTEN BY ROBERT PIERCE

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