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Exhibitors’ Comments

“Hakka Affairs Council is dedicated to promoting and developing Hakka’s culture. This is the first time that we have organised a pavilion at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. As the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair is the largest fair of its kind in the world, it provides an ideal platform for us to promote the image of our ‘Hakka Taiwan’ brand and to showcase Hakka’s speciality products which are all hand-made and reflect Hakka’s culture and history. Our exhibits include food, tea, ceramic tableware, necklaces, shrawls and decorative items. We hope that the fair can help Hakka’s small manufacturers to reach out to international buyers and develop new markets.”
Ke-Neng Wu, Director, Department of Industrial Economy, Hakka Affairs Council, Taiwan

 

“This is the third time that we have set up the Japan Pavilion at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. At last year’s fair, Japanese exhibitors achieved very good results. This year we have led the largest-ever delegation comprising 17 Japanese companies. Japanese exhibitors are here showcasing all kinds of trendy products such as cosmetics, garments, stationery, toys and video games. The Hong Kong fair is an international trade fair where Japanese exhibitors can talk to many buyers and learn more about the market needs. More importantly, Hong Kong is an important gateway for Japanese companies to look for distributors and retailers from all over the world. We’ll continue to organise the Japan Pavilion next year.”
Shosuke Fukushima, Director of Japan Pavilion, Business Guide-Sha, Inc., Japan

 

“Bowsha specialises in designing and producing bow ties for men who love fashionable designs. This is our first exhibition at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair to promote our handmade wooden bow ties. We are the first and only manufacturer in Indonesia that produces bow ties with light-weight recycled wood. As some companies in Indonesia are making cotton bow ties, we want to make something different by creating handmade wooden bow ties. Currently, our products are available online. We are taking advantage of the Hong Kong fair to develop our export business. So far, we have met with potential buyers from Australia and Hong Kong. We are happy to be here.”
Apsha Aschwianda, CEO & Founder, Bowsha, Indonesia

 

“Based in the UK, Heyland & Whittle is a quality soap and home fragrance manufacturer, well known for producing natural products with tradition, style and authenticity for a discerning market. Our soaps, hand lotion, body lotion, reed diffusers and candles are lovely gifts which are inexpensive. We have participated in the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair for the seventh consecutive year. Our main goal is to look for distributors especially in the Asia Pacific region. We love this fair because we can meet the right buyers. Our existing distributors from Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and the UAE came from this fair. This year we have already established contacts with potential distributors from Australia, Korea and Norway who have exchanged interesting ideas with us. We are pleased with the results so far. We’ll definitely return to the fair next year.”
Ursula Heyland, Director, Heyland & Whittle Ltd, United Kingdom

 

“This is the first time that we have organised a delegation of 10 companies from Yunnan Province to participate in the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. As the Hong Kong fair is not only the world’s largest gifts and premium fair but also the most influential show of its kind, it will help Yunnan manufacturers to develop overseas markets. Exhibitors from Yunnan Province are showcasing a wide variety of high-end products such as metal ware, silverware, wooden gifts, pottery, stone carvings and gunny handbags. Responses from buyers have been very encouraging. Overseas buyers are particularly interested in our tea ware, gunny handbags, wooden fashion accessories and silverware.”
Tian Guofeng, Director, Exhibition Department, China International Center for Economic & Technical Exchanges, Ministry of Commerce, Chinese mainland

 

“Known as the ‘Ceramic Capital of China’, Jingdezhen has been producing ceramic products for more than 1,000 years. Our ceramic products are exported mainly to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the US. This is our second-time participation in the fair. This year we have brought together 13 companies to showcase ceramic products for daily use and decorative ceramic products and to promote the culture of Jingdezhen. The Hong Kong fair provides an international platform for us to meet with international buyers and learn more about their market needs. The Hong Kong fair is a well-organised show which attracts buyers from all over the world. A buyer from Argentina has bought more than 100 pieces of samples from one of the Jingdezhen exhibitors and he is going to place an order for 500-1,000 vases one month later.”

Chen Fengjin, Director, Department of Commerce of Jingdezhen Municipal, Chinese mainland

 

“As Hong Kong is a trading hub in the region, the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair attracts a large number of buyers every year. We are happy to set up the Indonesia Pavilion for the third time at the fair. Last year, our delegates have received total orders worth US$4 million. This year, we have led 16 micro enterprises to display their handmade products such as home decorations, furniture, houseware and fashion accessories in a home setting. International buyers have expressed great interest in Indonesian products. Most of the Indonesian exhibitors received orders on the first day of the fair. For example, a home decoration exhibitor got four orders worth US$45,000. A wooden furniture and homeware manufacturer reaped two orders worth US$21,000. A sarong and shawl manufacturer received an order worth US$5,000. It’s a good start. I expect our delegates will achieve good business results this year.”
Hesti Indah Kresnarini, Coordinator, Exhibition & Foreign Cooperation Division, National Crafts Council of Indonesia, Indonesia

“Eco Concepts produces PLA (poly lactic acid) tableware, mugs, travel cans and non-woven bags which are environmentally friendly, durable and biodegradable. PLA which looks like plastic is made of 100-percent plant starch extract. This is our fifth time participating in the fair. We are glad to see that more and more buyers are looking for eco-friendly products and understand the advantages of PLA products. Our colourful products have gained a lot of attention from many buyers. We collected more than 200 business cards on the first two days of the fair. This year we have met with more buyers from Europe probably because our products can meet their strict requirements in terms of environmental protection. On the first day of the fair, we got an order for travel cans worth US$9,000 from a Thailand buyer. We are happy with the results so far.”
Phoebe Wong, Director, Eco Concepts, Hong Kong

“This is the second time that we have mounted a pavilion at the fair to help manufacturers from Shangyu District to expand into overseas markets and promote their own brands. This year we have a bigger pavilion, with the number of Shangyu exhibitors increasing from 23 to 26 and the number of booths rising from 38 to 44. We are showcasing a wide variety of gifts and premium products such as umbrellas, small electrical appliances, photographic equipment, stationery and handicraft products. Buyers’ responses have been overwhelming. The Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair is an internationally renowned fair which provides a gateway for Shangyu manufacturers to enter international markets. We’ll definitely join the fair next year.”
Wu Zhiyu, Vice Head of District, The People’s Government of Shangyu District of Shaoxing City, Chinese mainland

“We are a factory based in Wenzhou of Chinese mainland, specialised in manufacturing reusable shopping bags. One of our highlighted products is shopping cart bags. Each set of shopping cart bags include a number of bags in different colours, which represents different categories of groceries. Each bag has a see-through net at the bottom that allows users to keep track of shopped items easily. We received many enquiries on this product. This is our second year to exhibit in the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair. We invested more this year for a better location, because we received very good response last year. We have already received an order of around RMB 100,000. So far, we are satisfied with the response this year.”
Jun Huang, Sales Manager, Cangnan Well Bags Co., Ltd, Chinese mainland

“This is our first time to join the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. Our company is from Longquan, the ‘Originating Place of Celadon Porcelain’. DongTu celadon porcelain are all produced in Longquan kilns, which are intangible Culture Heritage in China. Our products are self-designed, younger yet embed traditional culture and craftsmanship of hundred years. We have mainly three brands, ‘DongTu” represents pragmatism, creating celadon products for daily use; ‘JianZhen’ focuses on artistic design and hi-end products; while ‘PiYun’ produces exquisite souvenirs. So far, we have collected around 30 potential contacts and we will send product information and follow up with them after the fair. For the future market trend, I think ready-to-go gifts are becoming increasingly popular.”
Zhou Yongjin, Designer, Zhejiang Longquan Jianzhen Ceramics Co. Ltd., Chinese mainland

“Thailand Pavilion gathers around 15 companies in the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair. We showcase fashion goods, leather shoes and jewellery from young designers and entrepreneurs. So far, we have already met many potential customers and some designers have already received orders. The fair allows exhibitors to form long term relationship with potential buyers. Despite the global economic uncertainty, I still believe there are abundant business opportunities in gifts market as gift is a necessity and ‘Fashion for All’. Products with identity and differentiation will stand out in the market.”
Somchai Harnhirun, Director General, Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry, Thailand

“We started out in 1981 as a greeting card designer and manufacturer. Four years ago, we launched our own brand – Wonderful Life for wooden gifts. This is our sixth time exhibiting at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair which is the largest fair of its kind in the world and attracts many international buyers. We have set up the largest booth in the Hall of Fine Designs at this year’s fair. Our booth looks like a concept store showcasing a variety of wooden gifts for buyers to choose from, and includes a DIY workshop that provides a total experience to our invited buyers. Buyers’ responses have been overwhelming. We have met with new buyers from Europe and the Middle East. We expect that more than 10 new buyers will cooperate with us to promote our brand.”
Yaya Lai, PR/Marketing Dept, Jean Cultural & Creative Co., Ltd., Taiwan

“Established in 2013, our company specialises in designing and making home fragrance, body care products and customised products. Our products include scented soy candles, essential oil blends, massage oil, facial cleansing oil, bath salts for feet and reed diffusers which are ideal gifts for everyone. This is our first exhibition at the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair to let people know that Anouk is a Hong Kong brand for home fragrance and body care products. The fair provides a good opportunity for us to meet with both local and international buyers and distributors. Our products have aroused strong interest from many buyers. We have established contacts with new buyers from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, India, Portugal and Taiwan.”
Valerie Li, Aroma Evangelist, Anouk Living Company Limited, Hong Kong

“The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association (HKEA) has successfully organised the Hong Kong Smart Gifts Design Awards (HKSGDA) for the fifth year. Hong Kong manufacturers are shifting from OEM to ODM and OBM, but there is a shortage of design talents. The Awards encourage companies to put more resources into nurturing design talents and allows design students and individual designers to demonstrate their creativity. The Awards are gaining wider acceptance, with more and more people joining the competition. Our ultimate aim is to establish Hong Kong as a design hub for giftware. To achieve this aim, we are showcasing winning designs at various international gift shows including the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. Indeed, the Awards are getting more attention from overseas buyers, helping to attract more buyers to visit the Hong Kong fair.”
Benson Pau, HKEA Vice-Chairman & HKSGDA Project Convenor, Hong Kong

“This is the eighth year we participate in the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair. We are showcasing a number of new collections on the fair, such as camera bags, cute reusable bags and the award-winning Voyager passport wallet. The Voyager is slim in design yet able to accommodate travel necessities such as credit cards, cash, small SIM cards and boarding pass. This amazing wallet contains a wireless module which can track its whereabouts with your smartphone up to 150ft away. Simply launch the companion APPX, the wallet will lead you to its location. So far, we have received total orders worth about US$40,000. And the biggest surprise for us is that we have obtained a significant order from Brazil, our new market. Looking ahead, I think trend in the gifts and premium sector will be technology and IoT driven, and environmental friendly products will also catch the eyes of consumers.”
Christina Ma, Manager, Nu design Limited, Hong Kong

 

Buyers’ Comments

“I am here sourcing Christmas, Easter and Halloween products for cart and kiosk operators in Canada. To survive in today’s highly competitive market, we need higher margin and look for innovative products which are unavailable in Canada. I have come to the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair for the second time because the suppliers here offer new products at attractive prices. So far, I have found four potential suppliers from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong for the supply of Easter bunnies, Christmas ornaments and Halloween costume. I have also found two design houses that can provide kiosk design for my customers. I’ll have further negotiations with these potential business partners after the fair. The quality of the products here is good. I’ll try to come to this fair every year.”
Michael Portelance, Owner, Allagazyke Canada Inc., Canada

“Puckator is an importer and wholesaler of gifts and souvenirs, selling to retailers and department stores in Europe. Headquartered in the UK, our company has branch offices in France, Germany and Spain. We have come here to look for unique and interesting products especially for the Spanish market. Up till now, we have found several new items such as novelty toys, magic sand, plastic bottles, mugs and cocktail charms which are offered by two to three potential suppliers from Hong Kong. We’ll collect all the product information and quotations and discuss with our purchasing team in the UK after the fair. If the quality and price are good, our order will be around US$10,000 per item. We like the Hong Kong fair because it is the place where we can meet suppliers from different countries and regions and find new and interesting products. ”
Eduardo Relanzoón (left), Manager for Spain and Raquel Trull Perez (right), Sales Manager, Puckator S.L., Spain

“This is my first-time visit to the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. I am here looking for giveaways for our corporate customers and new products for consumers. We develop products which are related to our TV programmes and sell them to consumers through convenience stores and book stores in Singapore. At the fair, I have found suitable suppliers for corporate giveaways including USBs and cableless power banks and decided to buy 500 pieces of USBs and 500 pieces of power banks after the show. For consumers, I have found 10 potential suppliers for the supply of different items such as cable organisers, cups and key chains and my colleagues will follow up after the show. I am happy to be here because there are so many suppliers which provide a great variety of products at competitive prices. I have found a lot of new ideas and new products here.”
Sia Yew Ming, Senior Corporate & Trade Marketing Manager, Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

“Barama is an importer and wholesaler of stationery, paper products, school bags and toys in Argentina, with supermarkets and retailers as our major customers. This is our seventh time visiting the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. We are looking for school products and new suppliers. So far, we have identified three new suppliers of paper products and punchers at the fair, and we have already placed onsite orders with two suppliers for US$20,000 worth of paper products and US$13,000 worth of punchers. It is important for us to attend the Hong Kong fair regularly because we can find new products, new designs and new ideas and also have face-to-face meetings with suppliers.”
Alex Leibovich, Manager, Barama SRL, Argentina

“We are selling promotional items to distributors and multinational companies in Russia and we publish five catalogues every year. I have come here for the first time to look for new items. I am particularly interested in power banks, USBs, plastic bottles, eco-friendly wooden products and writing instruments. I have found five potential suppliers from the Chinese mainland and already bought some samples. I am going to confirm my orders in June because we’ll show our new catalogues to customers in an exhibition to be held in Russia in September. We plan to buy 500-1,000 pieces of power banks and 2,000-3,000 pieces of plastic bottles. I like the Hong Kong fair because it is a good place for me to find new suppliers and see new products, new ideas and new trends.”

Pavel Bukhovtsev, Account Executive, Oasis, Russia

“Hardtofind is an Australian e-tailer selling gifts, houseware and fashion accessories. I am going to create my own brand for leather goods and wooden goods. This is my first-time visit to the Hong Kong fair to look for new suppliers of these products. I have found four potential suppliers for the supply of leather goods, wooden goods, ribbons and packaging. I’ll place orders soon and my initial order quantity will be 500 pieces per item. It’s interesting to come here because I have also found new suppliers who are willing to deliver products directly to consumers in Australia. I expect that I’ll find 5-10 suitable sellers and develop partnership with them. The Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair is a good show where I can find nice products and nice designs, and I learn so much from the fair.”
Erica Stewart, CEO, Hardtofind, Australia

“We are a leading wholesaler of promotional products in the US, with a market share of 10 percent. Each year we spend US$18-20 million on buying promotional products to meet the advertising and promotional needs of our clients who are large corporations. We visit the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair regularly to find new product ideas. At this year’s fair, we have found new designs for sunglasses, packaging and personal care products. Up till now, we have established 30 new contacts. We’ll ask potential suppliers to send us samples, pricing and delivery terms. Protecting intellectual property is crucial to our business, so we need to check carefully whether the product design is original or patented. If everything is fine, our first order will be 5,000 pieces per item.”
Brandon Mackay, President/CEO, Snugz USA, United States

“We import promotional items from Asia and supply to advertising agencies in Poland and the Baltic countries. This is my second time visiting the fair. Compared to my last visit in 2014, the fair is becoming more international, with exhibitors coming from many different places. It is important for me to be here because there are so many choices and nice products. At the fair, I have found interesting items such as electronics products, ecological products and novelty products. I have identified around 10 potential suppliers from the Chinese mainland and I’ll get samples from them. It normally takes two months’ time for us to check the prices and quality of the samples before we can make our buying decision.”
Magdalena Humenczuk, Project Manager, Inspirion Polska Sp. zo.o., Poland

“Mustang is one of the largest importers and wholesalers of promotional items in the UAE. Our major clients include government departments and public utility service providers. I am here looking for new ideas and nicely designed yet inexpensive products. So far, I have found new suppliers for the supply of 3D glasses for smartphone users, metal table decorations, USBs, lanyards and power banks. I’ll confirm orders after the fair because I need to show samples to my clients. This is my first time attending the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Show. It’s a good show which gives me a lot of gift ideas. I can find many new products here.”
Siby Jacob, Purchasing Manager, Mustang Advertising Trading LLC, United Arab Emirates