Back for the 3rd time, furniPRO Asia, the biennial regional trade exhibition for the woodworking, furniture and panel production industries, will take place from March 10 -12, at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The show will feature 130 international exhibitors from 24 countries, including 5 national pavilions from China, Germany, Italy, Singapore and Taiwan. Leading brands represented at the fair include Altendorf, Berndorf Band, Biesse, Dieffenbacher, French Timber, IMA, Krono System, Lignar, Michael Weinig, Renolit, Schelling, SCM, Siempelkamp, Sterling Lam, Surteco, Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association and many others.
Positive Growth in the Furniture Industry
The global furniture trade is expected to grow 1% and 5% in 2016 and 2017 respectively, according to Milan-based Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL). Singapore’s furniture industry has also seen a positive growth of 7.4% between 2012 and 2015, according to the Singapore Furniture Industries Council. Together with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, businesses in the region are set to ride the wave of growth in ASEAN.
New Collaboration and Co-location with IFFS
For the first time furniPRO Asia has been brought forward to the early quarter of the year, to be held alongside the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), The Décor Show and SingaPlural as part of the ASEAN furniture exhibition circuit and the Singapore Design Week. This collaboration will bring a strong collective offering to the industry – with exhibits ranging from woodworking and primary processing technologies, to finished furniture and interior products – all in one location.
Key Highlight – The ‘Innovation of Interior’ Showcase
Premiering out of interzum cologne, the ‘Innovation of Interior’ showcase in the middle of Hall 1 will be a key highlight. This special exhibition for architects, interior and industrial designers displays a unique, future-oriented range of products, as well as other innovative ideas and design options. Specially curated by renowned materials expert Dr Sascha Peters, the showcase will highlight the potential of 3D printing for furniture.
The ‘Innovation of Interior’ showcase will commence with an Interior Designer Day on March 10, which includes a talk on the 4th Industrial Revolution by Dr Peters, as well as a presentation on 3D Printing by René Gurka, CEO of BIG Rep GmbH. On March 11 and 12, the Singapore Furniture Industries Council Institute (SFIC Institute) will organise additional workshops on Future Materials and 3D Printing. These will be conducted by Dr Peters and Diana Drewes from Haute Innovation, as well as Amir Fattal, Director of Creative Projects for BIG Rep GmbH.
Other highlights include Exhibitor Talks, C-Level Networking Receptions, a customised Hosted Buyers’ and Business Matching Programme as well as a specially organised Buyers’ Tour in collaboration with supporting associations and industry partners.
“With the new collaboration of events, and the debut of interzum cologne’s ‘Innovation of Interior’ showcase at furniPRO Asia 2016, we hope the event will exceed expectations,” said Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd. “We are looking forward to welcoming industry professionals from ASEAN and all over the world to experience first-hand, another edition of the leading business platform for the furniture, woodworking and panel production industries in ASEAN.”
Image: Business matchmaking session at furniPRO 2014/ Koelnmesse