A total of 69 companies and 4,970 trade buyers participated at the first-ever ASEAN International Furniture and Furnishings Show VX (AIFFS VX) which was held virtually on March 9 to 18, 2021. Organized by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), the virtual expo has provided an opportunity for industry players, suppliers, buyers, and companies to meet and network with top-level professionals and stakeholders from the industry wherever they may be.
Participating companies included Xproject Development Services, Accord Furniture SDN BHD, Aerostone, Inc., Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC, Azcor Lighting Systems, Inc., Betis Crafts, Inc., Carats Mfg. Inc., Cebu Fil Veneer Corporation, Coast Pacific Mfg Corp., Contemporaneo Design Enterprise, Deep Furniture S/B, Ellen’s House of Frames and Crafts, Fashion Interiors Manufacturing, Inc., Gardini Picanti Furniture Co., Hacienda Crafts Company, Inc., Heinen Import & Export (Heinimex) Corporation, Home of Homes, Jireh Forge, Inc., LA-Z-BOY, Maze Manufacturing Co. Inc., Mehitabel Inc., Multiflex RNC Phils. Inc. (Uratex), Natures Legacy Eximport, Inc., P & B Valises Et Compagnie, Inc., Peba Trading & Mfg. Corp., Philiana Design, Renditions Furniture, Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Synergy Wood Products SDN BHD, Vasacrafts Company Incorporated, Venzon Lighting Manufacturing, Winners Import Export Corporation, among others.
Booths were complemented by virtual showrooms which gave visitors a convenient way of viewing the latest collections from the comforts of their homes or offices. “Given the current conditions, having a digital/online presence is not only beneficial for every business, it is a necessary tool for business to continue to flourish despite our limitations. And this was made possible when we launched AIFFS VX! This show has been the instrument of every business to step further during this challenging time,” shared Nicolaas De Lange, Secretary General & Committee Chairman, ASEAN Furniture Industries Council.
At the same time, they were also able to attend several conference sessions headlined by renowned industry speakers. The discussions were about the Future of the (ASEAN) Furniture Industry, Sustainable Forest Management Practices, F&B Outlook in the New Lifestyle, ASEAN Tourism Industry Update, Hotel Interior & Design in the New Normal and Re-creating a Sustainable Demand for the Real Estate & Property Market Today. Presentations were also done by some of the show’s official exhibitors. This include: Digital Manufacturing through PYTHA, Cebu: Southeast Asia’s Best Kept Secret, CFIF: One Stop Shop, Convergence and Divergence: Redesign the Future and How Glass is Transforming the Design Industry.
The event was hosted by the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) in partnership with the virtual platform and event management services provider, VX Events by Global-Link from the Philippines. Get updates about the event by following the official social media pages – Facebook: @ASEANIFFS; Instagram: asean_iffs_vx; LinkedIn: ASEAN International Furniture & Furnishings Show.
“Holding a virtual trade show for the furniture and furnishings industry has been an effective and convenient platform to thousands of visitors, as they were able to see and appreciate great designs in just a few clicks. We look forward to welcome everyone again at the 2nd AIFFS VX!” added Eduardo Zuluaga, Chairman of AIFFS 2021 VX.