||IFFS/AFS '99 was held from March 4 to 8
at the new Singapore Expo in Changi, near the island state's international
The fair took up almost 30,000 square meters of space and featured
more than 460 exhibitors from 22 countries, with 70 percent of exhibitors
coming from ASEAN and Asia. They included Mainland China, Hong Kong,
Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, India, Singapore, Taiwan,
Thailand and Vietnam.
Other exhibitors were furniture manufacturers from Australia, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa,
the UK and the US. Approximately 16,000 trade visitors from 90 countries
attended the fair.
"Despite the current economic
climate, the enthusiastic support of furniture manufacturers reflects
the recognition of this fair as an effective platform for doing business,"
said Mr Bert Choong, president of the Singapore Furniture Industries
Council (SFIC), "not only for Asian companies, but also for those
from other parts of the world."
Asian participation increased by 38 percent against last year. South
Korea alone posted an increase of 212 percent in representation, from
eight companies in 1998 to 25 companies. Thailand, Mainland China
and Taiwan have increased by 53 percent, 37 percent and 20 percent,
New Fair Venue
For the first time IFFS/AFS '99, in its 11th year, is being staged
at the new Singapore Expo in Changi, Singapore Expo is only 10 minutes
from the city center and is said to be one of the best exhibition
centers in Asia. It boasts of state of the art technology and is column
Mr Bert Choong, President of SFIC, said it as an honor for the fair
to be the first at the new center.
mega exhibition center is ideally suited for a world-class event such
as IFFS/AFS, which hosts international representatives from all over
the world." Singapore Expo has a convention center and six exhibition
halls with 60,000 square meters of space. All the halls are on ground
level under the same roof, making it convenient for visitors to view
products and for exhibitors to move their exhibits.
Wood-wicker furniture - Unicane Furniture Pte Ltd
Cane and wicker furniture maker Unicane Furniture Pte Ltd has released
the Calista Living Suite composed of wood-wicker furniture in candy
brown washed colors and Oriental fabric accents.
The WA 066 is an armchair that measures 98(W) by 84(D) by 88(H) cm,
while model WL 066 is a loveseat 154 by 84 by 88cm. Coffee table model
WCT 166 measures 110 by 63 by 45cm and a sidetable (model WST 266)
is 72 by 63 by 57cm.
The minimum order requirement is 100 pieces or $10,000 to $15,000
worth in a 40-foot container. Payment is by an L/C and delivery is
after 45 days of confirmation.
Designs are created by Carsten Ovesen of Denmark and include living,
dining, bedroom, garden and occasional furniture. The firm targets
the United States, Japan and mainland China through midrange to high-end
chain stores, design houses, interior design groups and specialty
The company was established in 1978 and has a 7-hectare factory.
RTA furniture - Koda Woodcraft Pte Ltd
Koda Woodcraft Pte Ltd's line of ready-to-assemble wooden and rattan
furniture include the eco-friendly Madrid collection, home/office
tables and chairs, birch dining sets and pinewood beds.
Units in the Madrid collection are made of recycled pinewood. Each
is kiln-dried to reduce moisture. Natural weathering of cracks and
texture is done to enhance the wood. Metal fixtures and fittings are
hand-forged and aged using traditional methods.
The minimum order is a 40-foot container. Delivery is within 60 days
of receipt of an L/C. FOB prices depend on the product.
The firm, established in 1972, also produces dining tables and chairs,
lounge chairs and occasional tables. It has a 1.5-hectare factory
and a monthly capacity of $1.7 million worth.
system furniture - Haller (Far East) Pte Ltd
Sophisticated system furniture from Haller Far East feature
partition panels and German-imported modular kitchen cabinets in different
designs, colors and finishes.
The latest is the Wellmann collection, which is made of environment-friendly
materials. Units in this collection are space-saving, have acrylic-edged
worktops and feature multiple color combinations. The system also
comes with individual units for glass doors, stainless steel fronts
and drawer packs.
The partition panel system, which is patented in the United States,
is easy to assemble, move and rewire. Accessories, storage and desk
systems come in simple ergonomic designs. The minimum quantity required
is a containerload.
Delivery is within 28 days of confirmation of order, and TT or L/C
are accepted. Target markets are Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, the
Philippines and the Middle East. The company was established in 1980
and has a factory measuring 1,400 square meters.
furniture with rotating TV platform - Cellini Design Center
A specialist in audio-visual furniture, Cellini
Design Center has released the Armadio AMP 20, an A/V cabinet system
with a TV platform that rotates 360 degrees as well as specially designed
holders for miniature speakers.
The unit is made of die-cast metal and features handmade handles
and Y-shaped legs made of polished aluminum alloy. Price ranges from
$60 to $1,500.
The minimum order required depends on the product and preferred payment
is by an L/C. Delivery is within 30 to 60 days. Target markets are
Australia, China, Europe, the Middle East and United States.
The firm also produces dining, sofa and bedroom sets, bar counters
and stools, display and amplifier cabinets, coffee and side tables
as well as kitchen cabinets. The company has a 5,000-square-meter
factory and was established in 1980.
with quality approval - C. S. Seating
C.S. Seating & Contract Pte Ltd's office furniture, accessories,
computer desks, chairs and panels have passed the local standards
Chair models CS 208, 238, 248 and 2578 come in low, medium and high
settings. These use injection-molded flame-resistant lumbar support
foam. The units have armrests made of PU and polished black aluminum
cantilevers. Upholstery can be leather or fabric.
Buyers' requirements and specifications are accepted. Payment is by
an L/C and delivery is within 30 to 60 days. Established in 1980,
the company has a 220-square-meter factory. Modular boardroom table
Nobel Design House has released a 200-meter meeting/boardroom table
with a modular structure.
Available in two sizes, the unit is made of solid wood veneer with
vacuum posts. There is no minimum order requirement and delivery is
within seven days. Preferred payment is by an L/C. The company is
engaged in custom furniture manufacturing, interior design and renovations.
A pioneer in the concept of design and contracts, it has subsidiary
branches which handle projects for hotel, office and commercial establishment
needs. The firm was established in 1981 and has a 1-hectare factory.