1st ASEAN furniture & furnishing virtual expo opens March 9

The first ASEAN International Furniture and Furnishings Show VX (AIFFS VX) opens what it considers as the biggest gathering of furniture and furnishings decor designers and manufacturers from the region.

Organized by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), the show will start on March 9 and will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of exhibitors from the region.

“We are very proud and grateful that the show is going to be online and accessible. Let’s make use of this opportunity to connect and interact with the exhibitors from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and many more,” said Emmanuel Padiernos, Chairman of AFIC.

The event aims to bring together the entire AFIC council members through an alternative solution and common platform to present their products and services to potential buyers and clients from all over the world. Stakeholders include architects, interior designers, space planners, developers, contractors, wholesalers, retailers and homeowners who will be offered the latest products, designs, materials and technology the industry has.

“Given the current conditions, having a digital presence is not only beneficial for every business, it is a necessary tool for business to continue to flourish despite our limitations which is why we decided to launch a virtual trade show with VX Events of Global-Link. At AIFFS VX, buyers can interact live with over 80 exhibitors via chat, video call and schedule a meeting with them. They can also exchange information and collaterals”, said Nicolaas de Lange, Secretary General of AFIC.

“Great design pieces are going to be accessible to everyone, without leaving your offices or homes. In just a few clicks, you can see a collection of awe-inspiring designs and will be able to interact freely with the designers and manufacturers. And we made sure that the platform is very straightforward, no-frills, easy to use, mobile-friendly, and will demand only a little amount of your network bandwidth. Non-tech savvy users can easily navigate through it”, added Eduardo Zuluaga, Chairman of AIFFS 2021 VX.

Some of the confirmed exhibitors include 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, and Xproject Development Services.

Aside from the expo, there will also be virtual conferences on F&B Outlook in the New Lifestyle, Hotel Interior & Design in the New Normal, and ASEAN Tourism Industry Update. These are to be presented by renown global speakers that include Chele Gonzalez, owner, Gallery by Chele (Philippines) Kenji Salz, longtime Exec Chef w/ Four Seasons (USA, Indonesia), Somock Inthavong, longtime Four Seasons Food & Beverage and Operations Leader (Laos, Thailand), Andrej Wisniewski. Owner, Raintree Group. (Philippines), Hannah Pearson, Director, Pear Anderson (Malaysia), Isabelle Miaja, Principal, Miaja Group (Singapore), Meloy Casas, Principal, Casas + Architects (Phil), Luis Zapiain, Principal and Director of Hospitality at HKS (USA), Hanky Lee, Founder, Henry Hotels (Philippines), and Merril Yu, CEO of Y&S 1847.

The show will run online from March 9 to 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while exhibitors will be available live from March 9 to 12 to interact with guests and buyers. A quick preview of what this new VX experience is like can be seen at www.aiffsvx.com/experience-vx/ . Visitors may register at www.aiffsvx.com to get access to the event.

Hosted by the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), the event is also in partnership with VX Events by Global-Link from the Philippines. The show is supported by the Indonesia Furniture Industry & Handicraft Association (ASMINDO), Lao Furniture Association (LFA), Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC), Myanmar Forest Products & Timber Merchants Association (MFPTMA), Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP), Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), Thai Furniture Industries Club (TFIC) and the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA). — ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC)

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