As one of the most important trade furniture exhibitions in the region, the Export Furniture Exhibition (EFE) 2017 has garnered much interest and the industry is rife with anticipation for the various opportunities and ideas that EFE has to offer. Buyers flocked to Kuala Lumpur at attend the 13th edition of EFE earlier this year to kick off the buying season in Asia.

A total of 10,870 visitors from 140 countries attended this year’s EFE exhibition, an impressive 18.7% increase from the year before. There was an increase of foreign visitors, with a total of 7140, up 20% as compared to year. 

The top 10 visitor countries were China, India, Singapore, the US, Australia, Japan, Philippines, the UK, Indonesia and Vietnam. International buyers by region concluded as 37% from Asia, 21% from South-east Asia, 13% from Europe, 10% from the US, 7% from Africa and Oceania followed by 6% from the Middle East.

The fair covered an area of 32,000m², an increase of 2000m² from last year. 269 furniture manufacturers, furnishing suppliers, exporters and designers presented their latest and most impressive collections. 

This year, EFE continues to expand its global footprint by welcoming visitors from 141 countries including new buyers from Kosovo, Botswana, Belarus, Virgin Islands, Lithuania, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Czech Republic and Rwanda. Exhibitors had the opportunity to meet up with these new buyers for networking and market expansion.

One of the highlights of the show was the India Export Pavilion in Hall 8, with a total space of 1002m² and 15 exhibiting companies. The India Export Pavilion was made available with the main objective of providing local furniture manufacturers to do export to India, the world’s largest democracy. India is one of the fastest-growing economies today, with its furniture market worth $17,822m. 

Several seminars were held over two days of the fair, with 12 speakers from the furniture associations AFA & FederMobili, designers from Italy, Australia and Belgium and more.

Buyers were kept busy with the wide displays of newest products and selections from Malaysia, China and the wider region. The show offered a full range of furniture with extensive selections of modern and contemporary styles for dining, bedroom, living room, office, occasional, children, outdoor as well as furniture fittings and hardware.

EFE continues to draw new buyers and visitors to source for its furniture. The event has delivered yet again despite global economic uncertainties. This underscores the continuing appeal of EFE and how it remains relevant in the global furniture market. 

Another significant appeal is the high quality buyers it attracts from around the world. The positive feedback from exhibitors with strong order books is a boost for EFE, which will celebrate its 14th anniversary next year. 

With more than a decade of experience since its inaugural event in 2005, EFE remains one of the most distinctive channels for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market. It is renowned among international buyers for quality, value and wide selection of all types of furniture, including the sought-after Malaysian wood dining sets, bedroom and dressing furniture.

The next edition of EFE will be held from 9-12 March 2018 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, with another buying and networking opportunity awaiting global buyers and visitors.