The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), which opens the buying season in Asia in six weeks' time, is sold out once again, with a high volume of pre-registered first time buyers and more new exhibitors fueling the momentum for the 21st edition of the annual event.

Over 500 international exhibitors from 12 countries and regions have committed to showcasing the latest trends and products spanning 80,000 sqm at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) and Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC) in Kuala Lumpur from 3rd-7th March.

The trade show, which is also the largest in south-east Asia, has reported a 11% increase in buyer pre-registration, of which a third are first-time visitors. Pre-registration of buyers remains open, with free admission for trade professionals who register online by 15th February.

The trading floor will welcome 10% new exhibitors joining an array of international manufacturers, pavilions from China and Taiwan, and the Muar Hall featuring exhibitors from Malaysia’s industrial furniture hub.

MIFF has a proven record of drawing buyers from up to 140 countries and regions to view extensive choices of household, office, outdoor furniture, fittings and hardware. The trade show is also the largest showcase of furniture in Malaysia, which is the world’s eighth-largest exporter with a strong market share in wood furniture including dining sets and upholstered frames.

Buyers can shuttle between the two venues via a complimentary coach service and make use of the free MIFF app to keep abreast with latest happenings and search for companies and products to plan their daily business schedules. They have more opportunities to network at the International Buyers Lounge, Buyers’ Night gala and at a series of free seminars by industry experts on current developments and trends.

Another highlight is the prize presentation ceremony to recognise the top young talent in the MIFF Furniture Design Competition 2015, and top exhibitors for the most innovative product and most creative booth. The design competition, under the theme Living Furniture Global Perspective, is supported by the Malaysian Timber Council for the first time, with wood as the main material. The prototypes of the top 10 finalists picked by an international jury are showcased at MECC during MIFF.

In 2014, MIFF featured 503 exhibitors from 13 countries and posted a record turnover of US$892m. Visitor numbers increased 6% to nearly 20,000, with over 6,000 international buyers from 141 countries and regions.

Ms Karen Goi, MIFF's general manager, comments: “The enthusiastic response has made the run-up to MIFF 2015 even more exciting. MIFF’s core strength as a top global sourcing market has gained even more prominence as the industry continues its recovery. With the upturn from recovering advanced economies and growing interest from emerging regions, we look forward to a lot of positive energy and abundant business opportunities for our exhibitors and buyers to maximise their money and time spent at MIFF."