Yesterday saw the opening of this year's Malaysian Furniture Fair (MIFF), signalling the start of the annual Far East exhibition buyer circuit.
This edition - the 23rd to date - features 543 exhibitors across Kuala Lumpur's PWTC and MECC venues, and is projected to attract some 20,000 visitors from 140 countries.
Malaysia's Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities delivered the keynote address at the show's opening ceremony, noting that Malaysian furniture is exported to over 160 countries, and that exports grew by 4.2% in 2016.
MIFF founder and chairman Dato' Dr Tan Chin Huat commented: "Our exhibitors are investing more in R&D to come up with their own design and new products, creating more value for their business and potential customers."
The show hosted the 20th AGM of the International Alliance of Furnishing Publications (IAFP) bringing 16 of the journalist association's 19 member countries together in Malaysia.
Next year's event will see the new MITEC venue replace the adjacent MECC for the show's offsite demands. The organiser expects the show's overall floorspace to grow by 28% to 100,000 sqm, and for the new centre to lure a greater number of international exhibitors.
MIFF 2018 - and all subsequent editions - will take place from 8-11th March. As well as representing the spectrum of furniture and furnishings, the next edition will feature a new spotlight on timber that aims to emphasise the wealth of wood species available in Malaysia, plus an expanded design showcase that will draw on seven years of the show's FDC contest.
See May's issue of Furniture News for a full post-show report.