JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Asia Ltd. in conjunction with the Indonesia Furniture Association (AMKRI) set to launch the Indonesian International Furniture Exposition (IFEX) to be held from 11-14 March 2014 at the Jakarta International Expo (JI Expo) and 12-15 March 2014 at Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC). The announcement was made at a press conference held on 5 July at the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia with representatives Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia Ltd.; Mr. Soenoto, Chairman of AMKRI; Mr Benny Wahyudi, Director General of Agro Industry - Ministry of Industry; and Mr. Gusmardi Bustami, Director General for National Export Development - Ministry of Trade presiding.
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According to Mr. Soenoto, the exhibition is expected to host 500 furniture manufacturers and 5,000 furniture buyers worldwide. Supported by the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, IFEX will showcase furniture made of various materials with a focus on hardwoods as well as furniture produced from rattan, bamboo, and even mango tree timber. The Indonesia furniture export industry is worth US$1.7 billion following behind China's US$45 billion and Vietnam's US$4 billion market. Mr. Bustami also expressed at the press conference that Indonesia's furniture export is expected to nearly triple to US$5 billion within five years.
"Indonesia has a vast furniture industry and it is ready to further expand its already substantial export potential," said Christopher Eve, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia. "Indonesia's strengths lay in its manufacturers' high level of craftsmanship, manufacturing capacity and traditional as well as modern designs. In addition, Indonesia has ample supplies of raw materials, from sustainably sourced woods to rattan, bamboo and fabrics. We are proud to partner with the AMKRI, Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Industry to create higher business platforms, opportunities and visibility to the Indonesian furniture industry."
Vis-a-vis the ASEAN Economic Community set for 2015 (AEC 2015), the launch of IFEX alongside recent exhibition launches in burgeoning economies as such as Myanmar demonstrates UBM Asia's strategy to further invest in the ASEAN region. Currently, UBM has the most extensive trade exhibition network in Southeast Asia with over 50 events spanning eight ASEAN cities.
UBM Asia is Asia's leading trade exhibition organiser and the largest commercial organiser in Mainland China, Malaysia, and India. A long time organiser of B2B furniture exhibitions, UBM Asia organises some of Asia's and the world's largest and prestigious professional furniture fairs including Furniture China, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF), and the Index Fairs in India. Last month, UBM Asia and RESTEC announced the launch of FIDexpo, an international B2B furniture fair, to take place from 12-15 May 2014 at the All Russian Exhibition Centre (VVC) Pavilion 75, in Moscow, Russia.
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1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 29 offices and over 1,200 staff.
With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.
UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 60 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.
2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)
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