26th Hong Kong Optical Fair Draws 16,800+ Buyers,
up 4%

January 08, 2020

The 26th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair took place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and co-organised by the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, the three-day fair ran from 7-9th November and attracted more than 16,800 buyers from 111 countries and regions, an increase of 4% in buyer attendance on the previous year.
The number of buyers from emerging markets, including the Chinese mainland, Malaysia, the Philippines and Russia, saw satisfactory growth, according to fair organisers, while there was a sizeable uptick in the number of buyers from mature markets such as France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, the UK and the US. The figures confirm the Hong Kong Optical Fair’s status as a major sourcing platform for the global industry. This year’s event featured 810 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions presenting a wide range of eyewear products. The inaugural IT Solutions & Shop Fittings zone showcased the latest innovations, including 3D eyewear printing technologies, to match buyers’ needs and help promote their business development.


Hong Kong eyewear brand ITUM, established by young local architect Edmond Wong, took part in the fair for the first time. The company’s MONO collection makes good use of 3D printing techniques and the flexibility of nylon to create a foldable arm that does not require hinges. Customers can also change the lenses according to their needs, turning the eyewear into a fashion accessory. The collection is currently only available in Hong Kong and online, but Mr Wong said he had met a potential business partner from Japan that could help the company boost its brand profile and explore overseas markets.
Local exhibitor SSIWO Technologies Limited presented its latest application for facial recognition technology that enables consumers to try on a selection of optical frames virtually. The exhibitor received on-site orders, each valued at US$10,000 in licence fee, from Swedish and American buyers at the fair. This year’s Brand Name Gallery featured more than 225 top international eyewear brands.
Hong Kong exhibitor Bestwork Industries Limited promoted its original eyewear brand at the fair, where company manager Bobby To said they had been able to connect with many new clients. Buyers from Germany, the UK and the US placed orders for Bestwork products valued at US$200,000.



“Despite the current uncertainty in the global economy, this year’s Optical Fair confirmed there is still ample demand for eyewear in the market, and highlighted the value the industry places on new designs and technologies that help to reduce costs.”
Benjamin Chau, Deputy Executive Director of the HKTDC

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