IOFT 2021 reported success and announced dates for 2022

December 09, 2021

RX Japan and Fukui Optical Association held the 34th edition of Asia’s leading optical fair - INTERNATIONAL OPTICAL FAIR TOKYO (IOFT) at Tokyo Big Sight, in Japan from 18-20, October 2021. IOFT 2021 was described as "enthusiastically received " by a national business-focused attendance during a period of 3 days of the exhibition. Overall, 189 exhibitors showcased their products across the exhibition hall. While many trade shows were postponed or canceled under the circumstances, IOFT was considered to be a significant contribution to the business of the optical industry., organisers say. Major brands and manufacturers both from Japan and abroad exhibited such as SUNREEVE, YABUSHITA, UCHIDAYA, TOPCON, CARL ZEISS, TOKAI OPTICAL, and NIDEK. Firms from Fukui, the largest eyewear production region of Japan, were also participating to showcase their made-in-Japan frames such as: EYETEC, SANKO KOGAKU, TANIGUCHI OPTICAL, HUG OZAWA, HAMAMOTO TECHNICAL, and BOSTON CLUB. Foreign participants were also well represented. They included THEO (Belgium), IC! BERLIN (Germany), VAVA (Portugal), J.F.REY (France), LAFONT (France), FLEYE (Denmark), FALVIN (Denmark), RIGARDS (HK), FACE A FACE (France), PRODESIGN DENMARK (Denmark), TRACTION (France), HENAU (Belgium), IZIPIZI (France), MOKKI (Norway), and TONYSAME (Japan/HongKong). IOFT 2021 was held with COVID safety measures which followed the guidelines of the government, municipalities and the exhibition industry association. For those who were not able to physically attend due to travel restriction, IOFT Show Management provided “Remote Exhibiting Plan”. This enables overseas exhibitors to exhibit remotely from their home. They have a physical booth at IOFT venue, and an interpreter attends their booth with a computer which is connected to an online video call system. Around 20 companies took this plan and were able to benefit from direct business meetings with buyers. Organisers have confirmed that the next IOFT event will take place on 18th to 20th October 2022.

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