SHANGHAI – The 26th China International Furniture Expo – also known as Furniture China – and companion event Maison Shanghai 2020 drew nearly 125,000 visitors according to show results released this week.
The Sept. 8-12 event was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center while the Maison portion took place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.
The events featured 2,000 exhibitors showcasing products ranging from wood furniture and upholstery to bedding and outdoor furniture and accessories. This included 300 exhibitors at the Maison show.
A portion of the September showcase also was devoted to materials and components ranging from leathers and hardware to finishing materials, electronics and furniture mechanisms.
Of the grand total, the Maison event drew 38,011 visitors. The total net number of domestic visitors was 111,511, up 4.8% from the 2019 event.
Due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions the event also held a digital version called the Digital Trade Show, which drew 11,268 participants from 136 countries and regions. The Asia region accounted for 49.25% of the total attendance, followed by 20.84% from the Americas; 14.79% from Europe; 12.36% from Africa and 2.43% from Oceana.
The collective participation from these parts of the world also generated more than 386,000 visits to dts.furniture-china.cn.
I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.