Hosted by the Taichung City Government and co-organized by the Taiwan Hand Tools Association and Kaigo Co; Ltd., the 18th Taiwan Hardware Show (THS) was held from the 17 to 19 October at the Taichung International Exhibition Centre. 425 domestic and foreign manufacturers occupied more than 1,000 booths to welcome over 5,000 overseas buyers from more than 85 internationalities. Major buyers from the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and other regular visiting countries contributed to the visitor growth this year. Increase in the number of visitors from Pakistan, Germany, Russia and other countries also added further internationality on the show floor. With over 25-billion-yuan worth of orders received, THS proved to be the leading event for the Taiwan hardware market to launch and secure sales for new innovations and expand business opportunities with global players.
Mr. Gerd Keim, President of Kaigo Co; Ltd, organizer of THS said that, “Taiwan hardware tools have always been the preferred choice for global key buyers to purchase for imports. The hardware exhibition has grown year after year, showing the international buyers’ trust in the quality of Taiwan’s hardware tools. In order to accommodate more exhibitors and provide a more comfortable exhibition space, it has been relocated to the Taichung International Exhibition Hall since the last edition. Given that Taichung has risen as the second largest export area of the global hardware industry in recent years, we have chosen to continue holding the exhibition here. This move mirrors the developmental trend of the industries where manufacturers and international buyers want to meet each other closer and more directly. The exhibition therefore facilitates this need to encourage ease of networking and procurement activities.”
This year, the Taiwan Hardware Show and The Taiwan External Trade Development Council jointly held the ‘2018 Hand Tools Industry Cluster Purchasing Day’, inviting purchasers from high value-added industries such as aerospace, medical, automotive repair and digital hand tools to come to Taiwan to participate in the exhibition. In the effort to rapidly improve the image of China’s hand tools industry, and to also support the International Federation of Hardware & Housewares Association’s (IHA) intent to jointly build a hardware exchange platform, THS invited IHA Chairman Mr. Jean- François Dubost to present on the international DIY home hardware market trends that would help manufacturers to build stronger export capabilities.
According to Kuani Gear Co., Ltd.’s President Cheng Ming Hsin, this is their third participating in the Taiwan Hardware Show and shared that he was, “deeply impressed by the growth of visitors and the many crowd. This year, I was surprised by the foreign visitors who have been pouring in for three days. Foreign buyers have come to the exhibition to directly talk to us. We can also take them to the factory for technical sharing and receive orders directly. This is a great advantage. We are quite optimistic about this exhibition. We hope that there will be more substantial development in the future. I hope that the industry will also support the Taiwan Hardware Show, so that the Taiwan hand tool industry will not only shine in Taichung, but also go global.”
Based on Karat Industrial Corporation President Philey Ko’s observation, “the quality of overseas buyers who came to visit Taiwan Hardware Show is quite good. This year particularly, we can clearly feel the buyer’s interest in our Taiwan hardware. In future, we will continue to exhibit and promote our products to the European and American markets.”
As for Jeff Chen, Vice President of A-Kraft Tools Manufacturing Co., Ltd., “this year’s exhibition was quite successful. In addition, the planning and design of the exhibition venue was quite innovative and special. The theme of the conference was very powerful in highlighting Taiwan’s production processes and excellent quality to the international market. These are quite in line with our expectations. Apart from welcoming regular visitors and having many new customers, we have gained many new business opportunities. Furthermore, foreign customers are also full of praise for the exhibition. This is definitely a quality exhibition worth visiting every year.”
International buyers came to Taichung to visit the Taiwan Hardware Show with high expectations to experience top level of professionalism comparable to other big exhibitions. With various services provided to facilitate successful procurement activities, THS provided an enjoyable one-stop shopping trip in Taichung. Taiwanese manufacturers with more advantageous and innovative products gained the lead to win the favor of overseas buyers. THS supported Taiwanese companies to establish an important strategic position in the global hardware tools market, attracting the attention of international players. For Mr Luc Nadeau, President of Lasada International Inc from Canada, “the show has been a very good experience and it is also very helpful for my future career! I have visited many existing customers and established new contacts. It was very convenient for us to discuss cooperation matters directly. I will definitely visit again!”
Taiwan Hardware Show successfully featured 8 product categories ranging from; Tools & Accessories; Locks & Fittings; Fastener & Fittings; Building Supplies; Garden & Outdoor Equipment; Automotive Supplies & Accessories; Machines & Plant Equipment and Safety Equipment & Products. The wide spread of showcase moved Mr Axel Lemmer, Director of Sales & Marketing of PROJAHN, Germany who said that, “this has been my favorite hardware exhibition as each booth is very professional. It is not only good for meet-up with old customers but also to gain new sources of information! Apart from the diversity of products, it is also very convenient to do face-to-face business with manufacturers.” The exhibition was augmented with the Hardware Industry Forum that gathered leading experts to share on their expertise and market trends.
The next Taiwan Hardware Show will be held on October 17-19 2019. The organizer all industry players to participate and visit again. For more information, kindly visit www.taiwanhardwareshow.com.tw, email: email@example.com or call 02-25595-4212 ext. 725 Mr. Liu.