CIFF marches ahead in Guangzhou, Shanghai

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Guangzhou (27-30 July) was the first furniture exhibition held during the pandemic and met with success. It attracted participation from 1,607 exhibitors and more than 1,45,000 visitors, including foreign professionals.

The Shanghai edition of CIFF is also underway, from 7 to 10 September, 2020, under strict implementation of protocols to guaranteed safety for exhibitors, visitors and employees of furniture manufacturers and technology suppliers.

The CIFF platforms have emerged to provide stability to the supply chain and industry chain, as well as facilitating the recovery of the Chinese furniture industry in the fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

CIFF Guangzhou included the entire furniture supply chain under one roof – including home, outdoor and leisure furniture, home décor and home textile, office, hotel and commercial furniture, furniture machinery and raw materials – covering 3,00,000 square metres of exhibition space.

CIFF once again proved to be a partner for companies and buyers and not just a simple trade fair organisation; the effort involved in not cancelling, but simply postponing the 45th edition until a more suitable time, resulted in greatly helping all players in the sector.

The trade fairs have once again reconfirmed themselves as a place of dialogue and culture, with design forums, exhibitions and events.

Among the many events, two extraordinary design exhibitions stand out: Design Spring (contemporary China furniture designs) International Future Office, both of which were essential for understanding the latest trends in the sector.

The design forums and the Global Conference Industry Trend Conference 2020 were organised to communicate and promote the future development of the sector and the constant dynamic innovation that has always been the driving force behind CIFF.

Like its sister in Guangzhou, CIFF-Shanghai is organised by China Foreign Trade Centre (Group) with the aim of creating a very strong integration between the high-level Chinese domestic market and international markets, supporting and helping companies to effectively address a rapidly evolving situation.

In light of the sudden surge in smart working and having to reconsider the concept of traditional offices during the Covid-19 pandemic, CIFF-Shanghai hosted brands that offered solutions for living and working in complete safety, integrating work environments with living spaces.

The pandemic also affects the organisation of outdoor spaces, both domestic and public ones, which need to be reconsidered and which we need to make greater use of.

The 3rd edition of the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Fair, a furniture industry trade fair organised in collaboration with Hong Kong Adsale, attracted leading Chinese and international manufacturers who presented furniture production technologies and all types of process machinery.

The 47th CIFF Guangzhou will be held from 18-21 March 2021 (home furniture, home decor & home textile) and from 28-31 March 2021 (office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture, furniture machinery and raw materials).

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