Repost by: Indonesian Consulate in HCMC (source)
The International Furniture and Craft Fair Indonesia (IFFINA) has opened (11-14 March 2013) again this year to showcase cultural crafts unique to Indonesia and draw buyers from around the world.
The organizer predicts the four-day event, which started on Monday at the Jakarta International Expo (JiExpo) center in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, will see $400 million in transactions from domestic and foreign buyers.
Ambar Tjahjono, the chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Association (Asmindo), said that the fair could attract visitors from 150 countries.
“The fair this year has the largest international scale and the number of participants could reach 20,000 people,” he said after the opening on Monday, as quoted by news portal Bisnis.com.
Ambar said last year’s fair drew 13,000 visitors with transactions worth $300 million.
Asmindo also said that of all the visitors, about 4,000 would become buyers at the fair, based on pre-registration data.
Ambar said the fair would also boost the promotion for regional furniture manufacturers in the country. He said buyers usually follow through with the trade even after the fair by coming to industry centers and purchasing more furniture.
Begawan Living Furniture Set, rattan furniture
There are at least 525 exhibitors from Yogyakarta, Central Java, West Java, East Java, Bali and some areas outside Java.
Ambar said he expected that the fair could boost development of the domestic furniture industry.
The exhibition, Ambar said, shows visitors the production process along with the finished products.