Industry welcomes WOFX – World Furniture Expo as a long awaited professional B2B international trade platform dedicated to the furniture + design industry - gets an overwhelming response from exhibitors and buyers alike.
- 9862 visitors from 13 international countries and 19 States of India visited WOFX from 17-19 November, 2022.
- 145+ brands and manufacturers participated at WOFX
- 90% of visitors at WOFX were industry professionals directly connected to the furniture, décor and lighting industry
With India emerging as the fastest growing market for furniture and the 4 th largest consumer of furniture in the world, WOFX is positioned as an the industry platform wherein the entire industry, whether from India or abroad, can converge and do business, collaborate, exchange market information and design ideas.
WOFX featured a high proportion of international exhibitors with large pavilions as well as Indian market leaders showcasing a comprehensive product range of trendy and in- demand products. Over 140 brands and manufacturers from Italy, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, USA as well as India participated and met buyers to explore business opportunities in India.
Visitors from overseas were pleased with the exhibitors and product range showcased. Mohmed Firas Al-Samman, CEO of the UAE-based Samman Group, said, “We have spent over 12 hours at this fair over the last two days and I have to say that this fair has been very useful to us. We are looking for partners to do business with us in furniture and this fair is perfect for us to meet new suppliers.”
While renowned Ar. Prem Nath, CEO of Prem Nath & Associates, Mumbai said, “WOFX 22 had good participation of Indian and foreign manufacturers displaying some of the best quality furniture and allied products.”
Exhibitors were also very pleased with the strong B2B presence at WOFX. Varun Kant, the Country Head of HTL Marketing Pte. Ltd., (Singapore) said, “This is the first time HTL has participated in India. WOFX provided us a very good opportunity to showcase what HTL is about to all the professionals who visited us here. The professionals who visited us were very happy with the products, designs and quality that HTL is bringing to India. We want to be a long-term partner with WOFX as the response we have received in this first year itself is very good.”
Similarly, Harsh Chadwa, Chairman of White House Furniture Pvt. Ltd. said, “This is the first time that White House Furniture is participating in a fair and the only reason we are participating is that this is the only fair dedicated for the furniture industry. We were looking for a platform that brought the furniture industry together and WOFX is the only platform for the furniture industry. The response is fabulous and we are doing very well with all B2B visitors and interior designers discussing business with us. We will definitely be coming back next year with a larger space.”
M. M. Mustafa, Founder Partner & Patron of the Furniture Manufacturers & Merchants Welfare Association (FuMMA) said, “I and about 40 members of FUMMA from Kerala visited the WOFX expo. We found the expo impressive and very well organized. It was a good experience.”
WOFX is now recognised as an event for those seeking to build strong local and global partnerships towards creating a truly organised furniture and home décor industry.
The concurrent events organised during the course of the Expo saw large number of industry professionals such as Architects, Interior Designers, Furniture & Fittings manufacturers, consultants, etc. participate in the full day seminars creating a platform for large number of direct B2B meetings between exhibitors and professional buyers.
The encouraging feedback from both exhibitors and visitors point towards a bigger edition in 2023 with the inclusion of more categories and participation of Indian and international brands.
WOFX is supported by the Ministry of MSME and other key industry trade bodies including the Uttar Pradesh Export Promotion Council (UPEPC), Retailers Association of India (RAI), Builders’ Association of India (BAI), Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), The Federation Of Hotel & Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), The Hotel & Restaurant Association Western India (HRAWI), Purchasing Professionals Forum India (PPFI), Association of Designers of India (ADI), Architects, Engineers and Surveyors Association (AESA), Jodhpur Handicraft Exporters Federation (JHEF), Moradabad Handicrafts Exporters Association (MHEA), Furniture Manufacturers and Merchants Welfare Association (FUMMA), India Business Group (IBG), Indian Importers Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IICCI), Sanskriti Confederation of Indian Entrepreneurs (CIE).