The Cologne-set Asia-Pacific Souring event saw 10% growth in visitor numbers earlier this month.
The three day show saw around 7,300 visitors from 65 countries make the visit. The show, which features a significant number of tool brands, aims to be the European hub for house, garden and leisure products from the Far East.
Numerous exhibitors expanded their stand space this time, according to the post-show press statement. “The increased attendance and in particular the huge interest from abroad underline the standing of the trade fair as the international hub for global sourcing between Asia and Europe,” stated Koelnmesse COO Katharina C Hamma.
644 companies from 14 countries presented existing and new products. This year the show also featured a ‘Best of China special area’ featuring 17 Chinese companies.
Once again, the International Trade Fair for Retail Promotions and Imports (IAW) was held parallel to Asia-Pacific Sourcing 2017.
Asia-Pacific Sourcing 2017 in figures
In 2017, 644 exhibitors (2015: 656) from 14 countries (11) participated in Asia-Pacific Sourcing:
China was the largest exhibitor nation with 538 exhibitors, followed by Taiwan with 37 exhibitors and Hong Kong with 31 exhibitors. Including estimates for the last day of the fair, around 7,300 (6,600) visitors from 65 (66) countries were recorded at Asia-Pacific Sourcing 2017, this corresponds to a growth rate of 10%.
The next Asia-Pacific Sourcing will take place from 5 to 7 March 2019.