On this occasion, regarding the exports of this industry, PM Victor Ponta showed that the Romanian manufacturers must return to Chinese market.
Over 325 furniture producers, among whom 110 local producers attend the International Trade Fair for Furniture, Equipment and Accessories (BIFE-SIM 2014), due at the Bucharest-based Romexpo Exhibition Center over September 10-14.
Companies from Romania, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, the Republic of Moldova, Poland and Turkey exhibit their products on an area over 30,000 square meters.
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on attending the opening of the International Trade Fair for Furniture, Equipment and Accessories BIFE-SIM 2014 that the Chinese president, during a recent visit he paid to Beijing, had praised the quality and price of Romanian furniture from the 1970s-1980s.
‘When I speak of tradition and of very good times for the Romanian furniture industry I think of the fact that a week ago I paid an official visit to China and the president of China was telling us how back in the 1970s and 1980s the term of Romanian furniture, in China, equalled a quality product and at a very good price at that. I would like such a repute that the Romanian furniture industry had gained a long time ago to be regained in these years and I want to assure you that you have our full support’, the prime minister told the producers in a press conference.
EUR 50 bn exports, the goal for this year
Ponta urged the Romanians to buy domestically-made furniture and told the producers he was relying on their contribution in order to attain the goal of passing the annual EUR 50 billion worth of exports.
‘I rely on the Romanian furniture producers for a strategic goal of Romania, an historic, not only strategic goal that we will attain this year, namely to pass 50 billion euros worth of annual exports. A few years ago, should someone have said that Romania will ship goods worth EUR 50 billion, they would have probably been considered naïve. We will succeed such a thing this year and the furniture producers’ contribution is extremely important./…./ I wish the Romanians bought as much furniture made in Romania as possible and I would like to hear that in such far away countries as China Romanian furniture means low-cost, but good-quality furniture’, the head of Government stressed.
‘BIFE-SIM was the first exhibition organized at Romexpo after 1990. It was the first specialized fair organized in Romania starting with 1992. We notice a 10 percent increase in 2014, both in the number of companies and the rented exhibition space,’ said, in his turn, Catalin Trifu, director general of Romexpo, co-organizer of BIFE-SIM. About 67,700 employees are currently working in the furniture industry.
A new edition of the National Furniture Design Contest
On this occasion, one of the main attractions of the fair is, as it was the case in the previous years, the National Furniture Design Contest. Organized annually by the Romanian Manufacturers’ Association since 2003, this contest represents an act of creation and manufacturing of wonderful products, taking into consideration the development and innovation in the areas of material, technology and industrial process.
All contestants that submitted furniture designs in the first stage of the contest this year have been invited to join the second phase of the competition (“Prototype”).
In order to manufacture the proposed furniture products, participants have approximately 3 months between the two stages. BIFE-SIM is also hosting a new edition of the Design Conferences.
BIFE-SIM ’s fair is organized by ROMEXPO and co-organized by Romanian Furniture Manufacturers’ Association, Romanian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and EUROEXPO.