Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
On behalf of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), it is my pleasure to offer hearty congratulations to the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) for another successful year supporting Hong Kong's vibrant optical industry.
Hong Kong continues to play a key role in the global optical business, leveraging on the city's assets as a trading and innovation hub, and with the considerable weight of the HKOMA behind it. Exports of spectacles, lenses and frames in the first three-quarters of 2017 totalled US$ 1.9 billion – posting growth of almost 2% over the same period in 2016. Among the best-performing markets, several countries in Asia Pacific, notably Australia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines, showed double-digit growth, as did the key emerging market of India.
Celebrating its 25th silver anniversary in 2017, the HKTDC Hong Kong Optical Fair drew a record-breaking of more than 16,000 buyers from 106 countries and regions - an increase of 7 per cent over the previous year. Much of the significant growth came from emerging markets, including the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, along with mature markets of Canada, France, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK as well as Hong Kong, underscoring the fair as a prime sourcing and knowledge-exchange platform for the global eyewear industry.
The number of exhibitors reached an all-time high as well, with 800 companies attending the fair, including new participants from Denmark, India, San Marino and Sweden. The HKOMA once again staged a very successful pavilion, alongside those from the Chinese mainland, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Visionaries of Style. The renowned Brand Name Gallery, with 225 international brands and designer collections taking part, is always a highlight of the fair: this premier zone gives them the opportunity to present not just their latest eyewear but also their brand message, among suitably elegant surroundings.
The 15th Hong Kong Optometric Conference on "Neuro Vision Rehabilitation" took place during the fair, with attendees cherishing the opportunity to gain insights from speakers from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the United States. Award-winning entries from the 19th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition, co-organised by HKTDC and HKOMA with the theme of "Free Flow, were on display at the fairground.
The partnership between HKTDC and HKOMA continues to be a powerful force for promoting Hong Kong's optical industry. We wish the association and its members a happy and fruitful 2018.
Mr. Jimmy Kwok
Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries
Optical industry is an energetic industry in Hong Kong. With the introduction of advanced technology in different aspects including design, material, quality control and manufacturing, Hong Kong becomes one of the leading optical exporters by providing original equipment manufacturing to international brands and original design manufacturing. Such success cannot be achieved without the effort of the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA).
Through the Hong Kong Q-Mark Product Scheme, FHKI has endorsed HKOMA's members with an effective quality management system capable of producing consistent quality eyewear products since 20 years ago.
FHKI believes the Hong Kong optical industry will achieve greater success in the local andinternational market. We wish HKOMA every success for the years ahead.
Mr. Willy LIn Sun Mo, SBS, JP
Chairman, Hong Kong Productivity Council
The eyewear industry of Hong Kong is renowned in the world for its manufacturing excellence, high quality, and trendy design. Facing tough economic and market challenges in recent years, the industry is striving towards business upgrading and transformation for innovation and growth.
Since its establishment in 1982, the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) has been supporting the development of the local eyewear industry. Through its close partnership with the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC), it actively promotes the adoption of advanced manufacturing and design technologies to raise the professional image and drive the continuous development of the industry.
In 2017, with the funding support from the CreateSmart Initiative, HKPC was again honoured to collaborate with HKOMA to launch the “Excellence of Hong Kong Eyewear Design" programme to boost local design through a series of workshops and promotion. Enhancing the innovative image of the industry, this project also helped nurture a pool of budding design talents.
We are delighted to extend our warmest congratulations to HKOMA on the occasion of its 36th anniversary. We wish HKOMA continued success, and look forward to many more fruitful achievements in the years to come.