Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
On behalf of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) for its invaluable work in support of Hong Kong's flourishing optical industry over the past year.
As a regional hub for innovation, industry and trade, Hong Kong continues to retain its status as one of the premier markets in the global optical business. Underpinned by the support of the HKOMA, Hong Kong's exports of spectacles, lenses and frames totalled US$ 1.9 billion in the first three quarters of 2018. Among the best-performing markets were Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines, each achieving double-digit growth over the same period in 2017.
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the 26th edition of the Hong Kong Optical Fair, which drew more than 16,800 buyers from 1 1 1 countries and regions — an increase of 4% compared to the previous year. The number of buyers from emerging markets continued its steady rise, with more traffic from the Mainland China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Russia. The attendance of buyers from mature markets - including France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States — also showed significant growth, underscoring the Fair's position as a prime sourcing platform for the global eyewear industry.
Featuring a record 810 exhibitors, showcasing the best products from 23 countries and regions, the 2018 event put a strong focus on new technologies, with the inaugural IT Solutions & Shop Fittings zone displaying the latest innovations and technological trends, including 3D eyewear printing. The ever-popular Brand Name Gallery showcased more than 225 leading international eyewear brands, highlighting the huge diversity and sheer creativity of this exciting industry.
The 16th Hong Kong Optometric Conference was held during the Fair with the theme "The Contemporary Role of Optometrists in Primary Care'.' Featuring renowned speakers from Canada, Hong Kong, the Mainland China and the United States, the conference gave a top-level view of some of the key issues affecting the optometry industry. Another Fair highlight was the display of award-winning entries from the 20th Hong Kong Eyewear Design Competition. Jointly organised by the HKTDC and the HKOMA under the theme of "Smart Living',' the competition put a spotlight on the creative skills of Hong Kong's up-and-coming eyewear designers.
The ongoing partnership between the HKTDC and the HKOMA remains a crucial factor in the continued development of Hong Kong's optical industry and its success in the years to come. We wish the association and all its members a happy and fruitful 2019.
Mr. Mohamed D. Butt
Executive Director, Hong Kong Productivity Council
The Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) plays a proactive and unambiguous role to unite local eyewear manufacturers over the years. The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is delighted to join forces with HKOMA in promoting industry development, striving towards business upgrading and transformation for an innovation and growing journey, embracing various challenges and opportunities.
Hong Kong eyewear industry is famous for its pursuit of high quality, innovation and trending designs. Hong Kong is the world’s third largest exporter of spectacles and frames, with the export value amounted to more than HK$ 20 billion per annum, and represents a prominent sector in the international market.
Through the “Excellence of Hong Kong Eyewear Design” programme, funded by Create Smart Initiative of CreateHK, HKOMA and HKPC collaborated to uplift the edge cutting image of the industry, and help nurture a pool of budding design talents.
In 2018, with the funding support from SME Development Fund of Trade and Industry Department, HKOMA and HKPC collaborated once again to have launched the “Eyewear Engineering Design Guidebook for Better-fit” project, aiming to enhance the quality and competitiveness of industry through promoting and demonstrating “Better-fit” design with the state-of-art technologies, whilst updated the Asian population headform database.
Moving forward, HKPC will continue to be a close partner of HKOMA in supporting and promoting the vibrant development of the eyewear industry.
We wish HKOMA every success in the years to come.