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 the city’s optical industry.
The COVID-19 outbreak has put a damper on business activity across the world. Despite challenges faced by the global industry, the city exported spectacles, lenses and frames valued at US$1.85 billion in the first 11 months of 2020. The top five markets were the United States, Mainland China, Italy, Australia and Japan. While most markets recorded a drop, Canada and Switzerland achieved encouraging double-digit growth over the same period.
Most physical exhibitions worldwide scheduled for 2020 were halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help exhibitors and buyers overcome business challenges the pandemic brought, the HKTDC Autumn Sourcing Week | ONLINE (ASWO) was held in November 2020, offering a one-stop online sourcing platform for the optical industry, as well as other industries including electronics, houseware, lighting, outdoor lighting, eco tech, gifts & premium, toys, baby products, stationery and watch & clock. Under the theme of “A New Connected World Beyond the New Normal”, ASWO drew more than 2,600 exhibitors and over 27,000 buyers from 132 countries and regions.
The 18th Hong Kong International Optometric Symposium was also held online. With the theme “Prevention of Blindness and Global Eye Care Development Beyond 20/20”, the Symposium was again certified by the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) and featured speakers from Australia, Canada and Hong Kong who shared updates on eyecare management and treatments with advanced technology in eliminating visual impairment.
The fruitful partnership between the HKTDC and HKOMA remains a crucial factor in the success of Hong Kong’s optical industry. The two organisations will continue to work together to ensure business can go from strength to strength amidst the challenging environment. We wish the association and all its members a fruitful 2021.
Mr. Mohamed D. Butt
Executive Director, Hong Kong Productivity Council
Hong Kong eyewear industry is famous for its pursuit of high quality, innovation and trendy designs. Hong Kong, being the world’s third largest exporter of spectacles and frames, with the export value amounted to more than HK$ 20 billion in 2019, carries a prominent standing in the international market. Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the industry needs to pride themselves to the quest for product excellence by making use of new technologies, and continuously promote "Made in Hong Kong" brand to the world.
The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is delighted to join forces with the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association (HKOMA) in promoting industry development, striving towards business upgrading and transformation for an innovation and growing journey, embracing various challenges and opportunities. HKPC and HKOMA have been leveraging HKSAR Government’s funding scheme to promote the superior design of Hong Kong OBM eyewear with state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies, innovative materials and creative structures.
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.