Announcing MIFF Loyalty Award Exhibitors at 25th Anniversary Appreciation Dinner
Published 15th November 2018
MIFF is entering its 25th anniversary next year and prior to 2019 exhibition, MIFF hosted its 25th Anniversary Exhibitor Appreciation Dinner on 9 November 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) to celebrate its success with the industry players and supporting bodies.
Over 400 guests attended, dressed up in glamorous roaring twenties outfit for The Great Gatsby themed gala dinner. The guest attendance was a power list of the local furniture companies, and also the industry players and its supporting bodies.
The dinner started with a grand entrance of MIFF elite exhibitors marching into the grand ballroom followed by the Guest of Honour, YB Madam Teresa Kok, Malaysia’s new Minister of Primary Industries alongside with all VIPs of the night.
“Tonight is not just about the achievement of MIFF. Tonight is also a celebration of the local furniture industry, together we have put Malaysia on the global furniture map. On this occasion, it is only fitting to express our sincere appreciation to the people who helped make it happened – exhibitors and our partners from the government and private sectors,” said Dato’ Dr Tan Chin Huat, MIFF Founder and Chairman in his welcoming remark.
“The direction of MIFF will be the same as it was started – to help exhibitors find international buyers and increase exports. The key lesson from the last 25 years is that we must remain relevant by meeting the needs of exhibitors and buyers. Thank you once again for your trust and support, and continue the journey of success with us.”
MIFF is the country’s first international furniture trade show and its growth reflects the transformation of a once a cottage industry in Malaysia into a global export giant in a span of three decades. The success of MIFF today is credit to our exhibitors who are the driving force of MIFF. In 2017, Malaysia was the world’s ninth biggest exporter with shipments worth RM10.1 billion to over 160 countries led by the United States, Singapore, Japan, Australia and Britain as the top destinations.
To honour the achievement, we have presented MIFF Loyalty Award to our loyal exhibitors who have participated for at least 10 editions and above. A third of the 118 companies feted had exhibited for at least two decades, including 14 from the first batch of 152 exhibitors.
25 Years Elite Exhibitors
Also attending the dinner was Mr Keh Wee Kiat, president of Muar Furniture Association, the country’s largest industry group and a strategic partner of MIFF since 2013.
Muar’s official recognition as the “Furniture City of Malaysia” will be highlighted at MIFF 2019. The southern city, which produces all types of furniture and 70% of Malaysian furniture exports, will have over 200 exhibitors.
MIFF 2019 will feature an estimated 650 suppliers from Malaysia and other top Asian furniture producing countries. The show is expected to draw 20,000 attendees from 140 countries.
We look forward to welcoming you all for to the 25th Anniversary celebration next year.
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