• Istanbul Furniture Fair
  • 5-10 November 2019
Time Left

Trade volume exceeds US$ 1 Billion at the Furniture Exhibition

The furniture industry, one of the locomotive sectors for exports in Turkey, met at CNR Expo Istanbul on 6-11 November. Foreign visitors showed a profound interest in the exhibition where the trade volume exceeded UD$ 1billion with the participation of VIP procrument committees and visitors from 85 countries.
Furniture Istanbul organized by CNR Holding company Pozitif Fairs in collaboration with the Turkish Furniture Manufacturers Association (MOSDER) have gathered the leading furniture brands in Turkey under the same roof at CNR Expo on 6-11 November 2018. The exhibition hosted VIP procrument committees and visitors from 85 countries including the target markets of the industry such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the leading representatives of the furniture industry such as Italy, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Two separate groups of procurement committees were invited to increase the foreign trade power of the Turkish furniture industry. VIP procurement committees from 14 countries, (Ethiopia, Bosnia Herzigova, Morocco, Russia, Libya, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Ukraine, and Bahrain) in the first group were hosted within the scope of the International Competitiveness Development (UR-GE) project by the Ministry of Trade. CNR Holding organized the second group hosting procurement committees from 15 countries under the Hosted Buyer Program.
Ceyda Erem, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of CNR Holding, stated that they had been relentlessly organizing furniture exhibitions for 15 years to support the export and trade volume of the furniture industry. She added that the 'Hosted Buyer B2B Matchmaking Program' of Furniture Istanbul visited by over 700 higher purchasing power foreign company representatives significantly contributed to the exports of the Turkish furniture industry. Eren continued saying, "We believe that Furniture Istanbul realized with the participation of brands adding significant value to the industry will be an indispensable platform to reach US$ 10 billion targets by 2023. This year, we hosted 74 thousand 358 visitors in our exhibition area of 80 thousand square meters. The number of foreign buyers increased by 80% reaching 5 thousand 906. This is a very significant increase in shaping the future of the exhibition. Quality, branding, and design have come to the forefront to expand to new markets for the furniture industry. Furniture Istanbul has been a very important exhibition regarding design. We wanted to show the success of Turkish furniture to the world. The feedback from both the exhibitors and the visitors shows that we have succeeded."
Stating that they aimed to become the biggest furniture exhibition in Eurasia with Furniture Istanbul MOSDER Chairman Nuri Öztaşkın said, "Furniture Istanbul bringing together the most influential players of the furniture industry under one roof is the most well-established trade fair of the industry. Furniture Istanbul, carrying the international position of our sector even higher, is gaining momentum every year with the aim of becoming the biggest furniture exhibition in Eurasia. Our exhibition showcased the new season products of our country's leading furniture brands on 6-11 November this year."
Furniture Istanbul organized with a design and innovation-oriented approach hosted the world's leading designers. Finnish designer Markku Piri, who was bestowed the Pro Finlandia medal by the President of Finland in 2017 and was granted the Grand Prize of The Finnish Culture Foundation as “a maker of visual magic” in 2018, was one of the most remarkable guests. Ten internationally recognized designers Ludovica SERAFINI, Federico DELROSSO, Marco PAOLELLI- Sandro MENEGHELLO, Giuliano CAPPELETTI from Italy, Jorge HERRERA, Teresa SAPEY, and Francesca HEATHCOTE from Spain,  Sara GARANTY from Sweden gave presentations on the designs of the future at the Design Stories seminar event.