Italian Furniture Design catalogue

Il catalogo di Italian Furniture Design, prima fiera virtuale dedicata al legno arredo e design promossa dalla Camera di Commercio di Monza e Brianza, è online; ecco le 70 imprese che hanno partecipato alla fiera:
The catalogue of Italian Furniture Design, the first virtual fair dedicated to wood, furnitures and design, sponsored by the chamber of commerce of Monza and Brianza (Italy) is online now:

From Philippine daily inquirer – good news on Philippine economy..again!

financiallyfree The Philippine economy grew 7.1 per cent in the third quarter year-on-year, exceeding expectations and making it the best performer in Southeast Asia.

The country’s economic growth was the strongest in Asia during the period after China’s.

“We are well on our way to surpassing our growth target of 5 to 6 per cent this year,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters yesterday.

Balisacan said the high growth of the gross domestic product (GDP), the value of goods produced and services rendered in a given period, was expected to translate to more jobs and better incomes for Filipinos.

A jump in third-quarter farm output and a late rebound in exports also contributed to the economy’s 1.3-per cent growth rate in the July-September quarter from April-June, which was three times as fast as economists had predicted.

Robust domestic consumption and higher government spending have helped cushion the economy from the worst of the global slowdown, while manageable inflation has allowed authorities to keep interest rates conducive to growth.

The country is the only economy in the world which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes will grow faster than earlier expected this year.

Earlier this month, the IMF raised its 2012 growth outlook for the Philippines to more than 5 per cent from its October forecast of 4.8 per cent, citing its sound fiscal and monetary policies.

‘Diamond’ of region

“The Philippines is the diamond of the region this year,” said Enrico Tanuwidjaja, economist for Southeast Asia at RBS in Singapore.

Indonesia was the second-best performer in Asean with 6.2 per cent growth, followed by Malaysia (5.2 per cent), Vietnam (4.7 per cent), Thailand (3 per cent) and Singapore (0.3 per cent). China posted a 7.7-per cent GDP growth.

Balisacan said the third-quarter performance of the Philippine economy was way above the market’s media forecast of 5.4 per cent.

The growth momentum is expected to continue next year as government works to ease the cost of doing business and as more infrastructure projects under the private-public partnership scheme get underway, he said.

Record infra budget

The government has set a record infrastructure budget of over 400 billion pesos (US$9.7 billion) next year as it pursues major upgrades of roads, ports, bridges and airports to speed up growth and boost private investment.

Balisacan said these along with finance department’s tapping of the country’s record foreign reserves to pay its foreign debts would ease the upward pressures on the peso next year.

The peso is Asia’s best performing currency so far this year, up more than 7 per cent against the US dollar on strong foreign inflows into Philippine stocks and bonds, fuelled by forecasts of sustained and resilient domestic growth.

Year-to-date growth is already at 6.5 per cent with services and industry (except mining) still driving growth.

Officials said the full-year growth would likely beat the target of 5 to 6 per cent and move toward the previously “aspirational” 7-8 per cent needed per year to spur employment and curb poverty.

A strong BPO sector, booming construction, increased consumer and government spending, and external trade contributed to the highest quarterly growth since 2010, said

Jose Ramon G. Albert, secretary general of the National Statistical Coordination Board.

Property boom

among industries, construction posted its highest growth in at least six quarters, jumping 24.3 per cent from a year earlier as Metro Manila enjoys the best property boom in two decades.

Public consumption expanded an annual 12 per cent in the third quarter, almost double the rate in the second quarter.

Relatively stable prices, steady inflow of remittances, and rebounding exports supported growth, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

While export receipts of semiconductors and electronic data processing equipment contracted, both items contributed recently to increased imports, which may mean that manufacturers have been “stocking up” on intermediate inputs in anticipation of recovery in the global demand for electronic products, Neda said.

Agriculture also fared better in the third quarter than in the four previous quarters with increased rice and corn outputs as part of efforts to achieve food self-sufficiency. The weak fishery sector is a concern, however, Balisacan said.

Good governance

In a briefing, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda attributed the high growth rate to “sustained confidence in the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III and his administration, which has consistently equated good governance with good economics.”

Aquino, who was elected in 2010, has instituted anticorruption reforms while seeking to boost revenues and improve government spending.

“The Philippine economy has shown both resilience and resurgence despite the global economic slowdown,” Lacierda said.

Finance Secretary caesar Purisima said confidence in the way the government was being run had encouraged more people to do business in the country.

“The growth rate shows that the economics of good governance, or ‘Aquinomics’ works,” Purisima said in a statement.

The Makati Business Club (MBC) lauded the strong third-quarter performance.

“Good governance is paying off. President Aquino and his economic team must be lauded,” MBC executive director Peter Perfecto said via text message.

Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said in a phone interview that he was “not surprised” by the 7.1-per cent growth for the third quarter because the country was coming from a low growth base.

In the third quarter of 2011, the economy turned sluggish as exporters and other contributors to the economy felt the impact of the triple tragedy in Japan and the flooding in Thailand earlier that year.

“Nevertheless, it is good to post this level of growth for the third quarter. We will continue to help our business people with shared facilities, simplifying and shortening the process of starting a business, and educate entrepreneurs as well as students on how to take advantage of free-trade agreements.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the latest indicators showed that the country faced “very fruitful times ahead” with low inflation and interest rates and increased confidence in government reforms.

Christmas, poll spending

Abad said growth was likely to stay robust in the fourth quarter.

“Public consumption will most definitely stay robust, fuelled by high consumption levels during the holidays, continuing investments in public and private infrastructure, and the kick-start of election-related spending this Christmas season,” Abad said in a separate statement.

Abad said this would improve the country’s credit rating further. Both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s raised the Philippines’ credit ratings to within one rung of investment grade in recent months.

However, Balisacan said there were still external threats such as the “looming fiscal cliff” in the United States and the long-running eurozone crisis.

He also said the government was closely watching the strengthening peso, which could hurt exporters’ competitiveness.

i numeri della fiera virtuale “made in Brianza”

Italian Furniture Design: più di 1.700 accessi da 47 Paesi per visitare il made in Brianza




Ecco tutti i numeri della tre giorni tutta sul web dedicata allegno arredo e design “made in Brianza”: sono stati registrati più di 1.700 accessi da 47 Paesi del mondo, con oltre 9.600 biglietti da visita scambiati. Più di 350 sono stati poi gli avatar tra espositori e assistenti impegnati nella promozione dei prodotti esposti.

I visitatori hanno avuto l’opportunità tra l’altro di scoprire “virtualmente” residenze storiche arredate su misura con progetti personalizzati dai migliori artigiani e maestri d’arte della Brianza.

Complessivamente i visitatori di Italian Furniture Design hanno incontrato sul web  circa 70 espositori, tra le eccellenze del “made in Brianza” e le istituzioni a sostegno del distretto. Mediamente ogni giorno 600 visitatori hanno visitato gli stand senza spostarsi, dialogando con gli espositori in tempo reale, passeggiando attraverso i loro avatar in fiera, esattamente come all’interno di un percorso espositivo reale, orientandosi al meglio tra i diversi settori, utilizzando al posto della cartina lo strumento di ricerca delle tag per identificare immediatamente prodotti, servizi e imprese. Lo spazio virtuale comprendeva anche l’infopoint, servizio che ha fornito assistenza a circa 100 utenti al giorno.


Italian Furniture Design, expo closes with outstanding results!

One week ago the IFD virtual trade show kicked off and though everyone expected a successful event, no one could have known what an international success it would be. Now we have assembled the results to find our most outstanding virtual expo metrics yet.

With 65 exhibitors the event attracted over 1,700 attendees from nearly 50 countries world wide (see list below). It is clear that these participants came to do business with over 9,000 business cards exchanged and tens of thousands of clicks on exhibitor specific content.

At Hyperfair we are ecstatic not only about the results of this virtual event, but also with the smooth launch of our newest 3D platform yet that made its debut at IFD. The new 3D  virtual events platform works faster and more efficiently than the previous versions and offers attractive new features aimed to make the experience even easier for users.

A video demo will be released soon showing the new platform. Can’t wait? Give us a call. We’d love to demo it for you.

User Nations:

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay

The Middle East: Afganistan, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates

North America: Canada, Mexico, USA

Asia: India, Japan, Thailand

Pacific Islands: New Zealand, Philippines

Last day!


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Today will be the last day of the Italian Furniture Design where Hyperfair is showcasing our newest platform. Sign up now for free: And log on today: 9am to 6pm Italy time 4 pm to 1 am Philippines time!

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the virtual fair is open!

The virtual tradeshow is dedicated to all those interested in having an overview of the production system of the Brianza district.
Architects, interior designers, design professionals, manufacturers, buyers and contractors, research centers, chambers of commerce, industry foundations, industry media, financial, cultural and educational institutions, trend forecasters and opinion form participants are all invited to sign up and arrange their visit to the tradeshow, where they will be able to get a first direct contact with exhibiting companies without even leaving their desk.


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the fair is on! november 27-28-29

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