This was AirPhysio’s first international conference or exhibition, and we were invited by Global Vitamin4Less to attend the 2017 China Yiwu Spring Imported Commodities Fair with them on the EAUNZ stand between May 6-9, 2017.
Since it was launched in 1995 and approved by UFI, Yiwu Fair has become the third largest exhibition sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and was honoured as “Best Management Fairs in China”, “Best Outcome Exhibition”, “Top Ten Exhibitions in China”, “Best Fair sponsored by the Government” and “Most Influential Brand Fairs”. So AirPhysio saw this as a great opportunity to showcase our respiratory therapy device and gain some valuable insight into the potential market and feedback on the device.
The theme of the exhibition was to ‘promote innovation and the sharing of global resources’. The Fair had a total of 2006 international standard booths, using an exhibition area of more than 50,000 square metres. It attracted more than 100 countries from five continents and 1512 local exhibitors.
Amount the huge array of Australian and international products on display at this year’s Yiwu Fair, AirPhysio offered something which was unique to the fair and to China.
This gained us a great deal of interest not only at the stand, but we were invited to present our product to an array of around 60+ potential distributors in the conference room, and the response was overwhelming with between 5-10 distributors swamping us immediately after we had finished our presentation and returned to our seats.
When we returned to the stand after our presentation, we found a photographer taking photographs of our product, and when asked, we found out that we had won the coveted “Best Product” award for the Fair. This was followed up by a presentation and television interview at the end of the show, which sadly we were unable to attend as we were travelling to the airport to travel back to Australia.
We were speechless and found the experience to be beyond our belief that we had taken out the prestigious Best Product award over 3,518 exhibitors from over 100 countries, receiving an international award in our first exhibit outside of Australia.