Wind and solar powered lighting as well as other environmentally friendly products will be presented at two international exhibitions held simultaneously in HCM City later this year.

Organisers said at a press conference on May 23 that the exhibitions will showcase the latest lighting, furniture and interior decoration products and solutions from 250 foreign and local companies.

The Vietnam Lighting Exhibition and the Vietnam Home Fashion&Decor 2011 will be held from December 15-17 at the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Center in District 7.

The exhibitions aim to create opportunities to increase brand awareness, establish relationships with new partners and buyers, receive national recognition for products and services and identify latest trends in the market place, organisers said.

Stanley Chu, chairman of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, said Vietnam is well known as one of the fastest growing countries in the world with continuously high GDP growth and huge foreign direct investments, especially in the real estate sector.

With increasing urbanisation and the government's long-term plans for energy conservation, demand was set to grow for lighting, furniture and decorative products for various sectors including housing, infrastructure, commercial complexes and the hospitality industry, he said.

Vietnam Lighting 2011 will present products and services of decorative lighting products and technology, electrical lighting machines technology and interior lighting designing technology.

It will also cover the most comprehensive lighting topics such as architectural lighting, green lighting, commercial lighting, decorative lighting, household lighting, LED/OLED lighting, outdoor lighting, advertising lighting&signs, wind/solar power lighting, lighting design and lighting accessories.

Dang Kim Giao, Ministry of Construction's director of Construction Information Technology Centre, said the event is a special opportunity for domestic and foreign enterprises to cooperate, transfer technology and strengthen investment and trade promotion as well.

The Vietnam Home Fashion&Decor 2011, on the other hand, will showcase top quality home furnishings, office furniture, kitchen furniture, upholstered and non-upholstered furniture, bedroom furniture, as well as decorative items and designs for every room in a house.

With the urbanisation rate in Vietnam forecast to increase to 45.2 percent from the current 27 percent by 2020, the furniture market is entering a golden age, organisers said.

Besides, a series of industry summit, networking event, architect and designer activities and special showcases will be held to provide more in-depth exchange and networking.

The exhibitions will be organised by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd in collaboration with AFC International Exhibition Fair Corp, one of the leading companies in the field in Vietnam. It is also the organiser of Vietnam's largest building materials exhibition, Vietbuild.

The organisers are supported by the Ministry of Construction and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam Lighting Association, the Vietnam Science and Technology Academy, and the Vietnam Union of Architects./.