Milestones

SFIC’s 34 years of success: Achieving world class standards and beyond.

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  • 2015

    5 Feb: Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) between SFIC and Singapore Polytechnic Design School to strengthen the connection between its design students with the furniture industry.

     

    25 Feb: MoU ceremony to officiate SFIC’s first association-led overseas deal-seeking initiative for the Singapore furniture industry, by tapping into the Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) programme run by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore. The ceremony was witnessed by Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Teo Ser Luck.

     

    10 March: MoU between SFIC and Raffles Design Institute to open up a horizon of opportunities for students to participate in prestigious projects, research and development, competitions and industrial attachments.

  • 2014

    12 March – SingaPlural 2014 became the anchor event of Singapore Design Week
    The scale of SingaPlural 2014 saw a 21% increase from our previous year with 317 local and international participants and collaborations. Officially launched by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, over 50,000 local and international audience were treated to an excellent display of 270 design installations as well as a robust exchange of knowledge and best practices throughout the week.

     

    6 Feb – Launch of Creative Craftsman Apprenticeship Programme
    The SFIC Institute, National Trades Union Congress’ e2i (Employment and Employability Institute), the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and The Polytechnic of Western Australia (PWA), with the support from the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), jointly launched a comprehensive apprenticeship programme to develop a pool of skilled local carpenters for the Singapore furniture industry.

     

    28 Oct: MoU between SFIC and School of Design, Nanyang Polytechnic, as one of our key initiatives to foster design-centric growth and to expand Singapore’s influence within the global furniture industry.

     

    31 Oct: In conjunction with SG50 celebration, SFIC honoured 26 pioneers who have laid the foundations and contributed significantly to the industry at SFIC Dinner & Dance 2014.

  • 2013

    19 Feb – The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) to heighten the awareness of environmental sustainability and encourage the adoption of green best practices among Singapore Furniture companies.

    The MOU outlines a three-year plan where SFIC and SEC will work together to improve furniture manufacturers’ sustainability expertise through various programmes. This includes training seminars and conferences, as well as programmes to help companies undertake the SEC’s Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), a leading environmental standard and certification mark.

    The MOU also calls on both organisations to jointly educate consumers on the value of environmentally sustainable product through community outreach programmes. The MOU underscores the growing importance of sustainable manufacturing and enhances SFIC’s vision of developing a sustainable furniture industry.

     

    8 Mar – The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) has partnered seven other design-centric associations of the DesignS network to curate SingaPlural 2013 – Celebrating Design, a multi-faceted design event which returns alongside the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2013 / ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS), The Décor Show 2013 and Hospitality 360°.

    The eight day celebration between 8th and 15th March 2013 featured 350 installations, symposiums, competitions, and many other activities from local and international design talents across diverse design disciplines including Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, as well as Interior, Furniture, Graphic and Fashion Design.

    These exclusively curated design spaces were located in five different locations; from the Singapore Expo to the bustling streets of Orchard Road at *SCAPE, Dhoby Ghaut Green, outside The Cathay and Park Mall. SingaPlural 2013 has also seen a stronger focus on the development of green products and the sustainability efforts from an array of initiatives by designers and company.

     

     

  • 2012

    The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) unveiled the 4th Member Assistance Scheme in February 2012, a financial package to help its members weather the current economic uncertainties. Under the scheme, up to S$1 million will be extended to all eligible members to help strengthen business capabilities and boost competitiveness by developing the industry’s human capital.

    Inaugural launch of SingaPlural – Singapore Furniture Design Week 2012, which represents a single entity that showcases the best design talents from the multi-faceted design arena including Architecture, Furniture, Interiors, Graphic and Fashion in Singapore. SingaPlural was also held in conjuction with IFFS/AFS 2012 from 09 – 12 March.

    Launched Hospitality.Design.Furniture CONVERGE Asia Conference and SingaPlural, a week-long design event, in conjunction with IFFS

    Launched of Green Pavilion during IFFS, invites international/local experts to share knowledge and showcase members’ unique and practical approaches towards sustainable practices. The Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 10 March 2012, sealed their commitment to work together to develop and support initiatives towards greening Singapore’s built environment.

  • 2011

    Launched Hospitality 360° and Deco Asia to co-locate with the annual IFFS/AFS.

    IFFS/AFS, Deco Asia and Hospitality 360° exceeded expectations with record visitors and sales. The trilogy of shows welcomed 536 exhibitors from 24 countries and 20,873 visitors from 112 countries as well as garnered US$289 million spot orders and US$3.02 billion follow-on sales.

    Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and Federmobili, the National Association of Furniture and Furniture Shops in Italy, signed a MOU on 14 April 2011. The MOU will promote better understanding, encourage knowledge-sharing and create further partnership opportunities between Singapore and Italian furniture players.

    Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and China National Furniture Association (CNFA) based in Beijing, signed a MOU on 06 July 2011. The signing of the MOU will ink the commitment between both countries to collaborate on programmes and improve industry practices in three major aspects: Information Exchange and Bilateral Business Collaboration, Design Development and Professional Training.

  • 2010

    Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) embarked on Green Initatives programs to raise awareness of the sustainability issue and compliance issues, to assist companies in adopting good practices and to improve public health and quality of life.

    Corporatised the SFIC Training Division and started a new company called SFIC Institute on 28 October to focus on organising training programmes and seminars.

  • 2009

    Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and the FederlegnoArredo (FLA), the Italian Federation of Wood, Cork, Furniture and Furnishing Industries, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU will promote better understanding, encourage knowledge-sharing and create further partnership opportunities between Singapore and Italian furniture players and designers.

    Launched the Design DNA Programme at the official opening of IFFS/AFS 2009, a new initiative by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council that aims to boost overall design standards and capabilities of local furniture companies and designers. Supported by SPRING Singapore, the programme will be implemented over the next three years to assist the furniture industry in fully leveraging design as a key competitive advantage and driver for future growth.

    Launched the Members Assistance Scheme (MAS), a financial package to assist its members weather the current economic uncertainties, for the third time. Under the MAS, up to S$1 million was handed out to eligible members to help lower business costs, strengthen business capabilities and explore new business opportunities to ensure sustainability, and facilitate their market diversification efforts.

  • 2008

    Launched the Singapore Mozaic, an industry programme by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and is supported by SPRING Singapore as well as International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.

  • 2007

    Launched of PLATFORM, a new initiative that will be held annually in conjunction with IFFS/AFS.

    IFFS/AFS 2007 achieved an attendance of 17,322 trade visitors from 117 countries at the recent five-day event. Amongst the visitors, there were 66 buying delegations from 17 countries. In terms of the scale of the fair, IFFS/AFS 2007 was the largest in its 24-year history, providing a useful platform for the forging of an unprecedented number of potential global trade partnerships. It hosted a record 510 exhibitors from 28 countries of which, many had increased their exhibition space. This resulted in the show being 10.7 percent bigger than 2006 with 60,000 square metres in gross space (or 39,300 square metres in nett space) spread across all six halls at the Singapore Expo.

  • 2006

    Launched a gamut of development programmes, partially funded under the government multi-agency local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) Program. With the S$16 million plan, implemented over the next 3 years will help the industry substain its strategic advantage and enhance its competitive edge in the international marketplace. The SFIC’s 3 year growth plan will focus on three key areas – nurture a high value-added workforce, develop more design-centric companies, and create a synergised industry network to capture a bigger global market share.

    IFFS Pte Ltd registered the highest exhibitor and visitor count in its 23 years history with 505 exhibitors from 29 countries and 17,838 trade participants from 12 countries. The year 2006 show occupied 6 halls of the Singapore Expo and boasted an increase of 8% in size as compared to year 2005.

  • 2005

    Launched The International Furniture Centre (IFC)
    Achieved record sales and participation for IFFS/AFS

    • grew from 82 exhibitors from 4 ASEAN countries (8,000) in 1989 to 452 exhibitors from 33 countries (55,000 sqm) and over 17,000 buyers from more than 100 countries.

    Corporatised the SFIC Fairs Division and started a new company called International Furniture Fair Singapore Pte Ltd (IFFS Pte Ltd) to focus on organising furniture & furniture-related and events. The organising of SFIC’s flagship furniture trade show – the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) – was transferred to the Company.

  • 2004

    Rebranding of Furniture Design Competition as Furniture Design Award and expanded its profile to include international entries

    Launched the Furniture Learning Institute on 29 January 2004

  • 2003

    Launched:

    • Furniture Industry Capability Upgrading Programme (Furniture ICAP), with support of SPRING Singapore
    • 2nd Member Assistance Scheme to help members deal with the challenging economic times
    • inaugural Singapore Furniture Industry Awards
    • inaugural Furniture Design Forum
  • 2002

    Launched OFFICE and KITCHEN at IFFS/AFS, with strategic partner, KolnMesse International

  • 2001

    Launched:

    • asiafurniturehub.com, an e-portal for furniture industry players
    • SFIC Member Assistance Scheme to help members during the economic downturn.
  • 2000

    Rebranding of the Singapore Furniture Design Centre (SFDC) as The Furniture Square on 27 October 2000

  • 1999

    Launched the Youth Furniture Committee – focus group comprising the 2nd echelon generation of industry leaders

  • 1998

    Acceptance of IFFS/AFS (the 1st international furniture fair in Asia) as a member of the prestigious Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based international body of trade fair organisers, in October 1998

  • 1996

    Launched:

    • Singapore Furniture Design Centre at IMM Shanghai
    • SFIC Shanghai Branch Office
  • 1995

    Commissioning of the Singapore Furniture Industry Park – Kunshan by Singapore Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong on 9 October 1995

  • 1994

    Established a 350,000-sqm Singapore Furniture Industry Park – Kunshan, the first private sector-led specialised furniture industry park in China

  • 1993

    Commissioned the Singapore Furniture Test Centre (SFTC) in March 1993 @ SISIR Building, with support from ASEAN Furniture Technology Centre/EC.

    Launched:

    • Furniture Manufacturing Information System (FMIS) – an industry-wide computerisation programme, with support from National Computer Board.
    • Furniture Design Training Programme, together with EDB and TDB Design Centre
    • Good Furniture Retailers Scheme (GFRS) on 14 May 1993
  • 1992

    Rebranding of the Singapore Furniture Export Show to “International Furniture Fair Singapore” (IFFS).
    Endorsement of IFFS as “Approved International Fair” by the Singapore government.

    Launched:

    • the Singapore Furniture Design Centre (SFDC) on 11 September 1992 (the first and largest permanent furniture design centre in the region)
    • a 10-year SFIC Master Plan to guide the industry towards continuous growth and development, with support from EDB
  • 1988

    Unanimous decision by AFFMA to appoint Singapore as the:

    • permanent site for the ASEAN Furniture Show
    • permanent Secretariat for AFIC
  • 1985

    Facilitated industry-wide regionalisation/internationalisation programmes to help industry players stay viable

  • 1983

    Organised the Singapore International Furniture Show ’83 in conjunction with the 2nd ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS).

  • 1982

    Debut of the 1st specialised furniture show – Singapore International Furniture Show ’82.

  • 1981

    Formed SFIC on 10 July 1981 as the official representative body of furniture manufacturers and exporters in Singapore.
    Also represented Singapore in the ASEAN Federation of Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFFMA), now known as ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC).