Companies laud Expo Jamaica
Small and large businesses are lauding the success of this year's biannual Expo Jamaica, which ran from April 26-29.
Organised by the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) and the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA), in collaboration with JAMPRO, the four-day event was staged at the National Arena in St Andrew under the theme 'Brand Jamaica'.
Hundreds of people turned out to view the offerings from the 200 companies showcasing more than 2,000 products.
First-timer to the expo, Solar Buzz Jamaica, won the award for Best Use of Technology in a Booth.
Chief Executive Officer Jason Robinson said they were quite happy with the response to their offerings on services and products to reduce and conserve energy.
"It really gave us a lot of exposure. In fact, as we speak, I'm just leaving the Ministry of Energy, which invited us to display the exact same expo booth set-up at the EEC (Energy Efficiency and Conservation) presentation today (yesterday) with Minister (Phillip) Paulwell," said Robinson.
Robinson said since the expo ended on Sunday, they have been busy honouring commitments to clients, who had paid or signed up for energy assessments, as well as filling orders for residential and commercial clients for solar products.
Long-time participant Berger Paints Jamaica Limited was just as pleased.
"It went well in terms of being able to expose our products to the general public and specifically showcasing some of the new products," said Marketing Manager Trevor Lloyd.
Sandra Geohagan-Green, pro-motions coordinator for Lasco Manufacturing Ltd, told The Gleaner: "It went tremendously well for us, given the number of persons that visited our booth. It also gave us the opportunity to introduce our new product, and the response to it was very, very good."
Taylor's Wood Products Ltd participated for the past six expos. Managing Director Granville Taylor said this year was much better.
"Our kitchens went well. We had offers left, right and centre. The last time, we had more people coming to just look, but this year, people actually placed orders. It was a resounding success," said Taylor.
First-timer Dorrette Ubanks, managing director of D'Nexstep Sandals and Accessories, was also quite pleased.
"It was really, really good. We got a very good response. This is our first time doing it, and it was kind of overwhelming. There was a lot of interest in the products, so we were excited to be there. We are already seeing the business coming out of this," said Ubanks.
She added: "I would love for them to have another one that would include other Caribbean islands to showcase our products."
CAPTION: Jason Robinson (right), chief executive officer of Solar Buzz Jamaica, explains energy-conservation methods to Phillip Paulwell (left), minister of science, technology, energy and mining, and Julian Robinson (second left), minister of state in the energy ministry, during the launch of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme, which was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston yesterday. Looking on is Justin Robinson (centre), director of Solar Buzz Jamaica. Ian Allen/Photographer