Dynamic DOMOTEX 2017 puts fresh wind in the sails of the global floor coverings industry
- Substantial growth in number of exhibitors and size of exhibition
- More international mix of exhibitors and attendees
- Fresh impetus from Innovations@DOMOTEX and the Young Designer Trendtable
After four action-packed days, DOMOTEX 2017 drew to a close, chalking up considerable growth in terms of its exhibitor lineup and the total amount of space booked, and with an even higher percentage of exhibitors and visitors from abroad. A total of 1,409 exhibitors from more than 60 countries showcased their latest innovations to a global audience at the Hannover Exhibition Center, once again impressively highlighting the innovative spirit and high performance capability of the floor coverings industry. "Thanks to its strong exhibitor lineup, myriad innovations and unparalleled international scope and reach, DOMOTEX has impressively underscored its reputation as the international floor covering industry's leading marketplace and showcase for innovations. Our exhibitors were particularly pleased with the high caliber of the international audience they encountered here, while the show's visitors, for their part, responded enthusiastically to the globally unrivalled array of offerings at DOMOTEX," remarked Dr. Andreas Gruchow, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of DOMOTEX, on the last day of the show. "Innovations@DOMOTEX and the new Young Designer Trendtable, in particular, delivered a great deal of valuable inspiration and highlighted DOMOTEX as a place that puts innovations on center stage."
Attendance was on a par with the last comparable DOMOTEX, staged in 2015. Around 70 percent of visitors were from abroad, with the majority (43 percent) coming from EU countries. There was a considerable increase in visitors from the Near and Middle East (up 9 percent) as well as East and Central Asia (up 16 percent). Appreciably more visitors came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom, in particular.
For anyone keen on doing international business, Hannover was clearly the place to be. "DOMOTEX is our No. 1 event. Here in Hannover we can show off our products to a truly global audience. DOMOTEX was more attractive than ever, and we are very content with the run of the show. We had considerably more talks with high-caliber decision-makers from abroad. And visitors spent much more time at our stand to get informed about our offerings. The number of contacts from creative backgrounds was also notably higher. DOMOTEX is steadily becoming less of a product showcase and more of an inspirational looking glass for trends in the making," remarked Piet Lievevrouw, General Manager of the Beaulieu Internati
Jan Vergote, CEO of the IVC Group based in Avelgem, Belgium, had this to say: "In 2017 more than ever, DOMOTEX is serving us the best place in the world at which to unveil our latest innovations. As a world first, here in Hannover we unveiled our revolutionary hyperrealistic vinyl flooring to an international audience. We are already looking forward to next year's DOMOTEX, where we plan to mount an even bigger showcase and feature even more products from our comprehensive range."
Piet Dossche, CEO at USFloors (COREtec) based in Dalton, George, USA, expressed similar praise for the show: "DOMOTEX is a very important trade fair for USFloors as the makers of COREtec. Last year we used DOMOTEX for the European launch of COREtec, and that was a tremendous success. This year we are unveiling a total of 29 new designs at DOMOTEX, and they have been meeting with a very good initial response here in Hannover. Visiting professionals are showing keen interest in our new colors. We are also amazed at the huge media interest we have experienced at our stand, which is twice as big as last year's."