DOMOTEX: 2016: biggest exhibitor turnout in years

DOMOTEX 2016 is shaping up nicely. Opening day is still a whole two months away, but there are already very clear indications that the world's leading trade show for carpets and floor coverings will enjoy a particularly strong and international industry turnout.

"We're on track for an extremely successful DOMOTEX 2016," commented Dr. Jochen Köckler, a member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. "We have already received more exhibitor bookings than in previous years. And the reason for that is simple: people with innovative products and ideas need a strong international platform. They need DOMOTEX. As the flagship showcase of the carpets and floor coverings industry, DOMOTEX sets the tone. It is the only show that provides a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and innovations on the floor coverings market.” In terms of numbers, DOMOTEX 2016, which runs from 16 to 19 January, is expected to feature some 1,400 exhibitors from more than 60 countries.

DOMOTEX is the global hub of the carpets and floor coverings industry, a marketing powerhouse that gets the year off to a strong start with a shot of new ideas and business leads. World-leading providers of floor coverings will use the upcoming show as a springboard for their new products and collections. “About 85 percent of the show’s exhibitors will be from outside Germany. They are taking part in DOMOTEX 2016 in order to tap into new export markets,” Köckler said. After Germany, the biggest exhibiting nations in terms of leased space are Turkey, India, Belgium, China, the Netherlands and Iran.

Spread across 12 exhibition halls, the upcoming DOMOTEX will feature a uniquely rich and diverse array of products and materials – an absolute bonanza for trade visitors from the flooring wholesale and retail sectors, architecture, interior design, the skilled flooring trades and the furniture and interior furnishing retail and wholesale sectors. The show’s product lineup encompasses textile and resilient floor coverings for the residential and contract furnishing sectors, machine-woven and hand-made carpets and rugs, parquet and laminate flooring, outdoor flooring solutions, and a comprehensive range of care, cleaning, installation and application technologies.

"One thing we can already say with certainty is that LVT tiles and planks will be one of the big attractions at the show. And no wonder, with all those innovative printed designs and textures to choose from," Köckler said. The LVT offering at the upcoming DOMOTEX will be much bigger than ever before. The show's parquet and laminate flooring section will also be bigger, with exhibitor numbers and exhibition space both noticeably up on 2014. The exhibitor lineup in the parquet and laminate products section will, for instance, include numerous premium suppliers such as Bauwerk, Gazzotti, Margaritelli, Mafi and Scheucher.

Another major visitor magnet at DOMOTEX 2016 will be the Wood Flooring Summit in Hall 9. The event is expected to feature around 200 exhibitors from the parquet and laminate flooring industry, plus over 180 providers of application and installation technology. Among them will be such big names as Amorim, Boen, Egger, Kährs, Meisterwerke and Unilin. "The Wood Flooring Summit is one of the stand-out highlights of the show. It features a rich and independently selected range of innovative new creations and interior design solutions from the best of the best in the parquet, wood and laminate flooring sector. An informative and stimulating showcase for visitors from all backgrounds," said Ulrich Scheffold, General Manager, Margaritelli Germany. Staged in Hall 9, the Summit features an exhibition area for product innovations and a dining and lounge area for informal networking.