Hannover, Germany, Jan. 16, 2013 -- Domotex said this year's show attracted 40,000 visitors from over 80 nations.
"This constitutes a slight rise in attendance over 2011 as the most recent comparable staging of the event," said Jochen Köckler, member of the Deutsche Messe AG managing board.
However, attendance was down from 2012's 45,000 due to BAU, an architecture and building materials show that is held every other year in Munich. This year BAU ran from January 14 to 19, overlapping Domotex by two days.
A total of 1,350 enterprises from 60 nations presented their latest products and collections, including carpets, textile floor coverings, resilient floor coverings, parquet flooring and laminated coverings as well as installation, cleaning and application technologies.
This year the industry stressed bold colors and daring designs, Köckler said.
“The time when floors played a subordinate role to interior furnishings is over. The current diversity of materials, colors and designs is unlimited, making floors an interior design object – a trend which was clearly visible throughout the exhibition halls,” Köckler said.