Domotex 2005 Expecting Over 1,000 Exhibitors

Hannover, Germany, November 8—Domotex, the annual focal point in the international carpet and floor coverings industry, puts the emphasis of Domotex 2005 on presentation, information and communication. With its vast array of product displays, its reputation as a trade show focused on business, its broad international appeal and not least its extensive program of special events, it is the key annual international event for tens of thousands of professionals from all over the world, who are connected with the flooring industry. Domotex organizer Deutsche Messe AG is expecting some 1,080 exhibitors this coming January, with net stand bookings of around 901,800 square feet (83,500 square meters). A hallmark feature of Domotex is its extraordinary international participation. Around 75 percent of the exhibitors, more than 800 companies representing 55 countries, come from outside Germany. The largest foreign contingents in terms of stand bookings will be coming from Belgium, Turkey, the Netherlands and India. On the visitor side DOMOTEX is equally international in scope, with foreign visitors accounting for around 60 percent of the total attendance. One of the most striking features of the visitor breakdown is the very high proportion of senior decision-makers, who accounted for nearly 77 percent of the visitor total of 46,578. Overall visitor numbers at Domotex 2004 were up by 16 percent. What makes Domotex the industry’s top international event is the regular presence of all the leading manufacturers from around the world and the uniquely comprehensive range of floor coverings on display there. Plus: a dynamic supporting program that has been developed and refined in collaboration with exhibitors and various trade organizations. The U.S. participation at Domotex includes the top U.S. manufacturers Mohawk, Shaw, and Masland Contract (Dixie Group) among the exhibitors. Other product groups are also well-represented by the U.S., including Swiff-Train Company in resilient flooring, Renaissance Carpets and Tapestries in upscale hand-made products, Black Mountain Looms in traditional and modern handmade rugs, Prestige Sports Systems/Hardwood Floors and Robinson Lumber Company Inc. in parquet flooring, and National Carpet Equipment Inc. in installation products. Once again manufacturers from the State of Georgia will have a strong showing in its group presentation organized by the American Floorcovering Alliance (AFA), and several hardwood, exotic wood and installation companies will show their products under the umbrella of the National Woodflooring Association (NWFA). Following the enlargement of the display area in 2004 with the inclusion of Hall 9, this hall will also be used for Domotex 2005 -- the first time it has been used for the event in an odd-numbered year. Many exhibitors in halls 7, 8 and 9 (parquet and laminate flooring, application technologies, laying equipment, cleaning and maintenance) had already decided to sign two-year contracts at the time of this year’s Domotex in January 2004. These exhibitors are joined by those companies, who decide on a year-by-year basis to exhibit -- with the result that virtually all the top names in the parquet and laminate business will be present. Domotex Hannover covers virtually everything available in world markets in the following segments: -Applications Technology, Laying Equipment, Cleaning & Maintenance -Carpets/Rugs (Hand-Made) -ContractWorld, Natural Stone, Ceramic Tiles -Fibers, Yarns & Textiles -Laminate Flooring -Parquet & Other Wooden Floors -Publishing, Trade Associations, Design & Other Services -Resilient Floor Coverings -Textile Floor Coverings (Rolls, Tiles & Ready-Made) -Woven Carpets (Machine-Made)

Related Topics:The Dixie Group, NWFA Expo, Masland Carpets & Rugs, Swiff-Train Company, Coverings, Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Domotex