DOMOTEX 2016 ends with new momentum for global flooring industry

Wood Flooring Summit: The meeting place for the parquet and laminate industry

Wood Flooring Summit: The meeting place for the parquet and laminate industry


DOMOTEX 2016 drew to a close on January 19. With 1,441 exhibitors from 59 countries and 45,000 trade visitors from more than 100 nations, DOMOTEX delivered fresh momentum for the international floor coverings industry, serving as a powerful driver of sales, trends and innovations.

“Whatever aspect you choose to look at – exhibitor lineup, visitor turnout, international coverage, the ratio of decision-makers present – exhibitors and visitors all attest to the event’s top performance, underscoring its ever greater appeal for the sector,” said Dr Jochen Köckler, a Managing Board member of Deutsche Messe. “DOMOTEX has demonstratively enhanced its reputation as an unrivalled source of momentum for the global floor coverings industry.”

Visitors from around the world found all the latest trends and innovations on display in 12 different exhibition halls. Of some 27,500 overseas visitors, around 50% were from the EU, 25% were from Asia and 8% from the Americas. There was a notable increase in attendance from Asia, which went up by 29%.

The international scope and reach of DOMOTEX is key to its reputation as a driver of new business. Exhibitors were delighted with the high level decision makers among the show’s attendees, with more than 72%  percent of them being top managers who play a role in their companies’ purchasing decisions. The majority of visitors at this year’s DOMOTEX were retail and wholesale buyers (13,500 and 11,400, respectively). The fair also attracted architects, interior designers and contractors (3,700), as well as 9,400 skilled tradespeople.

EGGER Retail Products, Hall 9, Stand C38


Parquet, Wood and Laminate Flooring


Resilient Floor Coverings, Beaulieu International Group, Hall 6, Stand B04

“DOMOTEX is the central hub for the floor coverings industry – on a global scale. All the important players from every continent are represented here at DOMOTEX. That translates into outstanding business prospects at the fair,” commented Guido Schulte, Managing Director of MeisterWerke Schulte GmbH, based in Rüthen-Meiste, Germany.

Paul De Cock, President of the UNILIN Flooring Division in Wielsbeke, Belgium, also praised the event. He said, “DOMOTEX is a key platform for our international business. Our stand attracted a steady stream of visitors, resulting in lively business and lots of purchase orders. We are delighted with the outcome of the fair and feel upbeat about the business year ahead.”

The Innovations@DOMOTEX showcase put a big spotlight on highly innovative floor coverings. The three Innovations@DOMOTEX areas proved highly popular among the show’s visitors, drawing special attention to 84 selected innovations in the categories textile and resilient floor coverings, parquet and laminate flooring and contemporary hand-made rugs. This made it easy for trade visitors to get a concise look at the sector’s hottest innovations, thus providing valuable orientation for the year ahead.

The third edition of the Wood Flooring Summit was also a draw. Targeted at the international parquet and laminate flooring sector, visitors were introduced to all the current trends, developments and new materials for parquet, laminate, cork, bamboo and outdoor floor coverings.

The next DOMOTEX is scheduled from 14 to 17 January 2017.


Images: Deutsche Messe

Source: Deutsche Messe/ Edited by Panels & Furniture Asia