DOMOTEX 2017 puts fresh winds in the sails of the global flooring industry

DOMOTEX 2017 drew to a close, chalking up considerable growth.

Over 1,000 exhibitors from 60 countries exhibited at the Hannover Exhibition Center, once again highlighting the innovative spirit and high performance capabilities of the floor coverings industry.

“Thanks to its strong exhibitor lineup, myriad innovations and unparalleled international scope and reach, DOMOTEX has underscored its reputation as the international floor covering industry’s leading marketplace and showcase for innovations,” remarked Dr Andreas Gruchow, Deutsche Messe managing board member in charge of DOMOTEX.

“Our exhibitors were particularly pleased with the high caliber of the international audience they encountered here,” he added.

DOMOTEX 2017 (14 – 17 Jan) saw considerable growth in terms of number of visitors, exhibitors and programme line-up. 

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 Middle East (up 9 percent) as well as East and Central Asia (up 16 percent). More visitors also came from the U.S. and the United Kingdom, in particular.

“We are very content with the show. We had considerably more talks with high-caliber decision-makers from abroad and visitors spent much more time at our stand. 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 International.

Piet Dossche, CEO at USFloors (COREtec) 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.”