DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR is the largest floor covering trade show in the Asia Pacific region
This year’s DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR trade fair, which ran from 22 to 24 March, attracted some 1,303 companies from 39 nations, 50,389 visitors (+9%) from over 110 nations at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).
“These figures once again confirm the leading position DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR enjoys in the Asia-Pacific region. They are also a clear indication of the confidence that the big flooring industry players have in the show as the best platform at which to do business in the region,” said Martin Folkerts, director of Global Fairs at Deutsche Messe as one of the show’s organisers. “The feedback we received from our exhibitors this year was resoundingly positive, with many emphasising the high quality of the visitors and buyers who attended the show. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR has consistently grown both in terms of size and quality, and we are committed to ensuring this development continues.”
This year marked the first time that a North American distributor delegation, consisting 12 of the USA’s most prominent industry representatives, visited DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR. The delegation was co-organised by the Floor Covering Institute LLC, Floor Covering Weekly and The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD). The delegation also took the opportunity to visit a number of the local manufacturing plants of exhibiting Chinese companies.
Events such as the World Flooring Forum shed light on the latest trends and developments in China’s wood flooring market. In addition, the China International WPC Development Forum 2016 provided domestic and international leaders in wood-plastic composites production, raw material supply, engineering, construction and research with a quality platform for wide-ranging dialogue on investment opportunities and industry trends and innovations.
This year, environmental protection and innovation once gain ranked among the keynote themes of the show – as reflected in programs such as the GreenStep Asia Awards and the InnovAction showcase.
The 4th GreenStep Asia Awards, which were staged in cooperation with Floor Covering Weekly, gave flooring exhibitors a chance to showcase their contribution to sustainable development at all levels. The competition is open to all manufacturers worldwide who have manufacturing facilities in Asia. First prize in the “Green Pinnacle” category went to Weihai Shanhua Carpet Group, while Zhejiang Xingyue Carpet Industry took top honors in the “Green Product” category, and Zhejiang Kingdom Plastics came out on top in the “Green Process” category.
Each year, many companies use the InnovAction innovation platform to showcase their latest products and product developments to the global market. This year, a total of 30 companies were awarded for their innovative products, although only three made it to the very top of the list to take out the “Best of the Best” award: Wuxi Fuxing Carpet in the carpet category, Hangzhou Dasso Technology in the parquet flooring category, and Zhejiang Hailide New Material in the resilient floor coverings category.
This year’s fair featured two design showcases: Cadex and Materia
Cadex is an architecture and design showcase that was co-staged with DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR for the very first time this year. Comprising more than 10 special events, conferences and workshops, it attracted over 50 innovative materials suppliers and some of the biggest architects, interior designers and property developers in the industry.
The Materia showcase was first held in 1998, and its purpose is to foster closer links between architects and producers of new materials. This year’s event, which spanned three days, once again showcased the latest material innovations from around the world for more beautiful, sustainable and high-quality environments.
The next DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR will be held from 21 to 23 March 2017.
Text and images: Deutsche Messe