Shanghai. DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016 (22–24 March) will feature the largest array of resilient floor coverings since the show was established. Four months before the show opens to the public, a full 95 percent of the available exhibition space for resilient floor coverings has already been booked. There has been a noticeable increase in exhibitor numbers and occupied floor space, especially in the commercial construction sector. Spread over three halls, more than 250 Chinese and international manufacturers of resilient floor coverings will be presenting their products on 35,000 square meters of floor space.
Alongside companies such as Armstrong, Gerfloor, LG Hausys, Sika, Henkel, Hanwha, Nox, KDF, IVC, Daejin and Unilin – all are back again at DOMOTEX asia/ CHINAFLOOR in 2016 – and the Chinese firms Novalis, Meijer, Kentier and Jinka, the lineup of manufacturers of resilient floor coverings includes first-timers such as Konkera, KCC and Ilshin. Also exhibiting for the first time is US Floors.
Piet Dossche, owner and CEO of US Floors and a regular visitor to the show, explains why US Floors has decided to participate for the first time in DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR. The company wants to “send a clear message that it plans to expand its operations worldwide and establish partnerships with established local players” in every region. “The Chinese market for floor coverings is still growing very rapidly, and therefore offers many opportunities for international companies to enter the market, buy products and develop business relationships. The manufacturing sector in China, with its competitive pricing and innovative products, continues to boom”, says Dossche. US Floors has grown rapidly in recent years, thanks to the success of its special COREtec product collection. At DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR 2016 the company will be presenting LVT floor coverings (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) in various designs, colors and surface finishes, which are virtually indistinguishable from the natural materials they replicate.
But the upward trend is not confined to resilient floor coverings. Other segments at the show are also expanding. Already 80 percent of the entire available display space has been booked. Particularly popular with the industry are the new two-year rental contracts, which offer exhibitors more favorable terms.