2003 K/BIS Posts Record Growth, Sponsors Report
The four-day event, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, "set the tone for another strong year in business" and cemented the show's status as the largest annual trade-only event of its kind, K/BIS organizers said.
"We are thrilled that our efforts to improve the most important event in the industry are showing strong results," said Walt Goldsby, show director and group v.p. for VNU Expositions, the Atlanta-based producers of K/BIS.
"The exhibit hall expanded significantly this year and we were pleased to see more than 785 exhibitors put on one of the best shows the industry has ever seen."
"K/BIS is more than just a showcase of products. It's trend-setting, a think tank and a meeting place," said, Les Petrie, president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association and K/BIS presenter.
Among this year's K/BIS highlights were the following:
- A New Product Pavilion highlighted the most recent breakthroughs in a one-stop showcase for buyers. The products on display were judged by attendees to determine the New Product Awards for the year. The winner for Best New Kitchen Product was Rocky Mountain Hardware, with its Apron Front Sink; the Best New Bath Product was Capizzi, with its Calia Product line.
- NKBA's 2003 Design Competition award winners were highlighted during the NKBA Board of Directors Gala where hundreds of leaders, members and colleagues of the association mingled the night before they opened the show floor.
Next year's K/BIS will take place in Chicago's McCormick Place from April 2-4, 2004.