K/BIS 2003:Landing in Orlando

K/BIS 2003:Landing in Orlando

By John Filippelli

Scheduled to take place in the "sun and fun" capital of Orlando, the event promises to offer great times, great weather, great products and plenty of educational opportunities, as well.

Scheduled to run April 11-13 and April 10-13, respectively, K/BIS and NK&BC return to Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center after stopping in Chicago last year.

This year's event is expected to attract some 50,000 kitchen and bath industry professionals from the U.S and Canada, as well as exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and South America.

The four-day show will showcase an ever-increasing number of product exhibits, demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive roundtable discussions, social activities and special events geared specifically for kitchen and bath industry professionals.

A wide range of product categories will be presented at K/BIS this year, including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing, appliances, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, laminate, ceramic and related countertop materials, kitchen and bath sinks and faucets, flooring, CAD-CAM software, decorative and functional hardware, kitchen and bath accessories, storage products, interior fittings, related building products, and more.

As always, this broad mix of products will be at the heart of the show, with more than 700 regional and national suppliers showcasing their wares across some 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the show's co-sponsor.

K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for Sunday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year's educational conference will include more than 55 seminars, as well as a variety of pre-conference programs and sessions addressing a variety of topics aimed toward the kitchen and bath professional.

Show organizers note that a principal highlight for 2003 is the conference's new remodeling track a series of sessions presented by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

However, seminar topics will address many other areas of interest to kitchen and bath professionals as well, ranging from business development and design to sales and marketing strategies.

K/BIS will also be offering its lunchtime roundtable discussions to provide a forum for professional networking on a smaller scale, with attendees encouraged to spend time discussing relevant issues impacting the kitchen and bath industry.

Roundtable topics will include merchandising and customer service ideas, outdoor kitchen design techniques, gender-perspective design concepts, tips for marketing a design certification, legal issues for dealers and designers and safety issues, plus a host of other topics affecting the kitchen and bath market today.

On the following six pages, K&BDN looks at just a small sampling of the products that will be displayed at this year's K/BIS.