Series of Trade Shows Scheduled for Late '00, '01

Series of Trade Shows Scheduled for Late '00, '01

The Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) and Solid Surface 2001 may be the most well known of the industry-related trade shows scheduled to take place in the short-term future, but a series of additional events have been scheduled to give kitchen and bath trade professionals a glimpse of many of the latest products and services reaching the market.

Shows are set for both the U.S. and abroad in the coming months, with the focus often falling squarely on products for kitchen and bath designers and specifiers.

The following provides a thumbnail glimpse of the major upcoming events, aside from K/BIS 2001 and Solid Surface 2001:

  • Dallas will be the scene next month for the 2000 Annual Convention and Conference Session of the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) a trade association with direct ties to distributors in the kitchen/bath and cabinet manufacturing/fabricating industries, including distributors of cabinets, plumbing products, countertops and hardware.
    The annual NBMDA event, set for Nov. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, will feature the products and services of more than 120 exhibiting companies, as well as a series of educational sessions and roundtable discussions focusing on key trends in building materials distribution. Additional programs will focus on new technologies, marketing strategies and productivity issues for building products distributors.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling (888) 747-7862.
  • With "boom times" returning to the California, Nevada and Arizona housing markets, more than 600 exhibitor booths are expected to highlight the 12th annual Building Industry Show (BIS) in Anaheim next month.
    The trade show will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and will include exhibits and seminars aimed at builders, remodelers and real estate pros. Seminar topics include business, construction and marketing strategies, among others.
    "We're seeing the hottest building markets in nearly a decade, with a great deal of activity on the part of established firms as well as newer players," said Carol Ruch, v.p. of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, an event co-sponsor. "Everyone wants and needs the newest information on new products and new technologies impacting the construction industry."
    Additional information can be obtained by calling (909) 396-9993.
  • The 57th International Builders' Show, set for Feb. 9-12, 2001 in Atlanta, remains the housing industry's premier event, and will provide building industry professionals with the first opportunity in 2001 to preview the latest products offered by manufacturers and suppliers many with a direct link to the kitchen and bath market, 
    The 2001 show sponsored by the Washington, DC-based National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) will feature more than 1,000 exhibitors, with an expected attendance of more than 71,000 domestic and international visitors, according to the NAHB. In addition, more than 200 educational programs will address issues ranging from design trends and housing forecasts to customer service and legislation.
    A highlight of the show will be the TecHOMExpo Home Technology Pavilion, which will spotlight the latest in home automation products and services.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling (202) 861-2111.
  • The 2001 International Hardware Fair/DIY'TEC, scheduled for February, figures to be even larger than the 2000 event, which attracted 96,000 trade visitors and a record 3,870 suppliers from 53 nations, according to event sponsors.
    In fact, the 2001 International Hardware Fair/DIY'TEC should draw 10% more North American visitors than last year's event, and "will be a stage where the latest home improvement products, designs and concepts are unveiled," show sponsors said. The event is set for Feb. 18-21 in Cologne.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling (212) 974-8835.
  • Coverings, the International Tile & Stone Exhibition, has announced that the 2001 event will take place over three days, instead of its historical four-day pattern.
    The trade show and educational conference, scheduled for May 21-23 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, was shortened "because many exhibitors had requested a traditional three-day American show as opposed to the longer European exhibition format, which can run up to seven days," said William Mason of the Jupiter, FL-based show manager TSI, Inc.
    "The most precious commodity today is simply 'time.' Everyone is looking for ways to accomplish more, in less time. In the end, we will be guided by our exhibitors, and will guide our actions accordingly," Mason said.
    Coverings, launched in 1991, is aimed at showcasing the latest in tile and stone. The show is expected to feature exhibits by some 1,050 companies, and is expected to attract nearly 30,000 visitors.
    Additional information can be obtained by calling (800) 881-9400.