Austria: Kika/Leiner closes 23 stores
After the takeover of Kika/Leiner, the new owner has now announced "far-reaching restructuring measures" to turn around the Austrian furniture store chain. Accordingly, it is planned to close 23 of the 40 stores and to cut 1900 of 3900 jobs. Hermann Wieser, the new managing director, told the newspaper Handelsblatt: "We started out to save Kika/Leiner. And we are now saving what can be saved." Deep and rapid cuts were necessary to ensure the survival of the company, he said.
Pieter Tops has died
Pieter Tops has passed away. He died on 30 May 2023. Born on 26 May 1947, he took his well-deserved retirement at the end of 2021 after working for many years as a sales representative in the carpet industry. In his last position, Tops had worked for the Belgian machine-woven rug manufacturer Ragolle since 1997.He worked as an independent sales representative, representing well-known companies such as Damoka, Talis and Arte Espina. Tops was known for his expertise, commitment and personable manner and enjoyed an excellent reputation in the industry. With Pieter Tops, the carpet industry loses a special personality.
Signa sells Kika/Leiner
The Signa Group of investor René Benko is selling the Austrian furniture chain Kika/Leiner. This is reported by the Kronenzeitung. Initially it had been said that Benko had only sold the more than 80 properties to the Supernova Group, which specialises in the development and operation of DIY store locations and retail parks. On 1 June, the Signa Group confirmed that the operational business had also been sold. The new owner, a management team led by former Kika/Leidner managing director Hermann Wieser, intends to continue the two traditional Austrian brands.
XXXLutz in Wels: reopening after total reconstruction
The XXXLutz furniture store in Wels, Austria, reopened on 25 May after months of total reconstruction. "The new XXXLutz is the most modern furniture store in the group. In total, more than 20 million euros were invested in the Wels location. All three sales channels (XXXLutz, Möbelix and Mömax) were completely rebuilt and renewed from the ground up.
Over 1,500 visitors at Flanders Flooring Days
Flooring suppliers from Belgium and this time also from the Netherlands invited visitors to the second edition of the Flanders Flooring Days. From 22 to 25 May, ten companies opened their showrooms within a radius of less than 25 km. According to a press release from the organisers, 1,553 trade visitors from 68 countries participated in the event, 60 % more than last year. For the next Flanders Flooring Days in May 2024, suppliers from outside the Benelux countries have also announced themselves as exhibitors.
The visitor registration platform for attending Domotex Asia / Chinafloor 2023 is now open to all worldwide flooring professionals
1600 exhibitors are expected to exhibit in 200,000 sqm of space at the 25th edition of Domotex Asia / Chinafloor. The show will be held from 26 to 28 July 2023 at the Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center. The organisers expect Domotex Asia to „further strengthen its positioning as the largest industry’s international gathering in Asia Pacific and a not-to-be-missed event for re-discovering untapped opportunities in the region.“ To ensure a smooth return to China after a long time for many, the organizer has put in place the “Welcome back to Shanghai” campaign which includes a set of hospitality services. The visitor registration platform for attending the trade fair is now open to all worldwide flooring professionals.
Domotex Turkey 2023 to be held in Antalya
Domotex Turkey, the leading trade fair for the carpet and floor coverings industry in Turkey and the Middle East, will take place from 10 to 13 July 2023 at the Anfaş International Fair and Congress Center in Antalya. The move to Antalya was necessary due to the Gaziantep Middle East Fair Center serving as a logistics center for earthquake relief organizations.
Carpet Star 2024: The carpet retailers of the yearCarpet Home is once again looking for exemplary carpet retailers to award with the Carpet Star at Domotex 2024.
Are you a 'star' carpet retailer? Does your company have one or more outstanding strengths? For example, in product presentation, customer service, marketing or social media? Is there something about you that other merchants could learn from? Submit your entry to become a potential Carpet Star winner - whether you run a boutique, a large carpet store, a carpet department in a furniture store or a web shop. The deadline to enter the Carpet Star 2024 Awards is 22 September 2023.
Apply now online: Carpet Star 2024 / Application
Deutsche Messe AG / EUCA: Constructive exchange about Domotex 2024
At a joint meeting of Deutsche Messe AG and the carpet importers' association EUCA, Sonia Wedell-Castellano (Global Director Domotex), Thilo Horstmann (Senior Project Director) and Dunja Seven (Team Lead Sales) provided information about the latest plans for Domotex 2024 and discussed the experiences of Domotex 2023 with the carpet importers present. In order to attract significantly more exhibitors to Domotex again next year, the organisers have entered into an open and constructive dialogue. To make the fair even more attractive for visitors, the organisers are consistently developing the special shows and expanding the programme. The exhibition space will also be expanded. Next year, Domotex will grow by two halls: In the Rugs section (carpets and rugs), Hall 3 will be reintegrated to create space for additional special events and exhibitor initiatives such as the 'Peacock Project' by Lila Valadan.
Interview of the month in Carpet Home II/2023: Mc Three opens a new chapter
Now that it is certain that fully integrated Flemish carpet producer Mc Three willremain in family hands, the company is now setting a course for the future aftersuccessfully exhibiting at Domotex. In September 2022, Peter Desmet took over as CEO and is now responsible for the company‘s fortunes. Investments are being madein design, personnel, sustainability, new technologies and automation. Having mostmaterials and production steps all in-house makes the manufacturer independentand agile. Carpet Home visited McThree and spoke with CEO Peter Desmet, DesignManager Ophélie Vanhoutte, Product Development and Sustainability Officer Flo VanTongel and Marketing Officer Yentl Van der Plas. Read the interview of the month in the online edition of Carpet Home II/2023. → Link to Carpet Home II/2023