Poco expands in eastern Germany
Germany's largest discount supplier for furnishing and renovation is expanding in eastern Germany and coming to Gera, a city with 92,000 inhabitants: Poco is expected to open its 127th furnishing store there in the summer. This was announced by the company. The conversion and modernisation work has already begun.
Domotex Turkey in July
Domotex Turkey, the Turkish spin-off of the world's leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, will take place this year from 10 to 13 July, two months later than usual. Unchanged is the venue, the Middle East Expo Center in Gaziantep.
Domotex Asia 2023 postponed to July
Domotex Asia/China Floor 2023 will be moved back two months in the trade fair calendar. Instead of 29 to 31 May as previously planned, the event will now take place from 26 to 28 July. The Chinese floor coverings fair will also return to Shanghai on the new date.
Otto Golze: Will succeeds Maier as sales manager
At the beginning of the year 2023, Riccardo Will (photo) took over purchasing for rugs and the position of sales manager at Otto Golze. He succeeds Jochen Maier, who left the company. Will has many years of experience in the industry; he most recently worked for the Schlau/Hammer group of companies as a buyer.
More than 350,000 m²: Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld are fully bookedThe leading international consumer-goods fairs Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld, which will be held in parallel for the first time in Frankfurt am Main from 3/4 to 7 February, are fully booked: 4,561 exhibitors from more than 160 nations will occupy the entire exhibition centre on 352,950 gross square metres. "The consumer-goods fairs are truly the global hub with a new record share of international exhibitors of 86 percent. The gross square metres occupied are also a new record; never before has the Frankfurt exhibition centre been so heavily booked in terms of square metres on a single date", says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt.
VME closes 2022 with increased turnover
The German furniture trade purchasing association Einrichtungspartnerring VME was able to realise a centrally regulated turnover of 1.76 billion euros last year. This corresponds to an increase of 10.3 percent compared to the previous year. "This extraordinary result is certainly more due to a strong first half of the year in terms of turnover, but in the second half of the year our members were still able to hold their own in a politically and economically difficult situation according to the circumstances," says Chief Executive Frank Stratmann.
New management team for Lars Larsen Group Retail
Lars Larsen Group, which includes the Jysk home furnishings chain, is setting up a new business unit. From 1 September 2023, 5 people, with the combined experience of more than 100 years within JYSK retail, will develop and run the new business area Lars Larsen Group Retail (LLGR) under Lars Larsen Group. The current President and CEO of Jysk, Jan Bøgh, will take on the role of President and CEO of LLGR. They will be joined by Niels Veien (Executive Vice President for Customer Experience, Digital & Business Development at Jysk), Henrik Naundrup (Executive Vice President for Finance and IT at Jysk), Peter Andsager (Executive Vice President for Purchasing at Jysk) and Jacob Krogh Andersen (Head of Business Development at Jysk).
Switzerland: XXXLutz takes over Conforama
XXXLutz is further expanding its market position in Switzerland. The Austrian furniture retail giant is taking over Conforma Switzerland. As reported by the online service blick.ch, nothing is to change in the brand presence and the branch network of the furniture store chain. The Conforama brand and locations will be retained, a XXXLutz spokesperson said on Thursday in response to a query from the AWP news agency. The takeover would also have no impact on the jobs of the 850 employees.
In 2024, IMM Cologne will take place in January again
The international furniture and interior design fair IMM Cologne will take place in January 2024 with a five-day run from Sunday, 14 January to Thursday, 18 January 2024. After a break due to the pandemic and the special imm Spring Edition taking place in June 2023, the interior fair will resume its established date from next year.
Domotex 2023: Exhibitors are very satisfied
A successful new start. After Domotex was cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, the world's leading trade fair for floor coverings and carpets started up again from 12 to 15 January. In eight halls - some of them quite airy - more than 730 exhibitors presented themselves to international visitors, 69 % of whom came from outside Germany.
Even though there were significantly fewer exhibitors in Hannover compared to 2020, this did not dampen the good mood. Whether handmade individual pieces or machine-woven collection goods: the exhibitors were consistently satisfied to enthusiastic about the response. Most visitors to the carpet halls were also satisfied with the range on offer, even though some buyers missed their regular suppliers.