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

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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.

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