A renewed sense of energy and excitement was visible at SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013. Attendees and exhibitors were enlightened and overly-satisfied with the outlook for the future of the industry based on the show and are already making their plans for SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2014, January 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, which took place January 28-31at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada saw a 4.3% increase in attendance from 2012. Industry professionals packed both floors to see the largest, trendiest, and best selection of floor covering and stone products in North America. Exhibitors presented an overflow of products, tools, and technologies that attendees will inevitably find success with in 2013.
“We are very optimistic about the state of the industries we serve after SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013. There was a new and energetic buzz on the show floor that consumed both attendees and exhibitors throughout the duration of the show,” commented Dana Teague, Group Director, SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. “We are confident that everyone who was in attendance will find rejuvenated success in 2013.”
S2 SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas continues to offer the widest range of products and services of any other North American flooring or stone industry event. With 699 exhibiting companies at this year’s show in over 341,419 net square feet of exhibit space, attendees had the perfect opportunity to see thousands of product lines under one roof. SURFACES welcomed 166 new exhibiting companies, while StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas welcomed 38.
“We sold booth space until the latest possible deadline on Monday, the day before the show started,” said Amie Gilmore, Associate Show Director of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. “Companies understand the significance of being in the show and how it can impact the future of their business. It is necessary to be at S2 to stay competitive.”
SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is also becoming a world renowned event attracting attendees from 78 countries and more than 100 exhibiting companies from key global markets such as Italy, Germany, Spain and Taiwan.
“We are very pleased with the results of SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2013. The energy on the show floor was beyond our expectations. It was a great selling show for us and the traffic on the show floor was phenomenal. We had quality leads and look forward to seeing what the year will bring us as a result of our attendance at the show,” said Ted Skaff, Director of Marketing for Pearl Abrasives Company and GranQuartz.
Tiffany Davis, Marketing Brand and Product Manager for Home Legend explained, “SURFACES has once again allowed Home Legend the opportunity to launch exciting and innovative products into our product line, while cultivating our existing customer base and gaining new Home Legend customers at the same time.”
“SURFACES 2013 was great and exceeded our expectations. The show draws exactly the right attendees and allows us to meet with existing and potential customers as well as dealers from around the country. It was also an honor to have been selected as a stop for the Designer Day Speed Trending Tour,” said Steve Wagner, Director of Sales and Marketing for Wellmade Performance Flooring.
Alex Bachrach, Publisher of Stone World, TILE Magazine andContemporary Stone & Tile Design recounted “The buzz and traffic at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas last week was the best I’ve seen since 2007. Everyone seemed to be so enthusiastic and it’s a great sign for this industry overall.”
Ed Duncan, Senior Vice President, Residential Marketing commented, “Mannington had a fantastic SURFACES show this year. Our booth was incredibly busy all three days, and it’s obvious that the retail flooring business is picking up. We’re optimistic about 2013 and SURFACES was a great way to kick it off and show the attendees all our great new products.”