Applications are now being accepted for a spot at Innovations@Domotex 2015.
 
Domotex 2015 will open its gates from Jan. 17 to 20 at the Hannover exhibition center. Eligible companies can submit their innovations from the areas of textile floor coverings including fibers and yarns, resilient floor coverings, parquet and laminate flooring, modern hand-made rugs and as a new addition, applications and installation technology. In addition, the Carpet Design Awards 2015 will be staged for the first time under the umbrella of Innovations@Domotex.
 

Strong response from application and installation technology sector

 
According to show officials, Innovations@Domotex offers companies a unique opportunity to present their innovations to an international trade audience at the world’s leading trade fair for floor coverings.This format makes the industry’s innovative capacity tangible and provides an ideal platform for this.The advantage for exhibitors: innovations and trends are genuine audience magnets. Securing a slot at the Innovations@Domotex Areas means participating companies can more easily come into contact with trade visitors from retailing/wholesaling, the skilled trades and architecture, as they initiate concrete business deals and expand their professional network. Exhibitors will benefit from the extra attention generated by Innovations@Domotex during the run-up to the show as well as during the event itself. 
 
“After the successful debut of Innovations@Domotex we are expecting even more applications in 2015 than the previous year. The high level of interest among exhibitors is already apparent even at this early stage. In particular the response from the newly added product category of application and installation technology is very strong,” stated Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Hannover-based Deutsche Messe. “We look forward to a great variety of fresh ideas characterized by their outstanding creativity and design, and to all the new angles they will project.”
 
A jury composed of recognized floor covering experts, architects and designers will screen entries for the best ideas. The jury will again be chaired by Stefan Diez, industrial designer from Munich. The innovations selected by the jury will be presented on special areas at Domotex in a compact, clearly arranged display. Applications and information on the conditions for participation are available at cemat.de/de/ueber-die-messe/themen-und-trends/news/neuheiten-2014 media.DOMOTEX.de.
 

Global networking hub for carpet avant-garde

 
Market leaders from all floor covering sectors will be represented at Domotex 2015. Show officials report more than 83% of exhibitors and 57% of trade show attendees come from outside Germany. A large number of companies have registered for Domotex 2015 well in advance, according to Köckler. 
 
He said, Domotex is consequently becoming progressively more interesting for exclusive providers of hand-made carpets. Chevalier, for example, is appearing for the first time as an exhibitor in this segment. This young French company produces high-end, hand-made carpets based on designs by artists and designers like Daniel Buren and Philope Cazal. The American company Tufenkian will likewise be represented as an exhibitor at the upcoming Domotex, following a several-year period of absence. This company is a global marketer of high-grade knotted carpets from Nepal and Armenia. Its timeless designs are predominantly the work of designers like Barbara Berry, Kevin Walz and Laura Kirar.
 
Köckler said the show will also feature lots of fresh new ideas for the contract flooring sector, according to Köckler. Architects and interior designers will all reap extra rewards from attending the show. Innovations@Domotex features an extensive supporting program on floor coverings tailored to this target group, including talks by international experts, discussion rounds and guided tours led by well-known architects.
 

New hook-up: Carpet Design Awards and Innovations@Domotex

 
Outstanding designs will receive a special distinction: the Carpet Design Awards, acknowledging high-quality, well-designed hand-made carpets. This new union, which will substantially enhance the status of the competition, also serves to underscore the special Domotex focus on innovations and trends.