DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008, 12 to 15 January
Wednesday October 24, 2007
DOMOTEX HANNOVER – bigger than ever in 2008
Leading international trade show boasts another 2,000 m² of display space
80% of all exhibitors from outside Germany
Spotlight on innovations and the latest trends

Hannover. The flagship event for the worldwide floor coverings industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds: DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008 is already set to exceed all the figures for 2007. With three months yet to go until the show opens, bookings are very solid, with approx. 98 percent of the available display space already reserved. Deutsche Messe, the organizer of DOMOTEX HANNOVER, is expecting some 1,400 exhibitors to take part when the gates open on the next show from 12 to 15 January 2008. This compares very favorably with this year’s total of 1,336 exhibitors, while total stand bookings are up to 94,000 m² (from 91,757 m² in 2007).

Exhibitors from some 60 countries will be using the show to present the trends of tomorrow. DOMOTEX HANNOVER ranks among the world’s most truly international trade fairs, with 80 percent of exhibiting firms based outside Germany. But it’s not just the exhibitors who make DOMOTEX such a cosmopolitan event: The 2007 show attracted 44,000 trade visitors in all, with well over half that number – 26,000 – coming from more than 80 different nations. A similar visitor turnout is expected in 2008.

As an international event, DOMOTEX HANNOVER provides ideal conditions for generating business on a global scale, while also enabling visitors to get a first-hand impression of the very latest trends and designs. For suppliers and manufacturers worldwide, DOMOTEX HANNOVER is by far the most important date in the annual business calendar. Over 45 percent of the visiting professionals indicate that DOMOTEX is the one-and-only show they attend during the year. Topping the list of exhibitor nations at the time of writing is Germany, followed by Belgium, Turkey, the Netherlands, India, China, Italy, Iran, Switzerland and Pakistan.

Exhibitors and visitors alike rate DOMOTEX highly as a barometer of industry and lifestyle trends and the meeting place of choice for top buyers and decision-makers from all over the world. One in two visitors occupies a senior management position in his or her company.

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Many innovations have been announced for next year’s show, and visitors can look forward to a comprehensive overview of the best that’s available worldwide. For the first time parquet and other wooden floorings and laminate floorings get their own separate display areas at the show in order to give both product groups the prominence they deserve. DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008 will feature the following display categories:

– Carpets/rugs (hand-made)
– Woven carpets/area rugs (machine-woven)
– Textile and resilient floor coverings
– Fibers and yarns
– Parquet and other wooden flooring
– Laminate flooring
– Natural stone, ceramic floor tiles
– Applications technology, laying equipment, cleaning and maintenance

Complementing the vast array of exhibits at DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008 and providing valuable additional background information is the extensive lineup of special presentations and forums, plus an important international congress. Visitors come to DOMOTEX to discover the latest trends, view the latest patterns and designs, and compare competing offerings. The show also provides a convenient central venue for conferences, forums and membership meetings staged by international organizations and trade associations.

The program includes the following highlights:

– contractworld
Congress and Exhibition for Architecture and Interior Design

– floorforum
Forum for modern carpets and textile floor coverings

– Carpet Design Awards
Prizes for the best hand-made carpets

– Loom Lounge
A joint initiative to promote hand-made carpets and rugs of classical-traditional and modern design

– European Interior Furnishing Trade Competition
Contest for young tradespeople from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy putting their skills to the test in various disciplines: wallpapering/wall coverings, window dressing, flooring, upholstery

– Initiative for Safer Working Practices
Focus on health and safety at the workplace

– Skilled Trades Forum
Lectures and talks delivered by skilled professionals

– European Team Floorlaying Competition
Parquet and floor-laying teams from seven countries go head to head in five disciplines

For details on the range of exhibits and special events at DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008, visit

For the first time ever, visitors to DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2008 can enjoy the benefit of a combined ticket which is valid both for admission to the show and for public transportation throughout the Greater Hannover region (GVH) on the day of their visit.