146,000 visitors from 138 countries – a significant increase in visitors from abroad.
After seven days, imm cologne and LivingKitchen closed their doors with a very positive outcome on Sunday, 25 January 2015. 146,000 visitors from 138 countries came to the Cologne exhibition grounds, among them 102,000 industry visitors (99,000 industry visitors in 2013) from the national and international trade, meaning that the fair duo exceeded even its extraordinary performance of 2013.
“These figures prove that the international appeal of the two events in Cologne has grown even more and that the fair duo is, without a doubt, the most important platform for the domestic as well as the international market”, concludes Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “This is a great indication for Cologne as a trade fair location and confirms the effectiveness of imm cologne and LivingKitchen as a marketing tool”, he adds. Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Managing Director of the Federal Association of the German Furniture Industry, drew a similarly positive conclusion. “We already had very high expectations of the fair and even they were exceeded. We are happy about the increase in national and international industry visitors and are starting the 2015 furniture year very optimistically.” Hans Strothoff, President of the Federal Association of German Furniture, Kitchens and Furnishing Retailers summarised the outcome for the trade sector: “The fair was marvellous and exceeded retailers’ expectations.
imm cologne/LivingKitchen is the most important fair in the world for the trade”.
This year, imm cologne and LivingKitchen presented themselves as very international events. Of the 102,000 industry visitors, around 56,000 came from Germany and approximately 46,000 from abroad (an increase of 13 per cent). In total, the percentage of visitors from abroad was 45 (based on industry visitor days).
Within Europe, increases in visitor figures were recorded in particular from Spain (up 27 per cent), the UK (up 20 per cent), Italy (up 11 per cent) and the Netherlands (up 13 per cent). Visitor figures from France, Scandinavia and Poland also showed good growth and off set the politically induced fall off in visitors from Russia. Significant increases could also be seen in industry visitor figures from China (up 32 per cent) and from the US (up 47 per cent).
“The excellent levels of visitor attendance from abroad meant we were able to strengthen our exhibitors’ export businesses. Italian companies, for instance, did some very good business here in Cologne with German retailers as well as with those from abroad”, says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. 44,000 consumers took advantage of the open days to find out about the trends for the coming season.
LivingKitchen closes with good results
In parallel with the world’s most important furnishing fair imm cologne, international kitchen event LivingKitchen took place this year. After 2011 and 2013, LivingKitchen once again proved to be a powerful attraction.
Its strong appeal could be felt not just in Germany, the home of the kitchen, but also far beyond the country’s borders. For seven days, 215 exhibitors from 22 countries showcased their innovative drive, high design standards and quality. With the proportion of visitors from abroad at 45 per cent, the event once more proved to be very international. “We are extremely satisfied with LivingKitchen 2015, in particular with the increase in the number of industry visitors from Germany and abroad as well as the media coverage on the topic of kitchens surrounding the fair. We are hopeful that this will generate positive momentum for the entire kitchen industry”, says Kirk Mangels, Managing Director of the Working Group AMK (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche e.V./Modern Kitchen), in summary. This year, LivingKitchen not only followed on seamlessly from its success in 2013, but significantly improved on the key figures in many areas. Innovative presentations by manufacturers, world premieres of new kitchen furniture, household appliances, accessories and cooking shows with a celebrity factor – the outstanding mix of everything connected to kitchens and cooking ensured steady levels of visitors on all days of the fair as well as satisfied exhibitors.
Renowned exhibitors bringing world premieres to Cologne
- - Some companies use the fair to present their products to an international audience for the first time
- - LivingKitchen presents the trends of tomorrow
Approximately six weeks before the start of LivingKitchen 2015, some exhibitors give a taste of the products which they will present at the fair in a press release. Some even reveal the world premieres they have in store. The LivingKitchen team wanted more detail and therefore carried out a survey among the exhibitors. The results showed that the international kitchen event is certain to reflect all the facets of a strong industry.
The comprehensive overview provided by the manufacturers of kitchen furniture, integrated kitchen appliances and accessories allows the 150,000 industry visitors and consumers expected to attend to become acquainted with the kitchen trends of tomorrow, as world premieres and important product modifications will be presented to a national and international public for the very first time in Cologne.
World premieres from electrical appliance manufacturers
Almost all the appliance manufacturers surveyed said they avail of LivingKitchen for the first-time presentation of their products. The new integrated kitchen-appliances range from Panasonic will be launched in Cologne. After the fair, the products will be available first in Germany and Great Britain.
Miele presents two new developments at once: one is a new model rounding out the integrated kitchen appliance Generation 6000 and is announced as a “completely new product category”. The second premiere are large-sized ovens, so-called range cookers, designed for the North American market which are now to be introduced to the European market for the first time. Another new range cooker is also the centre of attention at British company AGA Rangemaster: they will present the Nexus model from Falcon, which now features the most up-to-date induction cooking technology. In addition, the free-standing AGA City 60 cooker, measuring just 60 cm across, designed for smaller apartments, will be presented internationally for the very first time.
Bora will present an extension of their three product lines, BORA Basic, Classic and Professional. Neff will present the SeamlessCombination adding a new integrated appearance to their MegaCollection. Vestel has modified several appliances for the occasion of LivingKitchen, while Gaggenau has announced a world premiere in the area of baking and steam baking.
Living Kitchen – Cologne 2015
New developments from kitchen manufacturers
Within the furniture sector, two exciting new kitchen systems will be presented: Naber presents its modular kitchen system – Concept Kitchen, initially introduced at the first edition of LivingKitchen in 2011, in a new “stylish context”, as revealed by Managing Director Hans-Joachim Naber. Design agency Formquadrat presents a study on vegetarian cooking. The project with the memorable name “Vooking” (vegetarian cooking), is an innovative concept, the appeal of which will certainly not be limited to vegetarians!
In the luxury-furniture segment, manufacturer SieMatic will present its new collection “SieMatic Urban”, with the new SieMatic 29 as a highlight, for the very first time at LivingKitchen. The Pure and Classic collections, each targeting a different consumer market, will also be staged at LivingKitchen. Premium brand TEAM 7 will not present a new model but will introduce new solutions,
including those aimed at integrating the kitchen and the living area as well as at the effective usage of storage space.
In the worktops segment, Cosentino presents five new colours with a special veining for its Dekton surfaces. Silestone, Cosentino’s quartz surfaces, will also debut a new colour option. JUMA presents its solid-ceramics line, JUMAceram, to the industry audience for the first time as well as new decors for JUMAquarz. And Strasser Steine will showcase their new product concept ST-ONE at LivingKitchen. The concept is based on monolithic natural stone islands which can be beautifully combined with kitchen furniture from a variety of manufacturers.
In the sinks and accessories segment, Quooker presents a considerably simplified installation of its “boiling-water tap”. Blauwasser home celebrates the next generation of waters filters and presents the safest filtration to an international audience in Cologne. And at Caressi, things are brightening up: the Dutch company presents a new colour range for their fittings. Dornbracht also intend to take advantage of LivingKitchen as an opportunity for debuting new developments – but they weren’t prepared to give any details away just yet!
LMW Leichtmetallguss, a manufacturer of cast aluminium household products, presents its own frying and cookware series “EUROLUX” for the first time in Cologne. Kitchen lighting is covered by manufacturer Hera, who will present new intelligent LED modules and lighting for the underside of kitchen furniture.
Anniversaries at LivingKitchen
The “Modern Art” kitchen model by Allmilmö celebrates its 25th anniversary while at LivingKitchen. The handle-free kitchen was presented at imm cologne for the first time in 1990 and has undergone various meticulous modifications and technological advancements over time. There is also a 50th anniversary to celebrate at LivingKitchen: in 1965, Heinz Milewski founded a kitchen-furniture factory in Zeil am Main which was taken over by Johannes la Cour and his siblings in 1996.
The KüchenTreff Association will turn 20 and celebrates its anniversary with an international world premiere. For the occasion, a kitchen accessory will be presented at LivingKitchen which, after the fair, will only be available at KüchenTreff member retailers.
First-time international presentations at LivingKitchen
Some manufacturers will present product premieres which they have already showcased in other environments. Now they are taking advantage of LivingKitchen to present the products on an international level for the first time. These include the multi-generational kitchen from Ballerina, which was developed for its comfort-kitchen concept. And four new models from Rational
will be introduced at LivingKitchen, staged completely in white. Ernestomeda will present its new version of the Icon kitchen as well as the newly conceived Soul.
Spekva presents a new worktop in vintage-oil finish, Ellici a new material for sinks and Irinox its new flash-freeze appliance for private households. Bosch presents its Series 8 ovens which can be operated in part via an app on a mobile device. Siemens also go online with the iQ 700 series and offer many new usage options thanks to mobile network integration. Miscea presents its
touch-free sensor tap with integrated soap and detergent dispensers. PlasmaMade will also make an international debut in Cologne with its air filter that dispenses with cooking fumes. LivingKitchen is also an opportunity for American Appliances to present its new GE_MABE side-by-side fridge-freezer combination in new colours.
With so many innovations and world premieres, LivingKitchen, the international kitchen event, promises to be an extremely diverse show, presenting the kitchen trends of tomorrow to visitors. It is already safe to say that with over 200 exhibitors, there are certain to be even more premieres and new product developments to discover at the fair.
If you would like to check on the new designs, functions and materials regularly in advance of the fair, you can also visit the online database of new products:
The next trade fair duo
imm cologne // LivingKitchen will take place from
19. – 25 January 2015
2014 is not over yeat, but we can say with confidence that this has been a year of many changes in the European kitchen industry. Big companies are making big moves at home and overseas, long time players are leaving the industry and new ones are entering the arena, instead. We have also lost some companies, to the ongoing recesion, in Europe.
Here are some of the major changes in the industry this year, not necassary in chronological order:
- The Siemens Group has pulled out of the industry this year. They will no longer be involved in producing appliances and their joint venture with Bosch is history. BSH (Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, or Bosch and Siemens Household Appliances) has been the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe and one of the largest in the world, since 1967, when Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart) and Siemens AG (Munich) joined forces. In 2012, they posted 9.8 billion Euros in annual sales. Today, BSH operates 42 factories in 13 countries in Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia. Together with a global network of sales and customer service firms, the BSH conglomerate today is made up of about 70 companies in 50 countries, with a total workforce of close to 47,000 people. In addition to the Bosch and Siemens brands, like are responsible for many other brands like Gaggenau, Neff, Constructa and others. In September 2014, Robert Bosch GmbH agreed to purchase Siemens’ 50% stake in the joint venture for 3 billion Euros. BSH to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group and may continue to use the Siemens brand over the long term. The completion of the transaction is expected in first half of calendar year 2015.
Siemens – BSH no more…
- Alno made several news stories this year – in the beginning of the year, Alno have acquired AFG Arbonia-Forster-Holding AG’s kitchen business which includes Swiss market leaders Piatti (kitchen producer and retailer in Witzerland) and Forster (Swiss Steel Kitchen). The acquisition means a major step forward in ALNO’s efforts to reduce its dependency from the German market that is dominated by purchasing associations, resulting in higher margins. Additionally, the acquisition offers substantial synergy potential with regard to production processes, purchasing and sales & distribution for the combined ALNO/AFG Kitchen group.
- Next, Alno was able to win the three and a half year old court cases against them, by their former president, Jörg Deisel. Alno is getting back 2.6 million Euro, plus a few hunderd thousands in legal fees, based on the German legal system. If lost, Alno would have paid, for both cases approx 6.5 million Euros(!)
- Lastly, Alno just announced a joint venture with PMF (Pervaya Mebel’naya Fabrica – First Furniture factory), in Russia – the two partners will invest €50 million in establishing in St. Petersburg the biggest factory in Russia for the production of kitchen furniture (1,000 units or 100-120 kitchens per day). It will be located on the existing site of PMF, expanded with the areas purchased this year. Until the end of the year, the company will deliver Piatti production line from Switzerland.
- RWK/Kuhlmann Küchen (R. & W. Kuhlmann GmbH), formed in 1923, was taken over this year by the Chinese company Boloni Home Decor, a minute before filing for bankrupcy. Boloni was founded in 1988, by Frank Chai, from Beijingunder the name Kebao. They were bringing European kitchens and built in appliances to China. In 2001 the created a joint venture with Brescia based, Italian company Boloni and adopted the name. Most of the Kuhlmann-kitchens employees are expected to keep their jobs and the “made in Germany” is now to be marketed to the high-end segment in China.
- Gatto Cucine, the Italian kitchen producer closed their doors in September. After 52 years in business, Gatto could not stay in business any longer. The compant announced that they are planning on continuing selling, outsourced products back in September, but that paln did not seem to come to fruition and the 114 employees were sent home.
“Our goal was to make this the best Salone del Mobile in the world and the results have far exceeded our expectations,” Claudio Luti, president of the Salone del Mobile said. “Buyers, journalists and designers have seen at first hand just how superlative and creative our production chain is, recognizing the value of Made in Italy manufacturing and the global importance of the Salone.”
This success is due to the quality of the exhibits and the visitor numbers at the fair. The 53 edition of the Salone del Mobile notched up a total of 357,212 visitors, 311, 781 of them sectorial operators – up13% on the 2013 edition.
Our (www.european-kitchen-design.com) favorite stand was Minacciolo’s – the stand design, the overall presentation and the displays inside where just over the top!
Minaciollo at Eurocucina
Instead of posting lots of images, here is a great video, that was taken at the show Minacciolo – Eurocucina 2014 – Salone del Mobile Milano.
Want to see what some of the new designs will look like, at this year’s Eurucucina? Well, you’re in the right place!
Here are a couple of the stands designs, as well as some new product designs, we received from the manufacturers themselves -
Häcker presents itself as cosmopolitan and focuses on internationality. For the East-Westphalian kitchen manufacturer, the attendance at the trade fair is very much about internationality as – making up a 38-percent share of total sales – exports are hugely important to the company and very much something that Häcker plans to further strengthen over the course of 2014. For this reason, the particular focus of the show will be on the systemat product range, which enjoys such strong demand in countries outside Europe and which occupies the mid- to premium-price segment. The company will be exhibiting a total of four systemat ranges, including new front panels with unusual materials. With its organic design, the AV 6000 range in matt lacquer will pick up on the curves of the 400-square-metre trade fair stand.
The further development of the systemat carcass variant will also be a highlight. Furthermore, Häcker will be presenting a design study for a filigree and contemporary look for drawers and pull-outs. With these options, the systemat will be able to distinguish itself even more clearly from competing products in terms of looks and will comply even more with its claim to being a premium product.
Andreas Möller, responsible for exports at Häcker, is self-confident: “The around 35-person trade fair team is ready to provide competent advice and information to visitors from all over the world in a total of nine different languages. We have been reporting on the exciting development on our Website’s blog since early February now.” And Managing Director Jochen Finkemeier agrees, adding: “We will be presenting ourselves in a very special way in Milan with the aim of underlining our strong international orientation and our cosmopolitan outlook. It is for this reason that I am very much looking forward to both taking part in this trade fair and seeing the surprise on the faces of our existing and new customers.” Hall 13, Stand B01-C04
For the first time, based on an idea of the architect Mauro Carlesi, Toncelli introduces carbon fiber. Not as a finish for an already existing unit, but as an out and out structure, that finds its perfect element for both peninsula and hanging wall units. Carbon fiber, a composite material worked with the lastest generation systems, as well as being particularly resistant, both from heat and mechanically, is extremely light and resistant to chemicals. These characteristics are combined uniquely in Toncelli’s new kitchen and offer that added value of design quality and practicality that has always characterized Toncelli. INVISIBILE, the new elegantly designed kitchen, presents furthermore a new varnishing system made from liquid metal which gives to the wall cabinets an aesthetic that is absolutely perfect for the materiality of the carbon fiber. The total absence of grooves and handles, thanks to the use of an opening system unique toToncelli, highlights again the rigor and the clean line giving a result that is quite invisible.
Always sensitive to technology, Toncelli integrates into the new kitchen avant-garde home automation systems such as the touch screen with web connection that allows utilisation of all the automated elements and also a sound broadcasting system using exciting technology which can transmit the sound from surfaces giving 360’ amplification in the room. Once again, with this project,Toncelli confirms its dedication to innovation preserving its values of true Italian craftmanship and of excellent quality, inherent from more than 50 years in every kitchen produced. Hall 11, Stand C20 and B21
The kitchen comes out of the classic box design, disrupts the imaginary common and is oriented towards a new interpretation of the living environment as a place of work but of absolute relaxation.
Brummel Cucine expands and enhances the concept of the mobile bar, enhances the charm and the elegance and the project involves a richer, more glamorous. Adds an “ice maker”, a bottle holder and another for the glasses, a small sink and a mini stove. A perfect island for a “cheers hour” in style, magical moment in a luxurious and functional at the same time.
The result is a classic style reinterpreted in a contemporary and refined by a sophisticated mechanical automatism that, in four simple movements, becomes an island design in a stylish bar and efficiently.
DIAMOND “Cheers Hour” has a glossy white lacquered frame with soft lines and rounded. The plan, in lacquered glass and mother of pearl, stands, splits in two and slides sideways showing the functional elements and restraints.The central part of the top slides further forward to create a plan consummation.
An example of elegant and refined design designed to live unique and unforgettable moments, in perfect Brummel. Hall 11, stand 026
The 53rd edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is ready to go, along with the biennial EuroCucina and International Bathroom Exhibition. Some 2,400 exhibitors are expected, bringing all the very latest furnishing solutions to Milan. There will also be a major cultural event at the Milan Fairgrounds, Rho – from 8th to 13th April – involving eight leading international architects. A double appointment, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
130 leading Italian and foreign kitchen manufacturers will be exhibiting at the 20th edition of EuroCucina, International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition, ranged over 25,000o square metres, in the four dedicated pavilions: 9-11, 13-15. EuroCucina is a global benchmark event, with a huge range of different types of furnishing and style solutions. A good many top manufacturers will be back at this biennial exhibition Dada, Pedini, Schiffini, Haecker, SieMatic and Valcucine to name but a few.
EuroCucina’s collateral event, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen) – 35 exhibitors, in over 9,800 square meters (Pavilion 9-11) devoted to built-in domestic electrical appliances and cooker hoods, is back again, showcasing products, prototypes and designs for kitchens of the future. FTK has also acquired major new exhibitors, such as Arçelik (Beko) and Sub Zero Group (SubZero, Wolf), underscoring its prestige.
The Salone has bolstered its social networking and internet presence, with a blog (blog.isaloni.it), official Facebook and Twitter pages, a dedicated YouTube channel, a Flickr gallery, Linkedin and Pinterest profiles. The following are the official Salone 2014 Twitter hashtagsTwitter hashtagsTwitter hashtagsTwitter hashtags: @iSaloniofficial: #iSaloni | #EuroCucina | #SaloneBagno | #SaloneSatellite.
Free and updated App – Salone del Mobile.Milano 2014 – (for iPhones, iPads and leading Android devices), will be available for download as of mid-March, helping exhibitors and visitors to negotiate the fair.
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