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Once There Were Giants…

2017 is still here but we can already start with a year-end review. And what a year this has been, for some of the largest and most known German companies.

Starting with Alno – As we reported back in July, the Alno group has finally filed for liquidation in September. Industry experts tried to find investors, to save the company, but with no luck…

The Alno Group had 4 brands and factories, towards the end (there were several others through the years) –

The Alno brand and the main factory in southern Germany – produced good quality kitchens, at a medium price – closed for good. Property and equipment is being liquidated.

The Wellmann brand, with a factory in northern Germany – purchased by Alno some years back produced lower price point kitchens – closed for good. Property and equipment is being liquidated.

The Pino brand, with a factory in eastern Germany – produced flat pack (knock down, RTA) cabinets, aimed at the budget kitchen market – sold to Nobilia. Production is scheduled to start again in December.

The Forster brand, a Swiss company purchased some years back, by the Alno Group – producing metal cabinets – sold to Max Müller, the former CEO of Alno, who is Swiss himself.

All that is left, at this point is the Alno name, but with all the negative that has happen to them in recent years, the image is just not too good and there are no buyers for the brand name.

AL NO MORE
Alno – GONE!

 

 

 

 

Next was SieMatic – just last month, the privately owned German kitchen brand announced the sale of the majority of the shares to the Chinese home appliance supplier Nison Group.

Shareholders Ulrich W Siekmann and Kathrin André will remain as minority shareholders. SieMatic sales turnover has been decreasing for years. Since they are privately owned, the sales can only be estimated and are now near €100 million. The hope is to speed up growth and the obvious focus will be the Chinese market, where the company recently gained market share, to become their 6th largest sales market.

The management team headed by Ulrich W Siekmann and Silvia Weppler will stay with the company and will be responsible for international brand management from its present headquarters in Löhne, Germany.

SieMatic
SieMatic – SOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

Then was Poggenpohl… In the first quarter of 2017, the Swedish Nobia Group sold its shares of the Poggenpohl brand, to the Munich based industrial holding group Adcuram, for… €10 million… 

As reported by KBB Review – Darren Taylor, managing director of Winchester-based retailer Searle & Taylor, claimed the sale could see a return to form for the troubled brand.

“While I always believed it would be very difficult for the Nobia Group to find a partner investor, I was surprised that the Poggenpohl brand was sold outright for such a limited sum, and to a private equity firm with excellent experience in building, self-building and related businesses, but not necessarily in kitchens,” he said.

“Having read the press release, there are some lines that stand out: ‘investment into the brand’s positioning, the expansion of the product portfolio, support for retail partners and the Poggenpohl operated stores and optimization of the production process’. I for one, genuinely hope that these strategies are implemented immediately, as it would be great to see Poggenpohl return to its place as the number one luxury kitchen brand in the not too distant future.”

Another retailer, who wished to remain anonymous, commented: “It’s interesting but not surprising that Nobia have dumped Poggenpohl. It was never their thing as Nobia are about low/mid market and big volume. I guess the thinking originally was that owning Poggenpohl would bring some high-end credibility to the group but in the end the cost of this proved more than they wanted to bear.

“So, there were no takers when they tried to offload Poggenpohl. A premium brand company making a loss and an investment business is taking it on? I wonder if Poggenpohl will now end up yet another high-end brand, selling a run of the mill product at a premium. It should allow the new owners a decent return on investment for a few years after which the name will be played out.

Now, for some good news – as these giants (or formerly known as such) are closing doors, losing market share or changing hands, other brands, that have are gaining that business. Nobilia, who was the first kitchen brand to break the €1 billion annual turnover, has purchased the Pino factory from the bankrupt Alno and will most likely gain some of that lost market share. Other brands that are likely to gain Alno’s past business are NolteHäcker, Bauformat and Schüller – all able to compete at the low-to-mid priced market. Häcker has already reported sales of €512 million, vs. €466 million last year and are in the process of building a new factory, to handle the new found business.

Poggenpohl Sold!
Poggenpohl – Sold!

Salone del Mobile Milano – a smash hit!

Yesterday’s press release (April 17th, 2016) from Cosmit reads:

With an unprecedented 372,151 total attendees, up 4% since the 2014 edition – when the biennial Kitchen and Bathroom exhibitions last took place – the 55th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano has drawn to a close. 41,372 people visited on the Saturday and Sunday, when the fair was open to the public.

“With 67% of attendees from abroad, most of them high profile and with robust spending power, according to comments from exhibitors, this edition has yet again confirmed the strong international vocation and importance of exports as a crucial segment of the sector today”, said Roberto Snaidero, President of the Salone del Mobile.Milano”.

An increasingly international Salone, therefore, drawing in qualified attendees from all over the world, attracted by the creative and productive excellence of our industry, acknowledging the value of Made in Italy production and quality furnishing.

Due recognition of the relevance of the Salone – which has evolved over time from simple trade fair into “must-see” event, as per the publicity – and of the importance of the sector was confirmed by the presence of a large number of institutional figures from all sides of the political spectrum, and especially by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s visit to the fair, presiding over the 7th SaloneSatellite Design Award ceremony on Wednesday 13th April.

Visitors also flocked to the 19th edition of SaloneSatellite, devoted to the theme New Materials>New Design, showcasing the work of 650 young designers under 35.

The events in the fairgrounds and in the city were also very well received: Before Design: Classic put a contemporary spin on classic furnishing, with artistic direction by Ciarmoli Queda Studio and a video by filmmaker Matteo Garrone. The “space & interiors” event was devoted to architectural finishings by Migliore+Servetto Architects at the The Mall, Porta Nuova. Lastly, ROOMS. Novel Living Concepts – the state of the art of interior architecture – curated by Beppe Finessi, runs until 12th September at the Triennale di Milano, as part of the 21st Triennale International Exhibition.

EuroCucina – The Countdown Begins!

Saloni
EuroCucina 2016

 

We are just weeks away from the 52nd anniversary of Saloni (Tuesday, April 12th., to Sunday, April 17th.). A big part of Saloni, every other year (on even years) is EuroCucina. 

Created in 1974, the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition runs concurrently with the International Bathroom Exhibition in the broader context of the Salone del Mobile.

EuroCucina showcases all the latest in the realm of high quality kitchens, responding to the escalating demand for functionality from increasingly savvy consumers. Its collateral event, FTK (Technology For the Kitchen), specialises in built-in appliances and cooker hoods, presenting the latest technology for “cooking” and living the kitchen space, embracing the innovative new dimension of “connectivity”.

 

2014 IN NUMBERS

23,813.25 DISPLAY AREA (sqm)

138 EXHIBITORS

357,212 VISITORS

311,781 OF WHICH TRADE OPERATORS

6 good reasons to visit EuroCucina:

  • 120 exhibitors on a surface of 23,000 m2 (EuroCucina), more than 40 exhibitors on 12,000 m2 (FTK)
  • Business: demand for kitchens has risen
  • Business: fertile ground for growing markets where large residential and hospitality contracts are being developed (USA, UK, China and some parts of the Middle East)
  • Top italian and international brands
  • Trends: cutting-edge innovation, technology and design
  • FTK: the connectivity that makes for intelligent homes

 

DATES AND OPENING HOURS

12-17 April 2016
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Open to the general public on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April

VENUE

Milan Fairgrounds, Rho (Milan)
Entrance gates:
Porta Est, Porta Sud, Porta Ovest

How To Get There

PAVILIONS

9-11-13-15

FTK – Technology For the Kitchen occupies

a dedicated area in pav. 9-11

Map of Exhibits in Saloni
Map of Exhibits in iSaloni

Trade fair duo imm cologne and LivingKitchen – a complete success

146,000 visitors from 138 countries – a significant increase in visitors from abroad.

Cologne 2015 - Kitchen Living
The Cologne Kitchen Living Fair 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Kitchen living, at The Cologne Fair 2015
Kitchen living, at The Cologne Fair 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“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”.

Kitchen Living - 2015. Cologne, Germany
Kitchen Living – 2015. Cologne, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Cologne Fair
Zeyko Kitchens at Kitchen Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Gaggenau Appliances - Kitchen Living, Cologne, 2015
Gaggenau Appliances – Kitchen Living, Cologne, 2015

Living Kitchen 2015 – January 19-25

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
The Cologne Kitchen Show
Living Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The Cologne Kitchen Show

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.

Living Kitchen

Team 7

Premiering Accessories

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.

Countertop
Strasser Steine Fossil Poliert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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