30 May 2019
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Record attendance at Interzum furniture and interior design fair (74,000 visitors)

The Interzum trade fair for furniture production and interior design, held in Cologne, Germany from 21 to 24 May 2019, proved a great success and set a new record of 74,000 visitors with an increase in visitors from overseas. Exhibitors reported that they did excellent business and established many new contacts from around the world.

Interim exhibitors cover three key areas: function and components; materials and nature; textile and machinery. It aims to provide new ideas and inspiration for the design of future living spaces and technical and visual refinements that will set new standards for tomorrow’s domestic and RV furniture.

With 1,805 exhibitors from 60 countries (2017: 1,732 exhibitors from 59 countries), more companies than ever showcased their innovations across an exhibition area covering approximately 190,000 square metres. In addition to increasing its exhibitor numbers, the proportion of foreign visitors rose to around 75 per cent (2017: 73 per cent). Out of a total audience of 74,000 visitors, over 55,000 came from outside Germany.

“We significantly exceeded our goal of topping the 70,000-visitor mark,” said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “An industry demonstrated its immense capacity for innovation in truly impressive style,” he added.

The number of trade visitors has risen by more than 28 per cent since 2015. The atmosphere in the trade fair halls was excellent: exhibitors and visitors from across the globe were very satisfied with the event. This was reflected in the highly positive verdict from the participating companies, who confirmed Interzum’s leading position as the industry’s number one trade fair in the world.

Alongside visitors from Germany, the most strongly represented European nations were Italy, France, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Significant increases were seen in visitors from Asia (+22 per cent), with particularly strong growth from China (+48 per cent), as well as increases from Central and South America (+24 per cent), Eastern Europe (+21 per cent) and North America (+7 per cent). 

Interzum 2019 hosted 1,805 exhibiting companies from 60 countries (2017: 1,732 companies from 59 countries). They included 356 domestic exhibitors (2017: 367 exhibitors) and 1,449 companies (2017: 1,361 companies) from outside Germany, with foreign companies accounting for 80 per cent (2017: 79 per cent) of total exhibitors. Including estimates for the last day of the fair, the event attracted 74,000 trade visitors from 152 countries (2017: 69,000 trade visitors from 152 countries).

The next Interzum will take place from 4 to 7 May 2021 in Cologne, Germany.