During the course of DIY, the Belgian trade fair held at Kortrijk from 20 to 22 January, the visitor count came to 4 289. That is more or less the same as last year’s figure. The 181 participating companies presented their ranges of products from the categories of decoration, electrical, tools, wood, hardware, sanitary installations and gardening over a total of five halls. The abundance of choice in the areas of bathroom furnishings and lighting, for instance, demonstrated the fact that the decorating category is on the way up. This development goes back to the ambitions of the DIY multiples to make their product offer more attractive to women.
Mitech, which was scheduled for 24 to 27 May 2002 in Milan, has been cancelled. This international hardware, tools and DIY fair, which is held every two years, will now not take place again until September 2003.
The fair organisers Rassegne gave as the reason for this decision that they had found a date in the September of odd years which is “simply ideal for holding a trade fair.”
Ukrainian building fair
Building Week Ukraine 2002 will be held at the sports palace in Kiev from 25 to 27 April. It consists of the two fairs Interiors and Kiev Build, in combination with Santechnika and Heat/Vent plus this year’s new addition, Windows and Doors. The Ukrainian building sector has great potential to offer the industry. According to information from the organisers, ITE Group, the building industry in Ukraine grew by eleven per cent in the first half of 2001.
Popularity of timber trade fair
Carrefour International du Bois, the timber trade fair held in Nantes, France, from 29 to 31 May 2002, expects almost 400 exhibitors from more than 60 countries and 9 000 visitors. A total of 7 000 visitors were recorded in the year 2000, 12 per cent of them from 60 countries. Exhibitors will now find an additional 9 000 m2, or 20 per cent more exhibition space available than two years ago. Among the products on display will be panels, sawn timber, furniture components, parquet, windows and doors. Buyers from DIY chains can make use of the VIP service in the Club Affaires Internationales for holding discussions with exhibitors.