Builders' Show, Kitchen & Bath Show Team Up in 2014; SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas Join on in 2015
With the building and remodeling industry under pressure through the recession, it only makes sense that one way to create a stronger overall event might be to team up with one or more similar ones.
The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, produced by Nielsen Expositions, will team up in February 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg.
He added, “For attendees, it means access to two expansive trade show floors and hundreds of additional suppliers to meet.”
The two events, which will form Design and Construction Week, have signed on together through 2016 in Las Vegas and will “remain separate and distinct shows,” according to show management.
“Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling,” said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president.
He added, “We couldn’t be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry.”
The collocated event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014, Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall.
One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events.
IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world with 50,000 attendees expected at the 2013 show, which is on tap this week in Las Vegas.
The KBIS 2013 show, to be held in New Orleans April 19-21, is expected to attract more than 20,000 buyers and specifiers from more than 50 countries, as well as 300 members of the media.
Future show dates for the collocated events are Jan 20-22, 2015 and Jan 19-21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“Consumers are, indeed, the common ground between NAHB and NKBA,” Rutenberg said.
He added, “Collocating our shows and educational conferences brings together every segment of the industry to advance our collective professionalism and expertise in serving home owners.”
Design and Construction Week 2014 is expected to draw more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows, according to show management.
In 2015, Design and Construction Week will expand even further with the addition of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas Jan. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
SURFACES is sponsored by the World Floor Covering Association and is the largest floor-covering industry event in North America for retailers, distributors, installers, designers and home builders.
StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas is the only show in North America solely focused on the natural stone industry and is sponsored by the Marble Institute of America and the Natural Stone Council.
Both events are produced by Hanley Wood Exhibitions. Shuttle buses will run between the convention centers to allow approximately 25,000 additional attendees to tour all three exhibits.