Domotex asia/Chinafloor’s 21st edition concluded March 28, 2019, with over 1,560 exhibitors presenting their products. There were more than 66,870 attendees, of which approximately 15,100 were from outside of China. South Korea, USA, Japan, India, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada and Germany were the top-10 visiting countries.

“This year’s Domotex asia/Chinafloor was very international again,” said Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director of Domotex Worldwide. “This makes the Shanghai-based show a global market place that brings together the international carpet and flooring industry. The many design events, such as the Chinese Original Carpet Design Show, provided inspiration and new ideas, as well as initiating new business. All of the exhibitors I talked to were very satisfied with both the quality and quantity of visitors to their booths. Once again, Domotex asia/ Chinafloor has proven to be a trendsetter and has delivered real potential for the flooring industry in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The show was held during March 26-18. The day before the show, Domotex asia/ Chinafloor hosted the World Flooring Forum in collaboration with China National Forest Products. A highlight of the conference was a global market overview presented by eight keynote speakers from Europe, USA, Australia and China. They shared their perspectives on the current status and future market trends of the flooring industry in China, Europe and North America. The conference also included four consecutive panel discussions. More than 400 top leaders from the biggest Chinese manufacturers and global distributors discussed market trends, technology innovations, material applications, distribution channels, and branding.

Wood and bamboo flooring experts from Australia, Italy, Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States attended B2B meetings with exhibiting manufacturers. The goal of this programme is to increase business collaboration between international buyers and domestic wood and bamboo flooring suppliers.

Co-organised with the Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA), 38 Australian buyers went on a special tour through the wood halls of the fair to increase onsite engagement and business collaboration with top Chinese wood exhibitors.

The third edition of the Luxury Brands Carpet Show was a visitor favourite, welcoming both new and returning design companies. Curated by Cover Magazine, the pavilion was once again set up as a gallery style viewing area that naturally led visitors to each company’s carpet art. Opening its doors with an exclusive networking cocktail, the area became a connecting point of the international high end luxury rug brands and local interior designers. As part of the Luxury Brands show for 2019, there were series of talks by exhibitors and Cover magazine, on the subject of rugs and their importance for interiors and future rug trends.

Domotex asia/ Chinafloor organised Chinese Original Carpet Design Show to give confidence to local talents and to support exceptional art students. More than 50 local designers took part in the online competition and were judged on style, pattern, and interior matching by three of the industry’s leading international media publications – HALI, Carpet XL and Decostyle. Of these, 25 selected pieces were shown onsite, where the professional jury chose the top 13 carpets. The winners received design awards and were published in the leading Chinese interior design publication – Interni.

The 2019 InnovAction Flooring Campaign presented 21 products and materials from the resilient and wood sectors. The voting for the show’s Top-10 best products took place three weeks before the show’s opening and was judged online by flooring professionals. Onsite, InnovAction exhibitors were found within two speciality display areas, all of which were designed by globally renowned architect, Kostas Chatzigiannis.