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Orgatec 2018 Expects Strong North American Participation

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Koelnmesse recently announced that in less than 4 weeks, the global community of architects, interior designers, facility managers and the trade will come together at Orgatec, an industry event for Office Interiors and Facility Management. This show takes place every other year in Cologne, Germany. Show dates are October 23-27, 2018.

The organizer expects over 50,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors from 40 countries. Main categories include Space, Contract, Mobile and Office. This year will see a strong involvement of North American participation.

Associations in this event, such as ASID, IIDA and BIFMA will all take part in Orgatec’s “Trend Forum”. Tony Brenders, CEO of Interior Designers of Canada and Jason Kasper, President of IDC, are amongst the Canadian Associations visiting Orgatec to discover possible future involvement. Orgatec’s new VIP Buyer program also received a good response and buyers from U.S. retailers are expected to attend this October’s event.  

The U.S. Speaker line up will consist of:

Tuesday 10/23: Kenn Busch, Material Intelligence: The DNA of Responsible Sustainability in Material Design: The Natural Environmental Benefits of Manmade Decorative Surfaces (Kenn Busch, owner of Material Intelligence)

Tuesday 10/23: Randy Fisher, CEO of ASID: Workplace (R)Evolution for Well-being  

Wednesday 10/24: Cheryl Durst, Executive Director IIDA:  Every Where Has a Why: The Future of Human-Centered Workplace Design featuring: Gabrielle Bullock, Director of Global Diversity; Perkins and Will, Susana Covarrubias, Creative Director at Gensler; James Kerrigan, Design Principal of Interiors at Jacobs and Sascha Wagner, CEO, Huntsman Architectural Group. IIDA also has a booth at Orgatec: Hall 10.1, F034

Thursday 10/25: Jennifer Wammack, BIFMA Director of Outreach, Employee Engagement & Wellbeing: Understanding the Implications for the Workplace of the Future


The entire conference program can be viewed here. For more information, visit www.orgatec.com.


More about Koelnmesse: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organizer for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include the LivingKitchen/CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the network of the interior decorating industry, Koelnmesse offers direct access to relevant products, contacts, competence and events. For more information, visit http://www.global-competence.net/interiors/

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