It’s about that time of the year where we all start looking into the different trade shows and expos that we can visit to see the latest and greatest of the kitchen and bath industry. A few of you might already even be looking into shows for next year too! Some good news for the folks who like to hit every major industry show, the NAHB and NKBA announced on Tuesday that they made “an agreement to co-locate the International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014.” The shows will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016 to create a “Design and Construction Week” focused on reaching a larger group of industry professionals.
This is great news for those in the industry because, while business is picking up, getting to both the KBIS and IBS shows might be hard for some. While both events will be in Las Vegas from February 4-6, 2014, the shows will remain separate – with each show occupying its own hall. The 2014 Design and Construction Week is “expected to bring in more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows.”
NKBA 2013 president and president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer’s rep for cabinetry and technology brands, commented on combining the shows saying, “Co-locating IBS and KBIS will enable kitchen and bath professionals to benefit through a greater understanding and familiarity with related products, such as windows, doors, flooring, and mechanical systems, all of which are critical to overall consumer satisfaction with project outcomes.”
For more information on the NKBA and NAHB’s decision on combining KBIS and IBS and how the show plans to grow in the next three years, read the full article here.