Attendees flooded the halls of Surfaces 2006, which was held at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from February 1 to 3. In all, a record-breaking 40,588 retailers, manufacturers, distributors, architects, designers, builders and installers from around the world - marking a 6% increase over 2005 - came to see the thousands of new products being introduced at the show.
Exhibitors were also out in record numbers, with 1,070 companies in all, an increase from the record-setting 1,054 in 2005. There was a total of 515,000 net square feet of exhibit space, and over 300 new companies participated in this year's show. Exhibitors also included a number of companies from the stone industry and related trades. Companies showcased a broad range of natural stone products, including tiles, cut-to-size pieces and a broad range of stone mosaics and patterns. Manufacturers of stone installation and maintenance products - such as cleaners, sealers, mortars and grouts - were also present at Surfaces 2006. Of particular note, several manufacturers of stoneworking equipment were also present at the show, and some even brought actual machinery to the event.
This year's Installation Showcase - sponsored by Laticrete and offered by International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI), Floor Covering Installer and National Floor Trends magazines and the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) -was a hot spot on the show floor again this year. Retailers and installers attended the live demonstrations to get up-close education on some of the latest floor covering installation techniques as well as direct feedback from the instructors.
Surfaces 2007 is set to take place from February 7 to 9, 2007, once again at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. For information on exhibiting at or attending Surfaces 2007, visit www.surfaces.com or call 800-547-3477 or 972-536-6400.