On Sept. 6, Hanley Wood announced the launch of two events designed to bring the flooring and surfaces industries together.
TileExpo, a new trade show focused on the tile industry, will launch in conjunction with Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc America (formerly S2).
The International Surface Event will create the largest event for the flooring, stone and tile industries with these three world-class trade shows in one location. The show is scheduled to launch in January 2014. Additionally, Hanley Wood will launch The International Surface Event East, a new trade show that will bring the value and impact of The International Surface Event to the East Coast in October 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
“We are thrilled to launch these two events. TileExpo will be the perfect complement to Surfaces and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas,” said Dana Teague, Vice President of Hanley Wood Exhibitions. “Launching The International Surface Event East diversifies our geographic and market segment reach, and creates new opportunities for our audiences to engage with the industry.”
TileExpo will feature a wide array of the world’s most innovative, trend-setting, and distinctive tile products. TileExpo will offer a comprehensive education program, including hands-on demonstrations and on-floor education. Exhibitors will gain exposure to the largest gathering of floor covering and surface industry professionals in North America.
The International Surface Event and The International Surface Event East will feature the newest products, hands-on demos, inspiring trends, key manufacturers, and industry suppliers, along with unmatched education and networking. The International Surface Event East will be a valuable resource to professionals seeking either residential or commercial products.
The International Surface Event will be held Jan. 27 to 30 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas. Exhibits will be open Tuesday through Thursday and the Education Program opens Monday, Jan. 27 and continues through Thursday.
The International Surface Event East will be held Oct. 19 to 22 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL. Exhibits will be open Monday through Wednesday and the Education Program opens Sunday, Oct. 19 and continues through Wednesday.
All operations and show management will be led by Hanley Wood Exhibitions in Dallas.
“The launch of TileExpo and The International Surface Event East will have a positive and significant effect on the floor covering industry,” noted Scott Humphrey, president of CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). “The WFCA looks forward to continuing our partnership with Hanley Wood Exhibitions to produce the most comprehensive, worthwhile event for both attendees and exhibitors.”
“The International Surface Event East will fill a void that has been missing,” said Jim Hieb, executive vice president and CEO of The Marble Institute of America. “We are eager to see all of our members and industry colleagues in Miami Beach. This show will be essential for companies looking for growth and ways to stand out in our competitive industry.”
Claudio Solignani, director of planning and development at Veronafiere, noted that, “As a long-standing partner of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Veronafiere is delighted to see the continuing growth of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. A stone industry show on the East coast will certainly create an opportunity for increased European exposure in the United States.”
Duke Pointer, executive director of the Natural Stone Council, explained, “The Natural Stone Council has a long relationship with Hanley Wood and we are extremely excited about sponsoring a second StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas show each year. We have seen growth of the show from its infancy and are confident in Hanley Wood’s leadership going forward.”
Matt Lansing, executive director of Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) commented, “The SFA is very pleased with Hanley Wood’s decision to launch The International Surface Event East. We believe in a Fall show that allows businesses to take advantage of annual fiscal tax opportunities, which are beneficial to suppliers and customers alike. We look forward to this expansion and are confident that this show will be appreciated and embraced by all involved.”
“Exhibitors will now have the chance to showcase their products and services during two distinctively different buying seasons,” said Amie Gilmore, associate show director of Surfaces| StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo.”We have received countless requests for a Fall show, as well as an East Coast show, and we’re happy to finally be able to fill this important industry need.”