Las Vegas—The thousands of attendees who made the trek to Las Vegas for TISE 2022 were given the opportunity to preview some of the newest, most innovative products in the industry, to negotiate deals with their business partners and vendors, learn more on a multitude of industry subjects and see old friends.
According to Informa Exhibitions, which organizes the show, attendees from 55 countries experienced three distinct events (Surfaces, StonExpo and Tile Expo) in one with a new show floor layout, new dedicated event entrances, targeted-by-event education as well as demonstrations and show features. Newly released data from Informa shows the audience consisted of 68% executive management roles, 74% companies with sales volume over $1 million annually and 82% active buyers.
“Thanks to Informa, the industry is officially back and open for business,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). “There was so much positive about this show. I loved the flow, the re-establishment of face-to-face interaction, presentations on the main stage and elsewhere. The CFI Installer of the Year Competition was Amazing. I can’t wait for 2023!”
Surfaces offered products from every aspect of residential and commercial sectors of the flooring industry including hardwood, resilient, laminate, carpet, rugs, tile and more. Highlights included Shaw brands creating a unique and informative experience for attendees; wool carpets being celebrated in the new line Décor by Fabrica; Mina Starsiak from HGTV’s Good Bones presenting Karndean Designflooring’s new product and trends; and the addition of AHF Products’ Barnwood Living engineered line produced with Mark Bowe, host of “Barnwood Builders” which airs on the Magnolia Network.
“TISE 2022 exceeded our expectations,” said Jon Lancto, CEO, SESA. “Attendees at the show were truly interested in what was new with stone equipment and supporting supply innovators. It was great to see the re-engagement of the fabrication companies with the industries that support and provide new technologies to make their businesses more profitable. With the inclusion of man- made materials, we are looking forward to an even better show in 2023”
The benefit of attending live markets is to experience the products firsthand and to meet directly with the key people who produce them, according to show organizers. StonExpo/Marmomac’s new and increased partnerships expanded the stone exhibits, demonstrations and educational opportunities at the 2022 event. The Natural Stone Institute rallied the stone industry to expand the stone pavilions and SESA named StonExpo as its dedicated annual event for displaying stone equipment and machinery.
New at StonExpo/Marmomc for 2022 was the Stone Theatre—offering stone industry education by stone industry professionals right on the show floor. TISE education seminars presented a dedicated StonExpo education track providing detailed stone-focused programming across three days of the event.
“The seminars in the Stone Theatre, awards ceremonies, larger presence of machinery/ equipment and great networking events provided an excellent experience for everyone,” said Jim Hieb, CEO, Natural Stone Institute. “2022 exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait until 2023.”
According to Bart Bettiga, executive director, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), TISE 2022 was a strong show for the group. “We signed up a record number of members at this event and this was due to a strong desire by tile and flooring contractors to get together again in person and share ideas and strategies,” he said. “We are already planning on what we can do bigger and better in 2023.”
TileExpo showcased architectural, innovative, high-tech offerings from ceramic to decorative, stone to wood looks and more. Daltile’s new Sapphire Status porcelain large format tile caught the eye of judges and won multiple awards. American Olean’s Playscapes line also showcased a lively array of wall tile shapes.
TISE education seminars also presented a TileExpo education track to provide a deep dive into tile programming. The NTCA provided sessions covering skinny, geometric and large format tile in partnership with celebrity designer Jennifer Farrell and Emser Tile that crossed over for hands-on demonstration learning on the TISE Live Demo Stage.
The 2023 event will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 2.