interzum 2017 set to impress with a stunning programme of events

In addition to the exhibitors' innovations, the large number of events during the trade fair are a good reason to spend several days in Cologne

As the leading international trade fair, interzum has established a prime position for itself in interior construction and furniture production. Its three segments enable visitors to discover all the innovations and trends that will define tomorrow's interior design. To make the days of the trade fair from 16 to 19 May 2017 in Cologne absolutely perfect, an outstanding and varied programme of events complements the fair. From stimulating congresses and creative workshops to award ceremonies and informative special events, there is something for everyone's taste. interzum is set to be an exceptional trade fair experience. One of the highlights is the opening ceremony on 15 May 2017, where the prestigious interzum awards will be presented.

As they do every year, visitors in Cologne expect an excellent programme of events during interzum. The wide-ranging programme starts even before the official opening of the trade fair: an event that is not to be missed is the Sixth Innovation Workshop for Wood-Based Materials, which is the ideal opportunity to discover the latest product innovations and discuss them with industry insiders in the following plenary discussion, and to engage in continuing professional development. The workshop, which takes place on Monday, 15 May 2017, is organised by the Association of the German Wood-Based Panel Industry (VHI) in close collaboration with the Institute for Wood Technology Dresden (ihd) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research (WKI).

A reception will be hosted the same evening on the Rhine Terraces, where international suppliers to the furniture production and interior construction industries are invited to enjoy refreshing drinks and delicious food, and to toast the opening of interzum. The prize-giving ceremony for the interzum award: intelligent material & design 2017 will also be held during the opening ceremony. The awards are organised by Koelnmesse in collaboration with Red Dot and are exclusively reserved for interzum exhibitors. Awarded by a jury of experts, the prizes recognise the best products by the international furniture supplier industry and honour the creative achievements of ambitious design.

Innovation and cooperation are the key themes for the opening day of interzum. At the VDID Industrial Design Day 2017, experts from the fields of architecture, psychology, materials development, technology, industrial design and marketing will present their work at a conference. Following the event, guests are invited to join a discussion. The highlight of the day will be the prize-giving ceremony for the Eighth VDID Newcomers' Award. The prize is aimed at all students and graduates of product design and industrial design, who were invited to submit their work.

A must-attend event is the Upcycling and Sustainable Materials Cycle congress, which takes place on 18 May 2017 from 10:00 a.m. in the lecture area of the innovation of interior Piazza. In order to improve the reuse of raw materials, companies should integrate recycling processes into their production. Upcycling goes beyond simply reusing materials and transforms them into high-quality materials. Dr. Sascha Peters and industry experts will provide insights into this trend and discuss how recycling and upcycling can be promoted at the congress. The special Circular Thinking event area is the perfect complement to the congress and will present a range of examples and new ideas for sustainable material cycles.

It is not just the events with their interesting and informative contributions that are set to attract visitors to this year's interzum. Many of the special event areas will offer all trade fair visitors a comprehensive overview of very different issues. "I'm absolutely delighted to be able to present an exciting trade fair to all our international visitors. Its attraction is in no small part due to its programme of events," says Arne Petersen, Vice President Trade Fair Management. "The special exhibitions on the Piazzas act as platforms for inspiration and exchanges, and the congresses are special highlights. They explore exceptionally exciting ideas in greater depth and give attendees a preview of tomorrow's solutions."

The overview of the complete programme of events and the event search, which quickly and clearly provides all the key information, can be found at: www.interzum.com.

Koelnmesse - Global competence in furniture, interiors and design:
Koelnmesse is the world's top trade fair organiser 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 China/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.

Further information is available at: http://www.global-competence.net/interiors/
Further information about ambista: http://ww.ambista.com/

The next events:
Pueri Expo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 26.-29.05.2017
spoga+gafa, Cologne, Germany, 03.-05.09.2017
China Kids Expo, Shanghai, China, 18.-20.10.2017

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