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Interzum 2023 Recognised the Increasing Importance of Environmental Issues


Interzum 2023 Recognised the Increasing Importance of Environmental Issues

July 25, 2023

By Kitchen Ideas Team

Interzum an international trade fair for the suppliers to furniture and interior design concluded successfully. It was held in Cologne, Germany on May 12th, 2023. Approximately 62,000 trade visitors from about 150 countries participated at this mega event. This trade fair was held over the course of four days where over 1,600 exhibitors participated. The exhibiting companies unveiled their innovative solutions and newest products at Interzum. “The trade fair could barely have showcased its importance for the industry any better,” said a delighted Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse. For him, the event’s success is a clear sign that first-rate flagship events such as Interzum are more vital than ever.

The importance of Interzum for the industry was also underlined by the highest number of international trade visitors. The countries with the largest number of visitors were from Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland. The number of Turkish visitors increased by 16 percent compared to the previous edition of the trade fair. Likewise, the number of trade visitors from India also increased. Considering the current situation with regards to the issuance of visas, the number of Chinese visitors was satisfactory, too. Exhibitors also praised the high level of expertise among visitors from all countries. interzum is giving the industry fresh impetus with its guiding principle of neo-ecology.

The trade fair’s central theme was sustainability. It was focused on the overarching concept of neo-ecology, interzum brought sustainability, climate protection, resource efficiency and forward-looking planning to the fore before the trade fair even began. It became clear just how much interzum struck a chord with the industry at the trade fair‘s stands, where nearly all the exhibiting companies recognised the increasing importance of environmental issues. Aspects such as resource efficiency, smart materials, renewable energies or recycling and upcycling were key to many of the innovations exhibited.

One of the exhibiting stall at the event Interzum 2023

The varied programme of events also explored these themes – and with great success. The three interzum Trend Forums, the interzum Product Stage and the interzum Trend Stage, where renowned industry experts discussed the most important developments, trends and emerging topics in the worlds of furniture, materials and furnishings, generated a lot of interest among the international trade audience.

interzum goes green: Moving into a more sustainable future

The products, services and special events were not the only things that honed in on environmental issues. Many of the exhibition stands were also designed with sustainability and resource efficiency in mind. What’s more, the trade fair itself accepts its responsibility and is making active efforts to protect the climate. In the run-up to the event, interzum launched an initiative to make the world’s biggest industry event for furniture production and interior construction more sustainable in the future. Drawing on the experiences gathered this year, the trade fair will explore how it can further integrate sustainability into future events. The next interzum event is scheduled on 20-23rd in May 2025.