spoga+gafa sees substantial growth in return to annual event cycle
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, September 15, 2011
Providing an international business platform to showcase the latest trends and newest products in the garden market, the spoga+gafa trade fair, held Sept. 4-6 in Cologne, Germany, attracted 36,300 trade visitors from 106 countries, an increase of more than 40% compared to the previous event in 2009.
A total of 1,774 suppliers from 57 countries exhibited their product ranges as the total number of products displayed at the trade fair increased by more than 50% compared to 2009. Additionally, 59% of the visitors came from abroad, while the corresponding figure for exhibitors was 81%.
The spoga+gafa trade fair attracted approximately 36,300 trade visitors from 106 countries.
"Time to grow - that was the appropriate motto for this outstanding trade fair," said Koelnmesse Vice President Metin Ergül. "In the first year following the strategic decision to put spoga+gafa back on the annual event cycle, the wealth of innovations and top-class presentations of many leading brands from all segments helped make it possible for the trade fair to display its high quality. The fact that high-ranking international decision-makers from the full spectrum of trade channels visited spoga+gafa underscored that the fair is the leading international trade fair forum for the garden and leisure market."
The groundwork for a successful future was laid at the trade fair. Well-known brands including MTD/Wolf Garten, Neudorff, Freund Victoria, Positec, Juwel H. Wüster, Heissner, Keter, Scheurich, Lechuza, EFSA, Friedola - and, from the barbecue segment, Weber-Stephen Products, Barbecook and others - have already announced that they will be back in Cologne for next year's fair, scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2012. Top brands from the premium furniture segment, including Fischer Möbel, Rausch Classics, Weishäupl, Ego Paris, Glatz, Gloster Furniture and Resinas Olot, have also committed for next year.
Gloster showed a contemporary lineup at the show.
"The excellent participation figures, particularly from the new premium garden furniture segment, clearly show that we have established a strong foundation with garden unique," said Ergül.