IBS, KBIS Announce Co-Location Beginning in 2014
The new mega event, Design and Construction Week, already has many lighting exhibitors excited; the possibility of it including the Winter Las Vegas Market in later years would make it an industry must-attend.
 

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA) announced an agreement to co-locate the International Builders' Show (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas beginning in February 2014.

The two events will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week, one of the world's largest gatherings focused on new ideas, products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes.

"Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling," says John Morgan, NKBA 2013 President and President of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer's representative for cabinetry and technology brands. "We couldn't be more excited to deliver this special event for the industry."

The new mega event will be held Feb. 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, with each show occupying a separate hall. Kitchen and bath brands that have participated in both shows can choose to exhibit in the KBIS or IBS hall. One pass will provide access to both exhibits. NKBA and NAHB will continue to produce separate educational programming and special events.

Sea Gull Lighting shows at both events, so President Matt Vollmer is happy about the change. “As Sea Gull Lighting offers a wide array of decorative and commercial products—including a great deal of kitchen and bath—the co-location of the IBS and KBIS shows will be beneficial for us. We serve both audiences, and we see this change as a way for many of our customers to attend two important trade shows in one city, at one time with one pass,” Vollmer says.

Kichler, which also exhibits at both shows, is excited about the new event’s potential. “Kichler is very excited about the co-location of KBIS and IBS,” says Jeff Dross, Kichler’s Corporate Director of Education and Industry Trends. “We believe this combination will reinvigorate both shows and the interaction between the two sets of attendees will benefit one another. For the suppliers and attendees of these important businesses who have abandoned these shows, 2014 is the year to recommit. This will be huge!”

Design and Construction Week 2014 is expected to draw more than 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows.

Future show dates are Jan. 20-22, 2015, and Jan. 19-21, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In 2015, Design and Construction Week will expand further with the addition of SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, Jan. 21-23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. SURFACES is sponsored by the World Floor Covering Assn. and is the largest floor-covering industry event in North America for retailers, distributors, installers, designers and home builders.

Although the 2014 Las Vegas Winter Market dates have already been announced and will not coincide with Design and Construction Week 2014, Dana Andrew, Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications for World Market Center Las Vegas, says that in later years, the dates coincide historically with when the Las Vegas Market is held and therefore the two events may have some synergies.

“A concept that brings more buyers together is certainly worth further consideration,” she says. “We have been running highly successful Las Vegas Markets in late January/early February for seven consecutive years. Consequently, another high-profile industry event could be additive to what is already a powerhouse period in Las Vegas for the furnishings and design industry. This new event may also yield some benefits for our Las Vegas Design Center.”

Andrew also says that overall though, market dates are planned to optimize opportunities for buyers and sellers, which may mean avoiding significant overlap with established home furnishings and gift shows.

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