FURNITEX 18 - 21 July 2013 Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Furnitex 2013 Foreword
Furnitex is Australia’s largest furniture trade fair and is an important fixture of the Australian furniture industry, showcasing the best of Australian designed and made furniture and furnishings. The array of products displayed at Furnitex trade fairs in previous years is a testimony to the strength and level of innovation within the Australian furniture industry.
Furnitex provides a great opportunity for small and medium furniture manufactures to market their products and gain the attention of both domestic and international buyers in once place. By exhibiting at Furnitex, furniture manufacturers are able to boost their capacity to reach new customers and access new markets.
The Australian Government recognises the valuable contribution the furniture and furnishings industries make to the Australian economy by employing over 100,000 Australians across the country. This is an important manufacturing sector and the Australian Government wants the industry to thrive. Successful industry events like Furnitex will help to secure the industry’s future.
I invite furniture manufacturers to explore innovation opportunities provided by the Government through AusIndustry and Enterprise Connect, such as the R&D Tax Incentive and the Clean Technology Programs.
I look forward to Furnitex 2013 and trust that it will be a successful trade fair for all exhibitors.
Senator the Hon Kate Lundy
Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation
Australia's Largest Furniture and Furnishings Trade Fair
Furnitex has proved itself year after year as the premier buying and networking hub for both trade visitors and exhibitors in the furniture and interiors industry.
As a proven launching pad for the latest products and trends, Australasia's industry leaders choose to exhibit at Furnitex for the unique opportunity it offers to gain high exposure to a targeted audience.
Over four action packed days, Furnitex is a hotbed for industry networking with over 500 exhibitors and 17,000 qualified trade visitors all under the one roof at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Existing relationships are reinforced and plenty of opportunities are created with new leads and new industry players.
Complimenting the Trade Show exhibits is an extensive program of networking and educational events, spectacular feature areas and collocated Trade Fairs.
Decoration + Design Melbourne runs alongside Furnitex at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Here 150 leading Australian and international high-end soft furnishings, fabrics and interior product companies showcase their exclusive new releases. Find out more www.decorationdesign.com.au
Lightsource will for the first time be joining Furnitex as a co-located event. Set to light up the world with new commercial and retail lighting solutions, Lightsource showcases the latest lighting products and technologies for commercial, retail, industrial and outdoor space.
There is a number of spotlight features within Furnitex and Decoration + Design to stimulate your imagination and inspired your choices through seminar series, design competitions and the original installations using the forecasted future trends in colours, fabrics, products and thinking.
Another popular feature is Hotel + Hospitality Furnishings, showcasing the trends and innovations for hotels, motels, clubs and restaurants.
If over 500 exhibitors and 17,000 industry visitors all under the one roof is not enough, there is also a number of events running thought Furnitex that give both visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to interact with industry players and meet experts of their field. There will be an International Seminar Series, Retail Workshops, Industry Awards, Cocktail Parties, Gala Dinner plus much more.