Seven weeks ahead of the event, the forecast for ORGATEC 2014 is outstanding! The fair runs from 21-25 October 2014 at the Koelnmesse exhibition grounds. More than 600 companies from 40 countries will present their new products and services on 105,000 gross square metres of exhibition space. For the ORGATEC 2014 event, many manufacturers have booked more stand space than for the 2012 edition of the fair. The exhibitors list of this year’s ORGATEC 2014 reads like a "Who's Who" of the industry, including numerous national and international market leaders and important industry players, among them Actiu, Bentley, Dauphin, Durable, Fendi, Giroflex, Haworth, Interface, Interstuhl, Kokuyo, Komtech, König + Neurath, Nowy Styl, Nurus, Palmberg, Sedus, Tobias Grau, Unifor, Vitra und Wilkhahn. More than two thirds of the exhibiting companies come from abroad. There will be a particularly strong presence from companies from Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Turkey and France. "In all relevant industry areas, ORGATEC 2014 underscores its role as the leading international Trade Fair for Office & Facility", says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. "But ORGATEC will not only showcase solutions for the traditional office. In the Contract area, the fair also puts a spotlight on the furnishing of public spaces to the fore."
In four segments, "ORGATEC Office", "ORGATEC Contract", "ORGATEC Space" and "ORGATEC Mobile", the trade fair will present integrated solutions and comprehensive concepts for everything connected with the office as a working and living environment. In Halls 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.2 and 11.2, leading national and international manufacturers from the furnishing, flooring, acoustic, light, media and conference technology sectors will present their novelties to industry players from all over the world. The range of trade visitors to the fair comprises founders of start-up companies, dealers and decision makers from SMEs as well as executives from the Procurement and Human Resources departments of large corporations. With almost 50 percent of the trade visitors coming from abroad, the ORGATEC also underscores its importance on an international scale.
Modern working environments in the spotlight
The event deals addresses the demands of modern working environments, which are characterised by increasing momentum and growing internationalisation, rapidly advancing technical developments, a profound change in communication structures, and last but not least by demographic change. The design of modern jobs and their working environments must respond to these changes in order to optimally contribute to companies’ long-term competitiveness. The event programme of ORGATEC 2014 takes a closer look at these topics. Competence Centres "ORGATEC Space" and "ORGATEC Mobile", the "ORGATEC Trend Forum", "INSIGHT COLOGNE – ORGATEC Night of Office and Architecture" or the "ORGATEC Boulevard" – there will be many different opportunities to discuss current trends, take a closer look at complex issues, exchange ideas on an international level as well as for networking among industry members.
Innovations and new ideas across six halls
Innovative solutions for office furnishing can be found in Halls 6-9 and 11.2 at ORGATEC. Hall 6 is also home to the international “ORGATEC Trendforum“. Here, on all five days of the fair, top-level experts will be discussing current trends and presenting best practice scenarios, including topics like Demographic Change in the Office, Change Management or Gamification, the latter will be dealt with for the first time at ORGATEC. On the Gamification Day (Thursday, 23 October 2014), companies such as SAP, Rabobank or Centigrade will demonstrate how employee commitment can be improved by implementing playful elements. The market research institute, Gallup, will provide an overview of the status quo regarding employee commitment. In addition, scientific lectures as well as a panel discussion will identify reasons for the effectiveness and the prospects of a successful implementation of Gamification in the corporate sector.
"Smart Office Materials"
New at ORGATEC: "Innovation of Interior" is the new exhibition in Hall 8. Under the banner "IOI – Smart Office Materials", the exhibition is an attraction for architects, planners, equippers and fitters who are looking for something special. The special exhibition puts the spotlight on materials for the working worlds of tomorrow.
The focus is on the sustainability of the products. "Smart office materials are made out of biological resources, are conducive to health and are produced out of other waste materials," explained Dr. Sascha Peters, organiser of the exhibition and owner of Haute Innovation - a Berlin-based material and technology agency. "Light-weight construction solutions, as well as multifunctional or smart materials with a hidden added value are gaining increased significance for mobile working.
Public Spaces under focus
Hall 10.2 is dedicated to “ORGATEC Contract“. Here the trade visitor can find all-encompassing layout and furnishing solutions for a variety of public spaces, like transit lounges, hotel lobbies and restaurants. An initial overview of this year's exhibitors underlines the diversity of applications and ideas for architects, interior designers, property designers and other planners. From this sector among others Andreu World, Arper, Carpet Concept, De Sede, Fritz Hansen, Gallotti&Radice, Hay, Poltrona Frau and Walter Knoll will be exhibiting. Hall 10.2 is also home to the Architects' Lounge which is designed by the architecture and design platform Stylepark.
Competence Centres for space concepts and mobile working
In Hall 11.2 the two competence centres, "ORGATEC Space" and "ORGATEC Mobile" will offer comprehensive solutions for both sectors.
“ORGATEC Space“ combines lighting, flooring, walls, climate and acoustics under the banner “Spaces 2014 – Connecting People“ for a comprehensive exhibition on the use of space. "ORGATEC Space" is a joint project between the interior designer Sylvia Leydecker and the acoustician Dr. Christian Nocke.
The second competence centre, "ORGATEC Mobile", focuses on the topics of mobility and technology in the modern working world. In this context, Materna, a company that provides IT services throughout Europe, will present solutions that enable mobile working. The term “mobility“ refers here not just to working outside the concept of the traditional office, but also flexibility regarding the actual place of work. “ORGATEC Mobile“ presents forward-looking ideas and addresses the growing demand for flexible working templates. The focus here lies on the fitting products and concepts, from software modules to portable terminals, through to traditional solutions for working on the go.
New at the ORGATEC: Speakers' Corner
For the first time the exhibitors of the ORGATEC will be able to use the "Speakers' Corner" concept. The new platform in Hall 11.2 offers companies the opportunity to present themselves as well as new products and services to a broad trade audience and answer questions directly on site. In half-hour presentations, speakers will introduce trends, innovations and methods from their particular field of expertise (daily between 11.00 a.m. and 03.00 p.m).
"ORGATEC Boulevard" - between work, communication and relaxation
Dedicated to the motto "Out of Office", The ORGATEC Boulevard will offer the trade visitors further creative ideas. This emotional presentation is intended to create a counterpole to the dynamic working world in the form of areas of inspiration and tranquility. This year, the Boulevard is divided up into four different communication zones and lounge areas with feel-good character. In addition to its role as a place of reflection, the ORGATEC Boulevard also offers room for communications and the exchange with industry colleagues.
"INSIGHT COLOGNE - the ORGATEC Office & Architecture Night"
On Friday, 24 October 2014, ORGATEC won’t be over when the fair gates close, as "INSIGHT COLOGNE" continues the event outside the fairgrounds. Under the banner " Smart Working in Smart Buildings", from 06.00 p.m. on, a total of 20 offices and facilities throughout the city of Cologne will open their doors and grant exclusive insights into the world of work of the future, unveiling surprising design ideas and innovative solutions. Each of the individual companies and their buildings belong to one of the categories "Working Environments of the 21st Century" and "Revitalisation and Refurbishment of Existing Buildings". The event addresses both trade visitors of the ORGATEC as well as the interested general public. Participants can visit the selected buildings in German or English-language tour-guided groups. Several locations offer an open, non-stop programme on-site.
ORGATEC Boulevard is the perfect setting for the legendary ORGATEC SIX-TO-NINE party. On the evening of the first day of the fair, all exhibitors, visitors and journalists are invited to this industry meeting to engage in lively conversations and exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere (Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 06.00 p.m. to 09.00 p.m., ORGATEC Boulevard).
The ORGATEC 2014 is open to trade visitors from 21 to 24 October from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. and on 25 October from 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. Further information is available at: www.orgatec.com.
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