Craft Focus - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 94)

23 SHOWS & EVENTS  This season’s most unmissable events The consumer goods world is back in Frankfurt In view of the major challenges of issues such as supply chains and resource scarcity, rising inflation and energy costs as well as falling consumer spending, it’s all the more important to meet each other in real terms and remain in dialogue. To this end, Messe Frankfurt is bringing together the key players of the entire sector in Frankfurt. “Opening up new perspectives and opportunities is our greatest concern in our role as an active business promoter and reliable partner of the global consumer goods industry. We’ve understood that we need to radically rethink and change our trade fair formats. That’s why we’re creating a new, physical trade fair experience, with three leading trade fairs at one time, covering all the key meta-topics and trends that specifically move manufacturers and retailers forward,” says Julia Uherek, Vice President Consumer Goods Fairs. In addition, the physical trade fair experience will be complemented by smart digital services, not only parallel to the physical events, but also beyond. “This means we are increasingly becoming a yearround business enabler, with a wide range of digital services that we offer 24/7,” says Philipp Ferger, Vice President Consumer Goods Fairs. From 3rd/4th to 7th February 2023, the three leading international trade fairs Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld1 will be held in parallel at the Frankfurt exhibition centre and present the entire world of consumer goods to the trade on one date each year. This concentration will make Frankfurt the intersection for all forms of trade as well as for purchasing decision-makers from HoReCa, Contract Business and Concept Decoration. The new format is off to a good start. At present, 4,700 exhibitors from 80 countries are expected, 85 per cent of them from abroad. “The demand and the great confidence of the market are overwhelming. For each leading fair, the top international brands and interesting newcomers are here. This means we show a range of quality and diversity. The world is once again at home in Frankfurt”, says Ferger, underlining the international significance of the events. Ambiente Giving is also launching with synergy-rich innovations: in the new Urban Gifts & Stationery section in Hall 4.2, visitors will find trend and design-oriented gifts, fast-moving products, decorative accessories, writing utensils, greeting cards, bags and personal accessories. With an even broader Stationery range of stationery, greeting cards and writing instruments, the choice here will be more attractive. At Creativeworld, the leading international trade fair for hobby, craft and artists’ requisites, all the flagships and market leaders from all product segments will also be there, including, for example, Clairefontaine, F.I.L.A. Group, Folia, Kreul, Kuretake, Marabu, Rayher, Royal Brush, Royal Talens, Schmincke and Staedtler. The exhibitors will show innovative articles for the creative hobby, materials for graphics and artists’ supplies, arts and crafts and textile design as well as graffiti and street art. For the first time, products for creative writing and drawing also enrich the range. Numerous classic writing-utensil manufacturers are expanding their product portfolios in the direction of creative materials, so the joint appearance under the Creativeworld umbrella is a logical step for the market. The new exhibitors include, for example, Centropen, Schneider Schreibgeräte and the writing utensil manufacturer Stylex. With this realignment, the trade benefits from an unparalleled crossover of product groups, themes, segments and synergies. Shows, news & events Diary dates Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair 15th-18th January, 2023 Harrogate Convention Centre Toy Fair 24th-26th January, 2023 Olympia, London Christmasworld 3rd-7th February, 2023 Messe Frankfurt, Germany www.christmasworld. Creativeworld 4th-7th February, 2023 Messe Frankfurt, Germany Spring Fair 5th-8th February, 2023 NEC, Birmingham CHSI Stitches 19th-20th February, 2023 NEC, Birmingham h+h Cologne 31st March – 2nd April, 2023 Koelnmesse, Cologne