Orgatec European Press Conference in Barcelona

The FEMB were in Barcelona on 2 June to support the Orgatec European Press Conference. Trade Press representatives from throughout Europe attended to be informed about the new products and developments of the leading trade fair for Office & Facility.

Orgatec takes place from 25 to 29 October in Cologne and the international trade fair once again expects a total of over 600 companies from around 40 countries, among them many market leaders and, for the first time, renowned companies from the IT sector.

“Since 2013 we have been changing the strategic focus of Orgatec: moving away from a trade fair whose emphasis was on office furniture, towards an international platform for modern work environments“, said Katharina C. Hamma, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, at the press conference. With the themed areas “Contract”, “Mobile”, “Space” and “Office”, Orgatec 2016 presents imaginative ideas for the design of inspiring work environments. The four themed areas cover new solutions for office design as well as market innovations for the furnishing of hotels, transit lounges and restaurants. New opportunities for mobile Working will be also on display at the trade fair.

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European press conference ORGATEC 2016, f.l.t.r.: Tomas Ekstrom, Hendrik Hund, Katharina C. Hamma, Michael Steiner, Diego Gronda

In addition to the exhibition, the comprehensive supporting programme provides further important impulses for the planning and design of modern work environments. Hall 6 will be home to the international “Orgatec Trend Forum” with top-level experts for current trends and best practice scenarios. In Hall 11 the Competence Centre “RE/WORK – Moments of Inspiration by Ippolito Fleitz Group” envisions what the office of the future might look like.

With a wide spectrum of accompanying other events, Orgatec provides decisive impulses for the design of inspiring work environments. Distinguished speakers at the conferences and talks, as well as other special events offer extensive information and plenty of opportunities to exchange ideas within the industry.

In addition to the attendance of Hendrik Hund the President of German Association the BSO, Tomas Ekstrom of Kinnarps the President of the FEMB presented the views from the Federation and how its members (who provide 90% of the production in the EU) are responding to the challenges in the workplace.

Tomas said, “One key factor is the blending of as much as four generations in the workplace. Where collaboration between generations is a must but the question is how to facilitate it. The interior solutions in the work environment must therefore be adapted to all ages, to support different physical and psychological stages of life.”

“When it comes to workspaces, we need to ask ourselves why, how and in what way will people work, meet and learn, today and in the future.Designing for diversity is the key. Creating workspaces for everyone with the individual in mind.”

For more information on the FEMB contact Colin Watson. Secretary General. 

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