Ambiente takes place from the 12th to 16th of February in Frankfurt am Main. This year, expect the show to be bigger and better than ever before, introducing new concepts for both exhibitors and visitors. More than 4,018 companies and buyers from all over the world will meet to exhibit and to discover new products, to establish contacts and to extend their business network. As the source of inspiration, encouraging forward thinking, trends and tomorrow's retail trade, Ambiente introduces what's new for the market.
In the Giving product group, visitors to the trade fair will find everything that's currently - and will be, in the future - available for giving as a gift. "The extensive range of our Giving exhibitors is so arranged, that buyers from each and every target group can find and put together an appropriate selection for all occasions and all budgets," says Yvonne Engelmann, Director of Ambiente Giving. Alongside both traditional and more trend-conscious gift items there are also paper and stationery items, fashion accessories, jewellery and watches, as well as beauty and wellness products and smoking requisites. All of the products that lend themselves to being used in core ranges as well as ancillary ones. "That is precisely why the Giving section is a regular attraction for buyers in other retail areas," continues Yvonne.
Giving: a platform for inspiration and orders in the gifts sector From trendy to classic, from fast selling items to long-standing old favourites, the product range in Giving shows us what people all round the world will be giving each other next season. Sparkling Easter bunnies, stylish cuckoo clocks and crocheted egg warmers - the crazy and the endearing, the trendy and the outlandish are all to be seen in the Young & Trendy section in Hall 11.1. Fashionable vases, traditional decorations, candles and gourmet items from all over the world will be on show at Gifts Unlimited in Hall 9.1.
Buyers will find, amongst the smoking accessories in Hall 5.1B, an international selection of smoking accessories and pipes, lighters and matches. Important brand manufacturers like Akra Kotschenreuther, Hermann Hauser, Moosmayr, Polyflame Europe and Zippo will be showing us what's new on the market. Immediately next door, the Pipe & Cigar Show will be taking place in parallel with Ambiente. Following its launch in the winter of 2015, the three-day trade event will, again prove a major attraction for retail tobacconists, as well as for retail shops specialising in gourmet items, gifts and lifestyle products, too.
What's new in Giving
Fashion accessories, watches and jewellery, in particular, remain popular gift items. The sales volumes of jewellery, watches and personal accessories will - according to one set of predictions - rise from 9.6 billion in 2014 to 10.7 billion in 2019. And with the new product group at the show Accessories & Jewellery, Ambiente is seeking to keep pace with this development. You can expect fashion and hand-made jewellery, leather goods, bags, belts and other fashion accessories, beauty-care items, wellness products and beauty accessories to all be exhibited together.>br>
Exhibitors such as Biba, Collection Claudia Schmiesing, Concept Art, with their Sweet Deluxe brand, Culture Mix, Dazzl Design, Heide Heinzendorff, Lizas, Roberto Leonardi and Ruppenthal will be exhibiting both real jewellery and fashion and designer jewellery, including pearls and precious stones. Companies like A. Ahmaddy, Bags for Living, The Moshi, Volker Lang and Wilhelm Johann Meier will be showcasing all sorts and kinds of fashion accessories that will be in vogue tomorrow.
New: Children and toddlers
Products relating to children provide yet another focal point. Not only do they represent a major market worldwide, children are also a new area of focus at the upcoming Ambiente. Exhibitors like Carletto, with their Ty brand products, Donkey Products, Jellycat, Rex International and Tyrrell Katz will be exhibiting in Hall 11.1, where companies will showcase some favourite products that'll be available in the shops for the younger generation next season. Anything and everything relating to volume business, together with gifts, stationery, beauty accessories, cosmetics and fashion accessories will find a home in the Passage Gifts section in Hall 10.0.
Supporting great design
Ambiente offers a number of opportunities to super creative and innovative businesses to show off their latest groundbreaking designs. These include the prestigious Design Plus competition. Here, exhibitors enter products with exceptional design qualities. The sole entry condition is that products must not have been on the market more than two years before Ambiente 2016. An international panel of experts judges the aesthetics but also the practical, ecological and technical qualities, as well as the overall concept of the design.
Solutions 2016 - for the last four years, the Solutions special show in the Foyer of Hall 4.0 has been a great hit with the public. On display are new products offering clever solutions for those everyday problems in the kitchen and home. Only products launched within the twelve months prior to the Ambiente 2016 are eligible.
Speed-Dating@Ambiente takes place on Sunday, 14th February. Here, exhibitors have once again the opportunity to present their latest products to an audience of the world's press. Each company has three minutes to present their particular product in English. In addition to this short presentation, a further two minutes is allowed for questions.
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