Creative Hotspot:
A Review of ORGATEC 2016

Stand: VITRA, WORK,  Halle 5.2
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ORGATEC 2016 closed last Saturday with outstanding results. The leading international trade fair for the modern working world recorded a considerable increase in visitor numbers of more than 10 per cent with more than 56,000 visitors from 118 countries. The trade fair’s theme, “creativity works – new visions of work”, ran through the presentations by the exhibitors and attracted praise from architects and designers in particular.

With its exhibitors and supporting programme ORGATEC has grown to become the creative hotspot for the modern working world. Koelnmesse Chief Operating Officer Katharina C. Hamma commented: “We are especially pleased that we attracted a wider audience than large numbers of architects and designers. In particular, many senior decision-makers attended ORGATEC this year, including managers from listed companies that apply innovative, holistic workplace concepts.”

Boulevard Nord
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Significantly more visitors from outside Germany travelled to Cologne for the fair – from start-up founders to dealers and decision-makers in medium-sized companies all the way through to senior managers at large corporations. A wide spectrum of professionals all see ORGATEC as a global networking and business platform. In the visitor survey, the large majority of visitors gave extremely positive feedback when asked how the trade fair had gone for them personally. The 671 exhibitors presented a wide range of products and solutions, from furnishings to lighting, flooring, acoustics and conferencing technology all the way through to information and communications technology. Many of the concepts – a large number of which followed a holistic approach – revolved around the question of what solutions there are to meet the requirements of the new forms of collaborative working.

Stand: the smart coworking lobby, Halle 9
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The answers from the industry were as rich in variety as they were in creativity. The solutions range from self-sufficient desks to flexible space systems and furnishings that encourage networked working but equally promote employee health and wellbeing. Also on show were numerous solutions that integrate colour concepts, personalised light installations and acoustic solutions in an overall concept. Systems for team and project workspaces and flexible solutions for digitalising work environments also attracted an immense amount of interest.

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All the conferences and forums of the supporting programme at ORGATEC 2016 attracted high numbers of attendees. There was perhaps no better place to get a sense of how ORGATEC has developed into the number one creative hotspot for architects, planners, the industry and dealers. Highly acclaimed speakers and exciting talks that addressed the target audience’s current interests and concerns provided plenty of fuel for discussions long after the official end of the programme. It is no surprise, then, that the feedback from the overwhelming majority of attendees was very positive: the programme had its finger on the pulse and was worthy of a leading international trade fair.

The next ORGATEC will take place from 23 to 27 October 2018 in Cologne.

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