From 2 to 4 September 2018 the green industry will once again be meeting up at spoga+gafa, the world’s no. 1 garden trade fair. Around 2,100 exhibitors from 60 countries will present the whole world of the garden to the international trade audience on 230,000 square metres of exhibition space. As such the exhibition space has increased once again by a further 5,000 square metres. The expected share of foreign exhibitors is 84 percent. “The success of spoga+gafa is based on the wide offer of top garden products, an enormous depth in themes to do with the green industry and unique added values provided through the theme islands, special events and an extensive event programme,” stated Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH. “The high level of internationality among the exhibitors and trade visitors underlines its worldwide position as the perfect industry meeting point.” The theme islands, POS Green Solution Islands and the Outdoor Kitchen World, which were successfully introduced in 2017, are being repeated and expanded. This year’s themes of the POS Green Solution Islands are ‘Grab & Go’, ‘Living with plants’, ‘Homemade’, ‘Upside Down’ and ‘The Plant hunter’.
A further highlight at spoga+gafa 2018 is a trend show in the garden unique segment. For the first time, spoga+gafa 2018 is dedicating an own special zone to the furniture trends of tomorrow. On several product islands in the garden unique section, outdoor furniture that is trendsetting and ground-breaking for at least the next season will be on display. The focus here lies on materials and functionality. On the one hand it is about innovative product characteristics, new combinations and the theme sustainability, as well as comfort and ergonomics, flexibility and multifunctionality on the other. The trend show is being curated by selected international industry experts from the sections design, the retail trade, universities and trend research. In the follow-up to spoga+gafa, the Trend Islands will be presented again at imm cologne 2019. A special event entitled “Icons of Outdoor Furniture Design” offers the appropriate setting for the trend show. An emotional journey through the bestselling and most stylish garden furniture of the current and also former exhibitors of spoga+gafa.