Creative thinking comes to the surface… – The Surface & Materials Show

  • The key event for specifiers returns to NEC in Birmingham, October 18-20 2016

The world of architecture, design and construction has a keen appetite for the kind of innovation and quality that adds meaningful value to a project. Fortunately, the ingenuity of leading surface and materials producers results in a constantly evolving offering of the new, useful and beautiful… many examples of which will be on display at the Surface & Materials Show 2016.

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Radiant by Alpi – translucent wood veneer; Omek Agate slabs formed of microcrystalline Quartz.

Forming a notable feature of UKCW (the must-go event incorporating nine informative exhibitions under one convenient roof) the Surface & Materials Show presents a vital opportunity to keep up to date with all the functional and aesthetic advantages of today’s products. Whether actively specifying for floors, walls, working surfaces or ceilings, or whether simply fascinated by invention and seeking fresh inspiration, the Surface & Materials Show is the place to be, come October 18 -20.

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SoundSpace acoustic solutions from recycled materials; FunderMax laminate exterior cladding

From practical solutions and advice (such as how best to design and install the right flooring), to investigations into material properties and performance, the event will allow visitors to enhance their knowledge of the surfaces market, while also exploring a whole world of forward-looking construction solutions  – right next door.

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Refine porcelain range by Johnson Tiles; CED Ltd granite pathways installed at Jubilee Gardens

A full programme of CPDs and discussions will keep the issues lively and current, while a full-house of high quality exhibitors will be on hand to engage with visitor’s interests and enquiries. The latest in sustainable products and practices will be presented – and opportunities to network and socialise will be abundant (not least at UKCW’s hugely popular Beer Festival which returns with the event to the NEC for the second year!).

Features of the show include:

Surface & Materials Hub:

The central feature at the Surface & Materials Show will display a curated selection of the latest products for visitors to experience first-hand. Products chosen will be at the cutting edge of the industry, ranging in applications from cladding to floor coverings, and designed to meet the evolving needs of architects, interior designers, facilities managers and specifiers.

Flooring Workshop (FITA):

In conjunction with the Flooring Industry Training Association, leading Master Fitters have been recruited for informative presentations covering all areas of contract flooring, including wood, carpet, vinyl, laminate, tools and accessories.

Thought-provoking seminars:

The Surface & Materials Show will also host talks, debates and CPDs from event partners, including RIBA and BIFM, aiming to bring suppliers and specifiers together in an inspiring and topical programme.

Exhibitors:

The Surface & Materials Show will host over 1,500 sqm of exhibition stands featuring both established and emerging brands within the industry – from external cladding and paving to internal flooring, anti-bacterial work surfaces and elegant wall-treatments to stylish sound insulation.

Exhibitors include: CED Ltd, Soundspace Solutions, Panel Stone UK, Bellgrove Ceramics, Alpi spa, Panaget, Alusid, British Laminate Fabricators Association, Omek Enterprise and Slingshot Global. Returning to the show are Johnson Tiles and FunderMax:

“The Surface & Materials Show provided lots of quality leads for us. We feel the reaction to our products has justified our confidence and we are pleased to be part of this major event!”

Paul Hughes, Sales Director, FunderMax

“Due to the success of exhibiting at the Surface and Materials Show 2015, which provided us a fantastic space and resulted in a wealth of promising leads, we have confirmed our attendance for 2016.” Darren Clanford, Creative Director, Johnson Tiles