Monthly Archives: February 2012

6TH ANNUAL MIDWEST FURNITURE RETURNING ON SEPTEMBER 6-7, 2012

The Midwest Furniture Show will again return to the Schaumburg Convention Center on September 6th and 7th. Ashley Furniture, Simply Amish, Corsicana Bedding, John Thomas Furniture and Brady Furniture are among the manufacturers and distributors that have already signed up for the show. The Club is currently taking deposits for the 2012 show and is beginning to work on the floor plan.

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THE ASA DEVICE GMBH GIVEN THE RAL QUALITY MARK “GOLDEN M”

The ASA device GmbH with headquarters in the Bavarian Stockheim has been  awarded by the German Furniture Quality Association (DGM) for tested quality and guaranteed safety and healthy living with the RAL quality mark “Golden M”. 

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FIRA FUNDED STUDY REGARDING REAL-LIFE KITCHENS

The FIRA funded study for Blum has looked into how real-life kitchens are used and the impact this has on the design, manufacture and installation of furniture fittings. FIRA Project Manager, Sue Calver will be presenting the findings of a study into the real usage of kitchens at 11am on 5 March at KBB 2012 at Birmingham NEC.

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SPEAKERS OF NEOCON 2012

For this year’s Neocon, which is to be held from June 11 to June 13 at Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart, show organizers have lined up four incredible and informative keynote speakers including Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of the City of Chicago, Primo Orpilla, Principal of Studio O+A, Gary Lee, Principal of Gary Lee Partners, and Ian Schrager of Ian Schrager Company. Keynote programs are free to attend, open to trade professionals only, and merit 0.1 CEU credit. 
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JEFF HOROWITZ HAS BEEN NAMED TO GMFA

Innovative direct marketing executive, Jeff Horowitz, has been named to the furniture industry board, known as the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association (GMFA). Jeff Horowitz, president and CEO of LS Direct Marketing, will be part of the GMFA’s newly created Board of Directors. Jeff will serve the board as part of their membership committee.

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GLOBAL FURNITURE AND FIXTURES INDUSTRY TO REACH US$436.5 BILLION BY 2015

The furniture market operates in close call with the housing industry which was severely affected by the economic downturn. Despite the recovery, growth remains unstable as customer confidence continues to waver in view of the volatile economic environment in Europe, soaring gasoline costs and subdued employment rates.

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GERMAN FURNITURE AND TIMBER INDUSTRY SALES INCREASED

German Furniture industry sales increased by 6.4 percent. Sales of the entire German timber industry rose to 7.8 percent last year, according to Dirk-Uwe Klaas, chief executive of the Federation of German wood industry (HDH). 
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