K/BIS 2003:Landing in Orlando
By John Filippelli
Need a vacation? Maybe you want to get away for awhile? Well, stop
by the 22nd Annual Kitchen/Bath Industry Show and National Kitchen
& Bath Conference (NK&BC), a virtual amusement park of the
most innovative kitchen and bath products on the market today.
Scheduled to take place in the “sun and fun” capital of Orlando,
the event promises to offer great times, great weather, great
products and plenty of educational opportunities, as well.
Scheduled to run April 11-13 and April 10-13, respectively,
K/BIS and NK&BC return to Orlando and the Orange County
Convention Center after stopping in Chicago last year.
This year’s event is expected to attract some 50,000 kitchen and
bath industry professionals from the U.S and Canada, as well as
exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and South America.
The four-day show will showcase an ever-increasing number of
product exhibits, demonstrations, educational seminars, interactive
roundtable discussions, social activities and special events geared
specifically for kitchen and bath industry professionals.
A wide range of product categories will be presented at K/BIS this
year, including kitchen and bath cabinetry, solid surfacing,
appliances, whirlpools, tubs and plumbing fixtures, laminate,
ceramic and related countertop materials, kitchen and bath sinks
and faucets, flooring, CAD-CAM software, decorative and functional
hardware, kitchen and bath accessories, storage products, interior
fittings, related building products, and more.
As always, this broad mix of products will be at the heart of
the show, with more than 700 regional and national suppliers
showcasing their wares across some 400,000 square feet of exhibit
space, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association
(NKBA), the show’s co-sponsor.
K/BIS exhibit hours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April
11 and 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for Sunday, April 13,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This year’s educational conference will include more than 55
seminars, as well as a variety of pre-conference programs and
sessions addressing a variety of topics aimed toward the kitchen
and bath professional.
Show organizers note that a principal highlight for 2003 is the
conference’s new remodeling track a series of sessions presented by
the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
However, seminar topics will address many other areas of
interest to kitchen and bath professionals as well, ranging from
business development and design to sales and marketing
K/BIS will also be offering its lunchtime roundtable discussions
to provide a forum for professional networking on a smaller scale,
with attendees encouraged to spend time discussing relevant issues
impacting the kitchen and bath industry.
Roundtable topics will include merchandising and customer
service ideas, outdoor kitchen design techniques,
gender-perspective design concepts, tips for marketing a design
certification, legal issues for dealers and designers and safety
issues, plus a host of other topics affecting the kitchen and bath
On the following six pages, K&BDN looks at just a small
sampling of the products that will be displayed at this year’s