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DACF 2007 reaches a new height!

Apr '07
DOMOTEX asia/CHINAFLOOR (DACF) 2007 once again broke several new records at the end of its Shanghai run from 28 to 30 March, with organizers reporting double-digit growth rates for Asia's biggest floor coverings show. A total of 35,695 professionals came to Shanghai to see and source the latest products and trends.

The interest from overseas increased significantly. The number of foreign visitors was 5,944 (compared with 4,315 in 2006, a 37% growth) from 91 countries from all 5 continents. The top 5 visitors' origin countries and regions were Korea, USA, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Taken together with the fact that 38% of all visitors attended the show was major decision makers, it's easy to see why over 62% of all visitors came to place orders during or directly after the fair. 90% of all visitors said they would be back for the 2008 edition.

The number of exhibitors grew by 11% to reach a new total of 928 (2006: 833), among which 239 exhibitors were from outside China. And the show also registered an increase in the amount of display space sold, reaching a new high of 85,000 square meters for gross display space (2006: 73,000m² - a 16% increase). According to the exhibitor questionnaires, over 89% of all exhibitors state their participation objectives had been met with over 90% further adding that they would be back again next year.

DACF2007 saw big increase in its four major segments. Wood & Laminate Flooring covered 3 standard hallsand 2 temporary halls this year, with over 40,000 square meters space, further establishing its importance for the market and the show. Textile Floor Coverings also had up to 20% growth, reaching 24,000sqm with more and more international and Chinese brands actively participating.

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