LivingKitchen 2013: more international exhibitors, innovations and new products

In less than 60 days, the global kitchen industry will be gathering in Cologne. LivingKitchen is the sector’s most important international business event and provides a good indication of how business will develop in the near future. This is where the trends and new product launches of the coming season are shown.

With 175 exhibitors now expected to participate, the coming edition is set to be even more comprehensive and will represent companies from more than 20 countries, with the share of foreign exhibitors thus rising to 40 % (25 % in 2011). This signals the steadily growing international significance of LivingKitchen. In 2013, Italy will be represented by a gratifyingly strong contingent. Four major Italian kitchen manufacturers – DADA (Molteni), Minotti Cucine, Lago and Riva 1920 – have decided on a joint presentation of their products under the motto “Ambiente Cucina”.

All internationally popular kitchen brands to appear at LivingKitchen 2013

A strong kitchen sector requires a similarly strong trade fair platform. The internationally renowned German kitchen sector and other key global players in the kitchen industry have found a new home at LivingKitchen. Following the impressive premiere event in 2011, LivingKitchen 2013 will be the next big kitchen event for exhibitors and visitors. The attractive economic conditions for Europe’s largest kitchen market, Germany, are putting the representatives of kitchen companies in a good mood, as all the signs indicate that market growth will be significant in 2012. These are ideal conditions for the successful continuation of LivingKitchen in January 2013.

“Germany is in demand worldwide as a production location and for its associated expertise in kitchen and furniture construction. This expertise is clearly represented in Cologne. That’s why the city is the ideal place for international trade fairs like imm cologne / LivingKitchen,” says one exhibitor 100 days after imm cologne 2012. Germany has a decades-long tradition of producing kitchen furniture, appliances and accessories. This tradition is widely known and greatly appreciated far beyond Germany.

The latest trends: gentle cooking, exotic cuisine and eco-friendly kitchen concepts

Foto: Siemens.
photo: Siemens.

Today Greenies are no longer stuck in the past, they’re very much part of the future. Why choose between high-tech and Granny’s haybox when you can have both? The main thing is a healthy lifestyle. The manufacturers of white goods presenting their latest innovations at LivingKitchen have acquired a green conscience too and are combining healthy cooking methods with energy-saving concepts, pollution-free products and sustainable materials. And almost by the by, kitchen manufacturers are coming up with some really beautiful kitchens into the bargain.

Everybody knows how important it is to eat a balanced diet. Terms like fluid balance, glutamate or trace elements have long ceased to be an indication of professional expertise and have been assimilated into our general knowledge. “Organic” has long since spread to the supermarkets, and anyone in search of wellness no longer necessarily has to head for the bathroom but can pamper himself in the kitchen as well.

High-tech, convenience and cooking seem to complement one another without contradiction. Neither the top chefs who spend their days experimenting away in molecular kitchens nor the amateur seem to have any appreciable fear of contact with new technologies. Now that appliance and kitchen manufacturers have adapted to the need for alternative cooking methods, exotic cuisine and eco-friendly kitchen concepts, organic cooks, after discovering the medieval wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen, are starting to discover that of Bosch, Poggenpohl or Miele as well.