KBIS programming set to address health of kitchen and bath market, German engineering and more

Attendees at the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show next week can learn more about market health, German engineering and more about the Global Connect Pavilion program.

Located in the North Hall (N638) of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, the pavilion will feature high-quality spotlight presentations from international exhibitor brands, complemented by roundtable and panel discussions. The pavilion will also host a select number of international manufacturers new to KBIS.

Roundtable and panel discussions in the Global Connect Pavilion include:

“Meet the Designers: The Importance of Design Professionals in the North American Market”

Presenter, Veronika Miller, CEO, Modenus Media

Panelist Cheryl Clendenon, Director of Detail Creative Group; Jeanne Chung, Director Cozy, Stylish, Chic; and Kimberley Kerl, director of Kustom Home Design

More than 75,000 kitchen, bath and interior designers in the US alone are on the front lines when it comes to specifying and selling products. Join this discussion to learn how design professionals work and what they need to feel comfortable when shopping with international brands.

“Health of the North American Kitchen and Bath Market: North American Market Outlook: Strengths, Weaknesses and Opportunities”

Presenter, Sherry Qualls, President, White Good, NKBA MARCOM Agency

Tricia Zach, Research Director, NKBA

The North American kitchen and bathroom market is undergoing a number of changes. This 1-1 Q&A session will delve into NKBA market data and examine strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

“Go-to-Market Strategies: Understanding Sales/Distribution of the North American Kitchen and Bath Industry”

Presenter, Sherry Qualls, President, White Good, NKBA MARCOM Agency

Panelist, Greg Rohl, Principal, The ROHL Model; Oliver Bleich, Director, Vella LLC; Bill Butler, CEO of Decorative Plumbing Distributors; and Jeremy Parcels, Director, Jeremy Parcels Design

Depending on the product category, manufacturer strategy, and level of installation complexity, there are several approaches that a manufacturer or exporter in North America can take. This panel will discuss different scenarios and examine the pros and cons of each scenario. Any manufacturer or international exporter interested in entering the North American kitchen and bathroom market should attend.

“German Engineering: Trends in technology, design and production from the German kitchen and bathroom market”

The Federal Association of Modern Kitchens (AMK) and a select group of German manufacturers of kitchen and bathroom products as well as industry experts, including Hacker Küchen, Hettich and MHK, present the latest trends in German technology, design and production from Germany.

Internationally exhibiting Pavilion kiosk brands also include:

Balteco (baltecousa.com/)

Balteco was founded more than 30 years ago and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of bathroom products in Northern Europe. Its Balteco Xonyx mineral stone bathtubs are handmade in Estonia, honoring traditional craftsmanship.

Kale (kale.com.tr/)

Established in 1957, Kale is now the largest ceramic tile manufacturer in Turkey, 6th in Europe and 17th in the world. The brand is committed to delivering eco-friendly and sustainability-oriented solutions.

Dekker Zevenhuizen BV (dekkerzevenhuizen.com/)

Dekker is a 100% family-owned company and the largest European manufacturer of bespoke kitchen and bathroom worktops, focused on developing and investing in sustainable solutions, including its new product Sustonable.

Tekcom Corporation (www.tekcom.vn; also an international brand spotlight in the pavilion)

Established in 2005, Tekcom specializes in providing plywood solutions for use in furniture cabinets and other architectural needs.

Pitt Cooking (pittcooking.com; also an international brand spotlight in the pavilion))

Since its inception in 2009, Pitt gas burner cooking products have been handcrafted in Holland. Pitt Cooking is a worldwide patented system and is CSA certified.

International Brand Spotlights include:

Wall Smart (wall-smart.com/)

Wall-Smart improves the way smart homes look at function by developing aesthetically pleasing mounting solutions that sink a wide range of home technology devices flush with wall and ceiling surfaces

VitrA (vitraglobal.com/explore/fireclay-kitchen-sinks/)

A Turkish manufacturer of sanitary ware, bathroom furniture, faucets and ceramic tiles – one of the few global brands that offers all bathroom components.

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