The 2005 International Home and Housewares Show took place in Chicago, IL, U.S. on March 20-22, 2005.
APPLIANCE editors attended the show, sponsored by the International Housewares Association (IHA), at the McCormick Place convention center with more than 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibiting companies displaying the latest product advancements for the home. An estimated 500 exhibitors were new to the event.
Exhibiting companies displayed new products focusing on providing innovative solutions and options for the consumer. Single-serving coffee makers, instant-brewing cappuccino machines, and dual-purpose floor care products dominated the show, along with the continued trend of adding color with appliances.
The 2006 International Home and Housewares Show is set to expand to 4 days instead of the traditional 3 days, according to the IHA board of directors.
Peter Cameron, COO, Waterford Wedgewood, and a member of the IHA board agrees with the decision. "As the show has increased in breadth and complexity, many of our buyers told us that the show should be lengthened," he said. "The new 4-day show in 2006 will allow both buyers and sellers sufficient time to make additional contacts and complete their business. This show pattern is consistent with other global markets which bring similar value."
IHA said that it is currently planning to create an extensive education program for the 2006 show and add a series of in-depth educational opportunities for both exhibitors and retailers to be held on Wed., March 15, 2006.
The 2006 International Home & Housewares Show will run from Sunday, March 12 through Wed., March 15.
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