“To date we have exceeded last year’s exhibit space square footage, a sign of how important this world-class marketplace is to IHA member suppliers,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the industry together at the premier housewares trade event.”
The upcoming show will host more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time.
Among the first-time companies and well-known suppliers returning after an absence are:
Dine + Décor Expo: American Skillet Company, Baum Brothers, deBuyer Industries, Denby, Luigi Bormioli, Robert Gordon Australia and Rosti Mepal.
Discover Design Expo: Chilewich, Gabriel-Glas, Koziol, Modern-Twist, Monkey Business, Orrefors Kosta Boda, Victor + Victoria and Wild + Wolf.
Wired + Well Expo: Coravin, Healthy Foods/Yonanas, JMATEK North America/Honeywell and Silhouette America.
Clean + Contain Expo: H Two Housewares Inc., Honest Pet Products, Ruff Dawg, Splash Home, TrunkOutlet/Rhino Trunk and Case and What More UK Limited.
The 2016 Housewares Show will feature new branding focusing on the “It’s smART” theme, which combines smart business decisions directly with the art used to design, create and market products.
Also new this year, the Discover Design category has been expanded to an expo and moved to a new location in the North Building. The Discover Design Expo will feature nearly 200 companies and brands from all show categories, and Design Debut, which allows 10 new-to-the-show exhibitors whose product demonstrates high-design and innovation to come and experience the show without having to create an entire display.
The 2016 International Home + Housewares Show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at McCormick Place in Chicago.