Entrance to Rolladen+Tore Trade Show 2012 at Messe Frankfurt.
Sure, the Oscars were on TV Sunday night. But many in the window treatments business missed seeing them, because they were on long flights from places around the globe to converge on Rolladen+Tore 2012 (or R+T as we call it) in Stuttgart, Germany, for the Big International Event in our industry that happens only once every 3 years.
There is no red carpet, and here the products are the stars - primarily blinds, shades and shutters; this is where 500 companies representing a myriad of countries come to show off their latest designs, materials, components, machinery and advertising materials at Messe Stuttgart, a large venue with 8 halls.
As seen on Google Maps, an aeriel view of the Messe Stuttgart trade show complex.
Messe Stuttgart is a great venue for the R+T Trade Fair; it is well laid out and has many inspiring spaces.
Spring came early, and we had mild, sometimes sunny weather
Karin Jeske and Jenni Su represented 3 Day Blinds at R+T. Our objectives were to look for new suppliers, materials and components to bring back to help enhance our line which includes over 1000 custom blinds, shades and shutters, and to have face to face meetings with some of our important suppliers.
Jenni Su on a balcony overlooking Hall 1 at R+T, Stuttgart.
Greg Miles and Steve Huang from HT Window Fashions, Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, and Jim Kintz, Lutron.
Many exhibitors have elaborate booths to show off their wares. Hunter Douglas, our largest supplier, also had one of the largest displays at the show.
Hunter Douglas at Messe Stuttgart 2012.
Always fresh and colorful, the Almedahls booth featured new fabrics.
The Warema Display drew a lot of attention.
In addition to fabrics, materials and components, companies like SMRE Engineering, demonstrate their manufacturing equipment.
Of course, one of the best aspects of attending R+T is seeing everyone in one place. Here are just a few pictures from our 3 days at the fair:
Martti Palden, Almedahls, Derick Marsh, Rollease, Marianne Eklöf, Almedahls and Armin Luggen, Rollease.
Marian Lin, Evashin, Bill O’Connor, B&W and Savana Ling, Evashin.
JoEllen Ropele, Smith+Noble, Jenni Su, 3 Day Blinds, Gin Huang, Evashin, Kevin Manning, Evashin, Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds.
Hilmar Skagfield, Skandia and Terri McDonnell, Mariak.
Erin, Leo and Patty Elinson, Mariak.
John Fitzgerald, Comfortex, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles
The Skyco Team – Sandee, Tim and Mike.
Cindy Parker, Rollease, Mike and Steve Gord, Blynco.
Marco Bonilla and Mario Murillo, Superior Roman Shades
Meinrad Rickenbacher, Comfortex, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, John Fitzgerald, Comfortex
Travis and Richard Storch, Storch International
Doug Jackson, Jackson, Sandee Young, Skyco, Reg Gervas, Jackson
Greg Spatz and Jay Genzel, The Shade Store, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, Ian Gibbs, The Shade Store, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles