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Rolladen+Tore: Style, Solutions, Socializing and Schnitzel in Stuttgart

RT 2012 entranceEntrance 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.

aeriel-view-messe-stuttgartAs seen on Google Maps, an aeriel view of the Messe Stuttgart trade show complex.

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Messe Stuttgart is a great venue for the R+T Trade Fair; it is well laid out and has many inspiring spaces.
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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.

rt2012-jenni-suJenni Su on a balcony overlooking Hall 1 at R+T, Stuttgart.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030445Greg 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.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Hunter-Douglas-Booth-P1030451Hunter Douglas at Messe Stuttgart 2012.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-almedahls-boothAlways fresh and colorful, the Almedahls booth featured new fabrics.

RT-2012-Warema-BoothThe Warema Display drew a lot of attention.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030435In 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:

RT-Stuttgart-2012-almedahls-rollease-P1030461Martti Palden, Almedahls, Derick Marsh, Rollease, Marianne Eklöf, Almedahls and Armin Luggen, Rollease.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030446.JPG-bill-oconnor-bw-window-fashionsMarian Lin, Evashin, Bill O’Connor, B&W and Savana Ling, Evashin.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Joellenon-Ropele-Jenni-Su-Gin-Huang-Kevin-Manning-Karin-Jeske-P1030424JoEllen Ropele, Smith+Noble, Jenni Su, 3 Day Blinds, Gin Huang, Evashin, Kevin Manning, Evashin, Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Hilmar-Skagfield-Terri-McDonnell-P1030426Hilmar Skagfield, Skandia and Terri McDonnell, Mariak.

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030425.JPG-erin-leo-patty-elinsonErin, Leo and Patty Elinson, Mariak.

RT-John Firtzgerald-Rory-McNeil-photo 37John Fitzgerald, Comfortex, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles

RT-Stuttgart-2012-P1030453.JPG-sandee-young-skycoThe Skyco Team – Sandee, Tim and Mike.

RT-2012-Cindy-Parker-Mike-Gord-Steve-Gord Untitled - 2Cindy Parker, Rollease, Mike and Steve Gord, Blynco.

RT -  Marco-Bonilla-Mario-Murillo-Superior-Roman-Shades-P1030374Marco Bonilla and Mario Murillo, Superior Roman Shades

RT-Stuttgart-2012-John-Fitzgerald-Comfortex-P1030427Meinrad Rickenbacher, Comfortex, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, John Fitzgerald, Comfortex
RT-Stuttgart-2012-Richard-Storch-P1030456Travis and Richard Storch, Storch International

RT-Doug Jackson-Reg Gervas-Sandee YoungDoug Jackson, Jackson, Sandee Young, Skyco, Reg Gervas, Jackson

RT-Stuttgart-2012-Greg-Spatz-Jay-Genzelo-Ian-Gibbs-The-Shade-Store-P1030428Greg Spatz and Jay Genzel, The Shade Store, Jenni Su and Karin Jeske, 3 Day Blinds, Ian Gibbs, The Shade Store, Rory McNeil, Tech-Styles

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