Appliance retailers and vendors who didn’t get their fill of Las Vegas during CES 2016 will get another go at it this week as the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Builders’ Show (IBS) begin a three-day run at the city’s convention center.
For the third consecutive year the events are being held concurrently in what has been dubbed Design & Construction Week, which was devised to bring exhibitors and attendees back to the shows following the housing market collapse.
The tactic worked, and the combined conventions remain the bedrock of the building, decorating and home improvement industries, and have once again become a premier showcase for the major appliance business. The event, however, continues to vie with CES as a major platform for white-goods intros, particularly as majap and connected technologies increasingly converge.
The partnership has been extended through 2020, with both events moving to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., for the next two years and returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2019.
This week’s lineup includes nearly four dozen white-goods makers including AGA Marvel, BSH, Electrolux, GE, Bertazzoni, Liebherr, Perlick, Smeg, U-Line, Whirlpool and Viking.
The show runs today through Jan. 21; watch for a complete rundown of the latest and greatest appliance premieres in the print and web pages of TWICE.