MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - With the recent launch of several new and innovative products, Schattdecor wanted to invite its loyal customers and several other leaders and influencers in the North American surface and panel industry to their facility in Maryland Heights for an exclusive opportunity.
The very first Solutions Forum was held at Schattdecor Inc. in February 2017. The event kicked off with a Get Together at the St. Louis City Museum on the evening of February 15th. Guests were invited to mix and mingle with other industry professionals while enjoying the beloved downtown museum, which is a 600,000 sq ft art installation and playground made up of recycled bits and pieces of the city itself.
On February 16th, a day-long informational session took place at Schattdecor Inc. in Maryland Heights, providing attendees with a detailed understanding of the latest developments from Schattdecor and reports on the market as a whole, but also served as a unique networking event. Representatives from a variety of backgrounds came together to bridge industry gaps in order to achieve common desires to be better informed and more successful.
Presenters at the Solutions Forum explored a variety of topics and inspired guests with information to help drive innovation and improve workflow, in addition to offering global perspectives. Schattdecor Chief Technical Officer, Roland Heeger, introduced several new, key products for the company - Digital Printing, Proflex Floor and Decolay Real.
Design Manager for Schattdecor Inc., Stephanie Richardson, gave a detailed trend report covering first quarter 2017 observations from the January trade fair season.
Head of Foil Sales for Schattdecor, Klaus Müller, alongside Bastian Kastner, Foil Sales Manager for Schattdecor Inc., gave an overview of the current foil market and introduced several new foil product offerings, including Smartfoil Mat+. Claudia Küchen, Head of Design and Marketing for Schattdecor AG, presented global trends and future forecasts, focusing on the idea of Multidimensional Lifestyles.
Guest speaker, Marcus Wehner from Lightweight Solutions, gave the audience an enlightening introduction to his company’s product, Lisocore, a construction material which gives a “new sense of being light” to the panel industry.
Todd Bracher from the Todd Bracher Studio, was truly one of the highlights of the Solutions Forum discussing how a company can use design for strategic differentiation in order to be successful in today’s economy
And Keynote Speaker, Todd Bracher from the Todd Bracher Studio, was truly one of the highlights of the Solutions Forum. He is an award winning, critically acclaimed industrial designer and design strategist who was the recently selected as the first American to create a contemporary living space for IMM Cologne’s “Das Haus” installation. He has worked with clients such 3M, Herman Miller, Jaguar, Humanscale, and Cappellini. During his Solutions Forum keynote address, Todd Bracher highlighted many of the challenges facing businesses today and how those challenges can be addressed through good design. He gave real world examples of “what is good design” and how a company can use design for strategic differentiation in order to be successful in today’s economy.
With a great expansion of its range of products, Schattdecor took the opportunity with this first Solutions Forum to present itself as a comprehensive surface solutions provider and exhibiting the many ways customers can be successful when taking advantage of the entire package of products the company has to offer.
From rotogravure printer to surface specialist
Schattdecor has been providing leading companies in the wood and furniture industry with printed decor paper, finish foils and melamine film for over 30 years. Each year the family-run company based in Thansau, Germany, processes around 2.3 billion square metres of paper globally. With more than 2,100 employees at a total of 14 sites around the world, the Group was able to generate a turnover of around 650 million euros in the past financial year. Visit www.schattdecor.de for more information.