LAS VEGAS — KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders' Show (IBS) will co-locate beginning February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas. Registered attendees will be able to visit either show with one pass.
The news was announced today in Las Vegas at the 2013 International Builders' Show by its owner, the 140,000-member National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and by the 60,000-member National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) which owns KBIS.
KBIS and IBS will remain separate and distinct shows held simultaneously at the Las Vegas Convention Center through 2016, creating Design and Construction Week. The event becomes one of the world's largest products and technologies to design, build and remodel homes. Future show dates are Jan 20-22, 2015 and Jan 19-21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2015 show will see the inclusion of the World Floor Covering Association shows SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, Jan. 21-23 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
"This new format allows exhibitors to reach a full range of design and construction professionals who buy, specify and influence the products that go into American homes," said NAHB Chairman Barry Rutenberg, a home builder from Gainesville, FL.
"Two shows, two associations and one place to see and connect with every aspect of residential construction and remodeling," said John Morgan, NKBA 2013 president and president of Morgan Pinnacle, a manufacturer's rep for cabinetry and technology brands.
The impact on KBIS and IBS is uncertain; 75,000 specifiers, builders, dealers and suppliers and 2,000 exhibiting brands, based on recent trends for both shows. The International Builders Show currently running in Las Vegas is expected to draw 50,000 and features 1,000 exhibitors - as distinguished from "exhibiting brands" for the new 2014 show. KBIS expects 700 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees for its 2013 show in New Orleans April 19-21.
Wednesday's keynote event at the 2013 International Builders' Show features a panel of private home builders who will tell how they are addressing the changing needs of buyers. Panelists include
Robert Bowman, president of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, a leading homebuilder in Central Pennsylvania; Eric Lipar, CEO of LGI Homes based in The Woodlands, TX; and real estate analyst Timothy P. Sullivan, of Meyers LLC, a Kennedy Wilson Company.
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