Welcome to an exhibition that breaks down the barriers – a new exhibition that brings you the latest products and trends in the fast-moving field of surface design. Bringing together the production, design, specification and purchasing chain, this is the only exhibition in the UK focusing exclusively on hard surfaces and directly related products and services.
This exhibition is building on the success of the well-established Natural Stone Show. When that show was launched in 1995 stone companies worked stone. But the ever-evolving ranges of other hard surfaces used in construction have already broken down many of the barriers. Companies that once only offered granite worktops are now just as happy fabricating engineered quartz, just as tilers who cut their teeth on ceramics are now installing stone floors, walls, wet rooms and showers, and companies used to thermoforming Corian are turning their attention to quartz. In hard landscaping, porcelains are replacing concrete and stone, just as polished concrete and terrazzo are making their way on to worktops. The new generation of Ultra Compact Surfaces (UCS) are now being used for cladding as well as interiors. Glass is no longer just for splashbacks and doors; stainless steel is not just for commercial kitchens – it’s not even just for kitchens.
There are no barriers. Opportunities are limitless. And yet products continually develop, offering new qualities for new applications. There are new colours, patterns and textures…. new opportunities at every turn. Architects, designers and fabricators are excited by the limitless opportunities being offered to them. But where can they go to discover what is available to them? To feel the finish? To see the quality? To discuss the opportunities? To explore the potentials?
Now Hard Surfaces gives you the opportunity to put your products in front of that audience and to demonstrate to them the benefits of your proposition.
If your marketplace is Ceramic & Porcelain; Ultra Compact Surfaces (UCS); Engineered Quartz; Solid Surfaces; Terrazzo, Concrete and Mosaics; Glass & Metal or any other external or internal Hard Surface material then this is your show. Held at ExCeL, in East London's Royal Docks, the area around the Show is set to be Europe’s largest construction zone over the next decade. But that is just the backdrop for Hard Surfaces. It is not just in London that construction is booming. It is all over the country. Infrastructure investments, including the much-anticipated HS2 high-speed train line, have led developers to be more bullish outside the capital and seize the opportunity to significantly refurbish and redevelop existing stock. Click here for an overview of the UK construction market.
And because it is co-locating with the Natural Stone Show, which attracts more than 5,000 visitors, it already has an established core visitor profile that will be boosted by extensive marketing activity in the months ahead.
Exhibitor Warning: Scam Emails and Correspondence
There are a number of companies contacting show exhibitors attempting to sell show visitor databases and online profiles in what they claim is an official guide. These companies are fraudulent are not associated with the show in any way.
Such companies include but are not limited to EXPO-GUIDE, International Fairs Directory, marketingleadsb2b.com, attendeesforexpo.com, Expo Listz and @findustoknowsolutions.com.
Any offer or communication is a scam which has no connection whatever with the organisers of the Natural Stone Show. The Association of Event Organisers recommends that all exhibitors at UK events approached by such companies should destroy the mailshot immediately.
Hard Surfaces will be complemented by the market leading Natural Stone Show, which offers an extraordinarily varied palette of stone surfaces from around the world, together with the latest ‘Fix, Seal & Maintenance’ solutions for the hard surfaces industry.
A packed education programme will also take place over the 3 days with 30 CPD-accredited seminars attracting over 5,000 building professionals. All visitors to Hard Surfaces will be able to cross over into the Natural Stone Show free of charge.