Intermat sets sights on 1,000 exhibitors
22 January 2024
The director of construction trade show Intermat, Christophe Lecarpentier, has told KHL that the France-based show expects to have 1,000 exhibitors by the time the exhibition opens.
Intermat – which runs from April 24-27, 2024, in Paris, France – currently has approximately 650 exhibitors in its online exhibitor catalogue, but Lecarpentier expects this number to substantially increase.
“We should reach a thousand exhibitors by April; at least a thousand brands will be present,” said Lecarpentier. He also revealed that the show was on course to reach its floor space target of 80,000 square metres.
“In terms of square meters, we should reach the targets in terms of number of exhibitors. I think it’s important that we have a large offer.
“You know, it’s nice to have big, huge stands and all the brands, but it’s also about all the other exhibitors that you need to see. So yes, I think it will be a success – that’s our target.”
Regarding exhibitors, Lecarpentier says that 65% of the companies that have registered are “international” and that there has been strong interest from Chinese manufacturers. “What is clear is that in France and in Europe, some Chinese brands have taken some market share and Europe has been their focus, so obviously they will have a presence at the show.”
The 2018 show attracted around 1500 exhibitors and 180,000 visitors.
Regarding the visitors to the event, he acknowledged that the majority would be from Europe but said Intermat was positioned as an “international show” and they have been working to, “attract people from Asia, India, Africa, and America.”
Intermat has not been held since 2018, with the 2021 event cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.