Farbe - 2007

Paint - Finishing and Facade, 18th to 21st April 2007, looks set to be more colourful, more diverse and more comprehensive than ever before. Thanks to the merger of "Farbe" with the "Ausbau & Fassade" trade show, Cologne is to witness the birth of the world's most important trade fair for decorators, painters, stucco workers and specialists in dry construction. Around 440 companies will present their products and solutions at the upcoming Paint - Finishing and Facade. Due to the further conceptual development of the event, the specialist trade fair now offers a picture of the trends in the areas of stucco, plaster, dry construction, tiles and natural stone.

The most important finishing trade fair internationally is expected to be attended by around 440 suppliers from more than 20 countries in April 2007. These include CAPAROL Farbe Lacke Bautenschutz GmbH & Co, Brillux GmbH & Co. KG, STO AG, Meffert AG Farbwerke, Knauf Bauprodukte GmbH, SIGMA COATINGS Farben und Lackwerke GmbH, FEMA Farben + Putze GmbH, maxit Deutschland GmbH, Henkel KGaA, CD-Color GmbH + Co. KG, Dyrup GmbH, Erfurt & Sohn KG, KEIMFARBEN GmbH & Co. KG, RELIUS COATINGS GmbH & Co. KG, Remmers Baustofftechnik GmbH, Marburger Tapetenfabrik J.B. Schaefer GmbH & Co. KG, Pufas Werk KG, Hasit Trockenmörtel GmbH, BaumitBayosan GmbH & Co. KG, Storch Malerwerkzeuge & Profi GmbH, Ciret Holdings AG, J. Wagner GmbH, Festool GmbH, 3M Deutschland GmbH and Alfred Kärcher Vertriebs GmbH.

The comprehensive product spectrum of the event includes paints, varnishes, coatings, wall and floor coverings, wallpaper, stucco, plaster, dry construction, tiles and natural stone as well as tools, spray systems, adhesives, ladders, scaffolding and occupational safety items. A wide range of products, including numerous new items, will be on show for professional decorators and varnishers, stucco workers, layers of tiles and natural stone, interior decorators and layers of floor coverings. Trade visitors will enjoy the advantage of two entrance areas - the "Middle Entrance" between Halls 6 and 9, and the Entrance North - to keep distances short and find their way around the halls with ease. The halls occupied by the event (Halls 6, 7 and 8 of the Cologne exhibition centre) will be clearly arranged by segment.

Koelnmesse Ausstellungen GmbH is organising a comprehensive and informative programme of trade-specific and supporting events for Paint - Finishing and Facade in cooperation with the associations involved. In the spotlight will be an inspiring approach to using paint, stucco, plastering, wallpaper, tiles and natural stone. Various competition presentations, works by leading international colour designers, contributions from important institutions and discussion forums will all reflect the innovative capacity and skill of the trades taking part. The interdisciplinary programme of trade and supporting events at Paint - Finishing & Facade will target planners, architects, the housing industry and, of course, the people who practise the traditional finishing trades.

The numerous discussion forums, presentations and seminars form an important part of the specialist and supporting programme. The Fascination of Paint Forum will be both the trade fair stand of the Central Federation of Paint, Decoration, Building Protection and a central communication platform for the entire painting and varnishing trade in Hall 6 at Paint - Finishing and Facade. Its focus will be on the public discussion of trade-specific topics. Short presentations and discussion rounds will take place each day at half-hourly intervals. The subjects presented will focus on current sector topics such as technology, new trends in paint and help with addressing customers.

The numerous competitions presented at Paint - Finishing and Facade will inspire the sector and promote the sector's up-and-coming practitioners. For example, a column competition organised by the Central Federation of Paint, Decorating, Building Protection for training institutions in decorating and varnishing is intended to demonstrate the creativity and the many design possibilities of the trade. Entrants are required to design a cubic object using the broad range of techniques at the command of a skilled painter. The exhibits will be on display as part of the Fascination of Paint Forum and in its immediate vicinity.

The supporting programme also offers numerous special shows to inspire the trade visitors. The leading wallpaper manufacturers Marburg, A.S. Création and Rasch, for example, will stage a joint presentation in the special show "Experience wallpaper" along the Boulevard. The exhibition will demonstrate just how modern and versatile a design medium wallpaper is.

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