Launching July 2014!

Inspire Trade Expo is currently ‘the’ buzzword for everyone in the furniture, décor, design, and retail industry.
It has been created due to a lack of good quality trade shows in Africa, specifically aimed towards the manufacturing and importing of furniture, as well as décor, design for the retail industry.

This is a show that has come about due to the needs and general requirements from the industry and is unlike any other show on the continent as it aims to provide a platform for manufacturers to showcase good quality products. Although there is a strong focus on locally manufactured products, the show will also highlight exhibitors that procure product, both locally and internationally, this will be a great platform for small manufacturers still finding their feet in the manufacturing sector.

Our talented, creative and experienced team, together with industry gurus, is working hard to bring this well organised and inspiring exhibition to life. “We aim to have buyers completely enthralled by the amazing products on offer, to find new suppliers as well as build new, valuable networks and relationships creating a win-win trade expo for all involved”, says Rina Fortmann, Managing Director, Inspire Trade Expo.

We are focusing on furniture, décor & design, due to case studies being undertaken and this is proving to be a-much- needed category for small, medium and large retailers. Based on this category, the show will also be invaluable to architects, interior designers, decorators and specifiers as well as the hospitality industry, including hotels, B&Bs and corporate procurement.

The expo aims to be a breeding ground for new designers and smaller manufacturers, who need to get their products flowing through these channels, as well as being able to network with the buyers and planners from these various organisations. The marketing of the show will have a strong emphasis on both local as well as international buyers, and instead of the normal presentations held at trade expos, Inspire aims to include retail focused workshops, which will be available to both buyers and planners.

One of the largest international trends in retail at the moment, is the revolt against mass production, with savvy consumers wanting good quality, locally manufactured products, or products which are at least differentiated from the mass market. This expo aims to be the focused stage on which to do this, whilst still providing an inspiring arena, as well as world class showcases and design. Another first for this expo will be showcasing the very latest in retail and design technology, from lighting, to shopfitting and hi-tech displays through to unimaginable software for design and prototyping, as well as our various fabric, office, and design pavilions.

This is just the starting point with growth strategies already in place, to expand into accessories and apparel in the not too- distant future.

As inspiring as the expo will be, it is strictly for the related trade ONLY and a rigorous, audited verification process has been implemented to ensure this. Exhibitors will include wholesalers, importers, exporters, manufacturers, exclusive agents and distributors of furniture (indoor & outdoor), décor (indoor & outdoor), fabrics, wall & floor coverings, linens, office furniture as well as unique shop fixtures, technology, software and POS (Point Of Sale).

With over 20 years of experience in the exhibition industry, Rina Fortmann, former Managing Director of SARCDA Gift, Toy & Decor Trade Exhibition, is highly regarded and respected by suppliers and competitors alike, her passion for the industry in general, along with her straight talking, no nonsense approach is what makes her a top-class organiser. She was awarded the coveted Best Exhibition Organiser Employee Award by the Exhibition Association of South Africa (EXSA), won Best Exhibition of the Year Award for a number of years, and was elected as Chairperson of EXSA 2008. Together with her team are excited to bring SA this world-class expo!

Inspire will be launching for the first time in South Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) in Midrand, Johannesburg from the 10-12 July 2014.

Visit to “Register as a Trade Buyer” or “Enquire to Exhibit”.


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