This year’s Host trade show in Milan will help to answer what the professional hospitality industry is asking for in terms of tableware today, as well as what the layouts and formats of the venues of tomorrow will look like.
Held at Fiera Milano on 18-22 October, the event can already count on the presence of 50 countries, for a total of 1,653 companies, of which 949 (57.41% of the total) are Italian and 704 (42.59%) international.
The show will also showcase front of house trends of tailor-made, sustainable, retro and colourful tableware.
The tableware and furniture industry is healthy in Italy and worldwide according to the Ulisse Information System, which reported a nearly 5% yearly value increase of the furniture and tableware sector over the past decade.
Last year, the total world demand reached a new record, in excess of €167bn, and forecasts for 2019-2022 indicate an increase at the average rate of +4.4% per year.
However, the premium-price segments have started slackening over the past years. Although the high- and medium-to-high-end prices accounted for just over 15% of the world total in 2018, the medium-to-high-end range has slumped by about 5 points, while the high-end range has remained substantially stable (5.2%) over the past decade.
In terms of exports, China is in first place in the world ranking. Italy is the fourth position with €7.1bn of sales in 2018 directed mainly towards France, the USA, Germany, China itself (on the rise), Switzerland, UK and Spain.
Names from the tableware segment already signed up for the 2019 edition of Host include: Arcturus Group, Tognana, Alessi, Abert, Bormioli Luigi, Seltmann, Richard Ginori, Pinti Inox, Mepra, Rona, Libbey, Rivolta Carmignani and Vetrerie Riunite.