It’s big. It’s noisy. It’s sometimes confusing. It’s information overload. It’s full of the latest designs and technology innovations in the kitchen and bath industry. It’s K/BIS 2008.
With 40,000+ attendees, 900+ exhibitors and three buildings at Chicago’s McCormick Place, K/BIS 2008 is a big trade show. Not as big as ISH Frankfurt, but pretty darn big for us North Americans. Big enough for our feet to hurt and our shoulders to ache.
Here are some highlights of my first day of KBIS 2008:
The company has also partnered with Dacor to provide a water filtration system for an upscale coffee machine. This filtration technology is similar to what Everpure provides to McDonald’s and Starbuck’s.
Everpure has made a commitment to be eco-friendly - it has a large container in the booth containing empty plastic water bottles to illustrate how much of these bottles end up in landfills, not recycling plants. Providing homeowners with home filtration systems - and using reusable water bottles - can reduce the amount of plastic bottles thrown into the garbage.
Moen has updated its roman tub valve design to accommodate PEX connections, in addition to copper-to-copper connections. The adjustable shank requires no cutting, and can accommodate a deck thickness of 4 1/2 inches.
The sill faucet line has been updated to a single-handle, hot and cold faucet for outdoors: fill the kids’ swimming pool, give the dog a bath, wash your car, etc.
And the Showroom brand has its first WaterSense-certified lav faucets: the Fina collection, equipped with the Moen low-flow aerator.
And the company has now eliminated all metal fittings and valves for its potable water PEX lines. Its new stop and in-line valves made of engineered plastic have ceramic disc technology that allow for PEX stub-outs instead of copper, for commercial and residential applications. A plastic escutcheon completes the look.
The site also has a virtual showroom, where users can see what door and trim style might look like in their bathrooms by changing the wall color.
No matter how much I spend on shoes, they never seem to have enough support to get me through a day at a trade show. Which is why us media types LOVE the Moen Spa & Press event - good food and drink, combined with wonderful spa treatments (back and neck massages, foot massages, and paraffin wax hand treatments) make for relaxed and content journalists. Until about noon the next day, when their feet are hurting again and they need more foot massages…
Thanks, Moen, for providing that experience for us.
Tune in tomorrow for more of K/BIS in Chicago.