What’s got everyone fired up about FURNITEX connect?

The FURNITEX connect roadshow is going from strength to strength with visitors pleasantly surprised and re-enthused about the future of the industry.

Here is what one of the attendees had to say following the Melbourne session:

"Having recently attended the Melbourne AFA-Furnitex briefing for 2015 with more than a little scepticism in my pocket over recent events regarding the running of the 2015 Furnitex exhibition, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the straight talk from the new organisation, Expertise Events, now charged with running the Furnitex exhibition.

In my mind Furnitex over the past few years had become discouraging in that Australian manufacturers were being lost in all the noise from overseas manufacturers and retailers.

It is gratifying to see an invigorated AFA wanting to get back to some basics in representing and promoting Australian furniture manufacturers.

This re-found enthusiasm and energy from the AFA has given me the confidence to not only talk the talk about Australian furniture manufacturing, and value add, but to walk the walk and commit my business to exhibit at the 2015 Furnitex exhibition."

- Vincent Cosentino, Neolithic Designs

In addition, Expertise Events have highlighted how beneficial the sessions have been to attendees, and also to them in the ongoing development of the new Furnitex Connect:

“We have already started to confirm clients that have not been part of the old show for a number of years, they can see there is a future and a commitment to service their needs and they have a voice.

“Based on feedback since Melbourne, we made it clear that to exhibit you need to meet the Quality Standards, no 'cheaply made' in regards to quality and longevity furniture, but ethical manufacturing standards, environmentally friendly. Past displays of gift, jewellery and other non-relation product will be dropped from the show floor so we can return the show to what it once represented and celebrated.” 

- Gary Fitz-Roy, Managing Director, Expertise Events

Join other business leaders at the three remaining information sessions and meet the NEW Furnitex Connect team face-to-face at the 'Adapt & Adopt or do Nothing Tour'.

• Learn why Furnitex Connect is THE SHOW for you from the team at Expertise Events, Board and staff members of the Australian Furniture Association, and exhibition industry suppliers.

• Pick up exhibit ideas and solutions that can be immediately implemented

• Save with Tour discounts on all types of services

• Enjoy some free refreshments, network with industry peers and attend the ONLY Furnitex Connect dedicated presentations.

The final three presentations are still to be held, servicing NSW, SA and WA, with the details as follows:


Thursday February 5

Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park

Presentation: 8.30am


Tuesday February 10

Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground

Presentation: 9.00am


Thursday February 12

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Presentation: 9.00am

Please RSVP for the Furnitex Connect Presentation with your choice of venue and names of attendees (maximum 3 per company) to connect@expertiseevents.com.au.

The 'Adapt & Adopt or do Nothing Tour' will run on the same day in the cities and venues as above, with timings as follows:

• Sydney: 9.30am – 4.30pm

• Adelaide and Perth: 10.00am – 3.00pm