KBAC and FLOORS in Africa hosted a successful flooring expo in October last year.

In October 2016, FLOORS in Africa Magazine and KBAC partnered to host an exceptionally successful Flooring Expo at The Country Club Johannesburg in Woodmead. Over 250 top interior designers, architects, and facility managers attended the event. There were 17 flooring stands, four wine estates, a gin distillery and a craft brewer offering samples and enticing competitions at the Expo.

KBAC, which comprises Gauteng’s Kevin Bates Flooring & Carpeting (founded in 1969) and Cape Town’s Albert Carpets (established in 1982), hosts similar trade expos each year, alternating between venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This year’s event was titled “Prepare to be Floored” and Chief Financial Officer of KBAC Flooring, Neil Duncan, says there was a large amount of interest in the event right from the outset.

“In previous years, visitors tended to arrive mainly after work, but this year, they arrived almost immediately after the Expo doors opened at 3pm and the turnout was steady right until we closed shop at 10pm. The feedback from both attendees and exhibitors has been very positive, and the stands were generally regarded as the most creative and spectacular yet seen at a KBAC expo,” says Neil.

KBAC showcased its three top overseas flooring suppliers, Interface, ege and Bolon, as well as its own new Vanguard luxury vinyl tiles across the company’s four stands at the event. KBAC Flooring’s Interface consultant, Lesley Fidrmuc said that the brands are all global leaders in sustainable flooring and Interface’s growing popularity among South Africa’s top designers kept KBAC very busy at the Interface stand.

“Although we promoted the full Interface range, there was strong interest in Interface’s new World of Woven skinny plank collection which has classic woollen textures from all over the world – such as tweeds and bespoke woven patterns – as inspiration,” said Lesley.

ege’s latest range, designed by acclaimed UK designer, Tom Dixon, was also on display. With this range, Dixon managed to extract beauty from London’s “Industrial Landscapes” and his moody B&W flooring designs for ege have even ended up on the ceilings of trendy restaurants in the UK.

KBAC’s Sales Director, Brandon Park, and his colleagues encountered strong interest from eco-designers at the stand showcasing products from Swedish vinyl flooring designer and producer, Bolon. Bolon Green, the manufacturer’s environmental improvement programme, complies with leading global environmental standards such as GreenTag, FloorScore and BREEAM.

The Vanguard Collection, KBAC’s own LVT brand, was also showcased at the event. Vanguard planks (made from virgin vinyl, free of the health hazards of recycled PVC) is now also available in a stunning Parquet format, which is enjoying a global revival. The Vanguard Parquet stand attracted strong interest from both the commercial and domestic property market.

“We were delighted to be the media partner of choice to this event as we are always passionate about flooring related matters,” says Roxanne Mancini, Editor of FLOORS in Africa. “This event is the ideal platform to give flooring a turn in the spotlight.”

For more information, contact KBAC on +27 (11) 608 4270 or +27 (21) 464 4320 or via www.kbacflooring.co.za.