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IMOB Istanbul Fair organized by Istanbul Fuarcılık on January 28th – February 1st with the support of MOSDER in Istanbul CNR Expo has attracted many foreign buyers. The fair was visited by 74,322 visitors including 7,103 from abroad and new designs and Turkish furniture quality was introduced to foreigners.

IMOB was opened by Istanbul Deputy Governor Vedat Müftüoğlu, TIM President Mehmet Büyükekşi, TOBB Furniture Sector Assembly Head Davut Doğan, MOSDER President Nazif TÜRKOĞLU, CNR Holding Chairman Ceyda EREM and İstanbul Fuarcılık A.Ş. Deputy General Manager Barış Can EROL.

PARTICIPANT NUMBERS UP BY 20 %

İstanbul Fuarcılık Deputy General Manager Barış Can Erol said participants in the fair has increased by 20 % and MOSDER President Nazif Türkoğlu said Turkey is exporting furniture to 170 countries. Türkoğlu added, “Although we are in a general economic crisis, our sector is continuing to be a source of morale for the economy with its export volume, employment power and investments”. TIM President Mehmet Büyükekşi has emphasized that the exports to Middle East countries has increased from 7 % to 14 %. TOBB Furniture Sector Assembly Head Davut Doğan urged the government to lower the VAT rates for the furniture sector to 8 %.

There were visitors at the fair from Iran, India, Greece, Bulgaria, Dubai, Oman, Morocco, Lebanon, Spain, Israil and Italy. There were also participation from Germany, France, UK, Romania, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Azarbaijan, Russia and Iraq. Also, DTM has hosted purchasing groups from abroad.

Despite the crisis, the participation was very high in IMOB ’09 and 300 firms has opened around 120,000 m2 of stands.

DESIGNS COMPETED FIERCELY

IMOB Design Competition awards were given during the fair. Only the products that are demonstrated at the fair were eligible for the competition. In the dinner room category Milano Mobilya was first, İstikbal second and Nills was 3rd. In living room furniture, the first three were Saloni, Cascade and Vanessa. Doğtaş Mobilya was first and third in youth room category and Teleset second. Cascade was first and third in bedroom category and Doğtaş was second. In the accessories category, Zift Dizayn was first, Cascade second and Alfemo was third.

Leader brands like İstikbal, Bellona, Yataş, Alfemo, Doğtaş, İdaş, İpek, Mirage and Koleksiyon has shown latest novelties in the fair. Modern, classical, outworn and modular furniture, bed and bed groups, armchairs, chairs and sofas, baby and young rooms and furniture accessories were among the product groups of IMOB.

Visitor profile of the fair included chain store representatives, wholesalers, distributors, importers, exporters, architects, interior designers, decorators, industrial designers and furniture store managers.