On 16th May, interzum, the world's leading trade fair for furniture production and interior finishing, came to an end with good results. The fair recorded a slight increase in visitor numbers compared to 2011, with around 53,000 visitors – including estimates from the last day of the trade fair – from 148 countries.

The share of visitors from abroad was about 70%. A clear rise in visitors from Asia, North America and Eastern Europe in particular was seen at interzum.

"With the current growth in exhibitors and especially in international visitors, interzum again proved that it is the location worldwide that gives the market and thus the sector's business its impetus," was the summary from Katharina C Hamma, MD of organiser Koelnmesse.

The 1512 companies from 62 countries ensured a strong appeal this year. 391 of them came from Germany, while 1121 arrived from abroad. At 266 companies, Italy was mostly strongly represented, followed by Turkey with 101 companies. In total this results in an increase of 7% compared to the previous event (2011 – 1412).

The total exhibition space grew by around 6%. As at previous versions of interzum, decision-makers were the main visitors at the trade fair, which exhibitors have always found praiseworthy.

A total of around 53,000 trade visitors – including estimates from the last day of the trade fair – (52,400 visitors in 2011) came to the metropolis on the Rhine. Around 18,000 visitors were from Germany. More than 35,000 came from 148 countries. Above all, there were increases in visitor numbers from abroad. In particular, this included from China, the US, Great Britain, Russia, Poland and Turkey.