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Playful fostering and learning

There is no holding children back when they are exploring their environment. Whether they are using the abacus to practice with numbers, training their sense of balance with the rocking horse or learning to understand their first story with audio books: playing and fostering development at the same time? (Almost) anything is possible with the new trend toys!

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Hape

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Hape

The urge to explore meets imagination

Kind + Jugend 2015 already demonstrated it: the urge to explore and the imagination of babies and toddlers is being increasingly addressed. The manufacturers playfully integrate numerous learning components into everyday life, and in this way create a foundation for lifelong learning fun. (more…)

Stylish textiles that are rich in detail

Regardless of whether the young ones are sleeping, need to be changed or are on the go with their parents, sleeping bags, diaper bags and baby slings, etc. are generally always along for the ride. Not only comfort and safety are important to outfitters in product development. Products made of textiles should also meet ecological and biological standards, and of course also look stylish.

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: WICKELKINDER

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: WICKELKINDER

Well-being and individuality through high quality materials

Depending upon the area of use waiting for textile products, the focus is on durable, abrasion-resistant, waterproof and quick-drying materials. Parents who attach importance to natural raw materials can in the meantime choose between a variety of versions: from organic cotton through hemp to materials made of bamboo. (more…)

Functional diversity in furniture design

Kind + Jugend 2015 led the way: Durability and multifunctionality are still at the top of the list when it comes down to furnishing the children’s bedroom. This is demonstrated among others by “Grown up” – the furniture series that grows together with the child created by the designer from Cuxhaven, Annika Marie Buchberger, which was distinguished with the sponsorship award, the Kids Design Award.

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Design: Simple shapes and contrasting tones

Thanks to a manifold selection of structured foils and décor as well as different facets and styles, taste is coming into its own in 2016. The modern and simple shapes create an air of timeless elegance in both the children’s and youth’s section. In this way, the furniture can be used for a long time and combined with each other. (more…)

Kind + Jugend and Koelnmesse: on the job worldwide for the industry

The China Kids Expo 2015 in Shanghai opened its doors a good four weeks following Kind + Jugend. More than 60,000 trade visitors informed themselves about a variety of products from the baby and children’s outfitting segment from 20 to 22 October. The organisers of the trade fair drew up a very positive summary. The organisers of the exhibition were able to set new standards with a plus of 30 percent among international exhibitors and an increase in the number of visitors of 20 percent. The China Kids Expo is organised annually by the Chinese industry and commerce association China Toy & Juvenile Association and Koelnmesse.

Kind + Jugend 2015: new standards with international exhibitors and growth of visitors

Kind + Jugend 2015: new standards with international exhibitors and growth of visitors

Koelnmesse is also very engaged in Brazil. The Brazilian children’s outfitting market is the second largest in the world, and thus offers enormous potential for international brands. The Cologne trade fair specialist organises the children’s fashion trade fair FIT 0/16 twice a year and the new trade fair event PUERI EXPO, which will take place parallel with the summer edition of FIT as of 2016. However, winter is now before us: the next FIT 0/16 starts on 21 November. (more…)

Kind + Jugend 2015 – all around a full success!

The Kind + Jugend has cleared up top marks this year. With more than 21,000 visitors from 110 countries five percent more trade visitors had come to Cologne than last year. And with 1,141 exhibitors from 50 countries the trade fair has set a new record among exhibitors. Thus, it has once again presented itself as the most important trade fair in the baby and toddler outfitting sector. 

Kind + Jugend 2015, British collective booth, area 11.1

Kind + Jugend 2015, British collective booth, area 11.1

The significant visitor increase delighted the organizers of the trade fair – and apparently the many attendees spent successful days in Cologne. This could not only be felt itself in the good mood and relaxed atmosphere during the fair. Also the results of the visitor survey speak for themselves: 83 per cent were happy or very happy with the exhibition offering and their achievement of prior set personal goals. Over 93% of the visitors would recommend the Kind + Jugend to a business partner.

‘Not only the numbers but also the visitor survey show that quantity and quality of the exhibition was convincing all along the line. The concept of the trade fair which has a perfect offer for every market participant is worldwide regarding quality second to none’, said the manager of the Koelnmesse Katharina C. Hamma. On an area of 100,000 square meters exhibitors have presented novelties for four days and further product development serving kids furniture, safety seats and strollers, hygiene products, toys and fabric products. Also for Eric Wickbold, importer and distributor at Hightrade (Sao Paulo, Brasil), the days at the trade fair are essential. He sums up: ‘For us as a global operating import-agency the Kind+Jugend is certainly the most important place worldwide to meet all relevant companies and to support companies planning to enter the Brasilian market.’

At the Kids Design Award 2015 which took place for the second time now, Annika Marie Buchberger’s furniture series ‘full grown’ prevailed against 252 handed in drafts from 40 countries. Together with a kids’ furniture producer who had promised her his product-sponsorship after the awarding, the furniture series is going to be finished until it’s ready for the market.

The awarding of the Innovation Award which traditionally took place on the first day of the trade fair honored more happy winners. This year the jury got 174 drafts from 130 companies handed in from 25 countries.

We thank all exhibitors and visitors for a great Kind + Jugend 2015 and are already looking forward to next year:

Kind + Jugend 2016
15.-18.09.2016

What were your highlights at this year’s show? We look forward to your experiences and comments!

Support at every stage!

It is well conceivable that it hasn’t been so easy for the jury of international industry experts to finally choose the nominees for the Kind + Jugend Innovation Award 2015. All together 130 companies from 25 countries handed in 174 innovative products. Now the nominees in eight categories are chosen and announced. On September 10th (10.00 am in hall 10.1) to the beginning of the fair trade the winners are going to be selected.

However, the Innovation Award is only one of six support projects through what the Kind + Jugend wants to support young companies and designers and also established brand manufacturers at every stage of their market participation: from prototype up to a successful brand product.

Promotion cycle of the Kind + Jugend - Support at every stage

Promotion cycle of the Kind + Jugend – Support at every stage

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Kind + Jugend 2015: record trade fair ahead!

Even more diverse, more international, more high-quality: that is going to be Kind + Jugend 2015. With 1,141 exhibitors, the trade fair achieves a new record, and with a foreign share of 84 percent it consolidates its position as the world’s most important meeting point of the industry. The broad offer presented in Cologne ranges from children’s furniture, safety seats, strollers and sanitary products to toys and textile furnishings, and includes all the relevant and pioneering brands. Especially looking at the context of rising birth rates and encouraging prospects for the sector, you definitely should not miss Kind + Jugend 2015!

Kind + Jugend 2015 breaks all records!

Kind + Jugend 2015 breaks all records!


Baby Boom: good prospects for the sector

According to the German Federal Statistical Office (“Statistisches Bundesamt”), the birth rate has risen by 4.8 percent in 2014. At the same time more and more parents are willing to invest more money in their offspring: in 2014 parents spent around 1,058 euros per child in the first three years of their life, these are 3 percent more than the same period in 2013. Particularly manufacturers of strollers and child seats can benefit from that – since 2011 the sector is pleased with uninterrupted growth. (more…)