Top technology company Crestron is currently in the process of rolling out a refurbishment at all its showrooms with London kickstarting this. New to the show was a sensor-based keypad, which is so far proving popular. Able to control everything in one room, from music to lighting, the buttons can also be engraved with bespoke messages to suit a hotel’s brand.
Family business Craster is a truly British brand, supplying high-end five star hotels with products that are typically used to present buffet breakfast items. The company has a big international market and has been in business for more than 20 years. Craster is predominantly focuses on premium hotels and restaurants and has recently noticed a surge in demand for warm metal colours such as copper and bronze items.
Company: Caddie and Rocam
Caddie and Rocam form a housekeeping and foodservice brand respectively and Equiphotel is just one of the four exhibitions the company goes to per year. The company distributes to the UK through Decotel, and is looking to put more of a stamp on the UK market. The handy housekeepers ‘caddies’ carry everything from brushes to mops, while the hot buffet counters are popular with the branded hotels right now. The company is based in Milan and 80% of its turnover comes from Europe and the Middle Eastern markets.
Company: BC Softwear
BC Softwear launched a new robe at EquipHotel called ‘supreme’. The robe’s USP is that it has towelling on the inside and velour on the outside, giving customers a new feel as a result. The brand said that they were very happy with the footfall they’d seen come through at the exhibition too.
Distributor Manusec was exhibiting for the first time at EquipHotel 2016. The brand distributes a range of products for the hospitality sector – from lights to in-room trays, but also manufacturers its own designs, such as these bright kettles shown here. On the stand was a bed and desk, which were new products for the company and a new market they are hoping to target.
Company: Eco Chef
This striking chef gear from Eco Chef would be perfect for student chefs or apprentices at your hotel. The company has been running for a total of 113 years, and producing chef wear for the last 20 years, with the products popular in Italy and Spain.
These eco toilet tanks from Griffon caught our eye and would sit well in design-led boutique hotels across the UK. The brand itself is more than 130 years old and bought the toilet tank idea into the market last year. Colours can be changed and designs can be made bespoke to suit your establishment.
For Technogym, exhibitions are a great way to get in front of a new audience and widen their customer base. They admitted that it was a great place to show off their products as they don’t do a huge amount of promotion to clients. For the brand, turnover is double in the UK compared to France so Equiphotel was a good platform for the company to gain exposure to this market.
The Samsung Hotel was a real eye catcher at the exhibition. Decked out like a proper hotel room, plus reception and public area, each space showed off a different Samsung product. The hottest hospitality product was a new designer TV, which is hugely popular with boutique hoteliers and comes in black, white and blue, as well as 24, 32 and 40 inch options.
QisDesign is a lighting company from Taiwan. The simple, clean cut products are quirky and well designed, and distributed in the UK through Fantastic Lighting. While the brand has no UK hotels as customers as yet, they are ‘very keen’ to tap into this market.
Company: ADA International
ADA International (also owns Pacific Direct) had a whole host of products on display at the stand and showed a snippet of each of the 10-15 brand names the company distributes. ADA launched Lalique, a French brand, four weeks ago and so far it’s been selling well. Chopard, a well-known brand also relaunched recently with a more neutral colour, while Bvlgari is the most popular range for the company among hoteliers, and was the first it signed up almost 10 years ago.
The new hospitality TV from Samsung that was launched at the exhibition. Miele Professional had a great presence at the show. Company: Resuinsa
Resuinsa has 40 years’ experience in the textile sector, since 1976.
It provides service in the five continents, with over 6,000 clients, distributed in 81 countries, and 7 companies abroad in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, USA, Cape Verde, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
Company: King of Cotton
King of Cotton sold 5,000 – 10,000 slippers in one day at EquipHotel and dubbed it the brand’s best day ever at an exhibition. The new Milano range has been selling well with boutique, independent hotels, with the iconic stripe design proving popular.
Company: Linea Verdace
Linea Verdace is a premium lighting brand dating back to 1969. The centre piece shown here immediately caught our eye and would make a real showstopper in any hotel. The piece can be made bespoke and to varying sizes also.
Company: Beltrami Boutique
Beltrami Boutique is an Italian linen company, making and manufacturing all its products in Italy. While France is its number one market at the moment, the company does sell internationally and is hoping to expand its reach. Its bed linen has already struck a chord with the likes of Corinthia London and London Arts Club, who both use the brand’s new wood fibre bed linen.