The organizers of NeoCon have expanded the show's international presence through new and expanded international showrooms, more than 80 manufacturers representing 20 countries, special exhibits and an incredible line-up of speakers from around the world to address some of the industry’s most pressing topics.

“The overall theme and guiding force in the marketing and promotion of this year’s show is ‘Think Big.’ We’re certainly challenging ourselves to think big as we develop show components and programming that appeal to an international audience,” said Mark Falanga, MMPI president and CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome the world to Chicago and look forward to working with our international manufacturers and attendees.”

The Merchandise Mart’s permanent showrooms feature a vast array of International manufactures and will welcome newcomer, German-based, CP Furniture Systems Inc. during NeoCon on the 10th floor in Suite 10 - 166. CP Furniture Systems Inc. enhances the Mart’s already diverse collection of internationally-based showrooms including Vitra (Switzerland), TONON (Italy), Sandler Seating (U.K.), Allermuir (U.K). VS America (Germany), Andreu World (Spain) and Haworth, which carries many Italian lines in its Haworth Collection including Cassina, Castelli, Cappellini, and Poltrona Frau. Companies will also showcase the latest and greatest from American-made products to innovations from countries such as China, Hong Kong, Korea, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, and Brazil.

While NeoCon historically has drawn exhibitors and attendees from across North America, the show has expanded more and more into the global market each year. The Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers’ Association and Korea Pavilions will return once again. Each of these pavilions showcases more than 1,000 square feet of exhibitors and features a few newcomers, along with returning companies expanding their presence at NeoCon.

In keeping in step with the global perspective on the industry, NeoCon has attracted speakers from countries including Denmark, Colombia, Ireland and Canada. For more information or register for seminars, visit www.neocon.com.