ZOW organisers are confidently predicting success for the German and Russian shows in the coming months.

Survey, which runs the ZOW events, says the exhibition in Bad Salzuflen on February 21-24 had already sold out before the end of 2004.

Almost 600 exhibitors from 30 countries are expected to use the show to launch their latest products to the furniture industry.

Survey says timbers used for finishes are showing a trend towards the exotic, especially eucalyptus, zebrano and macassar for key components, while the refined upper market is steering towards species such as wenge and pear. Beech, maple and birch are retaining their popularity in northern European countries.

The company expects exhibitor and visitor numbers at the second ZOW in Moscow, on April 18-21, to be up by about 50%. Last year’s event attracted 150 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors.