All set for a fantastic exhibition The organisers of Solex have promised that the 2018 edition of the popular summer outdoor living trade show will be their biggest and best to date. Organised each July by the Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) for its members, it is an annual three-day event attracting national and international retail and contract purchasing directors and managers. This unique event brings together the leading manufacturers of furniture, barbecues, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting and play equipment, creating a showcase for new developments in design, environmental manufacturing, sustainability and production for the retail and contract markets. Solex has steadily grown in size and stature since the inaugural event at Telford in 2008, re-locating to Hall 5 at the NEC in 2013 to meet the escalating demand for show space. The 10th anniversary show in 2017 built
on the first nine successful shows with more exhibition space, new developments and more exhibitors, while retaining the relaxed, friendly and business-like atmosphere that visitors have come to value.
For 2018, the organisers are aiming to attract more visitors, more media enquiries and professional specifiers of garden products, including landscape architects, designers and contractors.
Award-winning ranges from US-brand Char-Broil Char-Broil will be on stand 325 where it will be showcasing key products from its award-winning ranges, including the Kamander kamado-style grill, the Gas2Coal hybrid and its ‘TRU Infrared’ Professional BBQs. Char-Broil is the leading familybased US brand that has been making and innovating barbecues since 1948, making 2018 the 70th Anniversary year for the brand. Char-Boil offers a broad range of high quality gas and charcoal grills and a comprehensive range of matching grill accessories, which will also be on show. Char-Broil is an innovator in infrared cooking technology. Its industry-leading TRU-Infrared technology ensures an even distribution of heat every time, without any messy flare-ups – and locking in mouth-watering flavour with 50% juicier results. Char-Broil also has the Dancook range as part of its portfolio. The Dancook range is founded on the Danish tradition of cooking outdoors. The simple, unique products are manufactured in solid materials in a stylish design. The Gas2Coal hybrid grill, puts to rest the debate over the perfect fuel. For many consumers, that
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smoky charcoal taste is a key ingredient for the perfect grilling experience, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of gas. As an innovation leader, Char-Broil has combined the best of both worlds in its new Gas2Coal grill. In less than 60 seconds, grill masters can switch fuels – based on their mood or the type of meat – without ever having to compromise again. But Char-Broil didn’t stop there – to ensure the perfect performance of the Gas2Coal, the grilling surface has been designed to circulate air from top to bottom so that the charcoal burns in the same direction, ensuring much better use of radiant heat and greater energy efficiency. W: charbroil.com
Tripod Home celebrates 20th birthday “We are really excited to be celebrating this great milestone! The last 20 years have been an adventure and we have so many new projects and products in the pipeline, it’s a thrilling time,” said Myles Podmore, Managing Director at Tripod Home Ltd. Having Served the Garden and Outdoor Living Industry for the
past two decades, Tripod Home Ltd have become a leading innovator in Rustic Garden Furniture and Accessories. Products from their range are frequently used to inject interest and character to garden centre displays across the country. New products to be released at the show include two stunning new dining sets incorporating rustic wood combined with metal legs, rattan woven chairs, garden entertainment bars and a whole raft of giftware. Join the Tripod Home celebrations by visiting stand 625 at Solex. W: tripodhome.co.uk