Interzum is the perfect venue for making contacts and finding new suppliers. It’s also a good time to discover how manufacturing processes are handled in the European marketplace.
The International Sleep Products Association has scheduled its International Factory Tour just before Interzum 2003, complete with travel to some of Germany’s most beautiful cities. “ISPA has always been a resource for the mattress industry to connect with others in the business,” says Shawn Conrad, ISPA’s executive vice president of government relations. “Our factory tours focus on business; we want to give folks a chance to speak with others in the business, to examine other operations, all in an atmosphere based on openness. This is a wonderful educational opportunity.”
The trip is scheduled for May 15–23, prior to interzum’s run of May 23–27. This year’s exclusive factory tour will visit Rossauer Matratzenfabrik and Winkle Polsterbetten KG, both located outside Dresden, Germany.
“This tour is not all about work. We will be touring some of the most beautiful cities in Europe,” Conrad says. Among the other attractions of the tour are visits to many of Germany’s major attractions, including the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. In Dresden, the tour includes a visit to the Zwinger to see the priceless collection of Saxon gold in the Green Vault. In Munich, highlights include the famous Glockenspeil carillon, opera house and more, as well as a trip into the countryside to visit “Mad” King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle and the village of Oberammergau.
Tour costs are $6,236 per couple (ISPA Member, two per room), and $4,099 per single (ISPA Member, one per room), airfare to Berlin and from Cologne or Munich not included. The factory tours are limited to non–European manufacturers and suppliers. There is an additional charge of $1,000 for non–ISPA members.