Interzum Cologne 2017 Bedding Support Systems

Interzum Cologne 2017 Bedding Support Systems

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Sleek slat systems offer enhanced support With vivid colors and interesting shapes, plastic resin support systems for slatted bed bases are not only pretty to look at, they also have come a long way in terms of providing adjustable and zoned support. Standard Gum slat ‘pads’ are strong, breathable Standard Gum, […]

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Anyone unable to attend Interzum Cologne last month to look at components and machinery related to mattress manufacturing is in luck, because ISPA EXPO 2018 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for March 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. It’s the best place to […]

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Manufacturing Renaissance

Follow these tips to attract and retain your next-generation labor force BY BARBARA T. NELLES In these post-recessionary times, with many hoping to see a U.S. manufacturing rebirth, the moment is right to retool recruitment and retention practices for your factory floor. How do you attract mechanically inclined millennials to your machine maintenance crew? What is […]

Interzum 2017, Get Comfortable in Cologne

Interzum 2017, Get Comfortable in Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Use these tips and tools to make it easy to mix work and pleasure in this historic city. Every two years, members of the sleep products industry converge on Cologne, Germany, to exhibit or shop for components or machinery at the Interzum Cologne trade fair. The enormous show, held this year […]

7 Tips for a Nimble and Innovative New Year

7 Tips for a Nimble and Innovative New Year

I wish you a prosperous New Year with this distillation of business tips–the result of years of reporting for BedTimes and many conversations with bedding industry insiders. 1 – BE SCARED Business optimism abounds, but a good dose of market paranoia is a healthy thing. If you’re not feeling threatened by the usual competition and, […]

The Future Is Now: New Equipment Technology For Mattress Makers

The Future Is Now: New Equipment Technology For Mattress Makers

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Machine makers tout new technology for improved quality, consistency and speed If bedding manufacturers invest in the latest equipment available from machinery suppliers, mattresses and foundations soon will slip off assembly lines and into wrappers at a higher rate of speed—and with every interior component perfectly formed, aligned and adhered, and every […]

Massindo Group—No Man Is an Archipelago

Massindo Group—No Man Is an Archipelago

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Indonesian mattress major Massindo Group lays out plans to expand. Jeffri Massie has a winning smile, an easygoing manner—and a lot of responsibility. He is president director of Massindo Group, a large mattress producer and retailer headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. In January, Massie was in the United States attending the Winter […]

Video Tweets From ‘Best Ever’ ISPA EXPO

Video Tweets From ‘Best Ever’ ISPA EXPO

BY BARBARA T. NELLES The editorial staff had great fun covering ISPA EXPO last week, speaking with dozens of exhibitors, all of whom invariably described this year’s EXPO as “crazy busy!”, “best ever!” “tremendous!”–and even “insane!” Expect to read full coverage in May BedTimes. Meanwhile, enjoy these video tweets from the exhibition floor where a […]