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German Championship of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES in Cologne

This year the German Championship of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES will take place in Cologne. As part of the new garden event TAG DES GARTENS (Garden Day) hosted by Koelnmesse, ten of the best lumberjack athletes fight for the title and the participation at the World Championship 2015. This is the highlight of the season and the organizers expect thousands of spectators.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is established worldwide as the major league of lumberjack sports. On entertaining contest events the athletes compete in six disciplines demonstrating their skills with axes and saws. Their success does not only depend on power and stamina but most of all on the right technique. The winner of the championship in Cologne will represent Germany at the competition between the best lumberjacks from twelve nations – including the stars of the scene from Canada, USA and New Zealand.

“The cooperation with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is a real benefit for the premiere event,” said Christopher Werner, Vice President of Koelnmesse GmbH, proudly. “Together with the coherent overall concept, top events like these turn our TAG DES GARTENS into a unique fair format for the outdoor living sector.” The garden event TAG DES GARTENS will take place at the same time as the garden fair spoga+gafa. The public event is open on August 29 and 30 from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.

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Designer Competition unique youngstar: Deadline April 1st 2015!

When spoga+gafa will open its doors in Cologne at August 30th, 2015, next to the approx. 2,000 exhibitors a community of young creative designers will also show their performance – at least those who could achieve to be under the 15 nominees of the creative competition unique youngstar. The application period for this year’s designer contest, which has been accompanying the premium exhibition segment garden unique for the past three years, is open until April 1st.

From furniture, accessories or sunshade products, to lighting, flooring or plant pots, through to barbecues – everything is allowed that makes the summer living room outdoor more attractive or more functional. An expert jury will select up to 15 ideas from all the entries of the young creative designers. These ideas will be exhibited as prototypes at the spoga+gafa in the product segment garden unique. And it is certainly worthwhile taking part: The nominees have the chance to win prize-money totalling 6,000 Euro. They also have the chance to claim the ‘unique youngstar 2015’ title. In addition to the top three awarded by the expert jury, the public will also elect their favourite among the nominees by means of an online voting.

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WAKÜ ladders convince with details

WAKÜ is the manufacturer of telescopic ladders which can be used multifunctionally and above all they can grow variably within no time up to four times of  their transport length. The tapering design ensures a maximum of stability in any application. It is easy to handle and shows convincing details. The material is maintenance free.

The solid, ergonomically designed aluminium height adjusters guarantee an easy and absolutely safe locking of the height required. The four-folded rung ends stay positively joined to the stringers even in heavy duty use. The large corrugated hard rubber foot pads provide maximum safety – non slip – and also protect the flooring. As step ladder it easily copes with height differences in stair cases and on gradients. The design is space saving for transport and storing.

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Kettal furnishes Lanserhof Tegernsee

Kettal has furnished the Lanserhof Tegernsee, the most modern health complex in Europe, and Newbuild winner at the last edition of the European Hotel Design Awards in London.

Lanserhof Tegernsee is located on a sunny plateau, amidst deep forests and vast meadows, in the village of Lans, only 15 minutes from the capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck.

Architectural firm Ingenhoven Architects combined sustainable architecture, an exquisite hotel area and an exclusive clinical care facility. The decoration features the collections: Kettal Park Life by Jasper Morrison and Kettal Bitta by Rodolfo Dordoni.

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3 Questions to: Sonja Dümmen (Dümmen GmbH)

The Rheinberg-based company Dümmen Group is consistently expanding its sustainability strategy. In future they will supply fair trade poinsettias under the Red Fox brand to their international pot plant producers. Thus Dümmen will answer the widely shared desire for an ethical, transparent production chain. Sonja Dümmen is Head of Marketing at Dümmen GmbH and is managing the Fairtrade project.

Mrs. Dümmen, what are the reasons why the Dümmen Group will soon be selling poinsettias from your farm Red Fox Ethiopia as a Fairtrade product?
Dümmen: The Fairtrade Mark renders visible our way of working and what we represent. It records monitored working conditions and a responsible approach to plant protection and the environment. What is most important, however, is that it provides support for the people locally in Ethiopia. With Fairtrade we have the opportunity to invest 10% of the turnover directly on the ground for the benefit of the people there. The consumers who make a conscious decision to buy here support this initiative by purchasing Fairtrade products.

How can we visualise the certification process? What are the challenges?
Dümmen: All partners in the chain have to be certified, starting with the parent plant production site in Ethiopia, which is inspected by an independent certification organisation. Other links in the chain also have to be certified, however, such as the production plant in Rheinberg and the producers in Europe that raise the poinsettia cuttings. Since we run the production chain centrally, from cultivation to the finished young plant, this is entirely feasible. We only have to create transparency for third parties, which naturally always entails administrative work.

What specific advantages do you see for retailers, nurseries and last but not least for customers?
Dümmen: The advantages for the retail trade are quite clear and are to be found in the transparency of the supply chain. It can always trace Fairtrade products back to their origin and rely on the fact that reliable, inspected suppliers are behind the product. The consumer can buy responsibly and help people in Africa by buying Fairtrade. Transparency is important here too. The customer sees where the cutting comes from, but also who has raised the product to its finished state in Germany or Europe. The customer is also informed about the advantages for our partner businesses: ten percent of the revenue from the cut-tings is for the workers locally in the country of origin to use as they see fit for social purposes. The monitored production conditions create transparency and guarantee a fair process.

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