Now with the inaugural FRONT show over, the real value and impact of this unique event is being felt across the industry months later.

Overall, in terms of numbers, around 2000 attendees checked into the event over the two- day period with more than 950 people attending a CPD talk or seminar session over two days, while some 320 people attended the opening night reception.

A major highlight of the two-day event was the Tarkett Symposium on indoor air quality which highlighted the health impacts of asthma and allergies amongst Australians, and was for many, a real eye-opener.

Tarkett was perfectly placed to give its name to this important Symposium as it leads the way in commercial and residential flooring solutions and also continues to invest significantly in leading manufacturing equipment, ensuring innovation and product quality while protecting the environment with innovations for sustainable flooring solutions. 

For over 130 years, Tarkett has been at the forefront of the global flooring industry. Around the world, the brand has earned a reputation for reliability and innovation and is favoured by architects and building professionals for its unique combination of style, performance, and environmental credentials.

According to Tarkett’s National Marketing Manager, Stacey-lee Smith, one of the primary considerations for flooring is indoor environment quality. 

“The materials that we use at Tarkett have extremely low [levels of] Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and contain no hazardous components, so our products [receive] all of the current credits for environmentally friendly materials for indoor areas.”

“The other aspect worth considering is the recyclable aspect of it. Ensuring that products don’t have to go to landfill [after] use, but [are] rather [able to return] to the manufacturer for either recycling or up-cycling solutions, plays a big part in determining the sustainability of a project,” says Smith.

While the guest speakers at the Tarkett Symposium shared their views and statistics on indoor air quality, a global issue that affects us all, the symposium also discussed solutions on how manufacturers, architects, designers and specifiers can make a real difference to the indoor environment, not just in our homes but across our workspaces, our hospitals and our aged care facilities.

"It was a pleasure to present to the FRONT attendees at the Tarkett Symposium; these were people who understood the balance of quality, design, sustainability and economy and who wanted to find out how the sustainability narrative has changed - and is changing faster than ever,” says Robin Mellon, CEO of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.

The main speakers at the Tarkett Symposium included:

  • Michele Goldman: CEO – Asthma Australia
  • Robin Mellon: CEO – Supply Chain Sustainability School
  • Eminè Mehmet: CEO – WELL Space

You can also download Tarkett’s Whitepaper on “Working smarter, not harder: Improving workplace health and wellbeing through effective design” here.