21/22 September 2020 | Mainz
Surface in Motion
Technology & Design Conference

Be there when top speakers at the first "Surface in Motion - Technology and Design Conference" present the latest topics on decorative surfaces of wood-based materials. In addition to the very latest technical possibilities, the focus will be on the latest future trends, innovative material compositions and the effect that surfaces have in a room. After all, decors have a lasting influence on the aesthetics of interior design. Whether matt or glossy, rough or soft, plain or multicoloured - it is fascinating to see the different feelings that surfaces and decors can trigger. Bring yourself up to date - from color management to trending surfaces - and choose from two parallel lecture programs, according to your preference "Technology" or "Design". With this new event format, the trade magazines "möbelfertigung" and "arcade" are addressing the wood-based materials industry, its suppliers, furniture manufacturers, and interior designers.

Monday, 21 September 2020

14:30 - 15:00 h | Registration and distribution of conference documentation

15:00 - 15:15 h | Welcome by the editors of the möbelfertigung

15:15 - 15:45 h | The European Panel Industry: dynamics and perspectives, Clive Pinnington, European Panel Federation (EPF)

An overview on the actual situation of the European Panel Industry, the future of a better use of recycled wood, the risks of a divided Europe, custom barriers and non-tariff related barriers.

15:45 - 16:15 h | How IKEA transforms trend & sustainability into product development, Peter Lantz, IKEA of Sweden

Will present shortly around IKEA Fact & figures and the importance of how Surface trends and regulations around sustainability subjects lead us to new way of workings.
Will give some examples how we can technical describe and develop a “Sustainable, surface trend” integrated and close cooperation within the value chain.

16:15 - 16:45 h | Coffee break

16:45 - 17:15 h | The Future of the Surface, Ralf Imbery, Continental

17:15 - 17:45 h | Surface solutions with release paper – Interior trends Post Covid-19, Nadia Oukid, Sappi

How has the surface changed in the last 10 years?

What has influenced the surface most?

We will go on a journey through time and look at the development of pressed sheet metal from casual to multichrome.

ca. 18:30 h | Meeting point Rheinufer, joint walk to the restaurant Heiliggeist

at 19 h | Networking Dinner at the restaurant Heiliggeist

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Session I: Technology in Motion

09:00 - 09:15 h | Welcome by the editors of the möbelfertigung

09:15 - 09:45 h | Digital printing needs digital structuring, Dr. René Pankoke, Hymmen

The production of digitally printed materials is becoming increasingly popular – whether in the flooring, furniture or building materials sector. Customers expect that the look of a surface will match its feel. Various processes are available to cater for their needs. All established methods have one thing in common: unlike printing processes, they are not digital, but analogue. Hymmen has developed a solution for this dilemma which is now patent-granted: Digital Lacquer Embossing (DLE). It offers an unprecedented extra benefit for surface finishing. Seeing and feeling authentic surfaces now becomes reality thanks to the widespread usage of Hymmen's industrial digital printing process – including the commercial and technical benefits.

09:45 - 10:15 h | Coatings for finish foils, Dr Matthias Schöps, Oskar Nolte

10:15 - 10:45 h | Pre-impregnated decor paper, the slimmest and most sustainable process for coating wood-based materials, Dennis Adis, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Decor

Pre-impregnated décor paper (VI), developed in the early 1980s as an alternative to post-impregnated products and PVC film, has developed within a short time from a complementary product to a sought-after alternative for coating wood-based materials. But what added value does pre-impregnated decor paper offer today? How efficient is it and what contribution does it make to a more sustainable end product?
Optionally printed with environmentally friendly inks, always coated, e.g. with solvent- and formaldehyde-free lacquers, it is the basis for so-called finish foils, which can be found on many furniture or interior design elements. VI is bonded to wood-based materials in a low-energy and emission-free finishing process. Films based on VI enable new shapes and diverse applications in the wood-based materials and furniture industry. Finish film surfaces are available in different variants - from low-cost to high-quality and very resistant - to meet the respective requirements. Ahlstrom-Munksjö provides product solutions for established processing methods, but also innovations and technical support for new processing possibilities, more sustainable solutions and end products.

10:45 - 11:15 h | Coffee break

11:15 - 11:45 h | DirectCure and Excimer: Short wavelength UV radiation for extraordinary surfaces, Dr Thomas Riedel, IOT- Innovative Oberflächentechnologien

The curing of coatings using UV radiation is an established method for fast and efficient drying in a variety of industrial processes. The increasing demands of customers with regard to surface quality, optical and haptic properties and, of course, environmental protection require constant further developments in this field.
IOT GmbH has made two decisive contributions to this: The excimer technology for the production of deep matt, scratch-resistant surfaces which can even be soft to the touch if required and the relatively new DirectCure emitters with which the need for photoinitiators can be reduced to a minimum. In some applications it is even possible to completely do without the photoinitiators. The result is maximum cured coatings with minimum emissions and reduced raw material costs.
In the lecture, the two techniques are explained in comparison to conventional processes by means of application examples.

11:45 - 12:15 h | Polymer furniture surfaces, Ralf Lerner, Dakor Melamin Imprägnierungen

Polymer films give floor and furniture surfaces elastic, sound-absorbing properties with anti-fingerprint and soft-touch haptics. The films bond under heat and pressure to HDF, chipboard and real wood without additional bonding agents. The pressed boards are tension-free and are characterised by excellent impact resistance. Common short cycle presses, HPL-presses, CPL-presses, multi-daylight presses etc. are used. As a rule, no further investments are necessary.

12:15 - 12:45 h | Inkjet Solutions for Decorative Laminates, Phil Jackman, Sun Chemical

This presentation seeks to identify material and process options commonly used in the manufacture of decorative panels for furniture and flooring and challenges to find chemistry solutions that enable them to be digitally printed.

12:45 - 14:00 h | Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30 h | Single Pass Inkjet Systems for Digital Decor Printing, Oliver Baar, Koenig & Bauer Durst

The presentation will focus on the technology of the Koenig & Bauer RotaJET VL 225 for digital décor printing.
The challenges and corresponding solutions from Koenig & Bauer in the field of single pass inkjet for digital décor printing will be demonstrated.
The Koenig & Bauer RotaJET machines are available in different configurations and web widths between 30" and 88" to optimally meet different applications and requirements of the décor and wood-based panel industry.

14:30 - 15:00 h | Color management and surface design in digital surface decoration, Jan Seguda, Colorgate Digital Output Solutions

A growing trend in the decorative industry is the addition of surface effects such as gloss or texture to digitally decorated products. But not only the acquisition of these properties of natural surfaces and the transformation of a certain structure, colour or reflective characteristic into a new design is a great challenge, also the colour consistent reproduction of existing decors is often connected with some effort. In this lecture, the speaker will outline new possibilities in surface design, but also problems in color measurement of industrially manufactured, decorative surfaces as well as color-correct reproductions, and present new solutions that address these.

15:00 - 15:30 h | Practice report of a digital printer, Ali Özyilmaz, MB Digitalprint

How did the idea of producing special decor panels yourself come about?
What are the advantages of this type of panel design?
What does the future of interior design look like?
What position will digital printing play in interior design in the future?
What role does MB Digitalprint play in the digital printing technology which is becoming more and more important in the wood industry?

around 15:30 h | Farewell and end of conference

Session II: Design in Motion

09:00 - 09:15 h | Welcome by the editors of the arcade

09:15 - 09:45 h | New materials - new surfaces, Hannes Bäuerle, Raumprobe

The use of new materials holds a lot of creative potential. New materials create the basis for driving true innovation in the field of architecture and design, and knowledge of the latest material developments helps to create more freedom of design. The new products presented in the lecture make the latest surfaces tangible.

09:45 - 10:15 h | Places of Tomorrow, Claudia Küchen, Schattdecor

What will the habitats of the future look like? This question is always at the beginning of the trend research by the international design team, which regularly publishes the results in trend books. Title of the current trend book: Places of Tomorrow, also the title of the presentation in which Claudia Küchen shows how Schattdecor is developing a valuable orientation towards the needs of individual end consumers around the world. How is digitalization changing living spaces and living environments and what surface requirements or consumption paths are emerging as a result? Smart surfaces can already take on new functions today and online platforms can create personal tastes. Currently, Instagram, Pinterest and Co. offer true worlds of inspiration to the - mostly female - end consumer, which have a major impact on our industry: Is this development an opportunity for digital printing? Is it an opportunity for us to understand the end consumer even better? In her talk Claudia Küchen, Director of Design and Marketing, will dive into an exciting world that is constantly changing and ... requires greater networking.

10:15 - 10:45 h | Innovative surfaces for furniture and interior design, Roberto Caspani, Cleaf

Every room and every piece of furniture emits continuous signals that consciously or unconsciously affect the user’s perceptions and performance. Surfaces are an important element of this perceptive process and they have the ability to offer completely different sensations leaving the shape unchanged.

The Cleaf collection highlights the innovative aesthetic and tactile research on surfaces.

It recalls the Made in Italy ability to interpret the needs of contemporary furniture and the most inspiring environments, thanks to the continuous exchange of ideas with architects and industrial designers.

10:45 - 11:15 h | Coffee break

11:15 - 11:45 Uhr | Coolness factor furniture, Salvatore Figliuzzi, Interprint

Interior/furnishing is a big deal at Instagram and Pinterest. Why is this feeling not really catching on in our industry?
No bashing will help, because we have to understand and adapt the client's new journey.
What do we have to do to become part of the furniture store of the future?

11:45 - 12:15 h | Psychological effects of surfaces in spaces, Uwe Linke, Raumpsychologie Uwe Linke

Surfaces leave a psychological effect on us even more subtly than colours and control our inner evaluation and assessment significantly. Why we experience fake materials as personal devaluation and how materials and combinations can enhance us. The expert and author for living psychology shows the effects and development of trends and how to deal with them in a meaningful way.

12:15 - 12:45 h | Parallel Worlds - Decor and Surface Trends in the Age of Digital and Analog Influences, Klaus Monhoff, Egger Holzwerkstoffe

Not only does our life increasingly take place in parallel in the analogue and digital age, but the trends in decors and surfaces allow similar observations. Clear trends are becoming fewer and fewer, and more and more often one finds opposing themes that are simultaneously accepted.

12:45 - 14:00 h | Lunch break

14:00 - 14:30 h | Color meets Trend, Livia Baum and Jutta Werner, zukunftStil

14:30 - 15:00 h | Trends in material and surface for architecture and space, Prof Brigitte Steffen, Hochschule Reutlingen

Materiality is an increasingly important aspect in the evaluation and perception of quality and modernity for architecture and space. The most important leading trade fairs in Frankfurt, Cologne and Milan show numerous innovations and trends in this respect. Which aspects of this can be applied to furniture construction and promise a long-term perspective?

15:00 - 15:30 h | Can touching a wallpaper make you happy?, Felix Diener, Marburger Tapetenfabrik J.B. Schaefer

One thing is certain: Touching surfaces, things, products does something to us. It triggers emotions. Haptic has long been inseparably linked with the creation of designs. How the third dimension is incorporated in the production of wall coverings, what possibilities there are and what the special haptics on the wall does to us - Felix Diener explains this in his lecture using many examples.

around 15:30 h | Farewell and end of conference


Dennis Adis

Ahlstrom-Munksjö Decor


Hannes Bäuerle



Clive Pinnington

European Panel Federation (EPF)

Phil Jackman

Sun Chemical


Ralf Lerner

Dakor Melamin Imprägnierungen


Klaus Monhoff

Egger Holzwerkstoffe


Dr. Thomas Riedel

Innovative Oberflächen


Prof. Brigitte Steffen

Hochschule Reutlingen


Oliver Baar

Koenig & Bauer


Roberto Caspani


Salvatore Figliuzzi



Claudia Küchen



Uwe Linke

Raumpsychologie Uwe Linke


Ali Özyilmaz

MB Digitalprint


Dr. Matthias Schöps

Oskar Nolte


Jutta Werner


Livia Baum


Felix Diener

Marburger Tapetenfabrik J.B. Schaefer


Ralf Imbery



Peter Lantz



Nadia Oukid


Dr. René Pankoke

Hymmen Maschinen- und Anlagenbau


Jan Seguda

Colorgate Digital Output Solutions




Stadtmarketing MainzPlus supports all participants in their search for suitable accommodation during Surface in Motion. Different hotels in different price categories are available in the immediate vicinity of the event location. You will receive further information with the confirmation of participation.

Networking Dinner

On the evening of 13 May, we cordially invite all participants and speakers to a relaxed networking dinner in the restaurant "Heiliggeist", Germany's oldest public hospital. In a central location in Mainz there is a piece of jewellery steeped in history which means: experience, enjoy & relax.

Rentengasse 2
55116 Mainz



The Electoral Palace of Mainz is the former city residence of the archbishops of Mainz, who as such were also electors and sovereigns of the electoral state of Mainz.

Kurfürstliches Schloss zu Mainz
Peter-Altmeier-Allee 9
55116 Mainz



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+++Attention+++The event is sold out, only some day tickets for Tuesday are still available. Standard fee for one day: 899,- €
All prices are exclusive of 16% VAT. Hotel accommodation is not included in the conference fees.