This month, many members of the bedding industry will be destined for Cologne to take part in the world’s largest furniture components show, Interzum Cologne, which runs May 21-24. The show occurs every two years.

Whether you are journeying to Cologne for the first or 15th time, it never hurts to brush up on fun things to do while there.

• In 2017, Interzum had 1,732 exhibitors, from 60 countries — the vast majority of whom (1,364) came from outside Germany.

• The Koelnmesse Exhibit Complex, which houses the trade fair, covers 187,400 square meters (2 million square feet). It’s huge.

This exhibition might be large — from the exhibitors showing off machinery and components to the number of people flowing through the halls — but the connections made are one-on-one. Enjoy the time you have there to ask questions, see the latest components and machines, visit colleagues and take the time to make new connections.

Outside of the show, you can be as busy or quiet as you like. Cologne has a little bit of everything — from ancient artifacts to modern designer boutiques.

Situated along the Rhine River, Cologne is Germany’s oldest major city, with more than a million residents. No matter where you go near the river, one dramatic sight is part of the skyline — the Cologne Cathedral or the Dom.

Its history dates back to A.D. 1248, when the first stone was laid. At 157 meters (516 feet) tall, the Dom is the second-tallest church in Europe and third-tallest in the world. Inside, stained-glass windows — including one by Cologne artist Gerhard Richter — add color to soaring archways. In addition to the impressiveness of the 2,415-square-meter (26,000-square-foot) space, visitors come to see the Golden Shrine of the Three Magi, which is said to hold the bones of the three wise men who visited Jesus after his birth.

If you can’t get enough of old churches, you can check out any of the large 12 Romanesque churches, built between A.D. 1150 and A.D. 1250, which are found within a semicircle of the city center.

For a different learning experience, Cologne’s Old Town has a number of museums, ranging from the Museum Ludwig (which has the largest pop art collection outside of the United States) to the Wallraf Richartz Museum with its medieval and impressionistic paintings. There also is the Farina Fragrance Museum, home to — you guessed it — perfumes, with particular attention paid to the production and history of eau de cologne. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to check out the Chocolate Museum. Interested in sports? There’s the German Sports and Olympic Museum. Traveling with kids? The Odysseum provides science and fun for the whole family.

To people watch or soak in the sun, enjoy the Rheinauhafen, Cologne’s waterfront district. People stroll, ride bikes and picnic in this picturesque area. As you near the Hohenzollern Bridge, you’ll see locks covering the sides, the result of couples placing padlocks on the railings and throwing keys into the river, symbolizing everlasting love.

Want to kick up your heels and enjoy the sites from a river view? According to, hour-long harbor tours take visitors past the Dom, Old Town, the Chocolate Museum, the German Sports and Olympics Museum and end at the former fishing village of Rodenkirchen with all its dining options.

Let’s talk about dining. Sushi, curry, pasta and other international foods easily can be found in Cologne. But to experience German culture, you can seek out brauhäuser, or brewery restaurants, in the city center. According to the Cologne Tourist Board, Cologne’s oldest brauhäuser include Brauhaus Sion on Unter Taschenmacher, which first opened in 1511, the Cölner Hofbräu P. Josef Früh near the cathedral and the Brauerei Päffgen on the Friesenstraße.

You can’t talk about breweries without mentioning kölsch — the local top-fermented beer. Special to Cologne, kölsch is light and contains less sugar and malt than other types of beer.

The Cologne Tourist Board also names two local food specialties on its list of 11 reasons to visit Cologne. “Halver hahn,” which translates to “half rooster,” contains no chicken — only a rye roll with butter, mustard and Dutch cheese. “Himmel un äd,” which means “heaven and earth,” includes black pudding, fried onions, mashed potatoes and applesauce. Food trucks also offer “Rievkooche” (potato fritters), which are served with cranberry preserves or applesauce.

If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, never fear. Cologne is home to 10 Michelin-starred restaurants: Le Moissonnier, Ox & Klee, Maître im Landhaus Kuckuck, Maximilian Lorenz, Ristorante Alfredo, La Société, Taku, maiBeck, NeoBiota and Zur Tant.

In addition to visiting all the historic and delicious places in Cologne, tourists also have plenty of shopping areas to keep them busy. The most popular shopping streets are Schildergasse and Hohe Straße. At their intersection stands one of the largest department stores in Europe, the Glaeria Kaufhof. With 115,000 square feet of shopping, you’re sure to find something.

If you prefer a more laid-back vibe, the nearby Belgian Quarter offers “high-quality off-mainstream fashion and designer labels,” the tourism board notes. “Often housed in historic buildings, which adorn the streets, the extravagant rooms alone are a must-see.”

Many sites are within walking distance of the Rhine and Old Town. However, if you’d like to travel farther afield, mass transit will be your friend. The central train station is adjacent to the cathedral and will take you from a full day at Interzum to wherever you want to go. DB Navigator or Citymapper are helpful apps to have on your phone. Both allow you to navigate multiple connections and station platforms, check schedules, find out about delays and alternate routes, and more.

Speaking of apps, take a minute and download Google Translate or iTranslate if you don’t speak German. Many people in Cologne speak English so language isn’t much of a problem, but it’s a good idea to have this app handy for voice and text translation or for taking photos and getting a translation of the words in the photo (think all-German menus). TripAdvisor is another useful app to have to locate places or restaurants to visit, along with reviews.

The International Sleep Products Association encourages you to visit these ISPA member companies exhibiting at Interzum Cologne in Halls 7.1, 9.1, 11.1 and 11.2.

Note: All information for this paid special section has been provided by the companies. BedTimes does not endorse companies, products or services. List as of 4/17/19

Atlanta Attachment Co. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. AAC is a provider of automated solutions and engineering development of advanced technology in equipment and software. Turnkey operations — from concept to installation of products from small workstations to entire production facilities — are managed through AAC’s headquarters in Lawrenceville, Georgia. AAC is a division of HSM in Hickory, North Carolina, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. HSM is a well-diversified corporation that specializes, through its subsidiaries, in the manufacture of components for the furniture, bedding, transportation, packaging, health care, aerospace and other industries.

BekaertDeslee is the largest mattress textile producer in the world. With 20 production units and more than 2,600 employees all over the world, BekaertDeslee aims to create the ideal sleep environment for a blissful night’s rest. BekaertDeslee provides mattress textiles that comfort, protect and inspire you during the night, while BD Solutions provides cut-and-sew opportunities for multiple sleeping surfaces. Our mattress textiles touch 600 million sleepers every night.

Boyteks Tekstil is one of the most important manufacturing and exporting companies in Turkey. The company, which considers design, innovation and quality its focus, produces mattress ticking. Enough mattress ticking is produced in our facilities to fulfill the demands of all mattress producers throughout the world. Out of all the mattresses produced throughout the world, one in 10 uses fabric produced by Boyteks, the world market leader in mattress ticking. Boyteks, which manufactures jacquard woven and knitted mattress ticking, has a wide distribution network, easy accessibility and superior after-sales services, all to provide sustainable global customer satisfaction.

CT Nassau proudly manufactures American-made tape and mattress fabrics inspired by Italian style. CT Nassau seeks to combine both mattress fabrics and mattress tape-edging to make your bedding stand out on the retail floor. Born in the tradition of old-world craftsmanship and steeped in progressive leadership, CT Nassau’s flexibility and excellent customer service have proven our leadership in the bedding textile market. CT Nassau provides the complete package and recently added zippered cover making to complete our wide portfolio of offerings.

Products: Fibers, latex foam, polyurethane foam (including viscoelastic), mattress manufacturing, top of bed/pillows

Diamond Mattress Vietnam Ltd. Co. is a well-known company with more than 20 years of experience in the bedding industry. We have four factories and a total production area of 30 square hectares, with modern production lines resulting in high productivity and high-quality products. We have more than 2,500 well-educated laborers, 3,500 distributors and five showrooms throughout Vietnam, and supply more than 20,000 products daily, including mattresses, pillows, sofas and beds to domestic and foreign markets. We have a range of international certificates and test reports from prestigious organizations, such as ELSON, ISO, KSA, Oeko-Tex, QMS, SGS, STR and TUV Rheinland.

Foshan Ruixin Nonwoven Co. Ltd. has been a leading manufacturer of nonwoven spunbond fabric for the furniture and bedding industries for decades, exporting to more than 90 countries. Committed to quality, cost efficiency and service, Ruixin always fulfills customers’ needs in a satisfactory way because of its high production capacity. With a fast response to market and devotion to innovation, Ruixin offers new products and solutions to customers every year.

Products: Business consultants; engineering services/consultants; machinery and fixtures; parts, supplies and tools

Galkin Automated Products, part of Global Systems Group, has been providing labor-reducing sewing equipment for more than 100 years. Innovation and ingenuity have led Galkin to create a successful line of automated systems to increase mattress production while decreasing operator effort. Galkin manufactures most mattress factory sewing equipment, such as binders, flangers, tape-edge machines and more. The unique designs of Galkin equipment provide GSG customers even more flexibility in the way to most profitably build their product.

Products: Business consultants; engineering services/consultants; machinery and fixtures; parts, supplies and tools

Gateway Systems, based in the United Kingdom, is a branch of Global Systems Group. Specializing in mattress-making solutions for more than 50 years, Gateway Systems offers compression tufting machines, handle systems, sergers, automated tape-edge machines, glue line equipment, panel cutters/slitting machines, and border measure/cut machines. Gateway’s Mattress Master Elite is the latest generation of automated tape-edge machines. Look for our GS-660 Jumbo Tufter at Interzum Cologne this year!

Global Systems Group, a division of Leggett & Platt Inc., offers all the machinery required to assemble mattresses, box springs and other bedding-related products. The industry’s leading machinery manufacturers — Galkin, Gateway Systems, Gribetz International, Porter International and Spuhl-Anderson — have been gathered into a single resource for the convenience of the mattress producer. With more than 100 GSG machinery choices, bedding companies can confidently select the right equipment for their needs. More than 20 worldwide locations. More than 100 machine models. More than 200 years of collective company histories. Thousands of machines at work in the field. All represented by one company: Global Systems Group.

Products: Business consultants; engineering services/consultants; machinery and fixtures; parts, supplies and tools; thread

Gribetz International is the world’s leading manufacturer of quilting machines and other equipment related to the bedding, home textile and apparel industries. Gribetz offers a complete range of products designed to modernize and automate the handling, sewing, quilting and cutting processes. Gribetz has been an innovator in the mattress industry for more than 70 years and offers the most complete lineup of quilting machines around the world. Revolutionary quilting patterns and processes have been shaped by technology developed at Gribetz. Gribetz equipment improves manufacturing capabilities from mattress quilting to packaging.

Products: Latex foam, polyurethane foam (including viscoelastic), gel mattress materials, top of bed/pillows

Latexco U.S.: Your House of Comfort. Latexco U.S. Holdings LLC is a forward-thinking, customer-centric organization uniquely positioned to serve as a one-stop solution provider with innovative bedding solutions, customization and fulfillment capabilities, and impressive speed to market. With facilities on the East Coast and West Coast, it is the only U.S. producer of both latex and polyurethane foam under one roof. We offer polyurethane foam and latex-based comfort toppers, cores and pillows, as well as finished mattresses, as a total solution for our customers.

Lava is a Belgian, family-owned knitting company founded in 1925 that produces mattress ticking, borders and pillow fabrics. We are driven by innovation, service and excellent quality at competitive prices, thanks to our production facilities in Belgium, Indonesia, Romania and the United States. Our slogans, “Experts in Knitting” and “We Design Dreams,” perfectly explain our focus on unique design, innovation and the highest-quality products. We kindly invite you to our booth at Interzum Cologne, Hall 11.1, Stand C021.

Leggett & Platt Furniture Components is recognized as the world’s leading supplier of residential furniture components, including branded seating systems, sleeper sofa systems, recliner chair mechanisms and other motion hardware. As a leading supplier of residential furniture components, we meet the requirements of more than 1,500 furniture manufacturers worldwide. Our business consists of regional centers for product design, engineering, administration and sales, segregated by product type. We have distribution centers located in Asia, Europe and the United States, supported by major manufacturing sites in Asia and the United States.

Meixin Fabric Co. is located in Hangzhou, China, just 30 minutes from the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International

Airport. It has 400 sets of knit jacquard machines, 80 sets of air-jet machines and a large number of electronic jacquard machines that come from Germany. The company has a monthly capacity to produce 3.6 million meters of circular knit fabrics, 350,000 pillow shells and 200,000 mattress covers.

Ningbo New Haiyan Belt Industry Co. Ltd., established in 1985, has more than 30 years of history in the belt-weaving industry and is now a large export and import company, as well as a full packaging manufacturer. Our company adopts the most advanced craft technology and modernization management techniques. We provide customers, on the basis of credit, with all types of mattress tape, elastic band, jacquard tape, PP bag band, anti-skid band, cotton twill tape, FR tape, etc. We actively develop both domestic and overseas markets. Our motto is “Quality First, Reputation First, Service First.”

Products: Business consultants; engineering services/consultants; machinery and fixtures; parts, supplies and tools

Porter International, a member of Global Systems Group (which is a division of Leggett & Platt Inc.), builds, sells and services sewing machines for the bedding and home textile industries. Specializing in sewing room operations, Porter is the industry leader with more than 65 years of experience. Porter supplies the bedding industry with superior machines for flanging panels, border systems and multitasking assembly systems, like the GPT-1100AP Ruffler. We fulfill our commitment to the modern factory through new product research, advanced technology developments, ergonomic designs and new ways to streamline the flow of goods through automation.

Products: Adhesives, fibers, machinery and fixtures, mattress manufacturing, mattress materials/gel, top of bed/pillows

Quarrata Forniture Srl is a well- established production company that has been based in the Tuscany region of

Italy since 1994. Since its founding, the company has broadened its capabilities, successfully entering the mattress industry, fiber processing industry, and pillow- and cushion-filling industry. Today, the company’s portfolio includes more than 60 innovative machines for upholstery, mattresses, fiber processing, and pillow and cushion filling. Through continuous research and development driven by our customers’ needs, we have redefined the technological standards of the industries in which we compete.

Richard Pieris Natural Foams Ltd. is a manufacturer and exporter of 100% natural and organic latex mattresses, toppers, continuous sheets and pillows. Better known as Arpico, the company sources latex from its own group plantations and produces the finest-quality natural foam products that hold certifications including ABC, ECO, GOLS, ISO 9001/14001, LGA, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, SATRA and STORK.

Products: Latex foam; polyurethane foam (including viscoelastic); machinery and fixtures; parts, supplies and tools

Simmons Knife & Saw is a manufacturer of band knife blades for cutting foam. Simmons’ blades can be installed on all types of foam cutting machines, including contour cutters, horizontal and vertical saws, convoluters and peelers. Our knife-edge, V-tooth, scallop and CNC blades help reduce dust and finish a cut without visible lines or markings. Other edge types requiring special tooth configurations, holes or slots also are available.

Welcome to Sunds Textiles A/S, the specialists in stretch mattress ticking and covers. At Sunds Textiles, we have a wide range of possibilities to build the exact textile solution you seek. We will work with you to design the fabric that will make your mattress stand out in the marketplace and we can handle the additional services of cut and sew, quilting and logistics. How may we help you improve your textile supply chain? Let’s meet at Interzum Cologne in Hall 11.1, Stands  B010 and C011 to discuss innovative solutions for your mattresses.

Therapedic International, a licensing organization with manufacturing partners in the United States and 24 international locations, targets various segments of the bedding market. In addition to being global brand partners with Tommy Bahama, our brands include Medicoil, an entry-level innerspring collection; Innergy, a midrange innerspring line; BackSense, with our proprietary HourGlass Back Support design; Therawrap, a wrapped coil line; Bravura, an edge-to-edge encased coil unit collection; Medicoil HD and Thera-Luxe HD, heavy-duty performance lines; MemoryTouch, a memory foam line; and PureTouch, a natural latex foam line. Visit Hall 11.1, Stand B014 to discuss licensing opportunities with Therapedic.

Products: Accessories; machinery and fixtures; mattress manufacturing; mattress materials/hard goods; parts, supplies and tools

Vertex Fasteners provides high-quality fasteners, fastening tools and machines to the bedding, furniture, automotive, cage and fencing industries with worldwide distribution. With a complete spectrum of fasteners and lightweight, ergonomically designed clipping tools, nailers and staplers, Vertex is the ideal manufacturer and supplier to the bedding industry. Our fasteners and fastening tools are designed specifically for assembling mattresses, foundations and frames for box springs. We use only the highest-quality materials in our fasteners to create a resilient bond between components that lasts for years. Vertex Fasteners, an ISO9001 2008 certified manufacturer, is a division of Leggett & Platt Inc.

Vita Talalay supports healthy living. Healthy living means a more balanced diet, regular exercise and stress avoidance. What we often forget is that a good night’s sleep is equally important. It regenerates your body, but also has an effect on your mood, physical condition and eating habits. Quality sleep is what’s important. Vita Talalay latex plays an essential role in this. It is the best- ventilating comfort material in the world, thanks to its unique round, open-cell structure. This ensures that moisture and heat are directed away from the body, helping you to sleep healthier. The material is deliciously soft, yet supportive. Vita Talalay provides the most natural, healthy and unrivaled sleep experience as a result.

With fresh, creative design concepts, state-of-the-art production and a worldwide distribution network, Wright Global Graphics has the passion and experience to meet your branding needs. We are a one-stop source for unique brand labels, including printed satin labels, woven labels and dimensional badges, as well as showroom graphics and in-store signage. Our commitment to your success makes us the leader of developing branding solutions that work. Employing more than 200 people in the United States, plus a production facility in China, we deliver on our promise of exceptional value and accurate delivery, regardless of your product’s final destination.

Founded in 2002, Guangzhou Yabao Printing Co. Ltd. produces pigment printing fabric, with main product series including pongee, satin, warp knit and brushed polyester fabrics. All pattern designs are created by our design team.

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