[gallery ids="8348"]A week of intense work for the over 1250 exhibitors and 142,000 visitors from 137 countries, in a situation of growth with respect to last year (115,000 visitors in 2012). The most eloquent fact is the greater internationalism of the visitors, with 13% more foreigners, from certain important markets: Eastern Europe and Asia. LivingKitchenalso reported success, in its second edition, not only as a showcase for trends and innovation in the kitchen sector, but also as a business opportunity for international operators. This year foreign buyers accounted for 42% of the total (from Europe and Russia, but also with a big boost in buyers from Asia, and from China in particular). The 125 Italian firms on hand this year in Cologne (twice as many as in 2012) expressed great satisfaction, especially for the high quality and concrete results of visits, not only from sector professionals from the German and North European area, but also from representatives of distant, growing markets that are becoming major targets for Italian exports.