Published on : Thursday, May 5, 2016
Close to 30 thousand square meters, with 311 Italian companies covering 23 thousand and the remaining 7 thousand assigned to 122 international exhibitors who decided to attend Xylexpo 2016, the biennial international exhibition of the woodworking technology and furniture industry components, celebrating its 25th edition next May 24 to 28 at the FieraMilano-Rho expo center. These figures will be further adjusted upwards, as more registrations are being finalized in these weeks.
“We are quite satisfied”, said Lorenzo Primultini, president of the exhibition and Acimall, the association of Italian manufacturers. “The event will have a strong innovation focus and 433 exhibitors registered so far perfectly know what they can expect during the days in Milan and what the demanding audience of our exhibition expects from them”.
“Xylexpo – Primultini continued – is becoming more and more practical and business-oriented, reflecting a market that is highly focused on any factor that can increase competitiveness. This is very clear to all the big groups that will be present this year, together with small and medium businesses that represent a big asset for our industry”. He concluded.
Biesse, Cefla, Homag Group, Ima-Schelling, Scm Group are the brands under the spotlights at the upcoming edition, where – with an unprecedented result – halls 1 and 3, dedicated to panel finishing and secondary processing, are sold out; in hall 2 there are still a few square meters available, but the organizers are confident they will be assigned in the coming days.
“Considering the number of exhibitors and the 30 percent increase in visitor pre-registrations so far, we really believe we can expect a successful May”, commented Acimall’s director Dario Corbetta. “The Italian market is definitely showing encouraging signals, the lineup is complete, woodworking technology users can feel that the wind has changed, and they are seriously considering to renovate or expand their fleets. This is generating a virtuous circle that Xylexpo 2016 will reflect”. He added further.
The organization machinery is running at full steam: on the official site of Xylexpo, everyone can pre-register for the event, in order to streamline access to the expo center. On the same website one will soon find the interactive hall plans, a new service that will be certainly appreciated, as it helps visitors optimize their time at the exhibition, adding to the existing Apple and Android apps that will be available in a few days.
On the official site one can also access the match making service, a platform for visitors to build their electronic agenda and fix dates with exhibitors; the latter, in their turn, can offer their availability to meet visitors interested in a specific technology or application.
Online services also offer the opportunity to search the Xylexpo website for innovations presented by exhibiting companies: a traditional service that has been recording an increasing number of accesses since it was opened to visitors a few weeks ago.
An International Platform
Xylexpo has always enjoyed a solid reputation of internationality. Such success builds on the participation of all Italian and international manufacturers, a longstanding tradition – this year the exhibition is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary – and the organizers’ commitment to promotion in all major global markets.
Promotion activity has secured the participation of several foreign delegations, hosted in a dedicated area in hall 3. A highlight will be the business mission of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, with the aim of developing contacts with Italian and international companies to create new opportunities in the woodworking industry.
A strong contribution to this result was given by the tight collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, which included Xylexpo in the top-30 list of strategic exhibitions. Such recognition has developed into a joint action with Ice-Italian trade promotion agency, this year stronger and more effective than ever.