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Industry looks forward to Xylexpo

 Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The desire for the exhibition is growing: after two years of pandemic, also the woodworking technology industry is looking forward to meeting again in person, and this “longing” is driving exhibitor registrations for the next Xylexpo. So, day after day, more and more companies are deciding to attend the Milan exhibition in the Halls 22 and 24 at Fieramilano Rho, which – with seven months to go before the official opening – are almost sold out.

A new Xylexpo, redesigned with a “post-pandemic approach” will be an effective showcase for machinery, equipment, plants and tools for wood and wood-based materials, casting its spotlights onto innovation, sustainability and digitalization. In the past few weeks, these topics have been discussed in webinars and techbinars included in the calendar of digital event “road to Xylexpo”, that will take exhibitors and visitors to the next edition scheduled on 12-15 October 2022.

The figures for the last quarter of the year offer a clear overview of 2021: according to the Acimall Studies office, the order intake in the 12-month period increased by 72 percent compared to 2020, when the impact of the pandemic was more devastating. This growth rate is nevertheless “significant”, also if compared with the orders collected in 2019 (plus 44.1 percent). If we compared “quarter-on quarter” figures – i.e. October-December 2021 versus the same period in 2019 – orders increased by 46.1 percent, perfectly in line with the result recorded in 2021 on the whole.

Looking at the future, the forecast survey indicates a strong propensity to stability on foreign markets (76 percent of the sample), while 24 percent expect further growth in the first three months of this year. The domestic market will remain at the current level according to 66 percent of the interviewees, it will expand according to 29 percent and it will show signs of reduction according to 5 percent.

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