The 2018 edition of Xylexpo will be a milestone in the 50-year success story of the event: the area has been virtually sold out for some time with almost six thousand extra metres of space, yet another show increase.

Xylexpo, the (once every two years) international exhibition of woodworking and furniture industry technology, will be held at Fiera-Milano from 8th to 12th May. There will be all the big suppliers of a technological sector that is going through a period of deep transformation with ‘Industry 4.0’ topics, as well as plenty of concepts and trends related to the new ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). New manufacturing processes abound as the Milan exhibition has been moving into a clear direction, offering a comprehensive and detailed review of everything that fits into the concept of high technology for secondary processing. Xylexpo is increasingly becoming a reference for all segments where technology turnaround and user requirements are chasing the market and urging fast changes in production systems.

Around 18 thousand unique visitors (actual persons, not counted once every day) are expected, making XYLEXPO a much less busy show than Ligna, held in alternate years. It will be a strongly attractive exhibition, as suggested by preliminary visitor registration figures, indicating a growing trend compared to 2016. Entrance will be free for those who pre-register on the website xylexpo.com. The number of exhibitors is basically unchanged, about 420 companies, as a result of the enduring trend of mergers and acquisitions. This year, the organizers will increase their commitment to bring as many international buyers as possible to Milan: the collaboration with Ice-Italian Trade Agency and Fiera Milano secured the participation of over 300 operators from twenty countries, who will have  the opportunity to ‘touch’ many innovations in the aisles of the fair halls.

With an extra hall, there will be space to restore the Xylexpo Arena, launched in 2010, with a calendar of events that include ‘Catas’, the most important European laboratory for the wood-furniture value chain, presenting a program of meetings about the sustainability of adhesives and coatings. ‘Industry 4.0’ topics will also be discussed in meetings organized by Accenture, each featuring a specialist of the current industrial revolution. In-depth presentations dedicated to digital technology; 3D printing; project culture; supply management and window manufacturing ‘Joinery 4.0.’ Xylexpo will present the fascinating masterpieces of the ‘Tino Sana’ museum and ‘Riva 1920’ will present significant pieces to show how modern technology can be leveraged to create stylish solid wood masterpieces. Even with AWISA just around the corner, there will be plenty of good reasons to visit Xylexpo in Milan. A full report follows in the next print edition of Supplier.