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Machine manufacturer SCM will be presenting their innovations on the Xylexpo © SCM

High expectations of Xylexpo 2016

Article by Dinah Urban, translated by Susanne Höfler | 16.02.2016 - 14:40
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Machine manufacturer SCM will be presenting their innovations on the Xylexpo © SCM

The hosts of the 25th Xylexpo being held in Milan entertain very high expectations: The success of the Expo 2015 and the participation of renowned manufacturers like SCM (who are rejoining after years of absence) give rise to this optimism. The number of exhibitors currently ranges around 450 (on an area of at least 30,000 m³) which is already exceeding the reference values from 2014, as  reported at the press conference in Milan. The fair's focus will be on innovations. Between the 24th and 28th of May, Italy wants to emphasize its role as the Europe's second largest machinery manufacturer and a major catalyst in the sector.
On a related note, the Italian association of woodworking machine manufacturers Acimall is celebrating 50 years of representing its members' interests.  President Lorenzo Primultini emphasized the importance Italian woodworking machine manufacturers from a global perspective. In spite of the economic crisis in Italy, they are responsible for 18% of the global production and generate a turnover of € 1.8 billion/yr. Last year, the sector was growing continuously. As for 2016, Primultini is expecting yet another sales increase of 5 to 10%. Increased exports to North America are expected to compensate for the sluggish business in Russia and subdued dynamics on the Chinese market with ease.

The machinery trade fair Xylexpo and the international furnishing accessories exhibition Salone del Mobile will be cooperating for the first time this year. Both parties are planning on making this intertwining of the Italian machinery and furnishing industries a long-lasting and tight one.