Xylexpo 2018 reaffirms innovation showcase

There was a recurring statement in the aisles of Xylexpo this year: “We have never seen so much automation and so many advanced systems in any other exhibition around the world!”

The biennial international exhibition of technology and systems for the wood and furniture industry was held at FieraMilano-Rho, Italy, from May 8 to 12.

In terms of contents, the event has kept its promise: plenty of technology for secondary operation industries, from panels to solid wood; the best offer of furniture manufacturing systems; and the most advanced ‘Industry X.0’ solutions.


The exhibition has been rewarded by a substantial flow of industry visitors, with 17,781 operators, 2.1% more than the previous edition. Among them, 5,032 came from abroad (28.3%) of total attendance, in line with 2016.

There were good results for Italy too, with 12,749 industry professionals (up by 3.3% from the previous edition of the show), accounting for 71.7% of total attendance.


On the whole, the expo centre in Milan recorded 37,000 footfalls. According to Mr. Dario Corbetta, director of the exhibition, “With these figures we can say that Xylexpo 2018 has found its place in the more and more crowded and sometimes messy landscape of industry exhibitions.”


On the “repositioning” that drew the attention of industry operators, he said, “We have made a clear choice, namely to be a stage for ‘high technology’, and this approach has increased the participation of an even more selected and qualified audience, with decision-making power and adequate expertise.”


By adding the fourth hall in this edition, the organisers could define a more suitable layout matching the ambitions of Xylexpo 2018, which reached an extension of 34,785 square metres and hosted 425 exhibitors – there were 116 of them from 27 countries outside Italy.


Changing the traditional Tuesday-to-Saturday timeframe the dates of the next Xylexpo have already been fixed: Monday 25 to Friday 29, May 2020.



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