Woodex 2019 results: 9 197 visitors, 364 exhibitors, 50 speakers of business programme
Participants to the Woodex biennial international exhibition, the largest industry business platform in Russia today, traditionally showcased equipment and tools for woodworking, furniture production and woodwaste processing.
This year, 364 Russian and foreign companies from 27 countries worldwide took part in the Woodex exhibition. The companies from Italy, Germany, China, Turkey, and Finland were represented at their national pavilions and expositions. 124 companies were newcomers to the exhibition.
The industry’s major players displayed their equipment at Woodex: KAMI Association, Biesse Group, Cefla, Dieffenbacher, Felder Group, IMA Schelling Group, Liebherr, Liga Machinery, MDM, SCM, Siempelkamp, Weinig, Wintersteiger. Most of the equipment was demonstrated in operation for visitors to be able to evaluate the quality of both the process and result.
Over 4 days, the exhibition was visited by 9,197 woodworking professionals from 47 countries and 78 regions of Russia.
Most of the companies displayed novelty equipment at their booths: in particular, SCM presented the Startech cn plus universal drilling and grooving machine, Mühlbock-Vanicek exhibited the Type 1306 energy-saving lumber drying chamber. Weinig presented the Hydromat 3000 machine for calibrating and profiling with hydraulic tools, and Record Power displayed vertical bandsaws. Professionals appreciated the specifications of Master M 200-23 machine by Masterwood and Eurotech’s eT-Hover lifting device on display.
During the exhibition, journalists of industry and business media were given press tours of the largest exhibitors’ booths and shown equipment in operation.
Thus, on the first day, there was a press tour of the booth of SCM Group (Italy) that leads the world in the manufacture of equipment for processing a broad spectrum of materials. The company’s booth exceeding 600 sq. m. in area displayed a wide range of equipment, including this year’s novelty Startech, an efficient, energy-saving, flexible and compact CNC drilling centre with groove saw and milling unit functions. It was for the first time that Class PX equipment — the latest CNC panel saw machines by SCM with a movable saw unit and a saw tilted up to 46° for safe sawing — was presented in the Russian and CIS markets. A tour around the booth was conducted by Boris Chernyshev, head of SCM Russia’s representative office.
The FELDER Group presented Austrian industrial machines for woodworking and furniture production: Industry 4.0 — cutting-edge solutions of the Felder factory’s engineers, CNC machines, a lot of new generation edge banders and panel saw machines for any segment of the woodworking industry. Andrei Samsonov, CEO of Felder Group Russia, talked with journalists.
LIGA MACHINERY was represented by two booths with equipment in operation, which included many new products, and also offered aftersales services of equipment, in particular, for solid wood furniture manufacturers.
For Biesse, the exhibition sponsor and the world’s leading manufacturer of woodworking equipment, Woodex was the concluding exhibition of this year as part of Biesse’s Future On Tour corporate campaign, a series of special events around the globe, at which Biesse and its customers celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary.
According to Matteo Vaglica, General Director of the Biesse branch in Russia, 2019 was a very important year for Russia. It saw the first showroom open in Moscow, which exemplified perfectly the combination of the heritage of the past and future-orientedness. At Woodex, a traditionally important venue for Biesse to demonstrate its basic technologies, the company organised the largest booth to introduce customers to the plant of the future — the state-of-the-art technologies that will help revolutionise the production process at each factory.
WALTER Construction dealing with industrial construction projects sponsored the exhibition’s registration area.
Woodex had an extensive 3-day business programme that covered the industry’s strategic growth and practical issues. The business programme events drew full houses: there were 386 attendees and more than 50 expert speakers representing woodworking and furniture industries.
The business programme began with the analytical session “Overview of the forest industry’s current state: logging, markets, sales, growth drivers, prices, investment projects, forecasts, problems”. During the session, the experts summed up the tentative results of 2019, discussed prices and the forest raw material market, and predicted changes in the logging industry. A detailed forecast for the industry was presented by WhatWood consultant Marina Zotova. In his report, the analyst of the Lesresurs-Rusforest Group, Pavel Artemiev, spoke about the lumber market and reviewed the price level, warehousing conditions, and the sale-affecting factors prevailing in the markets of various countries as compared to the Chinese market. Another speaker at the session was Vladimir Kerchensky (Taleon Trading) who made the report “Added-value wood processing products of Taleon Holding”. Elena Kondratyeva (Corporate Sales Department, Sberbank) delivered the report “Risks of investing in the Russian timber industry”. Alexey Beschastny (StepChange Consulting) prepared “An overview of new high-margin products in the timber industry (risks, investment amounts, entry thresholds)”.
The conference on board production “An overview of the board industry: current situation analysis, cases from manufacturers” brought together manufacturers and suppliers of board materials, as well as investment project experts. The conference was chaired and moderated by Zhanna Martynova, VVS CEO, member of the Russian CCI committee on foreign economic activity, and expert on technologies for identifying prospective foreign trade markets in Russia.
The conference “Production automation in the furniture industry” concluded the exhibition’s first day. The Russian Association of Robotics (RAR) was a partner to the event.
On the second day, a conference on the door market, a meeting on the design of wooden furniture and joinery, and a conference titled “The chemical industry for woodworking” were successfully held. The key speakers on the second day were Gurgen Ghukasyan (National Association of the Door Industry/NADI), Vladimir Gorbenko (Drevmash), Tatiana Vlasova (Certification Centre for Window and Door Equipment/CCWDE), Mikhail Blokhin (Mytishchi Branch of Bauman Moscow State Technical University), Anatoly Sadin (MS-Group), Anastasia Krylova (ADTS, MCCI), Georgy Burlakov (MCCI, Bonitacasa), Natalia Loginova (Fashion and Design Centre, All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Arts), Oleg Petrov (ADTS, Silver Home), Igor Khukhryansky (ADTS, Studio Mebeli), Olga Mikkova (ADTS, designer), Tatiana Babkova and Svetlana Katargina (designers, Perinne), Igor Lyashkov (RDC Khimvest, Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg) of Russia), Anna Trofimova (Department of the Chemical Engineering Complex and Bioengineering Technologies, Minpromtorg of Russia), Vladimir Savchuk (RDC Khimvest, Minpromtorg of Russia), Stanislav Petrov (GNIIKHTEOS), Roman Shaposhnikov (Tikkurila), Galina Kucherenko (Homa Company), and Mikhail Tarasenko (Profi).
The third day’s key event was the morning case session “Success formula for furniture companies: how to launch production, increase its volume and enter new markets”.
The success stories of their companies were shared by Vadim Bezborodov (director, furniture factory, IKEA Industry Novgorod) and Efim Kats (president and chairman of the Board of Directors, Maria). Valeria Kiselevskaya (manager, Furniture Industry Export Support and Interior Design area, ANO Moscow Export Centre) spoke on the measures undertaken by the MEC to support Moscow’s exports of goods and services in the woodworking and furniture production areas. The session was moderated by Aleksey Lopukhin (CEO and founder of MIR. Furniture. Investment. Retail).
The third day’s business programme was continued by the conference “Innovation management in the timber industry” arranged with the participation of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. The programme was concluded by the seminar “SEMA software for computer-aided design of wooden houses, structures and stairs” arranged by Phaeton.
In 2021, the 17th Woodex International Exhibition of Equipment and Technologies for Woodworking and Furniture Production will be held at Crocus Expo IEC on 30 November — 3 December.