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Slowdown runs its course 17 November, 2014 Our expert industry economist, Bernard Fuller, turns his experienced eye on South America and assesses how the economies, the markets and the producing industry in the major countries of the region might fair in the coming months and years. > read more

Can the show go on? 15 August, 2012 This year’s edition of the biennial Milan woodworking exhibition, Xylexpo, was held in May at the Rho Fairgrounds outside the city. Mike Botting was there to bring this report

The world’s greatest show exceeds expectations 27 July, 2011

The mood of this year’s Ligna exhibition was very positive, with good visitor numbers – said by the organisers to be 90,000 – including a 26% increase in attendance from abroad compared with...

Interzum wows with cutting-edge designs 26 July, 2011

In recent years, Interzum has suffered some strong competition for its once-totally dominant global position among furniture/interior decoration exhibitions. At times, it even appeared that it...

Biennial show lived up to modest expectations 16 November, 2010

It is not always good to get what you expect, especially when your expectations were low, but the IWF show did meet the expectations of the exhibitors; they expected fewer visitors and that’s...

Milan attracts fewer but market quite upbeat 04 August, 2010

One exhibitor, only half-jokingly, suggested that one of the aisles of Hall 10 (the principal panel processing machinery hall) would make a...

Land of opportunity 02 April, 2010

An interesting time to hold major woodworking and furniture industry exhibitions in an uncertain global economic climate, but Beijing’s WMF and FAM shows generated a positive response. Mike Botting was there to bring this report

A POSITIVE LIGNA 17 August, 2009

It was not all ‘doom and gloom’ at the Hannover fair grounds in May as many had expected it to be. The quality of visitors was generally reported to be high – the time-wasters stayed away – and...

Making more out of wood 07 April, 2009

The theme for this year’s Ligna exhibition on May 18-22 is
‘efficient resource management’, reflecting the need for energy efficiency and careful resource management as the world faces the challenges of global
warming, let alone the economic challenges facing the industry

Sombre mood 06 October, 2008 I think it is fair to say that expectations of the 1,324 exhibitors were not high as they set up their booths at this year’s IWF exhibition. One would have to have been living in a cave on a remote...

Mixed feelings 15 August, 2008 The 21st edition of Milan’s biennial Xylexpo exhibition, known as Xylexpo New, saw a record number of exhibitors but fewer visitors than the 2006 event, perhaps reflecting today’s cautious mood in the woodworking industries. Visitor numbers, admits the organiser of this year’s Xylexpo New, were 12.1% down on 2006 at 81,980. Many exhibition organisers tend to try and ‘massage’ such statistics to make things look better and credit is due to ACIMALL for its honesty. The problem was that the obvious quietness of the event left some of the record 853 exhibitors (284 from 38 countries) wondering if they should have gone to the expense of being there.

Beijing bash 13 June, 2008

Held in Beijing in even years, the WMF show for woodworking machinery and furniture manufacturing equipment, running concurrently with the furniture accessories, materials and wood products...

It keeps on growing 29 May, 2008 I well remember the first ZOW exhibition I attended in 1997. Almost nobody among the exhibitors spoke English and the exhibitors' literature was only available in the German language. This was...

ZOW plays starring role 12 May, 2008 Today ZOW is synonymous with a new, more efficient business meeting and is well known as a trend-setting platform for communications through its innovative 'workshop' concept. Strong demand is...

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