Italian woodworking machinery association, Acimall, says it is considering enforcement action against member companies who attend new woodworking machinery show Technodomus in Rimini (April 20-14, 2012) instead of its own long-established Xylexpo in Milan (May 8-12, 2012).

Acimall’s general assembly entrusted its board to study and enforce possible disciplinary measures against any member company that attends shows “directly and explicitly with Xylexpo”, considering such behaviour “non-compliant with the regulations of the Acimall statute”.

“With this stance the assembly does not want to limit the freedom of choice of each company, but rather give a clear message to fight the more and more frequent short-sighted initiatives that inevitably weaken the image of our industry and our country system, with consequences that, in the medium term, will bring serious damage to the entire industry if not promptly and strongly opposed,said Acimall president Ambrogio Delachi.

He said Acimall’s stance was fully supported by all European associations of woodworking machinery manufacturers which – through Eumabois – have declared their intention to exclusively attend Xylexpo 2012, “as they consider it essential to take part in only one exhibition to avoid problems and confusion in the market”.