Organisers of the Xylexpo woodworking technology fair have released visitor figures for this year’s event, with 11,288 people reportedly in attendance.

The 28th edition of Xylexpo, the biennial international exhibition of woodworking and furniture technology, closed its gates last Friday, May 24 after four days of the show in Milan.

Organiser Acimall – the Italian Woodworking Technology Association – described the result as “more than satisfactory” when factoring in the general poor economic environment. 

Visitor numbers declined from about 16,000 at the last 2022 show. Some 27% of visitors were from outside Italy, with 70% of these from Europe, 18% from Asia, 5% from the Americas, and 5% from Africa.

“We must admit we expected lower figures, considering the difficult period for trade fairs, but as it seems, Xylexpo’s long tradition has once again shown its attraction power”, said Dario Corbetta, exhibition director.

“Also, the decision to stay within the standard working days – Tuesday to Friday, leaving the Saturday free – was rewarded and ensured consistent attendance, after the opening day, on all exhibition days”.

Acimall said many of the 270 exhibitors attending reported high-quality contacts and closing several deals during the exhibition.

Very positive figures were recorded by Xylexpo’s online activity: from April 24 to May 25, the number of “contacts” was described as “huge”, with quoted figures including 58,000 on Facebook, 77,000 on Linkedin, 145,000 on Instagram, and over 13,000 views on YouTube. 

Xylexpo Digital attracted more than 3,200 “visitors” during the trade fair.