Xylexpo organisers have declared “clear optimism” at the end of this year’s event, which attracted 51,480 visitors.

Organiser ACIMALL said exhibitors had expressed their satisfaction with the Milan show on May 4-8, despite visitor numbers dropping from 81,980 two years ago. Exhibitor numbers were down to 652 companies from 853 in 2008.

“It was a good exhibition,” said Xylexpo general manager Paolo Zanibon.

“We knew we had to face a difficult period with global woodworking technology trade down by 37.5%. However, Xylexpo is holding on, proving it still deserves the role it has been playing for 42 years in the global industry exhibition scenario.”

Acimall president Ambrogio Delachi reported that orders were signed during the exhibition, “something we had not seen for a long time”.