The five-day event in May attracted 17,781 people, of which 5,032 came from abroad – 28.3% of total attendance. The number of Italian visitors (12,749) was up by 3.3% from the previous edition, accounting for 71.7% of total attendance. Industry 4.0 (enhanced data flow) was a big theme with Weinig, Biesse, Homag and SCM all presenting their solutions in the field.

Stromab unveiled a new high-capacity crosscut saw and Giardina Finishing demonstrated how by using nitrogen in drying technology it can achieve a gloss or matt finish by using the same gloss paint.

“With these figures we can say that Xylexpo has found its place in the more and more crowded and sometimes messy landscape of industry exhibitions”, commented Dario Corbetta, director of the exhibition.

“We have made a clear choice, namely to be a stage for high technology, and this approach has increased the participation of an even more selected and qualified audience, with decision-making power and adequate expertise.

“Such repositioning has drawn the attention of industry operators, who know well what Xylexpo can offer them in this new season.”

A fourth hall was added to the show, leading to an increased attendance of 425 exhibitors covering 34,785m2 from 27 countries.

TTJ attended Xylexpo and a show review will appear in the July issue.