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FAIRS The trend is in

FAIRS The trend is in the detail The world of interiors is in a state of flux. Increasingly urban and mobile lifestyles and the desire for individualisation call for new solutions. More and more people want a living environment that can be adapted to their own needs, creating a demand for flexible, versatile concepts and making each furnishing element all the more significant. Customised and innovative details are what make individual ways of living possible in the first place. ZOW focused on such components for the furniture industry and interior design. The supplier fair in Bad Salzuflen showed the new developments for the lifestyles of tomorrow. Renowned market leaders and small manufacturers were there to present their pioneering product developments. A special focus was placed here on socalled “hidden ideas” - groundbreaking solutions on a small scale that are quickly overlooked at large industry events. Flexible, bespoke solutions Today, customising processes mean that products can be adapted in line with personal preferences. For the interiors sector, such design freedom is increasingly gaining in importance. On the one hand, the individualisation megatrend is changing the demands we are placing on our personal environments, with consumers wanting to configure their interiors to suit their own lifestyles. On the other hand, increasing urbanisation calls for adaptable design. Adjustable furniture and interiors elements should enable high-quality living for different needs and room sizes. Flexible and bespoke furniture or furnishing systems are therefore a major growth market. From global players to start-ups ‐ exhibitors at ZOW drove this development forward with new furniture components and furnishing systems. Great diversity for design freedom In one example, internationally established printer of decorative finishes Interprint is breaking free from the traditional collection concept to showcase something totally new at ZOW. “Press Play” is an ever-expanding “decor playlist”, which was presented live for the first time at the trade fair. Interprint is using its “decor playlist” to meet the need for custom design in order to be able to react flexibly to new developments and trends at any time. INDIAWOOD 2020 Asia’s largest platform driving the Indian furniture manufacturing and woodworking industry to emerge as one of the top manufacturing destinations in the region. FIMMA – Maderalia As Asia’s largest woodworking exhibition IW has always been setting higher benchmarks for the industry to follow. The 11th edition of INDIAWOOD under NürnbergMesse is all set to create an international standard experience with a targeted approach in bringing all stakeholders together to create a uniformity in the industry. INDIAWOOD is one of three trade shows in India that NürnbergMesse acquired in 2018; together with HOLZ-HANDWERK, they make up the “Woodworking Events” family of products, collectively accounting for about 2,000 exhibitors and 200,000 trade visitors. INDIAWOOD 2020, to be held under the auspices of NürnbergMesse India, is looking forward to host more than 875+ exhibitors from 50+ countries over 65000 + square meters in Bengaluru ‐ something that has never been experienced before. Taking steps in Furniture Manufacturing Tech: Smart factories can possibly change the Indian furniture manufacturing industry. Latest tech is profoundly productive and progressive for the all categories of furniture producers to accomplish their business objectives. Likewise, the time is crucial for the furniture manufacturers to have a better understanding of the digital space and how beneficial it is for maximum reach and to make India the top manufacturing hub of the world. This edition of INDIAWOOD exhibition is going to be the biggest ever woodworking industry show in India. The demographics of the visitors are furniture manufacturers, kitchen manufacturers, saw millers, board manufacturers, fittings and component manufactures, traders, architects, builders and interior designers who can look forward to the latest in technologies, materials and innovations once again at this edition. FIMMA ‐ Maderalia is putting the final touches to this next edition of the fair, which takes place from 10th to 13th March at Feria Valencia. This edition is raising high expectations, not just amongst Spain’s manufacturers and professionals but also in the international marketplace, which has shown renewed interest in Spain’s biennial fair. One good example of this is that the upcoming fair boasts the biggest offering of recent years in terms of the number of foreign exhibitors. The most recent figures indicate a total of 132 foreign exhibitors, 15 % more than at the last edition of the fair ‐ and it is of course quite possible that yet more companies will come on board. What this means is that the fair’s international content has grown from just under 25 % last time round to more than 30 % of the total offering this year. In other words, almost one in every three exhibitors is a foreign company. The number of countries contributing to this percentage has grown too, standing now at 17: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA. The countries of North Africa, the EU (especially France and Portugal), Latin America, the Balkan countries and Sub-Saharan Africa have been the priority target markets for the trade missions organised by Feria Valencia and trade associations ARVET and AFEMMA. It has to be pointed out that, with 38 companies exhibiting, Italy is the foreign country with the most product on show, followed by Germany and Portugal. In terms of visitors, FIMMA ‐ Maderalia has given its international buyer recruitment campaign a significant boost ahead of this year’s show. It has rolled out a number of promotional initiatives as well as arranging trade missions to countries considered to be key target markets for the exhibitors at this year’s fair. 40 No. 1 • February 2020

FAIRS 8th World’s leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies Surface finishing is the decisive criterion for the success of products, and thus for a company’s competitive edge. Consequently, industrial coating technologies make an essential contribution to value creation. Companies with in-house painting operations and coating job-shops are faced with changing and new requirements as a result, which necessitate corresponding process adjustments. PaintExpo will present the world’s most comprehensive and future-oriented solutions to this end at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre from the 21th through the 24th of April, 2020. The exhibition portfolio covers everything from pre-treatment, right on up to quality control and packaging. Companies in all industry sectors are currently being confronted with a wide variety of trends and changes. Amongst others these include new manufacturing technologies, the use of new and modified materials and material combinations, the realignment of entire industry sectors, shortened product lifecycles and smaller lot quantities, personalisation of products, regulatory changes, the digital transformation and more rigorous goals with regard to energy efficiency and climate protection. Industrial coating technology is being impacted by this as well. High levels of complexity necessitate comprehensive information Although some of the issues are by no means new, the competitiveness of coating operations will increasingly depend on how well and quickly they can respond to these changes. As a prerequisite, the coating process has to be adapted or optimised. The great complexity of painting and coating processes with numerous interlinking work steps makes comprehensive information concerning trends, technologies, new developments and the suppliers throughout the entire process sequence indispensable. PaintExpo will present a corresponding cross-technology, cross-industry overview with more comprehensive and upto-date offerings than anywhere else in the world. The portfolio covers all process sequences for powder coating, liquid and UV painting and coil coating technologies. The spectrum of materials to be coated ranges from metals, plastics, wood, wooden materials, glass and ceramics, right on up to material combinations. From pre-treatment to quality control Exhibitors will present future-oriented solutions for meeting the increasing demands now being placed on quality, flexibility and productivity, as well as material, energy and cost-efficiency. For example, these include new and further developments for classic wet chemical pre-treatment, as well as alternative processes. New and optimised solutions, including the simulation of painting and coating processes, provide for improved energy and material-efficiency in the fields of equipment and application technology. Attention is also being focused on increasing flexibility and productivity in this regard. Improved energy-efficiency is also the primary focus of solutions for conventional circulating-air drying, as well as alternative methods such as IR, condensation and UV drying. Robot painting is playing an increasingly important role for mid-sized and small painting operations in order to ensure reproducibly high quality. New automation concepts make it possible for these companies to get started with flexible, costeffective solutions. First signals for Xylexpo 2020. Introducing Focus Components. We are moving fast towards the next Xylexpo, the international showcase of wood and furniture technologies and supplies, that for the first time will span four days (from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 May 2020), instead of five. This change has been appreciated by the industry, as witnessed by early registrations that have been submitted slightly "in advance" compared to the past, a signal that the renewed commitment of the biennial exhibition is being recognized. Many industry "big" players have already sent their application forms: Biesse, Cefla, Homag, Ima, SCM, Weinig are leading the group of companies that will attend the exhibition in Milan next May. “We really feel that our determination to reaffirm the exhibition's role has been readily recognized”, said Lorenzo Primultini, president of Xylexpo. “The decision of many companies to come to Milan witnesses to the effectiveness of an exhibition that we want to focus more and more on the quality of the solutions on display, on the most advanced technologies, on real integrated systems. Xylexpo will show the woodworking business and furniture production under a new light, following the momentous change of Industry 4.0". After the new calendar and the new logo, the third piece of news is the debut of “Focus Components”, an area dedicated to supplies, components and semifinished materials for the furniture industry, “…a business dominated by excellent exhibitions, but we believe that in Milan, in a totally different setting and in close synergy with technology, this business can find new and different opportunities”, Primultini added. The new format is a collaboration with Made Expo, that will contribute not only with their experience and close relationship with architecture and construction players, but also with the "common language" shared with many companies and big industry players. The project will revolve around the possibility for exhibitors to have a dedicated area, choosing the most effective option to introduce their products, their strategies and their organization. “We do not want to run after records or to venture into new territories where we don't belong, but we want to respond to those who have always appreciated the opportunity to fin materials and technologies in one place”, Primultini concluded. No. 1 • February 2020 41

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