15 July 2019



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....(read more)




The general assembly of Acimall, the association of Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers, has elected the new Board of Directors: president Lorenzo Primultini (Primultini) and vice presidents Raphaël Prati (Biesse) and Luigi De Vito (Scm) – whose terms will be renewed next year – are now supported by Marianna Daschini (Greda) and Umberto Pizzi (Pgs), whose term as board members was extended by the assembly, and the newly elected members Filippo Pellitteri (Twt) and Franco Tanzini (Vitap). The fifth elected member was Giovanni Sedino, currently serving as Treasurer, who will join the board next year, when a new president and one vice president will be nominated. This “two-stage approach” for the election of the board was adopted in recent years to ensure continuity in the management of the association, introducing a 12-month interval between the election of members and the election of president and vice presidents...(read more)




The 44th edition of Ciff is taking place at the National Exhibition & Convention Center in Shanghai Hongqiao from 8th to 11th September 2019 due to its extraordinary range of furnishing solutions. Ciff Shanghai 2019 represents the entire furniture supply chain and therefore offers a full-scale event capable of attracting and engaging producers, buyers, retailers, designers and, of course, the media. Over 1500 exhibitors have been selected to represent the theme “A Paradigm for Global Living”. They will offer visitors new concepts for living and working while being surrounded by high quality products and new business opportunities. The fair will be organized by China Trade Macalline Exhibition Co.Ltd., a company which was jointly founded by China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Corporation, main Asian trade fair organization that has always organized the fair, and by Red Star Macalline Group...(read more)




On June 29th, the European manufacturers of wood-based panels gathered in Dunblane, Scotland for their 2019 Annual General Meeting, generously hosted by Norbord Europe. All attendees received a copy of the new Epf 2018/2019 Annual Report, the headline figures of which were presented during the meetings. Overall the industry recorded a production growth during 2018 of 1.7 percent, led by increases on particleboard, plywood, hardboard and softboard. During the General Assembly, Paolo Fantoni (Fantoni) was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of Epf for his third term from 2019-2021.  Bernard Thiers (Unilin) remains Vice-Chairman. In addition, Mārtiņš Lācis (Latvijas Finieris) will join the Managing Board of Epf as the new Chairman of the Plywood Product Group and successor to Guillermo Hernanz (Garnica Plywood), who retired from this position that he had held since the plywood manufacturers joined Epf in 2016...(read more)