DelhiWood: 360-degree view of global trends

The 2019 edition witnessed an impressive participation of 527 exhibitors and attendance of more than 27,000 visitors over 4 days

DelhiWood 2019 concluded successfully at the India Expo Mart and Centre in Greater Noida with more than 527 exhibitors showcasing their latest products on 42,000 square metres of display space.

The 4-day exhibition (13-16 March) provided participants with insights into the latest trends and innovations in furniture production, woodworking machinery, interior design services, diverse building engineering services and the ever-growing woodworking industry.

The Indian furniture industry covers the entire gamut of activities, from sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, to sales and after sales. Visitors from furniture manufacturing companies are driven by the designs chosen, the inputs which come from in-house designers and market feedback.

Manufacturers consider several aspects related to the customer, including lifestyle, demography and aspiration, raw material type, its quantity and availability.

The other factors that come into play are: internal capability with expertise, quantity and availability of labour, production process complexity, delivery time for developing different designs. These also determine the furniture’s functionality, look and feel and value.

Innovation demand

Innovations and trends were particularly in demand among visitors at the show. The 2019 edition of DelhiWood witnessed 527 participants from 35 countries spread across 11 country pavilions. The show offered a 360-degree view on global trends from the woodworking industry.

These pavilions provided a great opportunity for domestic manufacturers, SMEs and traders to ideate, network and get an understanding of current trends.

Furniture and kitchen manufacturers, architects, interior designers, timber traders, saw millers, builders, contractors, hardware distributors, dealers from all over the country and neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, West Asia and other international countries participated in the industry event.

Association Support

DelhiWood saw participation from many international associations: the American softwood and hardwood from USA, Canadian Wood and Swedish Wood. The Japan Wood Association was among first-time participants. The encounter of worldwide experts once again provided the opportunity to learn and collaborate across borders.

DelhiWood 2019 was inaugurated by Mr Peter Ottmann, CEO of NürnbergMesse, Mr Jürgen Köppel, President of Eumabois, Mr Pradeep Devaiah, CEO of PDA Trade Fairs, and Ms Sonia Prashar, Managing Director of NürnbergMesse India, along with key industry stakeholders.

“The exhibition is the biggest ever woodworking industry show in India and is expected to bring major traction for India, which has over US$ 30 billion organised woodworking industry,” said Sonia.

Jürgen says “DelhiWood is an essential event for the Indian woodworking technology market and for the neighbouring countries too. All major local and European manufacturers are attending the exhibition and the number of visitors is always significant and constantly increasing.”

Peter commented: “The event covers an important sub-segment of the furniture industry and creates valuable synergies for our exhibitors and visitors. It is therefore the ideal complement to our Indian woodworking trade fairs.”

According to the World Bank, India’s organised furniture industry is expected to grow 20% per annum over the next few years and is projected to cross US$ 32 billion by 2019.

Growing market

Online home décor market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 50.42% in revenue and the luxury furniture market is expected to garner US$ 27.01 billion by 2020. The range of indigenous furniture available in India includes both residential and contract system furniture.

Manufacturers in India usually use a three-tier selling and distribution structure, comprising of the distributor, wholesaler and retailer. The market is mainly concentrated in A, B and C category cities (the top 589 cities). A and B type cities together constitute 33 per cent of the total market.

Even as DelhiWood has, over the last five editions, come up as the largest industry-specific event for furniture and wood-based manufacturing industries, some of the highlights at 2019 fair included an international Timber Forum, which brought together furniture manufacturers, builders, architects, interior designers, civil engineers etc. on one platform for exchange of ideas.

Skill demonstration for small furniture manufacturers, carpenters and craftsmen was also arranged in association with the Furniture and Fittings Skill Council (FFSC). “Delegates from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and the world skills team from National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) also graced the occasion,” said Sonia.

Save the dates:

MumbaiWood: 17-19 October, 2019: Mumbai, India

IndiaWood: 27 Feb-02 March, 2020: Bengaluru, India

Holz-Handwerk: 18-21 March, 2020: Nuremberg, Germany

 

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