Catalyst in a growing market

The woodworking trade show (27 Feb – 02 March) drew a record number of exhibitors and visitors, to pass the litmus test amidst the COVID-19 scare

Despite the COVID-19 scare, and before it blew into a pandemic, IndiaWood 2020 registered over 65,000 visitors from 40 countries.

The 11th edition of IndiaWood concluded successfully in early March this year in Bengaluru, under the banner of NürnbergMesse India. The region’s most important trade fair again reiterated its relevance and significance to the woodworking and furniture manufacturing ecosystem on the sub-continent, and beyond.

The event has evolved as the biggest woodworking industry show in the region, covering 65,000 square metres of exhibition space with exhibitors from more than 50 countries.

Deemed as the most effective platform for display of furniture manufacturing machinery, raw materials, panels, hardware, components and accessories, the 5-day mega show at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre, emphasised the need for carpentry, skilling, innovation, automation and digitalisation as the key essentials to drive the Indian furniture manufacturing and woodworking industry.

The 2020 edition of the show witnessed 878 participants from 50 countries and 13 country pavilions from Canada, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA. It covered an exhibition are of 65,000 square metres, spread over five dedicated, themed display halls.

Top draws

Witnessing participation from top international companies like Altendorf, Biesse, Felder, Grass, Hafele, Hettich, Homag, Rehau, Renner Italia, SCM and many more from various product categories, IndiaWood 2020 highlighted the potential of the Indian woodworking industry.

Furniture and kitchen manufacturers, architects, interior designers, timber traders, saw millers, builders, contractors, hardware distributors, dealers from all over the country and the neighbourhood – among them Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and West Asia – and countries further away participated in the 5-day industry event.

The woodworking industry’s signature show was also the biggest knowledge sharing platform for the stakeholders. Seminars were held on latest trends and innovations, including raw material sourcing, which addressed the major challenges and opportunities.

Additionally, the Furniture & Fittings Skill Council of India organised various skill development programmes for the duration of the show.

For the first time ever, IndiaWood 2020 featured NürnbergMesse’s latest addition, the India Mattresstech and Upholstery Supplies Expo, which complemented the main show perfectly, with new pavilions featuring mattress and upholstery production technology, machinery and supplies.

Exhibitors happy

Mr Pekka Paasivaara, Global CEO of Homag Group, said: “We are very happy to be part of this exhibition also in the future. We are very confident the India market it will experience strong economic growth. The furniture industry is experiencing a rapid growth from an unorganised to organized industry, and we are supporting it to move into industrial production.”

According to Mr Gourav Bajaj, VP Sales & Marketing at Hettich India, “IndiaWood 2020 has become grander and has consistently witnessed an increase in participation. Despite the COVID-19 scare, the visitor number was significantly higher than the last time. The event is a good resource base for every customer connected with the woodworking industry.”

Mr Dhanesh Bhatia, Director of Aryamman Interior Solutions, said: “The response we get at IndiaWood helps us to connect and develop our business with our existing and new customers at a much better level.”

Mr Gopi, Managing Director of Woodtech Consultants, said his company had a live demonstration display of over 47 machines. He noted that a lot of visitors from all over India, and also from Africa and West Asia visit this show.

“Especially in India, industry professionals wait for this exhibition to buy the machines during the show. IndiaWood has helped the industry to grow in terms of creating awareness and showcasing technology,” he added.

Growing market

According to Mr Peter Ottmann, CEO, NürnbergMesse GmbH, “IndiaWood 2020 witnessed remarkable growth, both in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers, and succeeded in bringing newer technology and innovations to the forefront. It will continue to remain the most important meeting place for the woodworking industry in the Indian sub-continent.”

Mr Jürgen Köppel, President of Eumabois, continues to remain upbeat about the scope of the Indian market and the opportunities it offers. “Indian manufacturers are upgrading their production and developing new business models. India is in transition from a developing to an advanced economy, and this is evident in the growth of IndiaWood.”

“IndiaWood is a significant exhibition and brings an altogether new experience with every edition!” said Ms Sonia Prashar, Managing Director, NürnbergMesse India. “Companies aiming to gain a foothold in India should not miss this event.”

 

 

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