The biennial Xylexpo show returns in 2020 to FieraMilano-Rho, May 26-29, in Milan, Italy, with what promises to be an exciting event!  The 2018 edition closed with 37,000 visits by 17,781 industry operators, 2.1% more than in 2016. Among them, 5,032 international visitors, 28.3% of total attendance. 

330 companies have registered to exhibit at Xylexpo, covering a total net surface of 29, 000 sq. m. This year, Xylexpo will occupy three halls, so as to ensure regular visitor flows to all exhibitors, as far as possible—with one or more big players in each hall: Biesse Group and Ima Schelling in hall 1, Scm Group and Weinig Hoz-Her in hall 2, Homag Group, Felder, Cefla and Giardina Finishing in hall 3.

In addition to the exhibitions, the show will also present the fourth annual Xylexpo Awards, assigned by a committee of members from academia and research. Awards will be presented in three categories: “Wood and Panel Processing” (including tools), “Finishing and Coating” (equipment and materials) and for the first time “IoT” (industrial process management). 

The Xylexpo Arena will host a few important conferences and a number of meetings, events and initiatives. Three of those conferences that will be the core of the agenda: on Wednesday, May 27, are the second edition of the technical seminar “Next wood, designing future surfaces together” organized by Catas, Poliefun-Politecnico di Milano, Anver and Acimall, is dedicated to the response of coating and plant manufacturers to the increasingly tough challenge of coating materials. On Thursday, May 28, Xylexpo will sponsor the event “Adhesives in the furniture industry and current product and process developments,” created by Catas and Federchimica. Topics will include the application of veneer in compliance with new German formaldehyde regulations, the use of hotmelt glues for the application of glossy coatings, the use of polyurethane glues with low free isocyanate content and new water-resistant vinyl glues. On Friday, May 29, the discussion will focus on VOCs, volatile organic compounds, a source of indoor pollution, starting from the stricter and stricter regulations on formaldehyde emissions that, unfortunately, are not shared and coordinated on a global scale, forcing producers and processors to very complicated management practices.

Tickets will be on sale at 15 Euro, but free access will be granted to all those who pre-register on xylexpo.com.