Industry leaders make Dubai WoodShow 2019 a grand success
The 14th edition of Dubai International Wood and Machinery Show – popularly known as Dubai WoodShow and the 3rd edition of Dubai International Furniture Accessories & Components & Semi-Finished Products Show took place from 12 – 14 March, 2019 at Dubai World Trade Center.
This year’s edition of Dubai WoodShow had a considerably high influx of visitors whose attention was captured by the latest technologies in the woodworking machinery that were on display from world class players. Very innovative and futuristic products were on display in the wood sector that will change the course of not only the wood industry but the construction sector as well. The visitors came in from 100 countries establishes the fact of Dubai WoodShow being a truly international exhibition. The top 10 visitor countries include UAE, Pakistan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon.
The 3-day show was officially inaugurated at the hands of Eng. Dawood Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Hajiri, General Director of Dubai Municipality on March 12, 2019, in the presence of key international dignitaries.
“Wood industry is an important sector all over the world, and events as Dubai WoodShow will accelerate the growth of the global economy. As a leading event for the region, it is great to witness participation of companies from Italy, Germany, America and several others. Dubai is an economic powerhouse – a financial hub for innovative technologies, products and solutions, making it a natural fit to lead the industry. I am confident this world-class event will give participants and visitors an opportunity to multiply sales and trade activities,” said Eng. Dawood Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al Hajiri, General Director of Dubai Municipality.
It has been observed that Middle East is increasingly recognised as the primary location for supply of wood products, considering the growth of construction, furniture manufacturing sector as well as rising domestic demand. The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan and Oman are significant importer of wood products.
“The growth of construction and real estate are the key drivers for the increased demand of wood and wood products in the Middle East. In addition, the manufacturing industry and a high demand for wood furniture and artefacts continue to be the dominant forces for the rising growth of the wood industry,” said Mr. Walid Farghal, Director General, organisers of the Dubai WoodShow.
Several trade visitors representing various segments of the wood industry had an opportunity to network and connect with over 240 exhibitors from 530 brands.
“It is a pleasure to be participating in this show. We represent several Italian and German brands. Digitisation was introduced to the industry 10 years back, but now it has become an intelligent mechanism integrated across operations. Using intelligence, operational panels can develop and create designs, as well as integrate data connectivity. Automation is the key for the growth of the industry, and wood machineries now make use of Human-Machine Interface to lead the game. This not only helps reduce errors, generate efficient power supply or lessen the noise pollution, but also reduces the need for human manpower. While Italy and Germany constitute nine percent of the world’s wood furniture, I must say that the UAE, and Dubai in particular could be self-sufficient in the wood furniture production, given the expert know-how, digital connectivity and technological innovations that the country has on offer,” said Mr. Jürgen Köppel, President of European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (Eumabois).
“This year, Dubai WoodShow is host to several new initiatives. Aligning the construction efficiency and environmental benefits, exhibitors this year will display wood technologies that are environmentally friendly and sustainable,” added Mr. Farghal.
The global wood industry has grown exponentially in the past few years, and the positive momentum is set to continue even in the Middle East, given the lead-up to Expo 2020.
Dubai WoodShow 2020
As the regions’ only dedicated trade show, the Dubai WoodShow provides a powerful venue for companies in the wood industry to exploit the ongoing infrastructure and construction boom in the Middle East. Building on the success of the 14th edition where the show transacted millions of dollars in business and with all exhibitors having confirm their participation after previous edition, the organisers had to double the exhibition space and the results speak for themselves. The organisers are now looking forward to the next edition in March 16- 18, 2020.
This trade fair offers you a chance to meet wood and woodworking professionals and develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of your business. It has a quest to be the prestigious rostrum of creative ideas and new technologies, as the attention of wood manufacturers and traders turns to innovative resources that would initiate lucrative transactions. The 2019 edition had grown and delivered beyond expectations and the 2020 event is expected to be evaluated as better, if not at par with similar leading shows in the sector internationally and that show positioned as the best platform in the Middle East region.
Dubai WoodShow 2020
- 16 – 18 March, 2020
- Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.