Deutsche Messe and IFMAC join forces

Deutsche Messe is further expanding its portfolio of international shows by joining forces with Indonesia’s leading event for woodworking machinery and components, the IFMAC show in Jakarta. The tradeshow company based in Hannover, Germany has been operating LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools, since 1975. Its move into Indonesia will enable it to apply its extensive wood-industry tradeshow expertise to one of the most dynamic regions of Southeast Asia and makes IFMAC the latest new member of its “Woodworking Shows Worldwide” family of trade fairs.

IFMAC (International Furniture Manufacturing Component Exhibition) is a specialist trade show and conference for woodworking machinery and tools, machines, materials and components for interior finishing and furniture production. Launched in 2012, it is held in parallel with WOODMAC every autumn at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran exhibition centre and is organised by the Indonesian tradeshow company Wakeni (PT. Wahana Kemalaniaga Makmur).

IFMAC is supported by the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia and by several local and international industry associations, including the European Federation of Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers (EUMABOIS). It also features a regular German country pavilion operated by the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen), a co-organiser of the LIGNA show in Hannover. The 8th edition of IFMAC held this year is the first time that Deutsche Messe and Wakeni are joining forces (9 to 12 October).

Deutsche Messe Managing Board member Andreas Gruchow: “The venture with IFMAC has major potential and positions us in a prospering market in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, demand for efficiency-enhancing solutions, high-performance woodworking machines and modern accessories is very strong. The IFMAC show is therefore the perfect platform for local firms seeking to learn about the latest developments in woodworking technology and explore their capital purchasing options.”

The Indonesian government has set itself the goal of moving Indonesia up into the ranks of the world’s Top 10 economies by 2030. Indonesia has a very strong furniture industry that is an important player in the local wood working market, particularly regarding the sustainability of primary wood production. However, its production machinery tends to be outmoded and in need of replacement with new, more efficient equipment. Gruchow: “The time has come for Indonesia’s furniture industry to invest in cutting-edge technology capable of fuelling growth.”

Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy and the largest economy in the ASEAN region, with an annual GDP growth rate of more than five per cent. “Indonesia’s rapid urban population expansion is fuelling massive growth in the construction sector, which in turn is driving demand for prefabricated timber components and interior furnishings. The market is therefore ripe for a trade show specializing in woodworking machinery,” asserted Gruchow.

With some 56 million hectares of commercial forest, Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest producers of timber and exporters of timber products. To put that in perspective, Germany’s total forest area is 11.4 million hectares. Indonesia is also the world’s fifth largest furniture exporter. Its domestic demand for furniture is likewise increasing – in qualitative as well as quantitative terms – on the back of consumer spending and growth in the construction and hotel sectors.

The Indonesian furniture industry will continue to expand to keep pace with global competition. Rini Sumardi, Director of Wakeni, is delighted with the cooperation with Deutsche Messe and sees great opportunities for expanding the international scope of IFMAC: “IFMAC is Southeast Asia’s one-stop event, focusing on machinery and technological needs for the expanding furniture industry in the region. Now that IFMAC is part of Deutsche Messe’s Woodworking Shows Worldwide, IFMAC is set towards becoming a truly global trading platform.”

Last year’s IFMAC featured over 300 exhibitors from 23 countries, and attracted more than 13,000 visitors from 37 different nations. The organizers are expecting a similarly strong international presence at this year’s show in October. As part of the show’s international exhibitor line-up, the People’s Republic of China will be staging a national pavilion. Organized in partnership with the China National Forestry Machinery Association, the pavilion will span a space of over 600 square meters. Among the international exhibitors will also be manufacturers such as Felder, the Raute Group, Saint-Gobain and Wood-Mizer, all of which have a steadily growing interest in the Indonesian market. Among the leading exhibitors from Indonesia will be Plantation Resources, a full-range supplier to the wood industry, and Alpha Utama Mandiri, a company that supplies a comprehensive range of woodworking machinery.

IFMAC features a comprehensive array of products including furniture-making and woodworking machinery and associated materials and components, solutions for processing packaging, plastics, rubber and metals, CNC machining centres and machines for interior works, raw materials and components for furniture production, surface processing and coating machinery, decorative papers, membranes, films and adhesives and more.

Its target visitors include furniture manufacturers and vendors; manufacturers of panel products; the timber processing and woodworking industries; the surface treatment industry; and designers, architects and building and construction firms.