Peek into sustainability: WOOD TAIWAN 2023 begins

Opening ceremony of WOOD TAIWAN 2023 (Image: TAITRA)

The Taiwan International Woodworking Machinery Show (WOOD TAIWAN 2023) returned after a five-year hiatus. Jointly organised by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association (TWMA), it began on 20 Apr 2023 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 (TaiNEX1) with over 150 exhibitors.

The organisers expect registered buyers from more than fifty countries around the world to attend.

The event showcases a few Taiwan-made brands, such as Anderson, Leadermac, Technik, Champ Fond, Kuang Yung, Xiang Jing, OAV, LNC, Innovator, Jun Shiau, Furnimate, Carpenter, Chuan Chier, Woei, Gau Jing, as well as German Siemens and HOMAG.

This year, WOOD TAIWAN has introduced three new sections: ‘WOOD for MOOD’, ‘Hardware Accessories & Plates’, and ‘Power Tools for Homemade DIY Woodworking’. These new sections aim to bring the exhibition closer to end-users and cover the entire supply chain.

Simon Wang, president and CEO of TAITRA, stated that despite the pandemic, Taiwan’s woodworking machinery industry has never stopped moving forward.

Wang added that he expects to see a lot of R&D momentum demonstrated by exhibitors after so many years. TWMA Chairman Joe Chang mentioned that Taiwan continues to rank as the world’s fourth-largest exporter of woodworking machinery, and the industry is continuously upgrading towards digital and smart applications of technology.

Moreover, in line with the theme ‘Envision a Greener Future’, WOOD TAIWAN focuses on three sustainable engines driving the industry: the ‘Timber Construction Sustainability Forum’, ‘EcoSpeak: Strategies for Net-Zero’ seminar, and 15 companies sharing their sustainable practices to join WOOD TAIWAN’s green initiative.

During the exhibition, the WOOD TAIWAN Stage will hold various seminars, including ‘Woodworking Machinery’s Next Frontier: Automation Technology and Smart Manufacturing’, ManufacturersWin Podcast, and ‘WOOD Insight – DIY Experience.’

Additionally, there will be a variety of activities, such as the Lumber Ecosystem Guided Tour, the Design and Excellent Product Competition, the WOOD TAIWAN Sourcing Meetings, and the Taipei Biz Tour.

WOOD TAIWAN 2023 will run daily from 20-23 Apr. The online exhibition will continue until 4 May.