SCM celebrates an edition of Xylexpo for achieving robust figures, international attendance, innovative technologies and highly specialised training. The Italian Group, a long-standing, reliable partner for the woodworking industry, with an exhibition booth extending over 3,000 square metres, has been one of the main attractions at the event held at the Milan Rho Exhibition Centre from 8 to 12 May.
Xylexpo is the biennial world exhibition for woodworking technology and components for the furniture industry.
A strong crowd listening to a SCM staff speaking.
A strong upward trend was recorded in orders, negotiations and contacts involving about 500 customers– half of which are Italians, with the rest consisting mainly of Russian and French international customers, for an expected turnover of at least 30 million Euros. SCM confirmed once again its leading role in Italy and in Europe, not only for its widest international range of showcased industry-specific technological products, but also for its unique ability to innovate and educate, paving the way to future scenarios in woodworking.
Three very different technologies were awarded the Xylexpo Innovation Awards 2018 – – the highest number of awards won by any one exhibitor at this edition of the show, reaffirming SCM’s position as a standard-setter for the whole industry, from joinery workshops to the largest industrial businesses. R&D has always been a key asset for SCM – absorbing 7% of its turnover each year. The three awards received at XIA are evidence of this commitment.
In the “Tooling machine” category, the winner was SCM’s Minimax me 35 combined edge rounder-trimmer unit. The award commission acknowledged its ability to “combine edge rounding and trimming features in a single tool, allowing compact-sized machines with minimised footprint to be developed”, making it a must-have product for small-sized joinery businesses.
For the “Finishing” section, the award went to SCM’s carving spindle unit for unique three-dimensional finishing effects on panels. “With two routing units integrated into this sanding machine” – commented the awarding commission, “a wide variety of embossed elements can be achieved”.
Maestro Smartech also received an award: among the most innovative solutions in the “Maestro Digital Systems” platform, it can supply technical assistance through remote connection and direct interaction between end users and expert technicians back at the manufacturer’s headquarters, also through smart glasses”.
Xylexpo visitors were very interested in the Maestro Digital Systems platform and, in particular, the innovative IoT solution of SCM Maestro connect which, in response to Industry 4.0 requirements, makes the most of the potential of the “Internet of Things” concept to create a system for collecting and analysing data from SCM machines to monitor and optimise production processes, offering on the one hand, full control of production performance by the customer and, on the other hand, a number of micro-services such as prompt, smart maintenance and optimised spare part management.
Xylexpo visitors were also able to experience the potential of the new IoT equip-able machining centres, such as Accord 42 FX, which raised considerable interest among door, window and stairs manufacturers, and Morbidelli M220, the new, exclusive furniture milling and boring machining centre.
This successful edition of Xylexpo marks the end of an outstanding year for SCM. The Managing Director Andrea Aureli, emphasised the exceptionally positive trend shown by the SCM Group, with a stronger, more widespread presence in the woodworking industry across all 5 continents.
Director of SCM, Luigi De Vito presented an up-to-date SCM business overview – from the steadily increasing turnover figure, now close to 700 million euro, to the 3600 persons employed in Italian and international production facilities. De Vito also mentioned successful business deals such as, the support given by SCM to the opening of the largest door manufacturing plant in Central Asia, BinketGroup in Uzbekistan, and the major investments made in recent months to support Italian-made products in over 40,000 square metres’ production areas: from the new Superfici factory in Monza, to a new manufacturing area in Zogno, near Bergamo, created to further develop the production of special CMS machines.
Bergantini also mentioned the Group’s continuous, significant commitment to training, now consolidated by dozens of training initiatives both in Italy and abroad. In the last few years alone, SCM has supported the upgrading of 11 vocational training centres, 4 of which in the past two years.
Among these, the new Federlegno Arredo school in Lentate sul Seveso attended by over 300 students, which starting from September will host the training centre courses, thus becoming the most important training organisation for the industry nation-wide. The school, staffed by around a hundred teachers, is built according to eco-sustainability criteria: energetically, it is self-sufficient thanks to its wooden structure, with a 40 kWatt photovoltaic system and natural lighting, ideal for learning, thanks to the Velux technology used. It is equipped with a wide range of SCM technologies – from traditional machines to CNC machining centres, 3D printers and laser cutters all the way to digital IoT solutions.
There are two professional training courses, one for woodworkers and another for wood construction experts. The three Higher Education Technical courses include wood furniture with specialisations in marketing and internationalisation, contract management and product and process innovation.
“We are very happy with this 26th edition of Xylexpo”, commented Luigi De Vito, SCM Division Director . “We are certain that our networking efforts at the show will further expand our market, which has continued to show double-digit growth figures also in the first few months of 2018”.
He also remarked: “This 50th anniversary edition of Xylexpo was important for SCM, also because it was a chance for us to show hundreds of partners from all over the world around our new, exclusive headquarters of Superfici in Villasanta (Monza), with its Technology Center designed to apply SCM business strategies to strengthen the whole surface treatment sector”.
* Photo is credited to SCM.