Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair. closes with a bang

If the expectations were that the operators would decide the success of this upgraded fair development, then the bet has definitely been won. 
From 9 to 13 September, at the same time as CIFF Shanghai 2018, two pavilions of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) in Hongqiao hosted the first edition of the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair. The pavilions were mobbed, confirming that it was a great idea to combine the Shanghai and Beijing shows into one single event.  

CIFF Shanghai 2018 was therefore the best possible platform for an event that, together with the March edition in Guangzhou, puts itself forward as the true technology capital of China.  This is a significant duo: one single enormous show structured into two different events in order to meet the needs of a continuously growing industry that keeps a keen eye on the most innovative solutions. 

So, a new calendar is taking shape. March in Guangzhou, where the furniture industry technology and semi-processed segments (CIFM-interzum guangzhou) are handled in collaboration with Koelnmesse. While in September it is the turn of Shanghai, where CIFM (China International Furniture Machinery), an event dedicated to the technologies, and that was already part of CIFF, also now includes the Woodworking and Furniture Manufacturing Equipment and The International Exhibition on Woodworking Machinery Supplies and Accessory, better known as the “Beijing Woodwork Fair.

But let’s get back to the “inauguration” of the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair,which, as mentioned above, attracted an endless flow of industry operators. If we consider that CIFF recorded a total number of 146,419 visitors from more than 200 countries and regions (37% more than in 2017), it is easy to appreciate the contribution made by pavilions 7 and 8, housing the machinery and installations (many of which operational), and visited by 33,802 professional operators.

This “fair inside a fair” welcomed a total number of 395 exhibitors, of which 75 from abroad. A full range of major international brands were represented, proposing advanced technologies to operators who are increasingly coming to grips with the need for new and more powerful tools with which to produce quality items and reduce the utilisation of manpower.

All the major international names were present – from Homag to Biesse, from Scm to Weinig, from Siempelkamp to Wenhoener – together with the most noteworthy Chinese manufacturers and operators – Nanxing, Jinan Restar, Yalian, Foma Group, Swpm, Lmt, Ruiwudi, Leke, Huajian, Yuantina, Lianrou, Hengkang, Fuyi and Zinqunli. In Shanghai these Chinese companies once again demonstrated the enormous strides forward made in the last few years, and we should be ready to see them increasingly more often in the international setting.  

Important patronage was provided by Eumabois (Federation of the European associations of manufacturers of woodworking and furniture machinery and technologies), which attended Shanghai, and which is collaborating closely with the organisers of the Shanghai and Guangzhou editions in order to delineate areas of collaboration for that could generate even more significant results for the exhibitors, visitors and organisers.  

Two topics emerged particularly strongly in Shanghai. On the one hand, the search for sophisticated machinery and installations, able to ensure the quality of the finishing and the details, and which is supporting the affirmation of high quality “made in China” manufacturing. This aspect was clearly visible in the pavilions dedicated to furniture and in the interesting initiatives dedicated to Chinese design and to the improved Chinese production process. While on the other hand, a labour market experiencing rising salary costs, and therefore increasingly convincing Chinese companies to turn to the cheaper Vietnam for certain parts of their production.

If on the one hand there is emerging demand for technologies that can produce even “without supervision”, on the other hand, it is essential to emphasise the definite leap in quality achieved by machinery produced in China, and which in many cases has bridged the technological gap with more mature manufacturing systems.

See you in CIFM Guangzhou, on 28-31 March 2019!