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Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair 2023 Ended on a Perfect Note See you again in September 2024 in Shanghai
Publish Date: 2023-11-15
The Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair (WMF) and the China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) (CIFF Shanghai) concluded on September 8, receiving over 30,000 visits from professional buyers. The event spanned 50,000 square meters and featured 370+ exhibitors from around the globe, gathering leading enterprises in various segments of home furnishing and woodworking manufacturing over four days.

Overwhelming Responses from Exhibitors & Buyers
Renowned exhibitors from local and overseas, such as HOMAG CHINA, NANXING, KDT, CHAOLUN/ BIESSE, SANDAR, HOLD, EXCITECH, MOTIMAC, QIANCHUAN, QINGCHENG, WEINIG, BACCI, JIANGJIA, YUE TONG, FOMA, DIEFFENBACHER/ SWPM, SIEMPELKAMP, YALIAN, MUYE, LIANROU, HUAJIAN, ITTA, etc (in no particular order) demonstrated their latest innovation, attracting buyers from all over the world to visit and source. Exhibitors and buyers both received satisfying results:

Exhibitors’ Comments:
SPan Jun, Marketing Manager of HOMAG CHINA (China), said: “For many years, we have taken part in WMF, which Homag Group has deemed a world-class exhibition and dubbed the "Ligna in China." The exhibition's timing, location, and services are all highly professional and well-executed. It has provided us with valuable opportunities to engage with our customers and has played a crucial role in facilitating mutually beneficial cooperation between customers and Homag. We are excited to continue collaborating with the show to unlock possibilities for the custom furniture industry!"

Liu Jingsheng, General Manager of HOLD Machinery (China), said: " After the resumption of normal travel, WMF 2023 offered us an outstanding platform to showcase our products and communicate with others. Both local and overseas buyers highly appreciated our offerings. In just four days, HOLD exhibited numerous innovative technologies, demonstrating our enthusiasm and professionalism to buyers. We extend our sincere gratitude to the strategic show organization and eagerly anticipate the new opportunities and bright future ahead with WMF."

Chen Zeli, Marketing Manager of PURETE (China), said: “The surge in overseas visitors, particularly from Russia and Malaysia, surpassed previous years. Our five overseas teams were overwhelmed by the number of buyers for large projects. Many buyers intended to purchase on-site. Besides, participating in the “Surface Treatment” Conference organized by the show helped the application of the finishing process and promotes the upgrading and development of furniture manufacturing.”

Buyers’ Comments:
Mr. Bernd Sorat Beyer, Owner of Hulta Design (Thailand), said, “I have been purchasing furniture manufacturing equipment from online platforms before. This is my first time visiting an offline machinery exhibition, which I find very interesting. The scale of the exhibition is larger than expected, showcasing a series of machinery in the entire industry chain. The exhibition also provided knowledge of the latest facilities and technology.”

Mr. Vitaly Pranovich, Director of LTS (Belarus), said: “This is our first time visiting WMF, and the show scale is beyond our expectations. We noticed that Chinese machinery has become more cost-effective and reliable compared to 20 years ago. Moreover, our customers have shown a growing interest in Chinese producers and woodworking machines. The business matching meetings helped us find new suppliers efficiently and saved much time. We are very happy with the result of the meetings. I want to thank the organizers again for their tremendous support before and during the exhibition.”

Luo Zigang, Representative of Suofeiya Home Collection Co., Ltd. (China), said: “We are delighted with this exhibition. There were many exhibitors which is beyond our expectations. The entire industrial chain upstream and downstream can be seen, and the exhibition organizers provide considerate services!”

Strong Exhibition Line-up Creates New Business Opportunities
As an international platform for the woodworking industry, WMF 2023 successfully received a large number of buyer groups from Anhui, Ganhou, Guangxi, Hebei, Hubei, Huzhou, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Ninghai, Shandong, Sichuan, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Wuhan, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Zhangjiagang, and Zhejiang. Moreover, it made great efforts to invite industry associations and buyer groups worldwide, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Peru, Vietnam, Russia, Belarus, Egypt, and South Korea, to visit.

Shan Qi Peng, Wuxi Woodworking Association Secretary-General (China), said: “WMF 2023, being a key international woodworking machinery exhibition in China, has attracted numerous exhibitors, including almost all the leading manufacturers of woodworking machinery from both local and international markets. The exhibition is known for its large scale and popularity, providing an exceptional purchasing platform for industrial enterprises to acquire equipment.”

Wang Hua Ping, Hubei Furniture Association Secretary-General (China), said: “We coordinated over 30 companies to attend the exhibition, which offered a wide variety of exhibits and provided excellent guidance and services. Members provided positive feedback, and numerous companies successfully found the products they were seeking.”

Mr. Alexander Zommerfeld, Head of the Department of Foreign Economic Affairs and Investments of "Brest" FEZ (Belarus), said, “WMF23 was a wonderful business journey that brought mutual benefits to all involved parties. Companies from the Republic of Belarus engaged in fruitful negotiations with various Chinese woodworking equipment manufacturers, resulting in successful outcomes. We look forward to future opportunities and events to collaborate on.

Hj. Farosham Naizamohideen, President of the Association of Malaysian Bumiputra Timber And Furniture Entrepreneurs (PEKA) (Malaysia), said, “It is our pleasure to visit WMF23 where some of our delegation members committed to the real business along with the exhibitors. The outcomes of the program have not only met but surpassed our objectives. We hope that this fruitful collaboration will continue in the future.”

Mr. Mohamed Alaa, Export Services & Information Manager of the Egyptian Furniture Export Council (Egypt), said, "We are impressed by the show’s scale and the support from the organizer. WMF provided a professional platform for members to source the products and get the latest industry trends. We look forward to bringing more members to visit the show in 2024.”

Splendid Concurrent Events Promote the Latest Innovative Technology
To promote technical exchange and enhance exhibition service quality, several forums were held in the fairground to share industry information during the fair, including "2023 Innovative Technologies & Materials Driving Sustainability and Healthy Life in the Wood-working Industry", which is held by China National Forestry Machinery Association & WMF and invited over 12 industry authoritative experts with involving 10 hot topics, "Global Development Outlook: Insights into Smart & Sustainable Opportunities Forum", "China National Forestry Machinery Association Wood-based Panel Machinery Branch Annual Meeting 2023", "The 1st Forum on Material Preparation Industry Development for Solid Wood Furniture in China", "Synergy Award" Ceremony", etc. This year, the "Exhibit Award” Award Ceremony was specially held. Since the event was announced, it has received vital feedback from enterprises and many have signed up to participate. Buyers could experience innovative exhibitions and access to diverse and abundant market information with various concurrent events!

WMF2023 proved to be a successful platform for exhibitors and buyers to expand their networks and discover new business opportunities. Numerous exhibitors, as well as local and international buyers, went a step further by signing cooperation orders or agreements directly at the event. The next fair is scheduled at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Hongqiao, Shanghai from September 11 to 14, 2024. We are excited to meet you at the WMF 2024 for an even brighter future! For more exhibition details, please visit the official website for reviews and inquiries.

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