Event Update for WMF
The 2023 edition of WMF will occur between 05.09.2023 and 08.09.2023. It will be hosted at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai as a face-to-face exhibition. The venue will have the latest Covid-19 safety measures in place such as the obligation to wear face masks. The safeguards will also include the 3G entry policy. Attendees will be asked to show upon arrival at the venue and 48 hours before departure for the country documents such as a negative PCR test result. Participants should also note that the following countries have travel limitations pertaining to travellers from China:
- South Korea
- the USA
- the UK
- South Korea
A Brief Overview of WMF
WMF sits at the forefront of innovation in the woodworking machinery and furniture industries as a launch pad for groundbreaking technologies and solutions. The trade fair is causing a revolution in the Chinese woodworking sector especially in the current post-pandemic climate. Find out what the newest woodworking machinery, furniture and wood products are hitting the market and add your voice to the bigger conversations taking place.
GETA ltd has sent thousands of exhibitors all over the world and it’s our pleasure to send you to WMF in Shanghai. We know our way around the city and help you book hotels a short distance away from the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai, Hongqiao). The rooms are comfortable, the prices reasonable and there will be connections to public transport. We know how to work with small budgets and large groups. Our team is on standby to make hotel reservations for WMF and plan the perfect business trip. Our other services include airport transfers, building exhibition stands and booking meeting facilities.
Why Your Visit Is Worth It
The woodworking industry in China is undergoing a rapid modernisation and with it comes a lot of potential for expansion. International exhibitors are experiencing a higher demand and you’re in the perfect place to grow your professional network. Showcase your products to an enthusiastic audience and build brand recognition. The numbers for the last live edition are solid:
- 300+ exhibitors
- 30,000+ trade visitors
- 45,000 sq. metres of exhibition space
WMF, or the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery & Woodworking Machinery Fair, is the biggest platform for woodworking equipment, wood products and furniture in China. Established in 1986, WMF is a must-attend event as the premiere meeting place for woodworking professionals and source of new technologies. Digitalization and innovation are driving the post-pandemic era and WMF provides a platform for information exchange. Editions held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center are now focused on modernising processes and catching up to the ever changing demands of the domestic market.
The show will feature new sections such as basic wood processing machinery and panel production equipment, showcasing a wide range of exhibits from timber to furniture products, and turnkey projects for pollution treatment.
Because WMF successfully unites the upstream and downstream of the furniture manufacturing chain, the exhibition halls are populated by every related product category. All the more reason for buyers to attend as WMF becomes a one-stop purchasing platform. The product portfolio covers:
- Cutting-edge Furniture, Building Materials and Wood Products Production Technology
- Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production
- Machine Components and Automation Technology
- Surface Treatment Technology
- Wood-based Panel Production
- Wood Primary Processing, Sawmill Technology, Energy from Wood
- Wooden Architecture Technology
- Forestry Technology
- Green Production & Safety Control
- Wood Products Packaging
- Raw materials & Accessories for Wood Production
- Knives, Blades, Machinery Accessories and Hand Tools
- Engraving Machinery
- Upholstery Machinery & CAD/CAM Technology
The National Symposium on the Development of Wood-based Panels Industry, the Tech Talk – Surface Treatment Technology, and the China Wood Industry Park and Port Industry Development Conference forums run alongside WMF creating additional motivation for professionals to make the trip.
Who Are You Going to Meet?
WMF has a reputation for being a well-respected name in the global woodworking industry. Many buyers reported a high level of satisfaction with the trade fair, because they were able to connect with relevant manufacturers and gain insights into industry trends and equipment upgrades. In 2022, WMF brought together over 300 buyers from associations and delegations from various regions such as Jiangxi, Guangxi, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai and Fujian.
The Ninghai Furniture Manufacturer Chamber had the following to say: “To meet market demand, many manufacturers are planning to transform and upgrade, from traditional mobile furniture to advanced custom furniture. We are visiting the WMF this year to study and research for the next expansion, transformation and upgrading. It is not easy to hold an exhibition during a pandemic. I am grateful to all participants of the industry and the organisers for their full support.”
It's also important to mention that the exhibitor list for WMF is stacked with industry leaders such as HOMAG, BIESSE, WEINIG, CNHF, IPCO, BOPAI, YALIAN, FIYCUT, SANDAR, BACCI, LAMELLO, FOMA AND BERNDORF.
Additional Value of Attending
Augment your business experience at WMF with the stellar information programme that runs all four days of the event. Last edition opened with the “2022 Innovative Technologies and Materials driving Sustainability and Healthy Life in the Wood Working Industry” event, which touched on topics such as new material trends, EB coating, digital printing, finishing technology.
The other events included “The 2022 Dieffenbacher New Innovation Technology Conference”, “Industry Dialogue: Intelligent Manufacturing for Wooden Furniture”, “2022 Outdoor Building Materials Development Conference Cum Plastic Wood Application Forum”, and “The 3rd China Wood Industry Park and Port Industry Development Conference”.
The pandemic has made long-distance travel an insurmountable obstacle, but there are digital tools to help those unable to attend WMF in person. Organisers have introduced online platforms to get everyone involved no matter the distance. You can simplify the process of business discussions and sales between buyers and exhibitors, eliminating the barriers of time zones and borders. These platforms include:
- Live Streaming: brings the exhibition and key products to the audience in real-time;
- Online Exhibition and Online Business Matching: enables direct connection with preferred exhibitors to complete sourcing tasks.