Xylexpo 2016 reports 14 percent attendance gain
June 1, 2016 | 8:18 am CDT

Xylexpo reported higher attendance for the Milan, Italy, exhibition for in the wood technology and wood-based materials industry.

The 25th edition from May 24 to 28 closed with largely positive figures: 17,145 visitors attended the event, with a 14.2 percent increase compared to the last show two years ago. There were 5,068 international visitors to the show, representing 29.1 percent of total attendance, up by 9.3 percent from 2014.

On the Italian side,12,437 industry professionals came to FieraMilano-Rho from all over Italy. This figure was as much as 16.3 percent more than in 2014, and was 70.9 percent of all visitors.

“We are very satisfied with the results of the Milan exhibition”, said Dario Corbetta, exhibition director. “We saw many people in the aisles of Xylexpo, plenty of exhibitors and visitors; we breathed a different air, a better atmosphere; there was a climate of participation and real interest. I want to stress the fact that everyone was at Xylexpo this year, ready to work together."

Show organizers counted people instead of accesses, which were 41,000 in five days. Europe was by far the main region of origin, with a 70.8 percent share of visitors, followed by Asia (including Russia and Turkey) with 19.2 percent, Americas (6 percent), Africa (3 percent) and Oceania (1 percent).

Xylexpo 2016 hosted 441 exhibitors (122 from 29 foreign countries), over a total surface of 29,189 square meters, two thousand more than in 2014. See xylexpo.com.

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