MILAN – Xylexpo organizers fired another PR salvo in its battle with the Rimini Fairgrounds, which has launched Technodomus, a competing industrial woodworking show.

A press release dated Oct. 1 noted seven months until the start of Xylexpo, more than 200 exhibit booth applications have been collected totaling approximately 20,000 square meters. “Many international companies have decided, before their Italian competitors, to confirm their trust in this big international review.”

Among the confirmed exhibitors, the press release named several German machinery companies including Homag, IMA, Weinig, Buerkle, Leuco, Wemhoner, Dieffenbacher and Kuper. The release also listed several Italian-based equipment manufacturers including Coral, Giben, Orma, Comec and Cremona.

"The trend of exhibitor registrations is definitely higher than we expected,” said Paolo Zanibon, Xylexpo general secretary. “Considering that many industry exhibitions all around the world have been cancelled or moved to a different date, we had some fears that the global economic situation might have a heavy impact also on our show. Instead, if we take a look at the exhibitors who have already confirmed their presence, the signals of a short-term rally seem to get stronger and stronger.”

Xyelxpo is scheduled for May 4-10 at the FieraMilano Rho Fairgrounds. Technodomus is scheduled for April 20-24.

Last month, Biesse, Cefla and SCM issued a joint statement announcing that they would exhibit at Technodomus instead of Xylexpo, which has long been recognized as Europe’s second leading woodworking technology show, after Ligna in Hanover, Germany.

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