From 15 to 18 September 2020 Poznań will host the most important event for the wood and furniture industry in Poland – the DREMA International Trade Fair of Machines, Tools and Components for the Wood and Furniture Industry. The DREMA trade fair, organized by Grupa MTP, is one of the world’s leading exhibitions dedicated to the woodworking industry. DREMA is ranked 5th on the list of the world’s largest exhibitions, alongside German LIGNA, Italian XYLEXPO, American IWF Atlanta or Chinese WMF Shanghai. The prestige of the Poznań exhibition is also reinforced by the fact that it is on the list of 15 world exhibitions dedicated to the woodworking industry, officially supported by the European Federation of Manufacturers of Woodworking Machinery, EUMABOIS.
Throughout nearly forty years of its history, DREMA has written down the most important moments for the industry, both the lofty and difficult ones. DREMA has always been an integral part of the wood and furniture industry, and its specifics best reflect the actual situation within the sector. This year’s edition will certainly be exceptional; on the one hand because of the impressive exhibition, the solutions presented and the rich program of accompanying events, and on the other hand because of the situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic, which has determined the conditions for organizing various types of events since almost the beginning of the year.
In 2020, the DREMA trade fair along with Furnica and Sofab showrooms will provide an opportunity for a comprehensive presentation of technological solutions for the wood and furniture industry (from raw materials, materials and components to technologically advanced machinery and equipment for furniture production). The Poznań trade fair will showcase the technologies of tomorrow and solutions dedicated to woodworking, furniture and sawmill industry, as well as energy from wood. They will be complemented by machines for cutting and sewing fabrics, components for furniture manufacture and furniture accessories, as well as adhesives and varnishes. The evaluation of the current situation of the sector and forecasts and directions of activities in the new post-covid reality will be an important part of discussions and presentations of experts.
DREMA – safety at its highest
“This year, the safety and health protection of the exhibitors, visitors and employees of DREMA, equally to the quality of the event, are our priority,” declares Andrzej Półrolniczak, DREMA Fair Director.
The MTP Poznań Expo is prepared for the September meeting of the industry in terms of sanitation and organization. This was confirmed by the organization of such events as Budma or Meble Polska, which took place in February. This was also confirmed by the impressive attendance of over 10 thousand visitors at events for the general public, which have been held at the fair since mid-June. All events are subject to the current guidelines and recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate and state authorities. Grupa MTP also follows the recommendations of the Polish Chamber of Exhibition Industry. In order to ensure the highest level of safety for exhibitors and visitors, the fairgrounds are continuously disinfected to an appropriate level. The purchase of tickets is possible only through the www.tobilet.pl platform. To enter the event one has to take a non-contact temperature measurement with the use of thermal imaging cameras, fill in an epidemiological survey, disinfect hands, and cover one’s mouth and nose. Those with any sign of infection will not be admitted to the fair grounds. The arrangement of the exhibition space stands takes into account wider communication routes between the exhibition stands, extended to a width of at least 3 meters. The current information on the safety of the exhibitors and visitors is available at www.drema.pl
Automation and mechanization – an important topic for the DREMA trade fair
The current situation of global economies leaves no illusions. Regardless of the current condition, companies need to speed up automation and mechanization in their plants. According to the EY report Global Capital Confidence Barometer, as a result of the pandemic, intensive automation has become a priority for 36% of managers from 45 countries. In order to maintain stability in the supply chain, reduce costs and compensate for staff shortages, companies in the wood and furniture sectors are also opening up even more to digitization, automation and mechanization of their production processes. Topics related to automation and mechanization of processes are of great importance for DREMA. Thanks to DREMA, visitors will have the opportunity to see that robotization is the future of almost every area of production companies, from measuring and control systems to work safety. DREMA creates space for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the area of robotization, which is so vital in making strategic decisions for the organization. “The situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, obviously in addition to all its negative effects, also turns out to be a catalyst for changes, which have been discussed in business for a long time,” emphasizes the director of the Drema Fair. Bold steps towards robotization seem to be necessary to optimize the cost policy and fulfillment of orders with a decrease in employment. What solutions to choose, how to effectively implement them in a woodworking or furniture company? The DREMA 2020 trade fair will provide answers to these and many other questions.
DREMA – the heart of sector-specific events
The extensive range of trade fair events must include prestigious meetings with the most important representatives of the industry. KOOPDREW, a conference dedicated to the wood industry, organized by the Polish Chamber of Commerce of the Wood Industry in cooperation with the company Polskie Domy Drewniane S.A.*, will traditionally be held a day before the DREMA Fair (14.09.2020). During DREMA 2020 Polskie Domy Drewniane will also organize a substantive conference for representatives of the industry, which will address the problem of housing in Poland in the context of the opportunities offered by the use of structural timber. In addition to Polskie Domy Drewniane, the conference will be attended by representatives of the Ministry of Climate and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management as well as housing specialists.
The second day of the fair will be devoted to “Post covid economy – challenges for the Polish furniture industry” and the 5th National Furniture Congress “POLISH FURNITURE – COMPETITIVE POLAND”, organized by the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers in cooperation with Promedia. The event will be held under the strategic patronage of EGGER and the Domański Zakrzewski Palinka law firm. The event will address such issues as the post-COVID economy and changes in the balance of power on the global furniture market, building own brand as an element of creating competitive advantage on foreign markets, competence of the new present among furniture industry employees or building alternative distribution channels.
Launched in 2019 at the initiative of the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers, the very popular meeting of women in the furniture industry is scheduled for the third day of the fair (17.09.2020). The unique interiors of the Oregano&Wine restaurant in the Garden City will be transformed into a space for exchanging knowledge, drawing mutual inspiration and establishing valuable business contacts. This special event for women associated with the furniture industry will be held under the motto “Between strength and sensitivity – women in the furniture world”. The organizers have prepared two discussion panels: ”Woman – key to success! How women’s viewpoint has influenced changes in furniture companies” and “Diversity breeds progress – women in the furniture industry”, as well as a lecture entitled “How freedom supports teamwork? How do values support an organization?”, devoted to the issue of building an organizational culture based on values, which will be moderated by Agata Polak , Head of HR Vox Capital Group. The strategic partner of the event is SWISS KRONO and Western Union. The media patronage was taken by Meblarstwo Komponenty i Technologie (Furniture Components and Technologies), Gazeta Przemysłu Drzewnego (Wood Industry magazine) and Wydawnictwo Inwestor (Investor Magazine).
In order to actively support the development of the broadly understood Polish wood and furniture industry, a special DREMA PRO space will also be arranged. It will be dedicated to various aid programs and advice on combating the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. The full agenda of events will soon be published at www.drema.pl.
Key industry organizations and associations, chambers of commerce and exhibitors, together with the DREMA trade fair organizers, are all doing their best to provide a high level of expertise, a comprehensive offering for the wood and furniture industry despite the exceptional situation, from raw materials, materials and components to pioneering solutions for furniture production and providing space for fruitful business meetings. “We are at the heart of industry events. Similarly to the previous editions, we are creating the future of the industry together with our business partners despite the new conditions. Please feel invited to join the 36th unique edition of DREMA,” says Andrzej Półrolniczak. The DREMA trade fair together with Furnica and Sofab showrooms is the most sought-after meeting of the wood and furniture industry in Poland and at the same time the best place to contract components and materials and to purchase machines and tools for the production of furniture.
Feel invited to visit Poznań for the DREMA trade fair from 15 to 18 September 2020! For more information, visit www.drema.pl