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INDUSTRY NEWS More space at Elmia Wood next year I


n 2017, it will finally be time again for Elmia Wood, the world’s largest forestry fair, which will be held in Jönköping, Sweden, from 7-10 June. This global trade fair is creating even more space than before to present innovations for the entire logistics chain from seedling to industry. “We’re focusing even more on presenting the breadth of forestry operations and efficient, practical applications that create growth and return on investment,” explained Jakob Hirsmark, Manager of Elmia Wood. “There will also be displays of harvesting in full operation, in real life conditions.”


Modern forestry is all about efficient production and logistics that must function all the way from the seedling stage to when the raw material reaches industrial customers. Elmia Wood focuses on the totality of this process in several ways. One innovation is the Final Felling Arena – a display space for final felling that stretches across seven hectares. Here, the leading manufacturers will demonstrate their harvesters in full operation, so that the audience can see and compare the machines and how they perform.


Another new section at Elmia Wood will be Load & Transport, which brings together everything


to do with forestry logistics. Visitors will be able to see products and services for the maintenance and construction of forest roads, the transport of forest raw materials and timber handling at terminals and woodyards.


“These products were exhibited at previous editions of Elmia Wood, but we’re now gathering all of them in their own dedicated area to give visitors a better overview,” confirmed Hirsmark. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have made their debut in the forestry sector. So far, this is an exciting technology for the


future with limited practical use, but drones are now at the point of becoming a self-evident part of forestry operations. At Elmia Wood, drones will have their own area, the Drone Zone, where visitors can decide for themselves what the new technology can offer. Elmia Wood in 2017 will provide a stage where the latest forestry innovations can make their debut on the market. Both world-leading manufacturers and individual innovators help to make Elmia Wood the world’s most important arena in which to show new products and new ideas for


efficient forestry. Many forest machines and other equipment have first been introduced to potential buyer in the forests outside Jönköping.


Traditionally, the world’s biggest forestry fair attracts over 500 exhibitors and about 50,000 visitors from all around the world. “The booking pressure from exhibitors is high. Now, in the year before the fair, many spaces are already booked,” added Niklas Lundgren, Key Account Manager for Elmia Wood.


More information from www.elmiawood.com


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