The world’s largest forestry fair taking place from 7 to 10 June 2017 continues to raise the bar for international forestry fairs. In a relatively short time from now it will finally be time again for Elmia Wood. This global trade fair is creating even more space than before to present all the 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,” explains Jakob Hirsmark, manager of Elmia Wood. “There will also be shows 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 from 7 to 10 June 2017 focuses on the totality of this process in several ways. One innovation is an arena for final felling that stretches across seven hectares, the Final Felling Arena. Here the leading manufacturers will demonstrate their harvesters in full operation in front of the public, who can see and compare the machines and how they perform.
Logistics and drones
Another new section at Elmia Wood will be Load & Transport, which brings together everything to do with forestry logistics. Here visitors can 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,” Hirsmark says.
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.
The home of innovations
Elmia Wood is the self-evident stage where the latest forestry innovations can first encounter the market and the world. 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 met the public 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.