This year’s Magna Expo Mueblera – consisting of two international flagship fairs, Magna Expo Mueblera Industrial and Magna Expo Mobiliario e Interiores – delivered top-notch results. The double-header event featured 210 exhibitors from around the world, including countries such as China, Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, the USA and Austria. Together with their local Mexican counterparts, these companies showcased a stunning array of innovative products and solutions at Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex convention and exhibition center. Magna Expo Mueblera 2018 attracted many visitors who came to see an extensive array of woodworking machinery, tools and equipment for custom and mass production, not to mention a wide range of fittings, accessories and materials. Also on show were the latest wood-based panel manufacturing and sawmilling solutions as well as a comprehensive range of office, bedroom and upholstered furniture plus furniture fabrics and accessories. “This Magna Expo Mueblera was more international than ever,” commented Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe’s Global Director LIGNA and Woodworking Events. “The new tradeshow format proved to be a resounding success: The live demonstrations of processing machines and the supporting program comprising a Technology Park and conference were extremely well received by attendees. That the exhibitor lineup included many international market leaders such as Altendorf GmbH, Biesse Group, Felder Group, Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, SCM Group, Stiles Machinery Inc. and Michael Weinig AG/Holzher, also speaks volumes. And we were also very pleased to see three new national pavilions – from Germany, China and Sweden.” The visitors at this year’s fair were very diverse, ranging from self-employed joiners to executives from major furniture manufacturers. However, everyone agreed on the fair’s number one benefit: the high degree of international participation, thus making it easy to get a comprehensive overview of everything the international market has to offer. One of the big highlights of the fair was the supporting conference program featuring high-caliber speakers and detailed coverage of hot topics such as the latest in CNC technology, and automation and current design trends in the furniture industry. Since many of the speakers came from outside Mexico, attendees learned about a wide range of new processes and solutions. They also learned how industry 4.0 technologies can give manufacturers access to new market opportunities and boost global competitiveness. Another issue that received extensive coverage was data and how it can be used to automate batch-size-one production. The next Magna Expo Mueblera will be held in Mexico City from 16 to 18 January 2019.