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Materials of the future and R+D in the industry under the spotlight in two new areas at FIMMA + Maderalia 2024


Technology Institute AIDIMME driving launch of ‘Innovation Essentials Show’ and ‘FIMMA Future’ zones, set to showcase technology, materials, R+D processes, and innovative and disruptive products against backdrop of upcoming edition of FIMMA + Maderalia, 14th – 17th May 2024.

Technology Institute also set to organise tours of historic buildings where wood is a major feature, such as the Palau de la Generalitat, during FIMMA + Maderalia and as part of ‘València Open Wood’ initiative.

FIMMA + Maderalia 2024 is adding yet more new spaces given over to trends and innovation. The upcoming edition of the Materials, Technology and Solutions biennial, geared to the Furniture, Wood and Contract sectors, runs from 14th to 17th May at Feria Valencia and will feature two exclusive areas showing technology, materials and innovative and disruptive products, whilst promoting the R+D that is going on in these sectors through talks and technical sessions with a distinctly practical focus.

The two spaces, titled the ‘Innovation Essentials Show’ and ‘FIMMA Future’, are two disruptive initiatives conceived and coordinated by the AIDIMME Technology Institute. AIDIMME is the driving force behind the scheme, which is designed to promote a broad segment of the value chain of the sectors of industry represented at the fair. The initiatives embrace everything from materials and the raw materials used to make them, products and production processes, to industry regulations covering the quality and safety of goods while they are being used, mandatory compliance with legislation, laboratory trials and certifications, R+D and training.

‘Innovation Essentials Show’

This exhibition area, set to be in Hall 3, Level 3 at FIMMA + Maderalia, will showcase the product innovations that exhibitors are showing at the fair and will comprise a selection of around a hundred components, elements and finished products that are about to be launched onto the market.

‘FIMMA Future’

The other AIDIMME initiative at FIMMA + Maderalia is the new ‘FIMMA Future’ space. Located in Hall 1 on the biennial trade fair’s Level 2, it will show the new manufacturing processes using layering technologies – commonly referred to as 3D-printing – that are used to make products or parts with amazing geometric lines, in both metal and polymers.

‘FIMMA Future’ will focus on technologies that can be deployed in manufacturing and for products that are already being used in sectors such as aviation, aeronautics, the automotive and naval industries and, in this instance, the furniture, wood and carpentry sectors.

València Open Wood

Another highlight of the programme being put together by the Technology Institute for the fair is the series of guided visits to emblematic buildings where wood is a major feature. For the ‘València Open Wood’ initiative, AIDIMME has scheduled visits to significant historic buildings such as Valencia’s ‘San Vicente Ferrer’ Faculty of Theology, built at the end of the 18th century, and the Palau de la Generalitat Valenciana, which dates back to the early 15th century.

The times for these visits will be confirmed soon and will be posted on the fair’s website. Visits to more contemporary buildings are set to be added, to show how wood can still play a key part in a building’s structure.

AIDIMME highly committed

Launching these three initiatives is not the full measure of the value proposition  AIDIMME will be delivering for FIMMA + Maderalia to mark its special, 40th anniversary, edition. The Technology Institute – which since it came into being as AIDIMME has always had strong links with the fair – will also be playing an active part in all the events relating to wood construction such as, for example, the talks its specialists will be giving in the ‘Casa Hábitat Mediterráneo’ zone.

Some very technical presentations are set to be given in this zone, relating to research into the forest environment (the ‘WoodForest Satellite’ Project for example), building refurbishment and new builds where wood is a major material. To complement the talks there will be practical explanations in the form of workshops on every aspect of the current regulations such as the Código Técnico de la Edificación (Building Regulations Code), the tests that assess the suitability of materials and products, and the developments such as the new generation of CLT panels being driven by the AVANCLT project.

FIMMA + Maderalia will also be hosting the Annual General Meeting of the Plataforma Tecnológica Forestal Española y sus Industrias Derivadas (Spanish Forestry and Associated Industries Technology Platform, PTFOR). AIDIMME is the current chair of the Plataforma and will take the opportunity to present the PTFOR Strategic Research Schedule for the next few years.