The biennial show has set the dates for its return next year, highlighting its conviction that the first half of the year works best and boosting its positioning as Europe’s foremost fair for the industry in even-numbered years.
The upcoming edition of FIMMA + Maderalia is set to be a very special one as the show will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Valencia, 27th March 2023.- The dates for FIMMA + Maderalia 2024 have now been announced. The biennial fair for technology, components and materials for furniture, interior design and contract projects has now set the dates for it hotly anticipated return next year. FIMMA + Maderalia will run from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th May 2024, with Feria Valencia poised to host a very special edition of the show, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.
This edition will be both special and historic, thanks to outstanding results reaped by last year’s fair and the industry’s enthusiasm, which was made evident at the last two meetings of FIMMA’s and Maderalia’s Organising Committees.
The biennial will therefore be aiming to position itself once again as Europe’s leading fair taking place in the first half of even-numbered years, fitting neatly into the global trade fair calendar. May is the classic month for the major industry events, as is demonstrated by the international German fairs, Ligna and Interzum, which take place in odd-numbered years, coming up imminently.
40 editions and a commitment to internationalization
FIMMA + Maderalia takes over the baton from the German fairs in 2024 and will be staging what is expected to be an historic edition that, in the heat of Valencia’s late spring, will bring a diversity of Spanish and international professionals together – installers, carpenters, furniture makers, interior designers and specifiers in general – in line with the stated aim voiced at the latest meetings of the respective Organising Committees.
The fact is that one of the main aims that FIMMA + Maderalia has set itself is to extend the international scope of both the showcase, by bringing leading international companies on board, and the audience, especially by drawing professionals to visit from the countries around the Mediterranean and Latin America. “Bearing in mind that we are already committed to bringing the whole Iberian Peninsula market to the fair, FIMMA + Maderalia 2024 will also have a strong international profile”, explains the biennial’s director, Alejandro Roda, adding that the fair is working with business organisations and leading institutions to identify and invite groups of international buyers that will be of most interest to exhibitors.
Another of FIMMA + Maderalia 2024’s overall objectives is to broaden the range of profiles of the professionals who visit, with a special focus on specifiers (architects, interior designers and project managers in the contract sector) and students from training centres.
In this regard there was an observable and significant interest last time round on the part of specifiers, who were particularly keen to sek out the most innovative flooring, cladding and materials for hotel, restaurant and retail projects. Looking ahead to the next edition of FIMMA + Maderalia the exhibitors, particularly those in the field of machinery and technology, have spoken of the need to have training centres and the professionals of the future in the mix of visitor profiles for the fair.
Much more than wood
Equally, next year’s edition of the fair will continue to pursue the strategy of the last few editions in terms of expanding its scope, to include not just products derived from wood but also the broad spectrum of new materials that are increasingly being used in interior design.
Composites, sustainable panels, claddings, acrylic materials, postformed items… a whole universe of materials for which there is a growing demand and that will be on show at FIMMA + Maderalia 2024, the ideal showcase for reaching the market. Nonetheless, “wood will continue to be at the heart of our fair,” notes Roda, “and not just in terms of how it is normally used but especially with regard to sectors where there is an ever-growing demand for it such as construction”.
What is FIMMA + Maderalia?
FIMMA + Maderalia is the International Fair for Materials, Technology and Components for Furniture, Interior Design and Contract Projects, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024 at Feria Valencia. The last edition featured the offering of 396 direct exhibitors, with 844 companies and brands represented. 35,942 professionals visited form 60 countries, 10% up on the number that visited the previous edition of the fair.