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Elmia Wood with a world first

Nearly 26,000 visitors visited Elmia Wood 2022 over three days walking on the trail that took them to more than 270 exhibitors from 22 different countries. Source: Timberbiz

“As a trade fair and event, Elmia Wood had three fantastic days,” said Anders Roman, program manager for Elmia Wood.

“The fair ran smoothly, thanks in large part to great teamwork. But also thanks to the terrific engagement of the exhibitors and, not least, among all the visitors. It’s been fantastic to encounter the joy and energy along the visitor trail. It’s obvious that many people have longed for the fair as a meeting place.”

As usual for Elmia Wood, the fair offered both technological innovations and smart start-up ideas.

Malwa was one of the exhibitors at the fair and arrived with a world first, a battery-powered combi machine.

“The machine has never run as much as it has on the demo on day one of the fair. We can really call it a world premiere for this prototype,” said Magnus Wallin, business developer and founder of Malwa.

The machine rolled its way into the stand with an almost whining sound and loaded wood.

“The idea is that the battery will last a full working day and be charged during the night,” Mr Wallin said.

Malwa’s brand new 980 harvester attracted equal interest.

“It’s a big harvester but also an agile one.”

New petrol and electric saw models from Husqvarna were introduced and visitors asked to try them out.

“We’ve been looking forward to Elmia Wood. We can finally get out and meet our users again,” said Lasse Strandell, instructor and product specialist at Husqvarna.

“We’ve brought ‘everything’ in our forestry range to our stand. From chainsaws powered by both petrol and electricity to brushcutters and safety equipment. New this year is that we’re also giving visitors the opportunity to try out our saws in a section of the stand.”

Like many other companies, Husqvarna is experiencing some delays due to the world situation.

“This means that some models that are very close to launch will actually have to wait a little longer,” Mr Strandell said.

One of the most ingenious new products at Elmia Wood was a “peg” that is mounted on the top of young pine trees to reduce damage from hungry moose.

The inventor, Johan Larsson, has used the pegs for over 10 years on his own plants with excellent results. Now is being launched to forest owners on a wide scale.

The theme of the fair, “The value of forests for the innovative and sustainable forestry of the future”, clearly shaped the discussions, not least at the successful Wood Let’s Talk venue, which attracted many people to sit down and listen to exciting debates and lectures. It was also gratifying to see the many interested participants in the new knowledge initiative: the Innovation Loop.

“Our exhibitors are very satisfied, in some cases above their expectations. And the great atmosphere testified to the visitors’ satisfaction too. I am particularly pleased that the forests’ importance to Sweden and the world from a climate perspective so clearly characterised the fair,” Mr Anders said.

Elmia Wood will open its doors again in May/June 2025.