Once more, SICAM did not fail to meet expectations this year, with more exhibitors and more visitors compared to the last edition. The leading players of the global furniture industry met up at Pordenone, confirming the positive trend that is continuing in the sector at international level.
The data on attendances collected by the organisers once the event had ended show an increase in exhibition spaces which led to a full sell-out of the trade fair’s capacity (32,000 square metres overall) at the halls of the Pordenone trade fair area. The 2017 edition boasted the broadest offer of components and accessories from all over the world. Pordenone saw the arrival of 7,765 companies from 99 foreign countries, as well as, naturally, from all over Italy, with an increase of over 5% compared to the record numbers noted at the previous edition.
The 2017 edition of SICAM saw the arrival of all leading international brands of the components and accessories sector, with their new products and innovations that will guide upcoming global product trends. Italy was confirmed as the most represented country, both with regards to offer (with approximately 72% of exhibiting enterprises) and demand (with 69% of visitors registered). The national system of semi-finished goods, components and accessories (which is worth almost 4.5 billion euro) is continuing its period of revival and grew another 2% on 2016. Sales abroad, which are worth 52% of the total, are also constantly on the rise and SICAM witnessed great eagerness in relations with the numerous foreign customers that arrived to Pordenone. In actual fact, visitors from abroad came to over 31% of professionals and companies, with a significant increase in attendance from Asian countries (25% of foreign visitors), including particularly attentive and numerous professionals from China, India and Iran.
The more industrially developed European countries (as always Germany, with the most attendances, followed by France and Spain which recorded the best increases in Italian exports to the continent in the first six months of this year) were in the top positions again this year with regard to visits registered. There was significant growth in operators from the more dynamic Eastern European markets, such as Russia (where Italy is confirmed as the number two supplier of furnishings, recording a 12% rise in exports in the first six months of 2017 and becoming the top partner in the high-range segment with a 9.14% share of the market), the Ukraine and Polonia (the fourth top country in the world for furniture exports).
In the meantime, the trade fair organising team has already begun promoting next year’s edition. The date is set for the tenth edition at Pordenone from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th October 2018.