At the 20th edition of Holz-Handwerk, the focus will be on personal encounters and networking, discovering and trying out new products and solutions, and gaining inspiration and know-how. 

The European trade fair for machine technology, equipment and supplies for the secondary wood processing segment will take place as a one-off summer edition from 12-15th July 2022 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, as always co-located with Fensterbau Frontale, which you can visit using the same ticket.

In this anniversary year, visitors will not only enjoy the trade show in the usual seven exhibition halls but can also look forward to a new highlight in the supporting programme, with the debut of a forum on digitalisation. 

A practical guide to digitisation for craftspeople – but how?

Holz-Handwerk is providing support to carpenters on their journey into the digital world. The new forum, A Practical Guide To Digitisation For Craftspeople, offers participants the opportunity to meet experts, share information, make contacts, and gain new inspiration, insights and ideas. It is taking place in hall 8 for the first time as part of Holz-Handwerk and Fensterbau Frontale 2022 and will explore topics tailored to the requirements of this skilled trade. 

With a combination of product presentations and short TED-style talks, the forum offers information on the key topics of efficiency and productivity, staff and leadership, and collaboration and communication with customers. 

Professional development and careers in the woodworking trade

The shortage of skilled personnel is also an issue of concern to the wood processing sector. The Holz-Handwerk Campus therefore offers a key platform for training and professional development. Vocational colleges, universities and advanced training establishments will present information on their courses in hall 12. For the first time, a Job Board at Holz-Handwerk will connect skilled personnel to companies with job vacancies.

The power of ideas – bringing ideas to life!

As co-sponsor of Holz-Handwerk, Fachverband Schreinerhandwerk (Bavarian Carpentry Association, FSH) will host the special show, DesignObjekt – ObjektDesign, in hall 9, offering an interactive information platform with practical tips in line with this year’s focus, Macht DER Idee – Macht DIE Idee – a play on words in German: the power of ideas is bringing ideas to life. It means the carpenter is responsible for realising a customer’s idea, which will succeed well if the idea is powerful and creative. It will focus on the creative aspects of the trade and the process of taking the customer’s idea and developing it into a creative product through the guidance and skill of the carpenter.

Experience the strength of the sector …

… at the Innovation Made In Germany pavilion. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) provides funding to help start-ups and young companies take part in leading international fairs like Holz-Handwerk. At this pavilion, visitors can meet and chat with young companies and discover novel and innovative processes, products and solutions. 

A successful concept for the last 30 years

Holz-Handwerk took place in Nuremberg in combination with Fensterbau Frontale for the first time in 1992, initially as an annual event and subsequently every two years. 

“Since then, Holz-Handwerk has become the must-do event for carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers from all over Europe,” says Stefan Dittrich, director of Holz-Handwerk, commenting on the importance of the exhibition. 

“If anyone had said to me at the close of the 19th round in March 2018 that our 20th anniversary event would also be a summer edition, I would not have put any bets on it happening!” says Dittrich, reflecting on turbulent times. 

“Following a pandemic-induced break of 1571 days, we can now sense the massive excitement among our customers as they look forward to their industry gathering. There is a great need to find out about trends and innovations, try out machines and tools, and discuss topical issues like rising energy costs, material shortages or price increases with other industry professionals. 

Valuable chance encounters and spontaneous brainstorming sessions that result in business ideas and alliances can only happen in live, face-to-face settings. The Holz-Handwerk teams at NürnbergMesse and at the VDMA are making the final preparations for the event, and we cordially invite all exhibitors and visitors to come and celebrate with us this special edition and reunion of the industry,” Dittrich continues. 

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