Thousands of customers and business visitors from more than 100 countries crowded into the group’s stand, which covered more than 3,000m2 of exhibition space and more than 50 technological solutionsbetween Hall 13 and Hall 16 (the latter being Superfici’s technologies for finishing).

There was an excellent return in terms of orders, negotiations and contacts on a vast range of product types and important opportunities arose in all the international markets, especially the DACH area, North and Eastern Europe, North and South America and South-East Asia, reports SCM.

The company presented innovations in all the application fields for secondary word processing, both physically at the trade fair as well as digitally and interactively. As well as the extensive demo programme organised at the SCM Live Show, at the heart of the stand, there was no lack of contributions to Ligna.Recruiting and Ligna.Stage on the new trends for digital transformation and automation, timber construction and surface treatment.

Some of the new entries that elicited the greatest interest included automated and connected solutions developed for highly bespoke, versatile and sustainable production.

The Smart&Human Factory system for the furniture industry presented new flexible cells with robots and integrated with unmanned AMR shuttles: gabbiani gt2 for beam saw, stefani cell E for edgebanding, morbidelli cx220 for drilling, as well as a new cut c 200 right-size-box-making machine for cardboard packaging.

Also presented for the first time was a Smart&Human Factory model for joineries, an integrated cell for flexible and bespoke production from raw material to the finished piece of furniture, enhanced by its integration with an MES software.

There was also considerable interest in the latest integrated offer on software and services presented at the Digital Hub, supporting each stage of the process from planning and programming to after-sales assistance. These included the new functions on the Maestro CNC nest cutting optimiser, the Maestro optiwise optimiser for single-blade and angular panel saws, the Maestro power TMS optimiser to manage the tools inside the tool storages on the CNC machining centres and Maestro 3drill for drilling.

Some of the new HMI software presented includes Maestro active square for profiling, squaring and tenoning machines and Maestro active beam & saw for CNC machining centres for timber construction.

Also attracting attention was the platform for Maestro connect digital services integrated into the “Woodworking made Izy” and the new Service Bundles – SCM service packages created to offer an integrated solution that helps the customer with any requirements.

Some of the most popular machines included the new entries for timber construction and prefabricated houses, especially oikos xs – a CNC machining centre offering operating speed and high configuration levels, dedicated to the production of straight beams, prefabricated walls, trusses, roofs and blockhouses. This new entry further extends SCM’s range of high-tech solutions for the sector, together with dmc system xl to sand and calibrate X-lam/CLT panels and the other new entries on show at the Randek stand – an SCM partner specialising in advanced machining systems for prefabricated houses.

Also on show were SCM Surface Technologies products for integrated surface treatment, starting with the new dmc system tc automatic sanding-calibrating machine with laser unit and never-ending power sources. This was developed to create three-dimensional marking on parquet, wood elements, MDF panels to be ennobled, fibre cement panels and solid surfaces.

These solutions can satisfy any processing demand for exclusive, sophisticated, fashionable finishing effects, as well as the Superfici new entries on display in Hall 16. They include the new compact xl sprayer, the uv led polymerisation system and the excimatt excimer technology for super matt finishing effects.

The CNC machining centres for panels and solid wood presented include morbidelli m100 with new FlexDrive worktable; morbidelli x200 with new in-cab labeller for nesting machining, and accord 500 to manufacture doors, windows, stairs and solid wood elements.

The new olimpic 500 was presented for edgebanding to be used by artisan businesses looking for all the advantages of an edgebander in a compact space.

Some of the new entries presented digitally include the stefani sbx squaring-edgebanding machine for accurate squaring and top-quality machining, and windorflex, a new automatic cell to produce complete windows and doors.

Lastly, there was an extensive offer for artisan joinery within which the new “Blade Off” safety system and the new starteck cn k three-axis compact were highlighted.

The success of the five-day event was the crowning moment to an exceptional year for SCM and the entire Italian Group, with a record 850 million Euro turnover for the year ending 2022, with orders of around €900 million. The SCM Wood Division surpassed €600m, again recording double-figure growth on the previous year and continues to gain global market shares in the woodworking industry.