“The need for live meetings, reaching us from everywhere, the very positive reception of last year’s edition and the uniqueness of the DREMA project, means that the 2021 edition will be held in a traditional formula, with the application of all safety rules,” says Andrzej Półrolniczak, director of the DREMA International Trade Fair of Machines, Tools and Components for the Wood and Furniture Industries. As in last year, preparations for the DREMA fair are gaining momentum. The organisers hope that at the beginning of June binding decisions will be made on the part of the government regarding the unfreezing of the exhibition industry, which will further intensify promotional activities. The list of exhibitors is gradually expanding, most of the exhibitors from the 2020 edition have already confirmed or declared their participation, but we will have to wait for the full catalogue of exhibitors. Last year, the situation of many companies only clarified during the summer holidays. Nevertheless, the loosening of the restrictions, the fixed September date, the postponement of the Ligna fair to 2023, the growing number of vaccinated people and the increasing collective immunity allow for optimistic planning of the largest feast of the wood and furniture industries in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.
More than just a fair
The fair programme will include the substantive part and special show zones: DREMA for Children, DREMA Tools, DREMA Hobby, DREMA Design, Innovative Kitchen, Upholstery 4.0. There will also be cyclical events, such as the very popular Meeting of Women in the Furniture Industry organised by the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers for the third time, or the Polish Championship in Nail Hammering, which this year will be held for the twentieth time. During the four days of the fair, you will be able to admire the works sent to the competition for young people “Conjured from Wood.” This year, the finals of the fifth edition of the “Build a bicycle made of wood” competition organised by the Student Scientific Circle of Wood Technologists of the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of the University of Life Sciences in Poznań will be held for the first time at DREMA. The market situation leaves no illusions, accelerating the automation and digitisation of production plants today is a matter of survival for many companies. Therefore, Industry 4.0 is an inseparable topic of DREMA. The programme of this year’s edition includes the celebration of the centenary of the establishment of MTP Poznan Expo, which begins on May 28 and will last until mid-2022. DREMA has been continuously contributing to the history of the Poznań trade fairs for over forty years, and the opportunity to participate in this unique edition takes place every hundred years.
Although the epidemic situation has improved a lot, the organisers of DREMA do not forget about special security measures. The standards previously set by the Chief Sanitary Inspector and state authorities, i.e. online ticket sales, non-contact temperature measurement, adequate space per participant, epidemic surveys or the limit of people staying in one room at the same time will be maintained as long as it is necessary. “We are prepared to meet the existing and introduce new recommendations so that both exhibitors, visitors and service staff feel safe in the exhibition space. Last year’s edition, which took place in much more difficult epidemic conditions, proved that thanks to good preparation and cooperation with partners and exhibitors, we are able to organise a safe event for a large audience,” declares Andrzej Półrolniczak. In 2020, only two of the largest international exhibitions for the woodworking industry were held: WMF in Shanghai and DREMA in Poznań. Despite very difficult conditions and high uncertainty that accompanied the organisers almost to the end, last year’s edition of DREMA was a success. On the last day of the fair, Jürgen Köppel, President of EUMABOIS, inaugurating the EUMABOIS Congress, congratulated DREMA on organising a safe and successful fair in this difficult period. “Throughout the fair, we received very positive feedback from exhibitors, as much as 98 percent then declared their participation in DREMA 2021. Many companies that withdrew at the last minute admitted that they had regretted the decision. Participation in the fair is gaining importance nowadays, and it will be difficult to overshadow the prestige associated with the centenary of MTP Poznań Expo, which is why I cordially invite you to the most important celebration of the wood and furniture industries,” adds the director of DREMA. “The 5th National Furniture Congress was accompanied by the message: ‘When the winds of change blow, some build walls, others build windmills’. DREMA organisers consistently use the winds of change to build a space that will help to use the current conditions to strengthen and develop the Polish wood and furniture industries.”