A recent Swedish national holiday, June 6 also saw the opening day of the three-day SkogsElmia 2019 forestry tradeshow. Held out in the forest on the Bratteborg Estate some 30 km south of Jönköping, the almost 30-degree heat seemed not to bother exhibitors or deter visitors – over 7 300 of the latter passed the turnstiles to spend their National Day holiday talking forestry shop with exhibitors with many saying they'll be back for a second day.
A recent public holiday, Sweden’s National Day is also a day when public officials welcome new Swedes, people that have been granted citizenship. Thus the day began outside the turnstiles just before opening with Jönköping County Governor Helena Jonsson welcoming new Swedes and visitors to SkogsElmia 2019.
In her address, Governor Jonsson outlined the socio, environmental- and economic importance of forestry and the forest-based industry sector to the country and region before giving the signal to the historical re-enactment society Smålands Karoline to fire cannon salute.
Forest ownership focus
As announced by the organisers Elmia AB in June 2018, SkogsElmia 2019 was to focus on forest ownership covering everything from ownership transfer and forest management to technology and logistics that minimise ground damage.
With the exception of tracked and truck-mounted grinders, shredders and chippers other large-scale professional forestry equipment such as harvesters and forwarder OEMs are notably absent.
As previously noted this was a “known known” for the organisers and, as it would seem thus far, also amongst exhibitors and visitors alike.
In all the years we’ve been exhibiting at the fair, we’ve never had so many of the right kind of customers here. It’s been really busy at our stand and we can report many positive discussions,” says a satisfied Anders Ehrenström of Sydved, a wood procurement company jointly owned by forest industry majors Stora Enso and Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
Headquartered in Jönköping, the company buys wood from forest owners, provides silvicultural consulting services and, via a network of contractors, a full suite of forestry- and haulage operations. On an annual basis, Sydved handles around 5 million m3 of roundwood annually for its owner industries and local sawmills. Through its cooperation with Stora Enso Bioenergi, the Swedish biomass arm of Stora Enso, the company can also handle biomass assortments.
According to Elmia, day one visitors confirmed the day was successful, with many saying they plan to return for a second day at the event.
We are quite pleased with today’s turnout. The numbers are in line with previous editions and more importantly, expectations seem matched, remarked Mattias Pontén, Project Manager for SkogsElmia.
It is a fair comment and suggests that communication about what is and what is not at SkogsElmia 2019 has reached visitors and exhibitors alike. And, as the inaugural edition of the SkogsElmia Innovation Award clearly demonstrates, forest ownership and management has entered a whole new era – precision forestry with traceable wood flows scalable to landscape levels is already here via your smartphone.