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World’s greatest forestry event 2020 to take place in the heart of Germany

Preparations for the largest forestry demo trade event of 2020, the 18th KWF-Tagung are almost complete. Organised in Germany once every four years by Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. (KWF), the 18th edition takes place from July 1- 4, 2020 in Schwarzenborn, Hessia. On 140 ha of field and forest area, approximately 500 exhibitors from over 25 countries will present their latest state-of-the-art technological developments to the 50 000 trade visitors expected to attend.

Preparations for the largest forestry demo trade event of 2020, the 18th KWF-Tagung are almost complete. Organised in Germany once every four years by Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. (KWF), the 18th edition takes place from July 1- 4, 2020 in Schwarzenborn, Hessia. On 140 ha of field and forest area, approximately 500 exhibitors from over 25 countries will present their latest state-of-the-art developments to the 50 000 trade visitors expected to attend.

As such this will make the 18th KWF-Tagung the largest forestry demo fair of the year and therefore the most important international meeting place. The KWF-Tagung consists of three components: the KWF-Expo (forestry machines and innovations show), in-field demonstrations and the congress.

On the large demonstration areas of the KWF-Expo, manufacturers from around the world present their products and machines in action. Products from all areas of forestry technology are shown – from splitting wedge to personal protective equipment, chainsaw and log splitter to large machines including ICT (information and communication technology), transport of timber, municipal applications, energy engineering, and occupational safety.

Outstanding innovations are awarded the KWF-innovation medals. Laureates, as well as nominees, will be giving the interested audience a broad impression of the innovative strength and inventiveness of forestry technology.

A pleased 16th KWF-innovation silver medal nominee Per Jonsson (right) ABAB collects the certificate from Helga Böhle, KWF.

The programme is enriched by a range of special exhibitions on current subjects. This year’s key aspects are “reforestation” – including clearing of areas, planting, and seeding, “bioenergy”, “wood logistics”, “rescue in the forest” “bark beetle” – with monitoring, prevention, conservation and technical aids, such as debarking heads.

Modern forestry technology is presented at the in-field demonstrations in live operation. The 16 km trail contains a total of 32 excursion points which are presented by independent experts. The current focus is on reforestation with the topics of area preparation and plantation of the stock by seeding and planting.

Practical solutions are offered to visitors at a total of nine in-field demonstration points in order to bring the extensive calamity areas caused by storms and beetles back into stock. With 16 demonstration points, methods of timber harvesting that focus on forest protection constitute the largest area.

It houses large timber harvesting, “new” sustainability, soil protection as well as health and safety. The in-field demonstrations can be visited from Wednesday to Friday.

The congress is the platform for decision-makers. The main focus will be on lectures for a key audience, discussion forums with experts and pioneering workshops at the “KWF-Zukunftswerkstatt”.

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