Press release 29.8.2018

Companies have invested extensively in product development – see the results at the FinnMETKO 2018 trade fair from Thursday

Machinery and equipment manufacturers have rolled up their sleeves and begun to seriously search for solutions for smoother and more efficient machinery work, and the utilization of automation in the heavy machinery industry. Beginning on Thursday August 30, the FinnMETKO trade fair will host a wide number of new machine models, applications, services, and new features for existing products. FinnMETKO 2018 is Finland’s largest trade fair for the machinery industry, and will be held in Jämsä from August 30 – September 9, 2018.

More than 400 exhibitors have signed up for the trade fair. These companies’ investments in research and product development will be seen at the trade fair, since many exhibitors have announced that they will launch new machines, equipment, or features for existing products at the fair.

There are several driving forces behind product development. Contracting markets are becoming more competitive, and increased productivity and efficiency play a large role in the financial success of machinery companies. The development of automation, sensor technology and digitalization provide opportunities for developing systems which not only increase efficiency, but also offer new tools for the development of machine operators’ work and to support corporate management. 

The occupational safety and comfort of machine operators are also driving forces behind product development. They are particularly significant as machinery industry companies will find themselves increasingly competing with other industries over employees.

Plenty of jobs in machinery industries

The sharp growth in demand for contracting in the machinery industry has created new jobs, causing occasional labour shortages. In a recent survey by the Trade Association of Finnish Forestry and Earth Moving Contractors, half of responding entrepreneurs said that they have sufficient labour in their companies, while the other half reported occasional labour shortages. Around 70 per cent of companies said it was difficult to find labour.

The same message was also received from machinery and equipment manufacturers: it has become more difficult to find labour, and jobs are available for skilled workers. Recruitment notices have already been seen at other industry trade fairs, and the same is expected at FinnMETKO 2018.

See, experience, and test drive

Real work is carried out with the machines at the FinnMETKO trade fair. In addition to watching demonstrations, at some stands it is also possible to test drive the machines in real working environments. For example, visitors to the Kaakkolampi gravel pit can try out excavation using 3D machine control systems in practice. At the pit, there will be excavators equipped by equipment suppliers, and visitors will be able to try out 3D excavation in real work site conditions.

The FinnMETKO trade fair is being held for the 17th time. More than 400 exhibitors have signed up for the trade fair. The exhibitors include the main machinery, equipment and spare parts manufacturers in the heavy machinery and commercial vehicle industries and suppliers from the earthworks, forestry and energy sectors. There will also be many ancillary service providers and stakeholders from the machinery industry at the trade fair.

The FinnMETKO 2018 trade fair will be open to the public between 9.00am and 5.00pm from August 30 to 1 September 2018.

The professional and sales trade fair is Finland’s main event for the heavy machinery industry. FinnMETKO 2018 is brought to you by Finnmetko Oy, with additional services provided by the Trade Association of Finnish Forestry and Earthmoving Contractors and Keski-Suomen Koneyrittäjät ry.

For more information, please contact:
Sirpa Heiskanen, Press/ FinnMETKO 2018
tel. +358 (0)40 9009 423, sirpa.heiskanen(at)

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