• Latin America’s leading forestry, woodworking and furniture tradeshow drew a record 7,000 buyers this year
  • Business transactions valued at over 400 million pesos were reported
  • Winners of CoBo2, PREDIM and the Makers for Good @MEM Industrial makeathon were presented with their awards during the event


MEXICO CITY, January 29, 2020. The 2020 edition of MEM Industrial, Latin America’s leading woodworking and furniture tradeshow, reported over 7,000 visitors from Mexico and abroad, and generated more than 400 million pesos in on-site business, according to its director Azul Ogazón.

The event, which took place on January 22-24 at Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, featured 130 companies and 200 brands from nine countries, whose stands took up over 14,000 square meters of exhibition space. The most complete expo of its kind, MEM Industrial 2020 represented the sector’s entire supply chain, from the forestry industry to the applications of Industry 4.0 technology to woodworking and furniture manufacturing.

To shore up the main themes of this year’s edition of MEM Industrial, a free program of some 20 conferences, workshops and seminars was organized to promote sustainability and innovation in surface technologies, and help close the gap between design and industry.

MEM Industrial 2020 also served as a platform for three award ceremonies related to the aforementioned themes:


Organized by CANAINMA in cooperation with Hannover Fairs México, this award acknowledges the conservation efforts of institutions, individuals and companies. The National Forestry Commission, the Ministry of Economic Development in Estado de México, CONCAMIN and Reforestamos México were all presented with awards for their contribution to the country’s forestry sector.


The PREDIM awards are an initiative of the Mexican Association of Suppliers of the Woodworking and Furniture Industry (AMPIMM, A.C.), organized in conjunction with MEM Industrial with the support of DI-INTEGRA experts. Targeting architecture, industrial and interior design students, the goal of these awards is to promote innovation and close the gap between the student community and furniture manufacturers with a view to fostering the development of the industry and improving the quality of the furniture made in Mexico.

According to the association’s director-general Christian Clapes, this was the first time “AMPIMM used the MEM Industrial exhibition floor to award three young Mexican talents who took part in the Furniture Design Awards (PREDIM). The UNAM is a seedbed for talent in industrial design and the winning project, Cobani, a coffee table crafted using age-old Mexican woodworking techniques, received numerous compliments, he said, adding that, in granting this award, AMPIMM aims to motivate industrial designers and help them forge closer ties with companies operating in the sector.”

Cobani was designed and manufactured by David León, Itzel Zacnicté Molina and María Fernanda Pastor, who took home a cash prize of $15,000 pesos. Second place went to Aura Carpio and Mariana Cecilia Rivero Alvarado, whose Tlapani table won them $10,000 pesos and in third place was the PI rocking chair designed by Paula Peralta, Alejandro Ortega and David Soto Martínez, who were awarded $5,000 pesos.

The full list of finalists can be consulted here. 


MEM Industrial Manager Christoph Hesse describes a makeathon as “a competition in which a series of teams race to create prototypes that solve specific problems. A fusion of the words “make” and “marathon”, makeathons were born of the need to put the business talents of incubators and accelerators to the service of the creativity of “makers” at fablabs, a concept that originated in 2001 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Broadly speaking, fablabs are workshops equipped with the technology, machinery and inputs to perform digital manufacturing on a small scale, as opposed to the mass production processes we generally perceive this as being limited to. In short, they are seedbeds for talent, training grounds, producers of prototypes and innovative solutions, and a means of making contact with incubators and accelerators.

The idea behind the makeathon is to intensively develop the creative proposals produced by fablabs, culminating in the materialization of a prototype and its manufacture. In the case of MEM Industrial 2020, we are looking for innovative furniture design proposals,” concluded Hesse.

The Makers for Good @ MEM Industrial Makeathon was aimed at artists, designers, engineers and creative talents from all kinds of disciplines, who were asked to design items of furniture using 3D modeling and digital manufacturing processes. A total of 14 applicants were shortlisted and went on to take part in a training program organized by Asia Robótica, Fablab Impact, Fablab DF, Hettich, Tecnotabla and SolidWorks, via its authorized distributor Diseño y Manufactura Digital (DMD). All 14 finalists had the opportunity to visit the Tecnotabla plant in Tabasco.

The projects of the winners of the Makers for Good @ MEM Industrial Makeathon were exhibited at MEM Industrial 2020:

  • First place went to En la Lagu by Paola Montaño and Iván Chávez, who won a trip to the Hettich plant in Germany.
  • The runner up was GARI by Susana García and Daniela Rioja, who will be visiting the Asia Robótica plant in Jalisco and taking a ride on the Tequila Express.
  • And in third place was WUD by Maura and María Morfín, who were each presented with a Solid Works Wacom tablet.

To learn more about the winning projects, click on this link.


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