WITH less than a month to go until Elmia Wood opens its doors, the fair's schedule has now been released - with guest speakers, industry giants and leading politicians set to take centre stage. 

Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the Sweden's Moderate Party, and minister for rural affairs Anna-Caren Sätherberg will be among those at the three-day event, which returns to Bratteborg, near Jönköping, for the first time in nearly half a decade.

Focusing on future innovation and sustainable forestry, Elmia is expected to welcome thousands into the woods between June 2-4. Exhibitors will include fresh faces and stalwarts, such as Malwa, Mus-Max, Husqvarna, Terri, Kranman, Trejon and Stihl. 

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Moderated by Swedish TV presenter Ellinor Persson, the fair will be opened by Ms Sätherberg on June 2. This will be followed by presentations from the likes of Johan Börjesson, of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, who asks: “How many times and for what can we use a wood fibre?”

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The day concludes with the timber marketplace Virkesbörsen giving a speech on “The timber trade – price trends and future prospects”.

One of the most important items on the programme for day two, according to organisers, is titled: “How important is the forest industry from a climate and socioeconomic perspective?”

The question is debated by Swedish politicians Mattias Karlsson (Sweden Democrats Party), Ulf Kristersson (Moderate Party), Isak From (Social Democratic Party), Jakob Olofsgård (Liberal People’s Party), Birger Lahti (Left Party) and Annie Lööf (Centre Party).

Day three will be led by a dicussion on "How should Sweden’s forest owners think and act now and in the future?”. Again, politicians from across the political divide will have their say. 

A number of the talks will be given in English. 

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Other highlights of the fair include the prizegiving ceremonies for the Golden Logger and Golden Axe of the Year awards, which will be held on the first day.

The Golden Logger goes to a forest contractor who has stood out within the industry in an extra positive way as a role model and source of inspiration.

To view the full programme, visit Elmia Wood's website