59′ edición – Primero en Yecla

 

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Primero en Yecla (First in Yecla): A question of roots

Yecla is the cradle of furniture. With around 500 companies dedicated to the furniture and wood sector, as well as related activities (upholstery, ancillary industries, etc.), Yecla Furniture Fair arises in this land in a natural and necessary way as an expression that helps to strengthen the local economy.

Thanks to its privileged natural environment, and the entrepreneurial nature of its people, Yecla has grown exponentially around the timber sector. Since the 17th century the trades related to this sector have left their mark in the territory, as the first furniture manufacturing and trading workshops appeared in the 19th century. These represented the germ of the first industrialization in Yecla.

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Pioneers of the Altiplano (high plateau)

It was figures like Pedro Chinchilla Candela and Rafael Azorín Fernández, master cabinetmakers, the pioneers in establishing themselves as furniture manufacturers in the city of Yecla at the beginning of the 20th century. Thanks to the introduction of modern machinery in their workshops, they could commercialize their products at regional and national levels.

They were the first, but soon many other family companies shaped an authentic and new business network based on the furniture industry and its derivatives which, up until now, represents the local economic engine of this town.

New challenges

These small workshops soon had to face great difficulties caused by an economic and sector crisis which put a brake on the growth and development as well as the industry and heritage of Yecla. However, the spirit of improvement of the ‘yeclanos’ led them to create in 1949 the ‘Cooperativa Obrera de Muebles’ (Furniture Workers’ Cooperative), which had parish priest and archpriest of Yecla, José Esteban Díaz, as its main driving force. He managed to gather and join forces of more than 150 furniture workers.

When this association finished their project, many of these employees founded their own manufacturing companies. Some of these companies, with a long family and crafts tradition, exhibit at the Yecla Furniture Fair even today.

First official Fair

1962

Year

24

Exhibitor Companies

700

Square metres of facilities

Latest edition

2019

Year

120

Exhibitor Companies

17000

Square metres of facilities

The Fair is born

In 1961, and with the clear objective of consolidating the local economy based on furniture and wood, the first Furniture Local Exhibition was held in Yecla with great expectation and enormous acceptance. It included the participation of 15 factories, two tapestry shops and a plating company, all of them local.

 

After the success of this initiative, the following year what would be the first official sector fair held in Spain. Under the name of “Provincial Furniture Fair and Related Industries” this event brought together 24 exhibitors in an area of 700 metres of space. Certainly this was a milestone that placed Yecla and its industry on the map, making it known at a national level and highlighting its value.

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Yecla Furniture Fair

The natural growth of the industry and the new demands of manufacturers provided the foundations for the event, which year after year was consolidated as an essential appointment. In 1968 the Fair was relocated to the new building of the fair, which is being remodeled and its size has increased over time to meet the needs of a constantly growing event. To this day, the fairground has some 17,000 metres of surface with enough room for 130 exhibiting companies.

 

Trust and the ability to adjust to the economic circumstances have been key in the fact that Yecla Furniture Fair hasn’t stopped being held annually and without fail ever since its creation. Moreover, it has had powerful allies such as the Furniture Export Consortium of the Region of Murcia (CONEXMU) who have collaborated in the promotion and internationalization of the Fair.

 

Trust and the ability to adjust to the economic circumstances have been key in the fact that Yecla Furniture Fair hasn’t stopped being held annually and without fail ever since its creation. Moreover, it has had powerful allies such as the Furniture Export Consortium of the Region of Murcia (CONEXMU) who have collaborated in the promotion and internationalization of the Fair

Furniture Cluster

In Yecla you will find one of the biggest concentrations of companies in the furniture sector at an international level. Just within a 5-km radius you will be able to find all you need for your business or professional project.

20000

Square metres of industrial and commercial area to create your complete habitat

10000

Workers involved in the furniture industry

500

Companies specialised in furniture manufacture, rest, upholstery and related industries.

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