LIGNA 2017: 90 % of exhibition space booked

Picture courtesy of Deutsche Messe

Six month before LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking industry, opens its doors the organisers Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association report 90 % of the available exhibition space has been booked. Against this background, Ligna is once again expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors, with more than half from outside Germany. Ligna 2017 will take place from 22-26 May in Hannover, Germany.

“LIGNA is on track for success. In fact, compared with the same stage in the planning cycle for the last show, we are well ahead in terms of booked space,” commented Christian Pfeiffer, the Director in charge of LIGNA at Deutsche Messe. “For the upcoming show we are partnering with the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association and our regular exhibitors to develop a new thematic layout that reflects the changing ways in which customers of all sizes use woodworking and timber processing technology.”

The upcoming LIGNA will see smaller providers showcasing themselves alongside major players. Exhibitor locations at the show are now based on salient aspects of technology use, giving rise to completely new display clusters. Visitors, in particular, will benefit considerably from this revamped layout plan, which is designed to make their visit even more efficient by giving them quick, convenient access to the themes that matter most to them.

Focus on intelligent concepts for integrated manufacturing

The central focus of the upcoming show will be on intelligent concepts for integrated manufacturing across all links in the wood processing chain. Integrated manufacturing opens up major opportunities for companies seeking to develop new business areas, boost productivity and build their competitive edge. LIGNA 2017 will showcase the close interplay between and ongoing integration of the virtual and real worlds – across the entire value chain of the timber processing and woodworking industries.

Other big highlights at next year’s show include a comprehensive display of solutions for processing plastics and composites, a series of training courses for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters, assemblers and installers, the Wood Industry Summit and the “Fibers in Process@LIGNA” showcase. “Fibers in Process@LIGNA” is a technology transfer event in two parts – one featuring processes and technologies from the pulp and paper industry that are relevant for the wood industry, and the other featuring materials made from paper, pulp and wood.

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Added by: Sarah Storck