Integrated, customised solutions and smart surface technologies to dominate LIGNA 2019



LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, has announced the main topics to be highlighted at the next show, which runs from 27 to 31 May 2019: “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions”, “Smart Surface Technologies” and “Wood Industry Summit”.

Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions

Digitisation, integration and automation will be high on the agenda at LIGNA 2019. The show’s exhibitors will focus on new wood-industry applications for smart technologies, new developments and customised solutions for intelligent production across all areas of the wood value chain. Their exhibitions and displays will span a broad array of themes, including augmented reality, virtual reality, digitisation, customer-specific tailoring and safety.

Exhibitors will also be demonstrating solutions of all sizes for users of all scales. “Only here at LIGNA will visitors be able to witness wood-industry machinery and applications live in action,” commented Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe’s Global Director for LIGNA and Woodworking Events.

Smart Surface Technologies

Surface technology has been steadily expanding its presence at LIGNA, and in 2017 featured for the first time as a display category of its own. The surface technology sector is enjoying strong growth on the back of mounting customer demand for product individualization. In 2017 this trend resulted in significantly enlarged displays in the surface technology section of the show. The organisers are therefore planning to further highlight and expand this topic at LIGNA 2019, focusing in particular on adhesives, liquid coatings and lacquers and digital printing. In 2019, the digital printing lineup will also include 3D printing technologies.

Wood Industry Summit

The Wood Industry Summit will include digitisation in forestry, data protection and data integrity, forest firefighting, forestry infrastructure, road networks and logistics.

LIGNA is also working closely with their partners, the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, exhibitors and co-promoters to develop additional in-show events that deal with topical issues and challenges.

The skilled woodworking trades are one focus of this work – which is why the LIGNA Training Workshops that premiered in 2017 will be further enhanced for the 2019 season. Held during the show, these workshops are where technology experts provide user training for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters, mobile assemblers and installers and other skilled tradespeople. The workshop programme for LIGNA 2019 will address a number of new areas, including CAD and software for the skilled trades.

“It’s still early in the game, but one thing is for sure: Next year’s LIGNA will be particularly strong on innovative, high-tech solutions for woodworking,” said Christian Pfeiffer.

Looking back, LIGNA 2017 was in top form as the world’s leading trade show for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry. It attracted a highly international crowd, featured a wealth of innovations, and provided comprehensive market coverage. The show featured more than 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries and occupied some 130,000 square meters (1,399,300 sq. ft.) of net display space.