Editor’s pickLIGNA 2019: Wood Industry Summit


The next LIGNA, which will run from the 27th to the 31st of May 2019, will put the spotlight on three key themes: Integrated Manufacturing – Customised Solutions, Smart Surface Technologies and Access to Resources and Technology. For primary wood industry players, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry serves as an important platform for dialogue and the latest technologies as well as a gateway to new markets. The same is true of the fair’s Wood Industry Summit, which will be themed Access to Resources and Technology.

A joint production by LIGNA organiser Deutsche Messe and the German Forestry Council (KWF), the Wood Industry Summit will be in its third season at LIGNA 2019. Comprising a forum, lounge and exhibition space, the Summit will have a strong presence right in the heart of Hall 26 at the Hannover Exhibition Centre. Among much else, the focus will be on ways of optimising the entire forest-wood-logistics value chain – from standing trees through to final processing in the factory – as well as on protecting forests from biotic and abiotic damage, and on climate and environmentally-friendly harvesting processes and the future of the forest and wood industry.

Other key themes covered by the Wood Industry Summit include digitisation in forestry, data protection and data integrity, forest firefighting, forestry infrastructure, road networks and logistics. Digital technologies now span the entire forestry value chain, from forest information and integrated harvesting systems right through to modern forest management practices. The technologies involved include drones, apps, laser scanners and all kinds of sophisticated software programmes. Sustainable forest management involves enormous volumes of data, such as forest inventory data, silviculture data, environmental and wildlife data, operational data, and data relating to feasibility studies, risk analysis, accidents, forest damage and monitoring. As in other industries, the key to getting the most out of these vast data streams is efficient data management software. Thus, digitisation will be at the forefront of topics explored at the coming Wood Industry Summit, both in the discussion forums as well as in the exhibition area.

The Wood Industry Summit will feature a different focus theme on each of the five days of the show, and will comprise of a series of panel discussions and speed presentations, a meeting area, Guided Tours and an exhibition area.

“We are delighted that the German Forestry Council is supporting us again this year by giving us access to its excellent international networks and by ensuring that the topics covered at the Summit are highly relevant and offer a good mix of scientific and commercial issues,” said Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe's Global Director LIGNA and Woodworking Events.

“It's a perfect platform for networking and sharing knowledge with international representatives from science and politics, decision-makers from the pulp and paper and panel products industries, and forest industry professionals from some of the most resource-rich regions in the world,” KWF Director Dr Ute Seeling, added.

The 2017 Wood Industry Summit attracted delegations from Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Germany, Finland, Canada, Columbia, Rumania, Russia, Ukraine and the USA, and resulted in contracts worth over €30 million.