LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, is gearing up for its 2017 season (22 to 26 May). With opening day six months away, 90% of the available exhibition space has been booked.
“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, 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. And I’m pleased to say the initiative has really paid off.”
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 more efficient by giving them quick, convenient access to the themes that matter most to them.
Exhibitors have given their “thumbs up” to the new hall layout scheme, which in some cases has led to exhibitors booking more space for enlarged presentations. Repeat exhibitors include Biesse, Bürkle, Cefla, Felder, IMA, SCM and UNIMAK.
LIGNA 2017 will also feature numerous first-time exhibitors, such as RS Wood from Italy, Aigner-Werkzeuge from Austria and Vector Systems from New Zealand. Newcomers in LIGNA’s surface technology display area also include many internationally renowned companies, such as Intergroup Plastik (Turkey), Unison (Poland) and IVM Chemicals (Germany).
The Wood-Based Panel Production, Sawmill Technology and Energy from Wood displays will likewise benefit from a strong showing of repeat and first-time exhibitors. They include German companies Akzo Nobel, Brüninghaus Verpackungssysteme and Heizomat, and Italian company Itipack. Well-known first-time exhibitors include Scheuch LIGNO (Austria), Rotodecor (Germany) and Signode Industrial Group (Sweden).
The central focus of the upcoming show will be on intelligent concepts for integrated manufacturing across all links in the wood processing chain.
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.
LIGNA 2017 is expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors, with more than half of the visitors coming from outside Germany.