Next year’s LIGNA will feature a brand new site layout to reflect changing trends and market developments. The new layout, conceptualised by organisers Deutsche Messe, the woodworking branch of the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA) and LIGNA exhibitors, will make it easier for visitors to navigate as themed clusters will be more compact, and more logically laid out.
Christian Pfeiffer of Deutsche Messe, said, “The new layout does justice to the fact that woodworking technologies can no longer be meaningfully differentiated in terms of the size of the companies using them.”
The display categories—seven in total—have also been rearranged for more logical transitions between related topics on site:
• Tools, Machinery and Plant for Custom and Mass Production (“Secondary Processing”)
• Surface Finishing Technology
• Wood-based Panel Production
• Sawmill Technology
• Energy from Wood
• Machine Components and Automation Technology
• Forestry Technology
“We have already started allocating stand space to exhibitors, and we’re getting very positive feedback,” said Dr Bernhard Dirr, head of the VDMA’s woodworking branch.
The displays that make up the category “Tools, Machinery and Plant for Custom and Mass Production” will be in Halls 11 to 15 as well as in Hall 27. “Surface Treatment Technology” will get its own dedicated display in Hall 17, which is close to – and thematically related to – “Wood-based Panel Production” in Hall 26, where Siempelkamp and Dieffenbacher are located. Also in Hall 26 is “Energy from Wood”, right next to “Sawmill Technology” in Hall 25, where the line-up of exhibitors includes Linck, Möhringer and EWD. Hall 16 houses a completely new display category entitled “Machine Components and Automation Technology”. Exhibitors in Hall 16 (between “Surface Treatment Technology” and “Secondary Processing”) include electric automation, power transmission and control, data exchange and automation software.
Exhibitors under “Forestry Technology” will remain in the open-air site and in the pavilions beneath the EXPO Canopy.