Hannover, Germany. Despite a series of extraordinary challenges, including rising energy prices, material shortages and economic uncertainties in many markets, the woodworking and wood processing industry is in good spirits some six months before LIGNA. Around two-thirds of LIGNA’s longstanding exhibitors have already confirmed their participation for 2023, with 75 percent of the available exhibition space already occupied. From 15 to 19 May 2023, the industry will convene at its flagship trade fair in Hannover, Germany.
"This positive trend underscores the importance of LIGNA for the woodworking community as a key networking hub and platform for development and innovation," commented Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association, referring to the high level of registrations. "After four years, the industry needs this opportunity for face-to-face contact in Hannover. It is all the more gratifying that all market leaders have already made their decision to exhibit at LIGNA 2023 and will be unveiling innovations at the event," he continued. This and next year, LIGNA’s appeal will be enhanced by digital elements designed to increase the event’s reach – before, during and after the show.
"Based on the current rate of bookings and our discussions over the past few months, we can confirm the high level of loyalty and commitment of our exhibitors towards LIGNA which provides them with the opportunity to perform live demonstrations - not just of machines and tools, but of total solutions covering all aspects of their products and services," reported Stephanie Wagner, Head of LIGNA. "We are convinced that, in close cooperation with our exhibitors, the upcoming LIGNA 2023 will continue to be the leading international showcase. Along the entire value chain, innovative solutions for all stages of woodworking and wood processing – from harvesting to surface finishing – will be on display. And this, involving not only wood as a raw material – which is at the core of our LIGNA – but also other materials such as plastics, glass, stone and composites, among others," she added.
Industry upbeat on upcoming event
In 2023, key global players and national leaders will again be relying on LIGNA. In the words of Achim Homeier, Senior Director of Global Marketing & Product Management at HOMAG GmbH: "For us at HOMAG, LIGNA is the leading trade fair and a unique platform for presenting innovations to all target groups from craft to industry. We show the entire spectrum from individual machines to plants, software and services and get direct feedback for market-oriented further development from our customers and interested parties."
Markus Hüllmann, Managing Director of Kraft Maschinenbau, added: "As the Kraft Group, we are looking forward to LIGNA 2023. For face-to-face contact with our customers and the opportunity to showcase our innovations – particularly within the context of digitization and sustainability – LIGNA remains the place to be."
For Carola Lenkewitz, Head of Marketing and Communications at Siempelkamp, the personal encounters are the main focus: "LIGNA 2023 - we at Siempelkamp are awaiting the event with great anticipation. After so many years waiting for our leading trade fair to return, we will finally be able to present ourselves to our customers, partners and all interested parties again next year. For us, LIGNA is and will remain a special meeting place as well as a milestone for our developments."
In addition to the opportunity for face-to-face networking and presentations at exhibition stands, LIGNA 2023 also scores high with its focus on current industry developments. According to Klaus Kullmann, Member of the Board of Management at Jowat SE: "Sustainability is the central theme of our time for our customers as well as for us. By choosing 'Digitization' and 'Wood in Construction' as its focus themes, LIGNA 2023 is addressing important sustainability aspects, presenting new, innovative solutions and thus reaffirming its position as the world’s leading trade show for our industry. For us, LIGNA is the perfect platform for face-to-face exchanges with customers and system partners, so we are delighted to be back as an exhibitor after such a long time."
For Raphaël Prati, Biesse Group Marketing & Communications Director, as the leading trade show for the woodworking and processing industry, LIGNA is simply a "must" event: "LIGNA is innovative, it moves with the times, and it confirms the intention of companies to invest in the entire industrial sector, despite the current challenging times we are facing. LIGNA has succeeded in positioning itself as a reference key point for the global woodworking industry. Its success is based on its ability to adapt to changes in the industry as well as to the latest technological developments. To highlight the offered benefits and the opportunity for companies to show the results of their investments, it is important that the trade fair not only takes place over 5 days, but that it is carried over a 2 years communicative level, with new content and leveraging both physical and digital touchpoints. In this way, the importance obtained over time will be underlined between one edition and another."
The LIGNA Stage covers the themes that matter to the industry
In addition to the presentation of tool and machinery solutions, next year LIGNA visitors can also look forward to discussions of highly relevant industry challenges at the LIGNA.Stage. At the LIGNA.Campus, participants from research and education will present their educational offers and research projects, and at the LIGNA.Future Square powered by VDMA, startups from the industry will showcase their business ideas. At LIGNA.Recruiting, professionals and companies will have the opportunity to present themselves in a digital job forum and exchange ideas in person in a matchmaking area onsite.
"Following a four-year break, it is realistic to expect a firework of innovations at LIGNA 2023. LIGNA 2023 will be a must-have-can't-miss event for all of us," says Stephanie Wagner, looking forward to May 2023 with optimism.
The world’s leading trade fair for the woodworking and wood processing industry is jointly organized by Deutsche Messe and VDMA Woodworking Machinery. It showcases the entire range of products and services for the primary and secondary industries – tools, machines and systems for custom and mass production, surface technology, wood-based panel production, sawmill technology, energy from wood, machine components and automation technology, as well as machines and systems for forestry, round wood and sawn wood production.
LIGNA | The World of Woodworking
The world's leading trade fair with a global range of tools, machinery and equipment for woodworking and wood processing will be held in Hanover from May 15 to 19, 2023.