LIGNA 2013: summit meeting of the forestry and timber industryMüller Ahlhorn
Ahlhorn | Hanover | 06.05.2013
Impressive international scope, a host of technical innovations and full market coverage: even before LIGNA 2013 begins in Hannover from May 6 to 10, the world’s leading trade fair for the forestry and woodworking industries will be proving its position as the world’s most important meeting place for the sector.
“The industry’s leading manufacturers have geared their innovation cycles to LIGNA and will be showcasing their new products first in Hannover. From there, these machines will then conquer the world’s markets,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG, about LIGNA. “Visitors to LIGNA can see everything that will be important to the industry worldwide over the next two years.
From May 6 to 10, some 1,650 exhibitors will be bringing along fascinating new developments from some 50 countries. The entire value chain of woodworking and wood processing will be on display at the show, from forestry technology, primary processing in the sawmill and wood-based panel industries, secondary processing in trades and industries, to the use of wood for energy generation.
High level of internationality
LIGNA is the industry’s most international trade fair. More than half of the exhibitors come from abroad, from around 50 countries. The top ten exhibiting nations in terms of number of exhibitors include Germany, followed by Italy, Austria, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Spain and Denmark. LIGNA also shines in terms of visitor quality: one in three trade visitors at the 2011 event came to Hannover from outside Germany. Every second visitor is a decision-maker from senior management.
The development of individualised production processes and the manufacture of cross-process control systems are currently the drivers of innovations – which run like a red thread through the exhibitors’ offerings. They meet customer expectations with more flexibility and greater efficiency in production. Nevertheless, the exhibitors not only have the know-how for the new production methods, they also know how to design production processes in a future-oriented manner. Keywords are sustainability, energy and resource efficiency.
One of the top themes at this year’s LIGNA is surface technology in Halls 16 and 17, with different printing processes and processing systems for seamless surface lamination and adhesive-free plasma technology being just a few of the keywords. The theme is complemented by the special “Materia Exhibition” in Hall 17, which features, for example, some 200 different and novel surface materials. There you can see what can already be done with wood today, such as wood from waste or translucent woods.
Bioenergy from wood in Halls 13, 27, in the open-air area and in Pavilions 32 to 35 will provide impulses that are of great importance for the wood energy market and all the companies operating in it. With this focus, LIGNA is by far the largest trade show for this sector. Relevant topics include the uniformly controlled quality of wood fuels, their preparation, heat and power generation, improved logistics and securing the supply of raw materials.
Another top topic is lightweight construction. LIGNA focuses on this topic with the special presentation “lightweight.network” in Hall 17 and a conference with international participation, including many experts from research and development. The special presentation provides an insight into current lightweight construction projects, with users demonstrating the fascinating things that can be done with lightweight construction. The exhibits include the Porsche Design kitchen by premium manufacturer Poggenpohl, for example, which uses high-tech lightweight panels.
The window construction sector in particular, with machines, tools and materials for window production in Halls 11, 12, 14 and 15, will prove to be a magnet for visitors. The Federal Association ProHolzfenster has organised a joint stand for this purpose. There wooden windows will be presented for the first time, which are faced with the so-called “modified wood” – a world premiere.
Special presentations, forums and congresses
Numerous special presentations, forums and congresses complement the LIGNA exhibition program. “We are particularly pleased that we will be hosting the congress on the innovative potential of the forestry, paper and wood industries for the European bio-economy here in Hannover for the first time on the first day of the show,” says Köckler. It will show how market participants from the different EU member states define sector-specific guidelines and how future EU funding programmes can be actively shaped by the forest-based sector.
In addition, numerous