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Next regular LIGNA in May 2023

LIGNA.21 stands cancelled

The next regular LIGNA will be held from May 15 to 19, 2023. The event scheduled for this year from September 27 to October 1 will not take place in this event cycle, declares Deutsche Messe AG and VDMA Woodworking Machinery.

Due to the continuing high-level of infection worldwide in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ongoing anti-COVID inoculation drives across the globe and the continuing existence of travel restrictions, Deutsche Messe, together with the VDMA Woodworking Machinery, has taken the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of LIGNA – world’s leading trade show for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools.

“Uncertainties in the wake of the pandemic still remain very high worldwide. In close consultation with the VDMA, we have therefore decided to cancel LIGNA as a physical event in 2021,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG. “In order to offer the industry a platform for innovations, knowledge exchange, and networking, alternatively we will set up a digital networking and content platform that will be launched at the end of September. We are also planning the Rosenheim LIGNA.Conference in early summer 2022. For both event formats, we are incorporating the many new insights and positive experiences from the recently hosted HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition.”

“The decision to cancel LIGNA in this event cycle was very difficult for all of us. Together with our partner Deutsche Messe and together with the exhibitors, the companies in the woodworking and wood processing industry, we fought to hold LIGNA as the world’s most important industry platform this year. Commitment from the market has been exceptionally high right up to the end – even in these uncertain times. This has given us all a lot of tailwind in recent weeks,” says Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of VDMA Woodworking Machinery. He further adds, “At LIGNA, we must consider that entire machine parks are designed, set up and presented in live operation with a long lead time and a great deal of effort. This requires many months of trade show planning. This is the reason, why we have now been forced to decide on holding LIGNA in the fall to give our customers the necessary planning security. Another postponement makes no sense in view of the innovation cycles of the companies and in view of the next LIGNA, which will take place again in May 2023. Unfortunately, there is no alternative to the cancellation this year.”

“LIGNA’s unique selling point is live demonstrations of tools, machinery, and equipment, up to complete production lines. This is what LIGNA stands for and this is what makes up the brand essence of the event. We are now focusing on planning and preparing the LIGNA in May 2023 as the next regular show date as another international and innovative trade show and having this live experience with technology to discover, to touch and to try out, back in Hannover,” says Christian Pfeiffer, Global Director LIGNA & Woodworking Shows at Deutsche Messe. “With the digital networking and content platform along our focus topics in September this year and the Rosenheim LIGNA Conference in early summer 2022, LIGNA will remain the driving force for the international woodworking and processing industry,” Pfeiffer continues.

New digital platform connects international wood industry
LIGNA.Innovation Network made a convincing debut from September 27 to 29, 2021. The new digital event for the international woodworking and processing industry impressively demonstrated the importance of such a format in these challenging times. 120 exhibiting companies and more than 80 renowned speakers from industry, politics and research have set new impulses and shown perspectives for the industry.

More than 5,000 registered participants learned about innovations and trends in the industry. This makes the LIGNA.Innovation Network clearly one of the world’s largest conferences of wood industry. The event was organised by Deutsche Messe Hannover together with the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association along the focus themes of LIGNA.
“We are delighted that the digital format of Expo, Conference and Networking has met with such a broad response, and that many well-known companies, experts and industry representatives have exchanged their ideas in the LIGNA.Innovation Network,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover. “The event highlighted opportunities for the industry and encouraged dialogue around the three focus topics of Green Material Processing, Woodworking Transformation and Prefab Building Processes. This has impressively proven that the industry is ready to break new ground where conditions are changing.”

“The innovations presented here by the companies, as well as the topics discussed in the interactive conference programme, have made it clear how important exchange continues to be in order to meet the current challenges in business and society,” said Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association. “Even if we missed the personal contact that we have at a trade fair, the LIGNA.Innovation Network has clearly shown how informative and inspiring digital events can be.”
120 national and international companies showed comprehensive product overviews and best-case applications and provided information on concrete solutions via livestream and video chats.

In order to promote dialogue for a future-oriented bioeconomy, the Wood Industry Summit was launched as a digital event for the first time. The online conference brought together more than 30 international experts from industry and politics who examined the wood-based bioeconomy from a variety of perspectives.