LIGNA returns with a comprehensive overview of the woodworking and wood processing industry

With over 105,000sq.m of exhibition space and more than 1,100 exhibitors, LIGNA 2023 – 15–19 May 2023 – will celebrate its return to presence with a comprehensive overview of the woodworking and wood processing industry. Despite the tense global political situation, the positive booking status confirms LIGNA's status as the world's leading trade show. Global players and renowned companies from all over the world come together to showcase tools, machinery and equipment as well as smart solutions and new technologies.

In addition to companies from Germany, those from Italy, Austria, Turkey, Spain, China, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark and the Netherlands account for the largest proportion of exhibitors by area. In the process, the world's leading trade show has also been able to expand its exhibitor portfolio: this year, more than 180 first-time exhibitors intend to take advantage of the opportunities for business initiation and networking.

"LIGNA offers a unique overview of the the woodworking and wood processing industry's entire value chain. It's 'THE' international showcase for innovations and 'THE' stage for world firsts. We've been receiving a wave of euphoria from the community ever since planning began. The industry is looking forward to the face-to-face experience in Hannover," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, highlighting the importance of the event at the LIGNA.

LIGNA focus topics move the industry

LIGNA 2023 will also live up to its role as a trendsetter in its choice of focus topics. For example, digitisation is shaping the industry's development and is a prerequisite for production that's as resource-efficient as it is flexible. Under the title 'Woodworking Transformation', it's also receiving a great deal of attention at LIGNA.

Exhibitors will show how far the networking of machines, tools, components and materials has already gone as well as presenting innovations in the fields of robotics, automation and software. Buzzwords including Smart or Connected Factory, Industry 4.0 or Internet of Things and IoT platforms will continue to become tangible at LIGNA with concrete examples.

On the way to an economy based on renewable resources, wood as the most important renewable raw material forms a central foundation. The wood-based bioeconomy is considered an innovative technology driver. The framework conditions for expanding resource-efficient wood use are part of the European Green Deal and pillars of a circular bioeconomy.

This is a development that will rightly be the focus of attention at LIGNA 2023. On display will be development lines of the wood-based bioeconomy and technological innovations for responsible use of natural resources, as well as process technologies for shaping chemically digested wood fibres.


Wood is also steadily gaining importance as a recyclable building material in the construction industry. The share of total construction volume accounted for by purely timber buildings and timber-mixed structures is growing continuously both nationally and globally. LIGNA reflects this industry trend in the focus topic 'Prefab Building Processes', as the increasing importance of timber construction also results in new requirements for technology and equipment.

On-site and digital: LIGNA.Stage, Guided Tours, LIGNA.Recruiting & LIGNA.Campus

The focus topics are also a common thread running through LIGNA's additional formats. The LIGNA.Stage presents the live audience in Hall 12 with a varied forum program of solution- and user-oriented presentations and panel discussions along the LIGNA focus topics as well as recruiting and sustainability. For those who can't be present on site, the various program items will also be available as a stream live and on demand via the LIGNA website.

Visitors can also look forward to Guided Tours once again – this year in a hybrid format. Offering a tailored overview of various topics, interested parties, in groups of up to 25 participants, will be guided to selected exhibitors and given exclusive presentations and live demonstrations directly at their stands. Like the LIGNA.Stage program, the Hybrid Guided Tours are available live and on-demand, streaming in English and German on the LIGNA website.

"By streaming our additional formats, we want to make LIGNA and relevant industry developments accessible to those who can't be there on site," says Stephanie Wagner, LIGNA Project Manager. "Independent of location and time, we can thus extend LIGNA's appeal far beyond the event period."

In addition, a networking service is available to all event participants. The LIGNA ticket is a prerequisite for access. After registering, visitors and exhibitors can activate the service via the LIGNA website, then receive contact suggestions and the opportunity to arrange appointments.

In view of the shortage of skilled workers and concerns about young talent, LIGNA also provides an overview of research, education and career opportunities in the woodworking and wood processing industry. The LIGNA.Campus provides information on education and training courses offered by universities, technical colleges and technical schools. Teaching also presents current research projects.

At LIGNA.Recruiting, potential employers are given the opportunity to meet interested skilled personnel. A digital job wall allows companies – whether exhibitors or visitors – to post attractive job offers. As well as being viewed and accessed digitally within LIGNA's recruiting area, it's also supplemented by on-site opportunities for personal matchmaking between human resources and interested parties, and by company pitches from participating companies. In addition to a VDMA lounge, the LIGNA.Future Square – powered by VDMA – will present start-ups with lean solutions and new ideas.


One ticket, twice the business

LIGNA tickets are now available to purchase here. This year, visitors will once again benefit from a special ticket cooperation, which gives access to both interzum – 9–12 May 2023, Cologne – and LIGNA – 15–19 May 2023, Hannover. This gives visitors an all-encompassing overview of furniture manufacturing and interior design, as well as the woodworking and wood processing industries.

Main focus of LIGNA 2023

LIGNA encompasses the entire value chain of the woodworking and wood processing industry and presents itself in a total of seven product segments:

* Tools & Machinery for Custom & Mass Production – Halls 11–15 & 27

* Surface Technology – Halls 16 & 17

* Wood Based Panel Production – Hall 26

* Sawmill Technology – Hall 25

* Energy from Wood – Halls 25, 26 & open-air site

* Machine Components and Automation Technology – Hall 16

* Machinery for Forestry, Roundwood & Sawntimber Production – open-air site & P32–35

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