Ligna.21 cancelled & rescheduled for May 2023

The next regular Ligna will now be held from 15-19 May, 2023. The event scheduled for this year – from 27 September to 1 October – will no longer take place in the event cycle. Due to the ongoing uncertainty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the slow national and international progress on vaccination and continuing travel restrictions, Deutsche Messe, together with the VDMA Woodworking Machinery, has taken the decision to cancel the world's leading trade show for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery and tools.

In order to offer the industry a platform for innovations, knowledge exchange and networking, a digital networking and content platform will instead be launched at the end of September. Organisers are also planning for the Rosenheim Ligna.Conference to now be held in early summer 2022. Both event formats will be based on new insights and positive experiences gathered 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 exhibitors and companies in the woodworking and wood processing industry, we fought to hold Ligna as the world's most important industry platform this year. At Ligna, we have to take into account that entire machine parks are designed, set up and presented in live operation, thus requiring a long lead time and a great deal of effort. This involves many months of trade show planning, and is why we've been forced to make a decision to hold Ligna in the autumn of 2023. Another postponement makes no sense in view of company innovation cycles, so unfortunately, there is no alternative but to cancel the 2021 event," says Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of VDMA Woodworking Machinery.

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 what makes up the brand essence of the event. Organisers are now focusing on planning and preparing for the May 2023 event, which will give visitors an opportunity to attend in person, be able to enjoy a live experience with technology, as well as to discover, touch and try out. With the digital networking and content platform among the focus topics for September this year, and the Rosenheim Ligna.Conference in early summer 2022, Ligna is set to remain the driving force for the international woodworking and processing industry.

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