Ligna 2023 set to return in May

After a pandemic-enforced break of 4 years Ligna, the world’s leading trade fair for the woodworking and wood processing industry, will once again revert to its face-to-face contact model.

This will provide exhibitors with the opportunity to perform live demonstrations – not just of machines and tools, but also of total solutions covering all aspects of their products and services, and to showcase innovations particularly within the context of digitisation and sustainability.

The flagship trade fair will now be held in Hannover (Germany) from 15 to 19 May 2023 and, reflecting on the buzz the event has generated, around two-thirds of Ligna’s long-standing exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, with 75% of the available exhibition space already occupied.

“This positive trend underscores the importance of Ligna for the woodworking community as a key networking hub and platform for development and innovation,” says Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the VDMA’s woodworking machinery division, referring to the high level of registrations.

Ligna 2023 will continue to be the leading international showcase for the entire value chain and innovative solutions for all stages of woodworking and wood processing – from harvesting to surface finishing.

And this, involving not only wood as a raw material – which is at the core of the event– but also other materials such as plastics, glass, stone and composites, among others.

In addition, the show’s appeal will be enhanced by digital elements designed to increase the event’s reach – before, during and after the show.

The event also scores high with its focus on current industry developments. By choosing ‘Digitisation’ and ‘Wood in Construction’ as its focus themes, the event is addressing important sustainability aspects, presenting new, innovative solutions and thus reaffirming its position as the world’s leading trade show for the industry.

Ligna ‘Stage’

In addition to the presentation of tool and machinery solutions, 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, start-ups 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.

The Ligna-Stage forum programme consists of solution and user-oriented presentations along the focus topics as well as important market and trend developments.

The lectures will also be streamed live via the Ligna website and simultaneously translated into English.  The topics will include pre-fabrication processes in timber construction; transformation of woodworking; process technologies of the bio-economy; recruitment and careers; and circular economy and sustainability.

The topic of ‘Digitisation along the value chain’ will include an immersive discussion on subjects like networking of the machines; production planning; warehousing and logistics; building information modeling (BIM); wood flow control; interaction with customers and suppliers; robotics; material handling and optimisation.


The forest and wood sector (wood value chain) is an integral part of the circular bio-economy. The wood-based bio-economy is considered an innovative driver of technologies and is, therefore, highly relevant and forward-looking for process technologies and products in woodworking and processing.

Bio-economy is a subject of fast-growing importance and describes the path from an economy based on fossil, mineral raw materials to an economy that relies on renewable resources.

Wood, as the most important renewable raw material, forms a central basis. The current framework for expanding the resource-efficient use of wood is part of the European ‘Green Deal’ and a pillar of a circular bio-economy.

To be shown are subjects including development lines of the wood-based bio-economy and technological innovations for the responsible use of natural resources and process technologies for shaping chemically pulped wood fibres.

Digital printing

DIPA (Digital Printing Association) Academy will present a 2-hour spotlight, for visitors on-site and in-stream, or on demand for anyone interested. The “future workshop” on digital printing will highlight, among other things, the academy as a solution to the acute shortage of skilled workers, the use of artificial intelligence in the digital printing process, and the need to build an ecosystem of its own in the digital environment of different machine manufacturers, technologies, and a wide variety of materials.



Comment here