The organizers of LIGNA, World’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber industries have announced the main topics of the next show from 27th to 31st May 2019. They are Integrated Woodworking and Customized Solutions; Smart Surface Technologies and a Wood Industry Summit.

Digitization; integration and automation; three major trends and the efficiencies they bring to the woodworking trades will remain high on the agenda at LIGNA under the banner of “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions.” In 2019, exhibitors will focus on new wood-industry applications for smart technologies and developments and customized solutions for intelligent production across all areas of the wood value chain. Their exhibitions and displays will span a broad array of themes, including augmented reality, virtual reality, digitization, customer-specific tailoring and safety. Together, the exhibitors will showcase the many opportunities of batch-size-one production – the ultimate in integration and customization. The exhibitors will be demonstrating solutions of all sizes for users of all scales. That’s everything from complex, integrated plants for industrial users, to entry-level systems for SMEs and mid-size workshops, to individual solutions for specialists. “Only here at LIGNA will visitors be able to witness wood-industry machinery and applications live in action,” commented Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe’s Global Director for LIGNA and Woodworking Events.

Surface technology has been steadily expanding its presence at LIGNA, and in 2017 featured for the first time as a display category of its own. The surface technology sector is enjoying strong growth on the back of mounting customer demand for product individualization, and in 2017 this trend resulted in significantly enlarged displays in the surface technology section of the show. The organizers are therefore planning to further highlight and expand this topic at LIGNA 2019, focusing in particular on adhesives, liquid coatings and lacquers and digital printing. Last year’s show featured several providers of digital printing solutions and 3D printing technologies.

Alongside the key theme areas, LIGNA’s organizers are working closely with their partners, the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, exhibitors and co-promoters to develop additional in-show events that deal with topical issues and challenges. The skilled woodworking trades are one focus of this show where technology experts provide user training for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters, mobile assemblers and installers and other skilled tradespeople. The workshop program for LIGNA 2019 will address a number of new areas, including CAD and software for the skilled trades.