by Karen M. Koenig
firstname.lastname@example.org SHOW RECAP
Factories of the future: Ligna & Interzum
showcase what’s in store for woodworking
Thousands travel to Germany for the biennial industry events.
As seen at Ligna, Interzum, and other shows, the trend for batch one/custom processing continues to grow across all
market segments, including retail fixture,
furniture, flooring, cabinets and closets.
Equipment and supply manufacturers are
rising to the challenge, with a growing
array of smart solutions.
What follows are some highlights
from the world’s two largest woodworking events, the biennial Interzum and
Ligna shows, held recently in Germany.
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Digitization, robotics at Ligna
More than 90,000 visitors from 100
countries came to Ligna to view state-of-the-art manufacturing solutions on
display by 1,500-plus exhibitors. Spread
across 1. 4 million net square feet of
space were Io T platforms for industry
4.0, plus additional solid wood and panel
processing solutions, finishing, sanding
and laminating technology, and other
products for companies of all sizes.
Organized by Deutsche Messe, the
event took place May 27-31 in Hannover,
Germany. The show will next be held
May 10-14, 2021.
“LIGNA has clearly underscored its
reputation as the global woodworking
and wood processing industry’s defini-
tive event, and the place of choice for
unveiling the latest innovations,” said
Deutsche Messe Managing Board mem-
ber Dr. Andreas Gruchow.
“LIGNA 2019 demonstrated that we
have taken a big leap forward in the direc-
tion of digital wood processing, and that
interest in advanced technology is running
high throughout the world,” added Pekka
Paasivaara, president of the VDMA, CEO
of Homag Group and member of the
Board of Management of Dürr. “The new
solutions on display are relevant to small
firms and large industrial processors, alike.
This gives us all good cause for optimism.”
For many of the exhibitors, the focus
was on automation and integrated sys-
tems, particularly on modular technolo-
gies as a gateway to digitization.
More than 74,000 visitors came to Interzum to see the latest components, hardware and materials by more than 1,800 exhibitors. Photo: