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LIGNA HANNOVER, which runs from 18 to 22 May, is once more set to generate positive momentum in these difficult economic times. The motto for the world’s leading trade fair for the forestry and wood industries in 2009 is Making more out of wood – Technology for resource efficiency.
There is a tangible buzz in the industry in the run-up to this year’s LIGNA. Despite current developments in the global markets, LIGNA is again shaping up to be an outstanding showcase. Some 1,752 exhibitors will be demonstrating intelligent technology and services for improving efficiency and cutting costs along the entire process chain – from forest establishment through to furniture production. All the market leaders will be represented at the show”, explains Stephan Ph. Kühne, the Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe responsible for LIGNA. “As the leading international showcase for the forestry and wood processing sectors, LIGNA is regarded as the undisputed trendsetter for these industries. In 2009, the fair will once again show the way forward in all related technologies and services.

The exhibitors at LIGNA 2009 will be showcasing their products and solutions in exhibitions and special displays spanning 130,036 square meters (1,391,973 sq. ft) of floor space. Trade visitors will find the latest solutions that meet the ever-changing requirements in the forestry and timber industries – everything, from timber harvesting and hauling systems to machinery, equipment and tools. Leading machinery providers will be profiling innovations for sawmill technology, wood-based materials and veneer production, the furniture industry, the woodworking trades, solid wood working, and the forestry and forestry technology sectors. In 2009, Handwerk, Holz & mehr, the show-within-a show and established home of the wood-based trades at LIGNA HANNOVER, will be in its third season. Here, carpenters, joiners and component assembly firms as well as architects and planning specialists can view the full range of state-of-the art machinery, equipment, tools, accessories and IT solutions, plus a rich variety of innovative applications for wood and reconstituted wood products. There will also be practical demonstrations of the latest techniques.

The exhibition program is complemented by a wide array of user-centric displays, seminars and conferences, making LIGNA HANNOVER 2009 the perfect platform for knowledge transfer and networking (www.ligna.de/specialdisplays).

LIGNA is more international than any other forest and wood industry show anywhere in the world. More than half of its exhibitors come from outside Germany. The No. 1 slot among the fair’s Top 10 exhibiting nations is occupied by Germany, whose exhibitors have so far booked more floor space than any other country. Next in the rankings are Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Taiwan, Finland and Sweden. The fair’s cosmopolitan status is further underscored by its strongly international visitor profile.