In 2017, LIGNA will feature a revamped thematic layout and a fresh, new Forestry Technology display on the open-air site and in the pavilions under the EXPO canopy. With an outdoor demonstration site, “avenues” addressing certain themes, an activity zone and the Wood Industry Summit, the enhanced LIGNA is putting forestry technology on center stage.


Hannover. LIGNA, the world’s leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, is gearing up for its 2017 season (22 to 26 May) with a new, more visitor-centric layout of themes.The Forestry Technology section will sport a number of new features. The open-air site will sport various “avenues” addressing key aspects of the production chain. Plus there will be a demonstration site at the heart of the area and an activity zone in front of Pavilion 33.


The themed avenues will be located to the north and south of the demonstration site and will address the following five topics: mobile sawmills logistics logistics and transport large-scale forestry machinery plus forestry tools and energy from wood  firewood production lines and tools. Meanwhile, the demonstration site will showcase solutions across the entire primary timber process chain – everything from felling and transport solutions to chainsaw protective apparel, cable harvesting systems and chippers. All kinds of equipment and machinery, large and small, will be on display on each day of the fair. The demonstration site will be flanked by a grandstand, so visitors will have a clear view of each day’s live demonstrations. Organized in partnership with the German Forestry Council (KWF), the site will feature a mix of moderated demonstrations and static displays by participating exhibitors.


LIGNA 2015 featured 1,552 exhibitors – including 56 percent from outside Germany – and occupied 121,195 square meters (1,304,530 sq. ft.) of net display space. The top exhibiting nations included Germany, Italy, Austria, China, Sweden and the USA. The show attracted over 93,000 visitors, 40 percent of them from outside Germany. They leveraged the show to survey the latest innovations in their industry and initiate extensive investment in new technology.