HANNOVER, GERMANY — Increased optimism, about the economy in general and the woodworking industry specifically, seemed to be a theme among exhibitors at the Ligna Fair. A number of machinery exhibitors recorded strong levels of buyer interest — and also sales —at this year's fair.

Ligna, which is held bi-annually, is the largest woodworking show in the world. It features innovative products for both the primary and secondary woodworking industries.

“People are coming with money, and they see opportunities. Those that are here are ready to buy,” said one exhibitor.

“They are here to do business. For me, that is very positive,” said another.

The big draw to Ligna for many of the national and international attendees is the opportunity to see new and developing technology at one venue. A full report on the new technology will be in the July issue of Wood & Wood Products. More information on the Ligna Fair also can be found at ligna.de.

The videos below show some of the most innovative technologies displayed at the event from Wood & Wood Products Publisher Laurel Didier and Editor Karen Koenig. For those interested in getting a feel from the floor of Ligna, scroll through the pictures below the links.

Ligna show management shares insights on woodworking industry

During the show's second day, Publisher Laurel Didier sat down with Stephan Kühne, member of the board for Deutsche Messe, the show’s management, and discussed his current views on the industry and future plans for Ligna.

See lightweight panel technology highlights from Ligna

During the second day of the innovative German machinery fair, Wood & Wood Products Publisher Laurel Didier and Editor Karen Koenig took a look at flexible new machinery options for manufacturing lightweight panels.

Watch video of surface technology innovations at German machinery tradeshow

During the first day at Ligna, W&WP Editor-in-Chief Karen Koenig looks at new surface technology, such as on-demand printing and quick color change options.

Watch video of solid wood machining innovations at Ligna

Wood & Wood Products Publisher Laurel Didier and Editor Karen Koenig look at the latest solid wood machining technology on display at the industry's largest tradeshow.

Laser technology hits edgebanding market at Ligna

Long used for cutting applications, laser technology is making headway in the edgebanding market.


Ligna Web Gallery: Get a Glimpse at the fair's floor

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