HANOVER, Germany -- The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America will be showcasing its member companies’ machines at Ligna 2017, the world’s largest trade show for the woodworking and timber processing industry, from May 22-26. Ligna is held every other year in Hanover, Germany. At Ligna 2017, approximately 20 WMMA member companies will be demonstrating their latest woodworking equipment, of which about half will take part in the association’s pavilion in Hall 27.

The WMMA pavilion provides a large footprint at the Ligna trade show for all U.S.-based woodworking machinery manufacturers that want to begin to export or expand their global sales. Close to 100,000 visitors from around the world will attend Ligna 2017. For more than 20 years, WMMA has showcased its member companies to Ligna attendees. The association’s pavilion caters to global customers looking specifically to purchase American made woodworking machinery and tools.

Commenting on WMMA’s ability to adapt to market conditions to meet its members’ export needs, executive director of The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America Fred Stringfellow said, “Networking continues to be one of the primary reasons why companies join the WMMA and continue to participate. As such, Ligna is the perfect platform to showcase our members’ cutting-edge technologies to the world.”  

Approximately 25 percent of WMMA’s 160 member companies export their products outside North America.  Currently the global market for woodworking machinery is on an upswing. Many of WMMA’s member companies that participated in its pavilion during the last few Ligna trade shows have decided to expand their presence at this year’s show. For the first time, many of these companies will not only send executives to the trade show but also will be demonstrating their machinery in WMMA’s pavilion at Ligna 2017.

“For many of our manufacturers, Ligna is a gateway to the woodworking sector outside North America. Ligna offers European and Asian end-users an ability to demonstrate our member companies’ machinery and equipment and to purchase our manufacturers’ technologies for their factories,” said Stringfellow.

For more information about Ligna 2017, visit http://www.ligna.de/

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