Virtual LIGNA 21 expo & conference kicks off Sept. 27
September 23, 2021 | 8:08 am CDT

More than 90,000 visitors from over 100 countries attended the 2019 LIGNA woodworking show. Photo: Deutsche Messe

HANNOVER. Germany — The three-day LIGNA.Innovation Network kicks off Sept. 27, providing a digital meeting place for the worldwide woodworking industry. The expo, conference and networking event runs through Sept. 29.

More than 110 companies are set to showcase their lineups for the machining and processing of panel and solid wood products via livestream and video chats. The Expo area will include companies such as: Homag, Biesse, Weinig, SCM, Bürkle, Casadei-Busellato, Dieffenbacher, Fagus-Grecon, Gannomat, Hexagon, 20-20 Technologies, Freud, Hymmen, HSD, Lamello, Leuco, Paul, Oertli, Striebig, Stiles Machinery, Steinemann, TigerStop, Superfici, Weima, Weber and Wemhoner.

Replacing the biennial in-person show, LIGNA.Innovation Network, is organized by Deutsche Messe Hannover and the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association.

This year's conferences at LIGNA will focus on the topics of  Woodworking Transformation, Prefab Building Processes in timber construction and Green Material Processing, and highlight opportunities for the industry.  The two-day conference program with more than 80 international speakers also offers new formats for learning about trends and initiating contacts. It will be streamed live from the H'Up in Hall 18 at the Hannover Exhibition Center Sept. 27-28.

On Sept. 29, DIPA (Digital Printing Association) will stream live a symposium on Surface Design with Digital Printing. Under the motto "Create your own surface", experts will highlight current trends for the design of high-quality and individual surfaces and report on their experiences.

For more information on the event, visit The next LIGNA in-person show is scheduled for May 15-19, 2023 in Hannover, Germany.

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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at