Berlin - Numerous German manufacturers of woodworking and processing machinery who play a leading role on the world market will be showcasing their latest developments and expertise with respect to sustainability at this year’s LIGNA in Hannover. Trade fair visitors will be able to view some of the most successful products and processes, which will be prominently displayed in Hall 16 (Stand E01) in the context of the VDMA Blue Competence Sustainability Campaign. “Wood is a wonderful, sustainable material, however it was only with the advent of modern production processes which allow for the optimal use of energy and production materials that sustainable products became a reality”, said Wolfgang Pöschl, Chairman of the VDMA Fachverband Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen (the association representing German woodworking machinery manufacturers) at the press conference in Berlin on Tuesday to herald LIGNA 2013.

The Blue Competence campaign is a broad-based initiative involving numerous companies on the basis of an agreement to implement sustainable production methods while striving to realize ecological, economic and social goals.

“As the leading world fair for our sector, LIGNA is the perfect platform for showcasing our Blue Competence Campaign”, Pöschl explained.

Manufacturers regard sustainability as being more than energy efficiency

Since the VDMA sustainability initiative Blue Competence was launched at the end of 2011 many German and European machine tool and plant manufacturers have committed themselves to the aim of demonstrating to the broad public and to policy-makers the innovative and economic potential of this key sector and Germany as a business location. The strength of this sector lies not only in its innovativeness and technological prowess, but also its economic impact and contribution to sustainability. It is this business sector which can implement the new technological developments which will add to our quality of life, producing environment-friendly, energy-efficient solutions which conserve resources and make the goal of sustainability conceivable.

Currently some 340 companies are participating in the Blue Competence initiative, and the number of partners is steadily rising. More than 100 successful sustainable projects have been realized to date, including some very interesting solutions exemplifying sustainability – for example, optimizing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, efficient use of scarce resources, reducing lifecycle costs, reducing waste/recycling, improving the quality of life, optimization of energy generation and developments in mobility. These examples of success can be viewed on the Blue Competence homepage (Link:

Source: LIGNA

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