COLOGNE/HANNOVER, GERMANY – The biennial German trade fairs interzum and Ligna, covering woodworking supplies and equipment respectively, are coordinating schedules, pricing and PR efforts to facilitate travel to the 2009 shows for woodworkers from the United States. Under the theme of “One trip, two fairs,” sponsors of both shows are putting forth the idea that “Anyone who works with wood must come to Germany” to see the newest technology, innovations and trends.

interzum, to be held at the Cologne Fairgrounds May 13-16, will span 10 exhibit halls and cover 1.4 million square feet of space, with more than 1,300 exhibitors displaying their supplies for furniture and casework. The 2007 event, which took place in the fairground’s upscale newly renovated halls, was attended by people from 137 countries.

Ligna will be held May 18-22 in Hannover, allowing for one day in between the two shows so visitors from abroad can easily make the 2-1/2 hour train trip from one location to the other. More than 100,000 visitors attend the show, with the number of exhibitors topping 1,800.

Both interzum and Ligna are ahead of 2007 in the number of exhibiting companies already booked, and both foresee a positive outlook for 2009. The 2009 event also marks a 50th anniversary for interzum.
For more information about the shows or advice on making travel arrangements to see both, their Web sites are and

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