COLOGNE/HANNOVER, GERMANY --

Show organizers of interzum and Ligna are once again joining forces to offer a special package for visitors to these biennial events.

Deutsche Messe AG and Koelnmesse GmbH will work with attendees wishing to attend both trade shows, including special offers on admission tickets and catalogs. The shows are just 2.5 hours apart by train; interzum will be held May 25-28 at the Cologne Fairgrounds and Ligna will take place May 30-June 3 at the Hannover Fairgrounds. Information can be found at interzum.com and ligna.de.

World's largest  supply show

interzum is the world’s largest trade fair for the materials, components and design needs of the furniture production and interior construction industries. Show management expects in excess of 1,400 exhibitors. In 2009, more than 1,300 companies presented their innovations to approximately 50,000 international visitors.

The show will be spread throughout 11 halls. Hall 5.1 will offer “natural materials,” including wood, veneers and flooring. Hall 6 will showcase decorative surfaces, décor papers, wood materials, laminates, mineral materials, edging, surface treatments, adhesives, embossing cylinders and sheet panels. Hall 4.2 will be dedicated to the topics of lighting and systems. Halls 4.1 and 5.2 will be components and ergonomics and Halls 4.1, 7 and 8 will focus on function and parts, including fittings, locks and furniture components. Halls 9, 10.1 and 10.2 will target upholstery and bedding. For more information visit interzum.com.

World's largest woodworking technology show

Ligna Hannover is the largest woodworking show in the world featuring machine technology and innovations for the entire industry. Show management expects approximately 1,700 exhibitors, similar to that of 2009. The previous show registered 80,000 visitors from 90 different countries.

The theme for the 2011 is “Making more out of wood: innovative, efficient, trendsetting,” and will include keynote displays for bioenergy from wood, surface finish technologies and lightweight panel construction. In addition to the forestry and forestry technology displays in the open-air site and under the canopy, Hall 27 will feature panel and veneer construction; Halls 12 and 13 will be dedicated to solid wood production; Halls 22 to 26 furniture production technology; and the Handwerk, Holz & mehr exhibits for carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers will be in Halls 11, 12 and 14 to 17. For more information visit ligna.de.

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