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LIGNA 2025 showcases Future of Woodworking: Three new focus areas

 Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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LIGNA 2025 showcases Future of Woodworking

LIGNA is gearing up to showcase the best of woodworking and for surely it will once again amaze the visitors with their unique approach, industry happenings and what not! But among all the agendas, their primary focus will be Future Value Creation in Woodworking.

From May 26 to 30, 2025, LIGNA will once again be the global meeting place for an industry that faces three major challenges, from craft businesses to industrial groups: complete digital networking, establishing the circular economy and developing intelligent products. “With its focus topics of LIGNA.CONNECTIVITY , LIGNA.SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION and LIGNA.ENGINEERED WOOD – LIGNA 2025 will bring together international solution providers for these three central challenges,” says Stephanie Wagner, LIGNA Project Manager at Deutsche Messe AG. “The exhibiting companies will demonstrate their efforts to advance the complete digital networking of all components of the value chain, aiming to create production paths for an ethical economy that produces intelligently designed wood products. In collaboration with the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association, we have developed a close interlinking of our focus topics to simplify the localization of our own requirements within a complex industry,” explains Wagner.

In the era of challenges and innovations in woodworking, these focus topics will be a ray of hope to every woodworking professionals and of course the wood lovers! These topics will enlighten the digital networking along with producing the smart wood products intelligently.

Recently, those who have adopted digital solutions for specific process steps often face the new challenge of integrating these digital steps into their broader value chain. As the need for both vertical and horizontal integration of in-house services grows, these efforts frequently clash with established systems that require the creation of new interfaces. The newly introduced focus topic, LIGNA.CONNECTIVITY, is designed to offer solutions for every player in the woodworking and wood processing value chain, regardless of their digital maturity.

“The concept of connectivity refers to the process of linking together various systems within the woodworking trade and the wood industry,” explains Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association, Frankfurt am Main. “LIGNA 2025, with its focus on LIGNA.CONNECTIVITY, aims to find solutions for seamlessly connecting different systems within a value creation network, rather than mandating all participants to use the same system,” Dr. Dirr added further.

However the solutions for end-to-end connectivity have been configured and disruptive technologies such as AI and machine learning integrated, it is clear that processes must become more sustainable in order to be fit for the future. Against this background, the new focus topic LIGNA.SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION brings together economically viable strategies for the woodworking trade and the industry that prioritize environmental protection, resource conservation, and improved working conditions for future generations. Particularly when it comes to timber construction, the industry is making the construction industry more climate-friendly with its products and machines, for example with production lines for industrial timber house construction in the factory.

“The topic of sustainability is in LIGNA’s DNA due to its focus on wood as a renewable material. Our exhibitors at LIGNA are showcasing their potential for sustainable production, from improved forest management to eco-friendly construction, all within the focus topic of LIGNA.SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION,” says Stephanie Wagner.

At LIGNA 2025, the third focus topic, LIGNA.ENGINEERED WOOD, will highlight advancements that specifically enhance the climate-friendly construction industry. This focus encompasses a wide array of intelligently designed wood products that are engineered into composite materials for diverse applications by binding or fixing wood strands, particles, fibers, veneers, or panels. LIGNA.ENGINEERED WOOD covers everything from CNC machines used for processing wooden panels and beams, to automated production lines for manufacturing cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other solid wood products. Additionally, it includes robotic systems for the assembly of wooden elements, handling technologies for wood finishing, and software for the planning and production of mass-timber structures.

“As the world’s leading trade fair for woodworking and wood processing, LIGNA has a responsibility to provide a platform where the industry’s current challenges can be turned into opportunities for sustainable growth,” says Stephanie Wagner. “With our three new focus topics, we are taking on this responsibility and looking forward to welcoming the international community of woodworking professionals to Hannover in May 2025.” Stephanie concluded.

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