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LIGNA skips 2021 iteration - next LIGNA in May 2023

The organizers of LIGNA – Deutsche Messe AG, together with VDMA Woodworking Machinery – have announced that the next regular LIGNA in Hannover, Germany will be held from May 15-19, 2023. The event scheduled for this year will not take place.
"Uncertainties in the wake of the pandemic still remain very high worldwide. In close consultation with the VDMA, we have decided to cancel LIGNA as a physical event in 2021," said Dr Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe.

No LIGNA 2021 in Hannover, Germany. The organizers of LIGNA – Deutsche Messe AG, together with VDMA Woodworking Machinery – have announced that the next regular LIGNA will be held from May 15-19, 2023.

The next regular LIGNA will be held from May 15 to 19, 2023. The event scheduled for this year from September 27 to October 1 will not take place in this event cycle.

The decision to cancel LIGNA in this event cycle was very difficult for all of us. Together with our partner Deutsche Messe and together with the exhibitors, the companies in the woodworking and wood processing industry, we fought to hold LIGNA as the world’s most important industry platform this year. Commitment from the market has been exceptionally high right up to the end – even in these uncertain times. This has given us all a lot of tailwind in recent weeks. At LIGNA, we have to take into account that entire machine parks are designed, set up, and presented in live operation with a long lead time and a great deal of effort. This requires many months of trade show planning. This is the reason, why we have now been forced to make a decision on holding LIGNA in the fall in order to give our customers the necessary planning security. Another postponement makes no sense in view of the innovation cycles of the companies and in view of the next LIGNA, which will take place again in May 2023. Unfortunately, there is no alternative to the cancellation this year, said Dr Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of VDMA Woodworking Machinery.

The continuing high level of infection worldwide in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the slow national and international progress on vaccination, and the continuing existence of travel restrictions, lay behind the decision to cancel the world’s leading trade show for woodworking and wood processing plant, machinery, and tools.

LIGNA’s unique selling point is live demonstrations of tools, machinery, and equipment, up to complete production lines. This is what LIGNA stands for and this is what makes up the brand essence of the event. We are now focusing on planning and preparing the LIGNA in May 2023 as the next regular show date as another international and innovative trade show and having this live experience with technology to discover, touch, and try out, back in Hannover. With the digital networking and content platform along with our focus topics in September this year and the Rosenheim LIGNA.Conference in early summer 2022, LIGNA will remain the driving force for the international woodworking and processing industry, said Christian Pfeiffer, Global Director LIGNA & Woodworking Shows at Deutschen Messe.

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