Events In 2019


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CIFM/interzum guangzhou 2019

Intro Asia’s largest and most comprehensive trade fair for the woodworking and upholstery machinery, furniture materials and interior decoration industry is FULL.

Body Due take place from 28 to 31 March, 2019 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex (Pazhou Complex), CIFM/interzum guangzhou will run in tandem to the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) – Asia’s most respected trade event in its category.

CIFM/interzum guangzhou is recognised as the leading forum for trade, displaying and introducing new products for the region’s furniture manufacturing industry.

This year’s edition will cover 17 halls across Area B and C of the venue, occupying 150 000m2, showcasing the latest products and technologies from over 1 500 exhibiting companies from more than 38 countries and regions. The much-anticipated event is set to draw 85 000 visitors.

During the event, attendees will have access to a series of forums, seminars, product launches and buyer salon activities, as well as being afforded the opportunity to participate in discussions and exchanges with industry experts, including designers and brand representatives from around the world.

The South Korea pavilion, boasting eight national pavilions, is slated to make a strong comeback after a short break from CIFM/interzum Guangzhou. An additional seven pavilions will be represented by Germany, Turkey, US/Canada, Italy, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Canada Wood and French Timber. Included in the exhibitions will be several brands that will be appearing in Asia for the first time.

To learn more about CIFM/interzum guangzhou 2019, visit


Monique Fan

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Ligna 2019: 31 May - Hannover, Germany

Future showcase for the woodworking and timber processing industries

This May, over 1,500 companies will be gathering in Hannover, Germany, to showcase the future of the woodworking and timber processing industries. Whether it's about digitisation, automation, IoT platforms or collaborative systems, LIGNA is where innovations are shown for the first time – and on an unrivalled scale. 130,000 square meters (nearly 1.4 million square feet) is the total net display area that will be occupied by exhibition stands featuring the latest woodworking and timber processing plant, machinery and tools.

“From 27 to 31 May 2019, exhibitors from over 50 countries will gather here at the Hannover Exhibition Center to showcase state-of-the-art processing solutions, applications and concepts for the entire forestry & wood industry. The presence of all the world's leading technology providers will make Hannover the global hotspot for the wood-based industries during those five days. No other fair compares in terms of international appeal”, asserted Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Managing Board member at Deutsche Messe, during the LIGNA Preview press conference on 5 February in Hannover, adding: “Once again in 2019, LIGNA will serve as the industry's showcase of choice for unveiling their innovations, with a great many exhibitors even timing their development cycles to coincide with the show's staging every two years.”

LIGNA 2019 has three focus themes: ‘Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions’, ‘Smart Surface Technology’ and ‘Access to Resources and Technology’. The latter is also the keynote theme of the Wood Industry Summit .

‘Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions’

In the wood industry, there is keen interest in IoT application scenarios, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a means of further boosting production plant efficiency. In such scenarios, humans remain an integral part of the production process but are supported by cyber-physical assistance systems, such as collaborative robots, automated guided vehicles and smart worker support technologies. The trend is thus towards hybrid human-machine production systems in which the product is inextricably linked to the production plant and the humans who operate it. ‘Visitors to the next LIGNA will gain captivating insights into what the future has in store for the furniture and woodworking industries’, explained Gruchow.

Smart Surface Technology

Themed ‘Smart Surface Technology’, the surface finishing exhibits at LIGNA 2019 will span all the intelligent processing solutions needed to cater for today's surging demand for haptic, matt and reflective surfaces. That's digital printing and decorative gravure printing systems, inspection systems, the latest generation of spray coating machines, robotics systems, and much more besides. Here, too, digitization and automation are the key to achieving greater flexibility while keeping costs to a minimum. The full range of the latest surface technologies, applications, innovations and solutions will be on display in halls 16 and 17.

‘Access to Resources and Technology’ at the Wood Industry Summit

Providers of technology for the forestry and/or primary wood processing industry, in particular, will have an unrivalled opportunity to tap into new growth markets at next year's Wood Industry Summit, which is themed "Access to Resources and Technology". Complete with forum, lounge and exhibition area, the summit is all about international communication and technology transfer. Among much else, its focus will be on ways of optimising the entire forest-wood-logistics value chain – from standing trees through to final processing in the factory – as well as on protecting forests from biotic and abiotic damage, and on climate and environmentally friendly harvesting processes and the future of the forest and wood industry. Digital technologies, such as drone-based data capture systems, mobile applications, laser scanners and highly sophisticated IT programs, now span the entire forestry value chain, from forest information and integrated harvesting systems right through to modern forest management systems. And in each case, the focus is squarely on efficiency and productivity. Digitization will therefore be a prominent theme at the discussion forms and throughout the exhibits at LIGNA 2019.

Main display categories

The last LIGNA featured a restructured site layout featuring seven main display categories – a layout well received by exhibitors and visitors, alike, and thus to be continued in 2019:

  • Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production in halls 11 to 15 and 27
  • Surface Technology in halls 16 and 17
  • Wood Based Panel Production in Hall 26
  • Sawmill Technology in Hall 25
  • Energy from Wood in halls 25 and 26, and in Pavilions 32, 33 and 35 on the open-air site
  • Machine Components and Automation Technology in halls 15 and 16
  • Forestry Technology on the open-air site and in Pavilions 32, 33 and 35

Guided Tours

In order for visitors to get the most out of next year's show, the organiser is offering Guided Tours on "Smart Surface Technology", "Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions" and "Sawmill Technology – Innovations and Trends".

For further news and information about LIGNA, the show's supporting program, Guided Tours, special displays and important product launches, visit