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August 22-25, 2018
International Woodworking Fair (IWF 2018)
Georgia World Congress Center
October 1-3, 2018
WMMA Regional Networking Meeting
Loews Minneapolis Hotel
NAM Monday Economic Report April 23, 2018
Real GDP grew 2.9 percent at the annual rate in the fourth quarter, boosted by strength in consumer and business spending but weighed down by inventory spending and net exports. Read more ...
Global Manufacturing Economic Update Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers' Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...
HANOVER, Germany -- The next Ligna is set for May 27-31, 2019, and its organizers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (VDMA Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen), have announced that exhibitor registrations are coming in at a rapid rate.
Exhibition space at the trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry is already more than 80 percent booked. Ligna 2017 featured 1,520 exhibitors and occupied 1,400,000 square feet of display space.
“I’m pleased to say we’re getting lots of first-time exhibitors, not to mention plenty of repeat exhibitors, many of whom are staging bigger displays this time around,” said Christian Pfeiffer, Deutsche Messe’s global director Ligna and Woodworking Events. “What’s more, the outstanding response exhibitors are showing for the event serves as confirmation that we made the right move in 2017, at which time when we completely revamped the site, the layout of display categories and thus the locations of virtually every single exhibitor.
“Next year, the majority of the exhibitors will be retaining the locations they had in 2017 following the big change. The Surface Technology display launched in 2017 will be home to a number of first-time exhibitors in 2019.”
One of the regular Ligna features is the Wood Industry Summit, with the themes, “Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions," “Smart Surface Technologies” and “Access to Resources and Technology.
Said Pfeiffer, “Timber processing and woodworking are no longer just about standalone machines. Instead, what we have now are digitally integrated processes and systems built around machines. Ligna 2019 will thus traverse a wealth of real-life applications, with a strong focus on machine demonstrations and the innovative power of digitization and automation.”
The show will have a strong focus on the role of automation and digitization in combining the customer-centricity of product individualization with the economies of scale of large-series production. As well as enabling cost-effective batch-size-one production, these smart woodworking and timber processing technologies are yielding gains in energy and resource efficiency.
There is a great deal of interest in these technologies at the moment, with the business climate looking very positive and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association reporting healthy order books for 2018. The United States and China, the two most important export markets for high-tech woodworking machinery, are forecast to grow 8 percent this year. Apart from digitization, the main drivers of this boom for wood-industry technology suppliers are the worldwide megatrends of sustainable building and urbanization. See http://www.ligna.de.
Industry Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill For Day of Advocacy
Leaders from the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America, Woodworking Machinery Industry Association and Association of Woodworking & Furnishing Suppliers converged on Capitol Hill on June 21 to advocate for the most important policy needs of the industry. First-time attendee Dan Christensen, Pillar Machine, and WMMA Public Policy Committee member, talked about his experiences in this short video.
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