The LIGNA Conference is moving to Guangzhou to be held on 4 and 5 December in the run-up to the China Shunde International Woodworking Machinery Fair (Lunjiao), Foshan.
The conference rides on the success of 2016’s conference and will, this year, cover "Integrated Woodworking – Customised Solutions", one of the key themes of the next LIGNA.
"The China Shunde Woodworking Machinery Fair is one of China's leading wood-industry trade shows, so pairing it with the LIGNA Conference is an ideal way to facilitate productive dialogue between machinery manufacturers and users," explained Christian Pfeiffer, Global Director LIGNA and Woodworking Events at Deutsche Messe.
The China Shunde International Woodworking Machinery Fair premiered in 1998 and has been a permanent fixture of China's tradeshow landscape ever since. The last edition attracted some 50,000 visitors.
There will be lectures on integration, digitisation and automation, presentations of applications and examples of current best practice. In addition, technology providers will be able to present their products, applications and solutions using tabletop displays. Alongside the lectures, there will be opportunities for networking.
Organisers have already secured the support of several big-name manufacturers, including Biesse, HOMAG Group, Leuco Ledermann, SCM Group, Siempelkamp, Wemhöner Surface Technologies, Michael Weinig and the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim.
The conference is organised in partnership with Deutsche Messe’s Chinese subsidiary Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Ltd and with support from CNFMA (China National Forestry Machinery Association) and the Foshan Shunde Lunjiao Woodworking Machinery Association.
China is home to the world's biggest woodworking and furniture manufacturing industry. Figures published by the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers' Association show that exports of woodworking machinery to China have increased markedly as Chinese manufacturers invest in new equipment to keep pace with the booming local real estate market. These positive factors play into the hands of European machinery manufacturers: Exports from Germany, for instance, increased from EUR165.3 Mn to EUR288.3 Mn from 2016 to 2017. Italy, Austria and Switzerland likewise increased their exports to China over this period.