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LIGNA.Innovation Network made its debut Sept. 27-29.
The new digital event for the international woodworking and processing industry showed the importance of a virtual format in these challenging times.
More than 120 exhibiting companies and more than 80 renowned speakers from industry, politics and research took part in the event.
More than 5,000 registered participants learned about innovations and trends in the industry. This makes the LIGNA.Innovation Network one of the world's largest conferences of wood industry. The event was organized by Deutsche Messe Hannover together with the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association along the focus themes of LIGNA.
"We are delighted that the digital format of expo, conference and networking has met with such a broad response, and that many well-known companies, experts and industry representatives have exchanged their ideas during the LIGNA.Innovation Network," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover.
"The event highlighted opportunities for the industry and encouraged dialogue around the three focus topics of Green Material Processing, Woodworking Transformation and Prefab Building Processes. This has impressively proven that the industry is ready to break new ground where conditions are changing."
"The innovations presented here by the companies, as well as the topics discussed in the interactive conference program, have made it clear how important exchange continues to be in order to meet the current challenges in business and society," said Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the VDMA Woodworking Machinery Association. "Even if we missed the personal contact we have at a trade fair, the LIGNA.Innovation Network has clearly shown how informative and inspiring digital events can be."
120 national and international companies showed comprehensive product overviews and best-case applications and provided information on concrete solutions via live stream and video chats.
The content of the digital event LIGNA.Innovation Network can be accessed on-demand by all registered participants from October until the end of the year.

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