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SUCCESSFUL LIGNA FUELS GROWTH İN SECTOR | 21-05-2007

 

The outstanding success of this year's LIGNA has given a significant boost to the international wood industry and effectively underscored the show's reputation as the world's No. 1 event for its sector. "Attendance was up by over 10 percent, with a major increase in the number of high-caliber visitors and more guests coming from abroad than ever before", reported Stephan Ph. Kühne, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. "LIGNA 2007 has delivered exactly the kind of stimuli needed for even more solid growth ahead."

 

This year's LIGNA (staged under the motto "World of Wood") was referred to by many exhibitors as the "best LIGNA ever", and surveys confirmed a significant increase in the number of business contacts generated at the show. LIGNA has always highlighted future trends, and this year's event - boasting a total of 134,583 square meters of net display area (up from 129,083 sq. m. in 2005) - again set new standards for the various sectors of the wood industry, highlighting a host of impressive innovations and revealing the shape of things to come. With 1,879 exhibitors (up from 1,800 in 2005) from 49 countries (2005: 44), LIGNA 2007 had broken records even before the gates opened. The over 107,000 visitors in attendance (2005: 96,675) were every bit as enthusiastic as the exhibitors, who reported a strong upwind in virtually every segment. 


Among the show's featured themes, the "Handwerk, Holz & mehr" showcase devoted to wood craft professionals, drew a lot of attention, as well as displays on timber construction, energy and surface treatment.

More visitors from abroad, more trade professionals and more deals closed  Part of the upsurge in attendance at LIGNA 2007 was accounted for by five percent more visitors from Germany (with significantly more visitors coming from Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and the eastern German states). But it was again the soaring figures for attendance from abroad - topping the previous show by 21 percent - that cemented LIGNA's reputation as an unparalleled international event. This huge upswing was mainly due to a greater turnout from the EU, Asia and North America. A total of 50,200 foreign visitors (2005: 41,400) boosted the international visitor ratio to 46.5 percent, as compared with 42.8 percent in 2005.

Upbeat mood among exhibitors LIGNA 2007 once again succeeded in topping the previous show's foreign exhibitor turnout: This year a total of 1,033 firms came to Hannover from aboard (2005: 956), while 846 came from within Germany (2005: 844). This puts the foreign exhibitor ratio at 55 percent - further confirmation of LIGNA's status as the world's No. 1 meeting place for the wood and forestry industries. Italy once again headed the list of exhibitor nations, with 330 participating firms (2005: 307), followed by Austria with 89 (93), Taiwan with 50 (43) and Sweden with 47 (40).