Ligna beckons Indian manufacturers

The 2017 edition of Ligna, the world’s focus of woodworking technology, machinery and tools, processing and finishing, will run from 22 to 26 May in Hannover, Germany, featuring more than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 countries.

Technology companies from Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, China, and the Netherlands are the top 10 exhibiting nations. The event is expected to attract trade visitors from 90 nations.

According to Mr. Ingo Bette, Marketing Director of VDMA, the German woodworking machinery association, the trade fair is arguably the largest and the most important expo in the world on several parameters.

This year exhibitors will occupy more than 1,22,000 square metres of net display area that will showcase industry process and product innovations spread over 10 halls. Besides, the venue will also have an extensive open-air site that will also be used by exhibitors.

The highlight of this exhibition will be the successful implementation of the new thematic layout adopted by Deutsche Messe and VDMA. The sections will include ‘Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass production’, ‘Surface Technology’,  ‘ Machine Components and Automation Technology’,  ‘Wood-based Panel production’, ‘Energy from Wood’, ‘Sawmill technology’, ‘Forestry Technology’, ‘Integrated Manufacturing’ and ‘Processing of Composites’.

India presence

Dwelling briefly on the sub-continent Ingo said India was a growing market and was an important player in the international market. However, although India had a large number of world-class manufactures, only around five had registered as exhibitors.

This, he said, did not reflect diffidence on the part of Indian manufacturers, but rather on the fact that India provided a large enough market and hence they did not have to look at the overseas market.

This scenario is different from China where, even though the domestic market there is large, China still figured as one of the largest exhibitors at the biennial woodworking expo.

Speaking briefly at the press meet organised on the sidelines of DelhiWood, in Greater Noida, in early March, Mr. Vidhur Lal, Director of Matrix Cutting Tools Pvt. Ltd., highlighted the positive experiences he had at the exhibition and how orders he had generated there had grown his business.

He reiterated that India had world class machinery manufacturers who could easily compete on the world stage, especially with China. He felt that Indians were looked upon positively by the Europeans especially on ethical grounds. “We need to cash in on this by ensuring greater participation,” he added.

Ingo emphasised  that it was imperative that the Indian market kept abreast with information on how industry was working towards ‘Industry 4.0’ and, going forward, knowledge on relevant subjects like ‘Internet of Things’ would be critical.

Attending such events at Ligna 2017 was one way of updating one’s knowledge, he added.

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