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Integrated Woodworking - Customized Solutions

LIGNA.Conference 2018

Top-level symposium with supporting table top presentations. 4–5 December, Dong Fang Hotel, Guangzhou, China.

The conference

LIGNA.Conference in China

Digitization and automation (aka Industry 4.0) are big news at the moment. They promise to deliver sophisticated, intelligently integrated production and logistics processes that confer real competitive advantages. So, what form will this digital transformation take in the woodworking and furniture industry?

Answers to this and other burning questions will be provided at the upcoming LIGNA.Conference which will be held in Guangzhou, China, from 4 to 5 December 2018. Themed "Integrated Woodworking – Customized Solutions", the conference will shed light on key questions relating to digitization, integration and automation and the efficiency gains they promise for woodworking and furniture manufacturing firms and supplying industries of all sizes.

The conference will be held in the city of Guangzhou, southern China, the epicenter of China's booming furniture industry, immediately prior to the China Shunde International Woodworking Machinery Fair (Lunjiao) in the nearby city of Foshan.

It is targeted primarily at Chinese professionals from the furniture, supplier, automation technology and furniture manufacturing industries.

Press release

The event

The upcoming LIGNA.Conference in China is part of an international series of conferences that run in even years – when there is no LIGNA trade show in Hannover. They are staged at different locations each time and are the ideal platform to access new markets and connect with new customers.

This year’s two-day conference at the Dong Fang Hotel in Guangzhou, China, will feature a stimulating and engaging program of lectures on integration, digitization and automation, plus presentations of applications and examples of current best practice. In addition, technology providers will be able to present their products, applications and solutions using table top displays. Alongside the lectures there will be opportunities for the participating industry experts to talk at greater length with attendees about their ideas for and experience of digitization, its implementation in various production processes and its effects on the interfaces between development, production and sales.

Day one of the conference will end with a special gala evening networking event, while day two will bring more expert lectures and presentations on digitization and automation. On the morning after the conference – 6 December – a shuttle service will be provided to take attendees the short distance to Foshan for the opening of the China Shunde International Woodworking Machinery Fair.

The first LIGNA.Conference was held in May 2016 at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Germany and was a major success, attracting 140 participants from 10 nations. With its topical, engaging lineup of themes relating to digitally integrated wood processing and woodworking, the premiere was testimony to the cross-industry importance of integrated manufacturing. Needless to say, it was extremely well received by its participants.


Statements LIGNA.Conference 2018

Michael Weinig AG

Michael Weinig AG

0:39 min



0:39 min

Biesse S.p.A.

Biesse S.p.A.

1:12 min

Wemhöner Surface Technologies GmbH&Co.KG

Wemhöner Surface Technologies GmbH&Co.KG

1:11 min

Table Top Presentations & Sponsoring

The desk presentations and sponsorships provide you the opportunity to increase your visibility to our audience. They will enjoy sustained profiling impact through continous promotion before, during and after the LIGNA.Conference.

Participation Options for Delegates  
Fee per Delegate EUR 200.00
Table Top / Desk Presentation
(2 tables, 2 chairs, power outlet, flyer rack, banner/display area **)
EUR 2,000.00
General Sponsorship Packages  
Gold Sponsor EUR 6,000.00
Silver Sponsor EUR 4,000.00
* Note: If the above sponsorship options do not suit your needs, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to tailor a package to accomodate your requirements.

All information on how to participate is available for download.


Registration and Program

  • The conference program will be published in the summer of 2018.
  • Regular delegate registration will be open in the summer of 2018 at
  • If you are interested in participating with a table top / desk presentation, please contact us. Registration form will be provided.
  • If you are interested in booking a sponsorship package, please contact us. Sponsorship agreement will be provided.



Event location

The Dong Fang Hotel is located at the busy political, economic and cultural centre of Guangzhou and by Yuexiu Park Metro Station, Dong Fang Hotel offers convenient transportation, just a 30 minute drive from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

Dong Fang Hotel
120 Liu Hua Road, YUEXIU district
Guangzhou / China

* Special LIGNA.Conference accommodation conditions and a separate booking form will be available for the Dong Fang Hotel upon your registration.

China’s furniture industry

China is home to the world’s biggest woodworking and furniture manufacturing industry, much of which is concentrated in the country’s south, particularly in the provinces of Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian. Guangdong is China’s main center of furniture manufacturing.

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. As well as growing in terms of sheer volume, this market is becoming increasingly sensitive to quality and environmental considerations – factors that play into the hands of European machinery manufacturers in particular. Germany, for instance, grew its exports to China from 165.3 to 288.3 million euros over the period from 2016 to 2017. Italy, Austria and Switzerland likewise increased their exports to China over this period.

While much of China’s furniture industry output is sold domestically, a good deal of it is exported. In fact, China is the world’s biggest exporter of furniture, a position it has held since 2004. According to a report published by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) in April 2017, China ranks second only to Poland as Germany’s biggest supplier of furniture. The report anticipates that China’s furniture exports will decline and that domestic demand will grow on the back of an increasingly affluent middle class.

China is busy laying the groundwork for a digital future. Its plans include colossal investment in communications infrastructure, sweeping legislative changes, and financial support programs for automation and robotics.

The country is virtually without parallel in its pursuit of a concerted campaign spanning government, research, business and venture capital and aimed at pushing ahead with the digitization of its industrial base, economy and society as a whole. It is engaged in a lightning-paced restructuring process that is arguably the cornerstone of its plan to modernize its industrial base and thereby become the world’s No. 1 industrial power. The aim of the Chinese government’s “Made in China 2025” industrial modernization program is to move China up among the global frontrunners by 2025 and take the outright lead by 2049 (in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic).


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LIGNA Conference 2016, Hannover – Review

The inaugural LIGNA Conference was held on 3 and 4 May 2016 in the Robotation Academy at the Hannover Exhibition Center, Germany. It rapidly attracted 140 participants from 10 nations, effectively booking the venue to capacity weeks in advance. The conference provided answers to the questions of why it is becoming increasingly important to develop new business processes, and how digital transformation will affect the various interfaces within and between development, production and sales. It also presented examples of companies that had already successfully implemented Industry 4.0 projects. The clear message to emerge from the conference was that Industry 4.0 is relevant for firms of all sizes. In fact, it will play a pivotal role in enabling smaller firms to achieve the level of specialization they need in order to keep their production efficient and profitable.