Wolfgang Pöschl, Chairman of the Woodworking Machinery division of Germany’s Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, VDMA (Frankfurt/Main), and Chairman of the Management Board of Michael Weinig AG (Tauberbischofsheim).
"The new layout has proven to be a great success. Our customers have found it very easy to navigate. [...] Digitalization and integrated production are the new keys to success for our customers. There is huge demand across the board, resulting in full order books. The challenge now is to shorten delivery lead times as much as possible."
Pekka Paasivaara, CEO of the HOMAG Group (Schopfloch, Germany):
"This has been an outstanding LIGNA for us. We had excellent visitor turnout at the HOMAG stand. Highlights included our 100-meter long, ‘batch size 1’ plant, our innovations center and, above all, tapio – the new digital woodworking platform. Our skilled trades display was very well attended. There was a higher international presence this year, and LIGNA has clearly confirmed its profile as the leading global trade fair in its sector."
Jürgen Philipps, Spokesperson for the Management Board of Siempelkamp Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH (Krefeld, Germany):
"LIGNA is our innovations fair, where we translate innovations into tangible reality and demonstrate our customer service approach in practice. LIGNA 2017 has been a complete success from our point of view."
Luigi De Vito, Director of the Woodworking Machinery Division of the SCM GROUP SPA (Rimini, Italy):
"We were overwhelmed by the internationality of this LIGNA. We had customers from more than 60 countries at our booth. This has created significant opportunities in new and existing markets for SCM."
Marcel Pfost, Director of Training & Fairs at Festool GmbH, Wendlingen:
"The new layout concept for LIGNA has worked extremely well. The mix of large and small-scale machinery attracted some new visitor categories to our stand. The interplay between outdoor exhibition space and indoor stands was just what Festool needed, as the ideal way for us to reach the target group of joiners and cabinetmakers. We noted an especially strong interest in our products on the part of international visitors over the first two days of the fair."
Klaus Longmuss, General Manager of Wood-Mizer Sägewerke Vertriebs GmbH (Schletau, Germany):
"We have never had so many foreign visitors at our stand. The concept of exhibiting our large-scale sawmills to an international audience on the open-air site was a complete success."