At first glance, there's sometimes no obvious connection between an exhibitor and the product it has on show. Visitors to LIGNA 2019 in Hannover, the world's leading trade fair for woodworking and timber processing, could well wonder about the link at the KFW Business Pavilion, where hands-on forestry technology is being exhibited at the SVLFG (Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture) stand. Normally responsible for accident, health and nursing care insurance in the agricultural industry and pension provision for farmers, the German social insurance organization is this year presenting an innovative remote-control wedge for felling trees safely.

According to the SVLFG, these remote-control felling wedges, which enable chainsaw operators to fell trees from a safe distance, are ready for immediate use and represent a prime example of motor-manual felling away from the tree to help prevent accidents. In addition to the benefits of this new tree-felling technique, the SVLFG is also using LIGNA 2019 to demonstrate how using two poles makes it possible to safely cut trees that are either leaning backwards or standing straight.