At their stands, exhibitors will profile the many non-wood applications of their standard machines. The main applications on show include caravan and boat building, vehicle, ship and aircraft interior finishing as well as plastics processing and fabrication. Processing plastic and composite materials is now a core part of joinery and cabinetmaking work.

The individual manufacturer’s displays by will be complemented by an information pavilion operated by the University of Stuttgart Institute for Machine Tools (IfW). Located at Stand B43 in Hall 27, the pavilion will showcase various items and workpieces that have been machined from plastics and fiber-reinforced composites using standard woodworking machines. What’s more, the pavilion will feature an array of measurement systems for analyzing and optimizing machines, tools and manufacturing processes. IfW will also use the pavilion to profile its current research projects.

In addition, Deutsche Messe is partnering with Stuttgart University to provide a stimulating and informative program of short presentations as well as guided tours that will take visitors to the stands of numerous exhibitors from the manufacturing, woodworking and wood processing, tools, surface technology and surface coating sectors. The exhibitors on the tour circuit will run live demonstrations and present product samples to illustrate the non-wood versatility of their machines.

The guided tours will be held on Monday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 24th. They will be conducted in English and German and last for approximately two hours each. The tours will start at the Robotation Academy on the LIGNA fairgrounds. Tours cost EUR 15 per person. Prior online registration is required:

The Robotation Academy is also the venue for the following short-presentation program, which will be held over the first three days of the show:

Monday, 22 May 2017

  • 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
    Professor Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Möhring:
    "Leveraging Synergies from Machining Wood and Fiber-reinforced Composite Materials"
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
    Dr. - Ing. Martin Dressler, Head of Research/ Business Segment Development , Leuco Ledermann GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
    "CFRP Processing using p-System Tools"
  • 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    Carsten Clauder, CEO, Grotefeld GmbH, Germany
    "Processing of Plastics and Composites using Wood Processing Machines"
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Florian Mauch, Areas Sales Manager, Hamuel Reichenbacher GmbH, Germany
    "5-Axis Processing of High-Tech Materials"
  • Tuesday, 23 May 2017

  • 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
    Dr.-Ing. Michael Magin, R&D Manager, Ceratizit Luxembourg S.a.r.l, Luxemburg
    "Modern Cutting Tool Materials for Modern Workpiece Materials"
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
    Christian Terfrüchte, Key Account Manager, SCM Group Deutschland, Germany
    "4.0 Machine Technology for Plastics and Composites"
  • 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    Martin Kimmelmann, Research Associate, University of Stuttgart Institute for Machine Tools (IfW), Germany
    "Increasing Processing Quality by Improving Tool Dynamic Balance"
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Helmut Tipotsch, Key Account Manager, Felder Group, Austria
    "Materials in Transformation – Opportunities for SMEs"
  • Wednesday, 24 May 2017

  • 11.00 – 11.15 a.m.
    Saladin Zolotic, MAKA Systems GmbH, Germany
    "Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions for Wood and Composites Processing"
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
    Dipl.-Ing Matthias Graf, Director of Technology and Business Development, Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Germany
    "Carbon Composites Production Technologies"
  • 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
    Thomas Tenberg, CEO, KÜNDIG GmbH, Gotha
    "The Role of Sanding in Achieving Dimensional Accuracy in Composites"
  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Matthias Schneider, Research Associate University of Stuttgart Institute for Machine Tools (IfW), Germany
    "Plastics and Composites as Modern Materials for Woodworking Machinery"