"As a trade fair organizer, we have acquired a great deal of online know-how and expertise over the past few months. With the H ANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition in April, we demonstrated that we can also put on large digital events and create new networks," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG. "In a LIGNA year, the woodworking and wood processing industry needs to discuss current industry trends, present innovations and network with interested parties, which is why we will present the LIGNA.Innovation Network in autumn."

"LIGNA is and remains the meeting point where people and machines from all over the world come together at the exhibits in Hannover. But we also want the community to remain up to date and be able to discuss the latest trends. This is exactly what we should achieve this year with the LIGNA.Innovation Network," said Dr. Bernhard Dirr, managing director of the VDMA’s woodworking machinery division.

The LIGNA.Innovation Network consists of three pillars – Expo, Conference and Networking – and takes place in the H’Up streaming studio at the Hannover Exhibition Center.

In the Expo area, visitors have direct access to extensive product overviews from exhibitors. Best-case applications, video tutorials, live streams, and video chats enable them not only to learn about specific solutions for optimizing their processes, but also to enter into direct exchange with exhibiting companies.

The virtual Conference starts on 27 September and highlights the key topics of LIGNA such as using digitalization and connectivity to transform woodworking, prefabrication processes in timber construction, or the new theme "Process Technologies of the Bioeconomy". The program looks at wood as the most important renewable resource and spotlights new processing options that drive forward economic and technical innovations in the industry.

The Networking function enables all participants in the LIGNA.Innovation Network to directly contact exhibitors, speakers and visitors. A personalized entry page supports this with a corresponding dashboard that displays the companies, speakers and participants relevant to the respective visitor. From there, the visitor can initiate a direct contact request and then connect via chat or video call.