PYTHA Lab were thrilled to be standing alongside 1,500 exhibitors at LIGNA late in May. Held in Hannover, Germany, this incredible trade fair housed an enormous collection of machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industries, and saw an impressive 93,000 visitors pass through the gates.

In a new initiative, LIGNA training workshops for joiners, cabinetmakers, carpenters and mobile assemblers were held in partnership with the Sprint Academy (Cologne, Germany). Participants were given the opportunity to put the manually-operated woodworking machines through their paces, under the watchful eye of expert technicians.

The LIGNA program also featured a series of presentations on the processing of plastics and composites at the Robotation Academy. Many exhibitors featured displays showing how woodworking machines can work not only with wood, but also with plastics, composite panels, insulation and building materials.

The fair was laid out with four thematic areas: Forestry Technology, Sawmill Technology, Wood-based Panel Production and Energy from Wood . The focus was on the production of wood as a raw material for products or energy generation, through the planning, felling and retrieval stages. The current state of the art use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or drones, proved a popular draw card, along with the latest forest surveying processes.