Following intensive deliberations and discussions and in view of current developments in the global infection situation in the wake of the corona pandemic, Deutsche Messe and the VDMA have decided to postpone next year's Ligna trade show until 27 September to 1 October. The originally planned date of the event was 10 to 14 May. "Due to the ongoing pandemic, increasing restrictions and the renewed lockdown, there is great uncertainty in the market. We are taking this very seriously," stresses Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG. "The decision to postpone LIGNA was a very difficult one for us, but it is the only consistent measure to give all those involved planning security and the necessary lead time for preparations". More than 1,500 exhibitors from over 40 countries will present their products and services at the world's leading trade fair for tools, machinery and equipment for woodworking and wood processing in Hannover. Next year's focus will be on the topics "Transformation of Woodworking", "Prefabrication Processes in Timber Construction" and "Process Technologies of the Bioeconomy". Ligna 2021 will be held as a hybrid event for the first time.