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Interzum And Ligna - the daily double of woodworking fairs.

For those who like their woodworking fairs big, none come any larger than Germany's Interzum supply and Ligna Hannover machinery shows which will be held back-to-back in May.

Germany's biennial Interzum and Ligna fairs are so vastly different that they complement each other very well.

Interzum, scheduled for May 14-18 in Cologne, can most readily be described as a furniture supply fair. Ligna, slated for May 19-25, can most easily be summed up as a woodworking machinery exposition.

In total, Interzum and Ligna will feature more than 2,700 exhibiting companies, representing products manufactured in more than 40 countries. The combined exhibits for the two fairs will occupy some 1.7 million net square feet. These mammoth numbers provide the underlying explanation to a commonly asked question regarding why Germany holds two separated-but-not-divorced wood industry shows. In essence, the answer is that there is no single venue large enough to adequately accommodate both shows at one time.

Just to put the combined size of the pair of German fairs in perspective, consider the numbers posted by the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair held last August in Atlanta. IWF '92 featured an

impressive 979 exhibitors occupying 583,000 net square feet of the Georgia World Congress Center. Those are this-side-of-the-Atlantic industrial woodworking show records, and certainly nothing to sneeze at. Still, they roughly approximate one-third of the comparable exhibit numbers of Interzum plus Ligna.

More about Interzum

Interzum, short for International Trade Fair for Furniture Production, Interior Furnishes and Furnishings and Upholstery Machinery, will feature more than 1,400 exhibiting companies from approximately 40 countries. This year's total exhibition area will be about 15 percent bigger than in 1991, occupying 493,000 net square feet as compared to 430,000 net square feet in 1991.

Interzum's product segments include:

* Fittings and constructional elements such as cabinet hinges, slides, pulls and mechanical fasteners.

* Finishing materials, veneers and decorative laminates.

* Wood components and composite panels.

* Upholstery fabrics and machinery.

* Wood and Interior Design products like wooden floors, windows, doors and wall claddings.

More than 58,000 people attended Interzum '91, including 1,200 from North America. Interzum officials are anticipating stronger North American participation this year due to an improved economy and the addition of the World Bedding conference, which is being organized in cooperation with the International Sleep Products Assn. of Alexandria, Va. The all-day conference will be held May 13. For information about the bedding conference, contact the ISPA at (703) 683-8371.

Interzum is sponsored by Koln Messe. For more information about Interzum, contact Hans Teetz or Marlies Osmers at the German-American Chamber of Commerce (212) 974-8836.

More about Ligna

This could be the year that total attendance at Ligna Hannover tops six figures.

Organizers of the world's biggest woodworking event are hedging their bets. They project that 99,000 people will participate in the seven-day event, scheduled for May 19-25 at the Hannover Fair grounds. Still, the prospect of an additional 1,000 people showing up beyond that estimate would hardly qualify as a stretch of the imagination.

Records are made to be broken, and Ligna Hannover has a solid track record of doing just that. The 1991 Hannover Fair attracted a crowd of approximately 97,000, which eclipsed the 1989 attendance of 91,000 visitors.

Ligna, which is German for "wood," was first held in 1947 and featured five exhibiting companies. This year's event will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors (nearly half of them German companies) spread over 1.2 million square feet of net exhibit space. Product displays will include:

* Machinery for the manufacture of furniture, cabinets and millwork.

* Joinery machines.

* Equipment for processing and finishing composite panels and veneers.

* Sawmill machinery.

Ligna Hannover is sponsored by the VDMA (Association of German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers) and Deutsche Messe AG (Hannover Trade Fair Authority). For more information, contact Hannover Fairs USA at (609) 987-1202.
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Title Annotation:International Trade Fair for Furniture Production, Interior Furnishes and Furnishings and Upholstery Machinery
Author:Christianson, Rich
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Apr 1, 1993
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