A total of 80,000 visitors from 160 countries came to Hanover to see the latest innovations and megatrends for woodworking – many interested visitors also traveled from Asia and America. "An impressive 60 percent of visitors came from abroad. This means that LIGNA has further expanded its position as the world's leading global trade show," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, on the official LIGNA homepage.
This rush and a great enthusiasm of the visitors were also clearly noticeable at the Leitz booth. The focus of the world market leader in its trade show presentation this year was on the topics of knowledge and efficiency. Whether acquiring new customers, intensive networking or simply meeting again face-to-face for snacks and drinks – Leitz was even able to exceed the goals it had set for itself at LIGNA. Especially the quality of the exciting and interesting discussions with the customers and guests could be increased again compared to the previous fairs. In the middle of the week Leitz invited to the traditional press conference. National and international journalists were guests and learned more about this year's innovations and key topics of the world market leader. The attendance was excellent and thus the hall was filled on every seat.
The Leitz Relay Tour also got the big stage at the beginning of the world's leading trade fair. Many highly motivated employees rode the LIGNA baton across Germany from Oberkochen to Hanover over a period of several weeks - on a CO2-neutral basis by bicycle. A great sign of sustainability, team spirit and an extraordinary achievement by all participants. As a grand finale after 1,200 kilometers, Miriam Staudte, Minister of Forestry for Lower Saxony, welcomed Leitz Managing Director Jürgen Köppel at the grand LIGNA opening ceremony to hand over the baton.
After five days at LIGNA, expectations were not only met but exceeded. Köppel was delighted to note on the last day of the trade show: "It was a great experience to finally be back in Hanover after a four-year break. We all absolutely missed the special trade fair atmosphere with the face-to-face contacts." LIGNA 2023 was characterized by intensive conversations and smiling people. That's why Leitz employees are already looking forward to the year after next, when the motto will once again be: "Finally, LIGNA again."