Pristina, May 18, 2017 – Fifteen Kosovo wood processing companies will visit the 2017 LIGNA Fair in Hanover, Germany, on May 22-26. The international fair is the most important fair in the world for the wood processing industry, featuring latest wood processing technology, machinery and tools.
Kosovar companies will participate in the fair with the aim of getting familiar with the latest technology and market trends and connecting with buyers so as to increase sales and jobs. Some of the Kosovo companies that will participate in the fair include: Elnor, Ukaj, Sela Impex, Limani, Lesna Indesign, Lesna, Berto, Lumi, Shehu, Dili Komerce and Art Design.
The visit of the Kosovo companies to the 2017 LIGNA International Fair will be facilitated by the Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo (AWPK) and supported by USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector, in partnership with Sida. At the fair, representatives of Kosovo companies will have the chance to get acquainted with 1500 companies showcasing wood, paper and energy processing technology as well as painting technology and software advancements. The fair also features a forestry and energy platform, which will be organized as a summit during the fair as well as carpentry trainings and industry experience exchange that will be provided by field experts and the largest suppliers of wood industry technology.
The Executive Director of the Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo, Arieta Pozhegu, considers the Association’s and Kosovar companies’ visit to the fair as very important. “Participation at the fair will enable Kosovo companies to become familiar with the latest technology, with the purpose of planning potential investments and increasing employment” – Pozhegu said.
The Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo was established in 2004 to support the wood processors in Kosovo and promote the country’s wood processing industry.
USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector, which started in July 2014, is a five-year project designed to stimulate large-scale job creation by elevating the competitiveness of Kosovo firms. The project is funded by USAID and Sida, and is implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. For more information visit www.empowerkosovo.org