An improving economy raises hopes for IWF 2012 with attendee registration up 40 percent over the last show. The International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) will take place August 22-25, 2012. With an announced 40 percent increase in early attendee registration in comparison with 2010, as well as approximately 850 exhibitors that have contracted for exhibit space occupying more than 365,000 net square feet, expectations for this year’s event have been raised.
IWF the largest woodworking technology tradeshow in North America, is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, and is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized around the world as one of the predominant events for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology, IWF attracts visitors from every level of the industry and over 80 countries and all 50 states.
“In addition to the rebounding housing market, we suspect that increased attendee numbers can be attributed to demand for new machinery, supplies and services that IWF exhibitors offer,” says Michael Burdis, IWF 2012 chairman and president of James L. Taylor Manufacturing Co., “The increase in exhibitor sales and advanced registration all point to a very strong IWF 2012.”
Education Conference, Discounts
IWF 2012 will offer woodworkers more than three dozen educational courses, from basics in wood finishing and production to marketing strategies, business management and best practices in lean manufacturing.
Education tracks include business management, manufacturing, furniture, marketing, sales and wood. Some representative topics include Wood 101, sales and marketing; shop automation; lumber specification; lean production; mass customization; local markets for selling cabinets, furniture and millwork; wood protection for the forest products industry; working with designers and architects; and many more.
IWF will feature five Symposiums on August 21 and an expanded educational session program, which begins August 22. The Cabinetmakers Association (CMA) also will offer certification sessions for the first time at IWF. Education discounts will allow attendees to buy one Symposium and receive one free session, or buy one educational session with the second session discounted 50 percent per individual registration.
For the first time the CMA will offer expanded live sessions at IWF for its new CMA Professional Certification Program. Curriculum sessions contain required knowledge to pass testing. CEU sessions are elective sessions; a person enrolled in CMA’s certification program is required to earn 4.0 CEUs per year and to pass applicable testing.