Oscar Einzig & Associates
Thousands of professional woodworkers will converge on the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Aug. 22-25, to view the latest innovations in machinery, supplies and services by approximately 850 exhibitors at the International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair (IWF). (See IWF at a Glance, below)
The largest woodworking technology trade show in North America, the biennial IWF is sponsored by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), the Woodworking Machinery Industry Assn. (WMIA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA).
This will be the last year for AHFA’s sponsorship; after a long partnership, the furniture association agreed in May to sell its shares of IWF to the WMIA and WMMA.
IWF has long been recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the pre-eminent events for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and supplies. IWF’s widely recognized Challengers Awards program lauds seven exhibiting companies which have distinguished themselves in developing an innovative technology, manufacturing technique or service, or which have made significant contributions to environmentally sound manufacturing techniques.
Awards also will be given to innovative student furniture projects in the Design Emphasis Awards program. The competition recognizes student designs in five categories: Seating, Case Goods, Commercial/Office/Hospitality Furniture, Accent Furniture/Accent Tables, and Design Creativity. A prize also is given for Best of Show.
Winning pieces along with finalist entries will be on display throughout the show in the Design Emphasis Showcase.
IWF offers opportunities for networking with woodworking industry experts. Increased Attendance Projected
IWF attracts visitors from every level of the wood products industry, and from more than 80 countries and all 50 states. Show management said it is upbeat following its announcement of a 40 percent increase in early registration, compared to 2010 figures. Final figures for 2010 showed 11,425 verified buyers attended the show.
“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,” said Michael Burdis, IWF 2012 chairman and president of James L. Taylor Mfg. Co. “The increase in exhibitor sales and advanced registration all point to a very strong IWF 2012.”
Demographic surveys show IWF attracts attendees involved in all aspects of the wood products industry: kitchen and bath cabinetry, home furnishings, contract/office furniture, store fixtures, architectural millwork, home organization, remodeling, etc.