From conference sessions to technology and supplies on the floor, finishing will be big for the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, which runs November 2-4 at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario.
The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, one of Canada's premier institutions for professional wood manufacturing training, will convene a roster of top finishing experts for conference tracks November 1 and 2. CAWP’s participation is only fitting, because finishing has such a key role at WMS 2017. Everything from finishing troubleshooting, surface preparation and sanding, to developments in water-based, urethane, and polyurethane coatings, as well as automated finishing equipment, advances.
The show will include all the major suppliers of abrasives, machinery, and coatings. New at WMS 2017 are IC&S ILVA, the North American operation of Italy’s source for fine European finishes; Laguna, widely known for its CNC machines, but also a big seller of smaller and medium-sized wide belt sanding machines. 
Also new at WMS after a hiatus is Biesse North America, which has snagged technology awards for its advanced and highly automated sanding systems that may be even better than sanding by hand. 
3M Cubitron II abrasives
Abrasives, of course are the mainstay of wood surface preparation, and suppliers are plentiful at WMS 2017:  3M Canada Company, AbrasiEuro, Dynabrade, Klingspor, Performance Abrasives, Richelieu, and SIA Abrasifs. 
 
On the equipment side, you will find on the floor sanding and finishing equipment from Akhurst Machinery, Normand Woodworking Machinery, SCM Group Canada, Venjakob North America, and Taurus Craco. In fact, Taurus Craco is sponsoring a day-long event on November 1 focusing on wood surface preparation.  
 
Among coatings suppliers are Axalta (formerly Valspar) CanLak, ICA North America, Katilac Coatings, Royal City Paint, and The Sherwin-Williams Company. 
 
Registration is now open for the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. Canada's national wood manufacturing event runs November 2-4 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, in suburban Toronto. A pre-show finishing event on November 1 is planned for the showroom of technology supplier Taurus Craco. That event runs Noon until 5:00 pm. www.wmscanada.ca