IWF Buoyed by Return of Big Woodworking Machinery Exhibitors

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 03/16/2012 12:47PM


The return of Biesse, SCM, Stiles and Weinig to the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) this August is good news for North America's biggest woodworking show and for the North American industry.

Each of these marquee names of the woodworking industry issued press releases in rapid succession this week announcing their individual plans to exhibit at IWF, August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Just a shade over two years ago, Woodworking Network reported on the decisions these same companies had made not to exhibit at IWF 2010. One of the columns I devoted to the trauma of the moment was titled, "Economy takes its toll on IWF." In it I wrote, "The prolonged economic crunch has particularly been hard felt by manufacturers of industrial woodworking machinery. Not only have some potential customers gone out of business, many more have dramatically reduced their capital expenditures. On top of this, there has never been a greater glut of used woodworking machinery on the market to compete against. We’ve heard that some of the large machinery companies saw U.S. equipment sales drop by as much as 80% last year."

The market is no where near where it was for IWF 2008, staged just before the nation's financial meltdown. But seeing these four recognized technology leaders ready to take part at IWF is an encouraging sign that times are much improved for manufacturers and distributors of industrial woodworking equipment. As Federico Broccoli, president and CEO of Biesse America and Canada, put it, Biesse is coming back to IWF "due to tangible signs of recovery we see in our industry."

With Biesse, SCM, Stiles and Weinig back in the IWF fold, we can all focus our attention and energy on preparing for a stronger, better IWF 2012.

Start making your plans to attend IWF now and stay up to date on the most current news about the big show in our exclusive IWF news channel.

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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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Portland, Or  |  March, 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

We like most other smaller companies find it amazing that your artical highlights only the big foriegn companies that dropped out of the AWFS & IWF. It is like these companies are the most important and the companies that have been around for over 100-years and continue to struggle do not even get a mension. Yes we dropped out for the same reasons as the big euro companys, but not a mention. We hope you can explain to the American companies that prefer our products over the German (as example) as we are most likely out as of 2012. If King Obama gets re-elected it will most likely be only imports. Why? Becuase thats what he wants. Buy American and vote King Obama out, unless you want his socialist goverment. Best of luck to all American companies.


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