WMS 2013 Grows in Attendance and Exhibitor Participation

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 10/31/2013 2:16PM


TORONTO – The 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo completed its successful three-day run Saturday, Oct. 26, at the International Centre.

click image to zoomWMS 2013 Uniboard booth Canada’s largest woodworking event brought together more than 5,200 industry professionals, including approximately 4,000 attendees. Buyer attendance was up more than 5% from WMS 2011 and about 15% from WMS 2009.

For three days, the International Centre was transformed into a woodworker's paradise. The show featured a wide array of woodworking machines, cutting tools, software, cabinet and furniture hardware, board products, etc. manufactured by more than 250 companies around the world. The number of exhibitors and exhibit space were each up about 20% from WMS 2011.

The vast majority of exhibitors expressed pleasure with both the quantity and quality of buyers that came to their booths.

“We are pleased with the positive customer feedback and the amount of visitors,” (who came to our booth), said Nadja Mann, recently appointed president of GRASS Canada Inc. “We would like to thank everyone who visited us.”

“The show was very upbeat reflecting an improved wood products market,” said Steve Reiss, vice president of Vance Communications Canada, owner of WMS. “We talked to numerous machinery exhibitors who said they racked up many good leads, including some who sold machines on the show floor. I think the show reflected continuing improvements in the North American economy and fresh willingness of wood products companies to invest in their plants.”

WMS 2013 was preceded by the Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, held Oct. 23 at the Four Points By Sheraton by the Toronto International Airport. The conference, organized by the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and Woodworking Network featured presentations by some of the best and brightest minds of the Canadian wood products industry. The full-day program featured discussions on green finishing, RFID inventory systems, robotic work cells, setting up a factory in China, participating in a wood cluster and more.

The next edition of the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo will take place in October 2015.


About the Author

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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