WMS 2013: Canada's Wood Show Gets Ready to Rock
By Rich Christianson | Posted: 09/04/2013 1:19PM
WMS 2013 will bring the largest assembly of woodworking machinery, supplies and services from around the world right to the doorstep of the Canadian wood products industry.
Canada’s biggest industrial woodworking show — North America’s third largest — is on the verge of a sell-out.
The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS 2013) is far outpacing WMS 2011 in terms of number of exhibitors, contracted exhibit space and pre-registered attendance. The biennial trade show is set for Oct. 24-26 at the International Centre in Mississauga (Toronto) Ontario.
WMS 2013 will showcase woodworking technology from many of the woodworking industry’s leading names, including: Cantek, Felder, Genera International, Holz-Her, IMA/Schelling, James L. Taylor, Safety Speed Mfg., Scm Group, Thermwood and Weinig.
On the supply side, big names like Blum, Flakeboard, Grass, Hettich, Richelieu, Tafisa and Uniboard are set to display their hardware and board products.
Wood finishing is one of the largest WMS 2013 categories this year and includes Becker Acroma, Gemini, ICA, Renner, Sherwin-Williams and Valspar on the material side, and EXEL, Makor, Miltec UV, Superfici and Venjakob on the equipment side.
In addition, the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) is hosting an American Technology Pavilion while four of Canada’s largest woodworking machinery distributors — Akhurst, CNC Automation, Normand Machinery and Taurus Craco — have booked big booth spaces to represent the wares of a variety of European, North American and Asian equipment makers.
WMS 2013 also will feature a free education conference. Presentations will cover a variety of topics, from key issues related to combustible dust and architectural woodwork quality standards, through increasing plant productivity and training new woodworkers.
Adding to the importance of WMS 2013 is the Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, set to take place Wednesday, Oct. 23, the day before the start of the show. Wood Tech Summit will feature some of Canada’s most innovative wood products manufacturers executives who will share some of their best practices. Learn more by about the full-day conference at WoodTechSummit.com.
Flakeboard and General International are among the sponsors of WMS 2013.
WMS 2013 organizers have contracted the nearby Four Points by Sheraton to serve as the event’s headquarters hotel. Reservations for the group rate of $120 per night can be made on the WMS website or by phoning (905) 678-1400. For more information and to register, visit WoodworkingExpo.ca.
About the Author
Rich ChristiansonRich 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Google+.
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