IWF Challengers Award Finalists chosen

Twenty finalists have been chosen to vie for the coveted 2024 IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award.

ATLANTA — From a field of 92 entries submitted by 75 IWF 2024 exhibiting companies, judges have named 20 IWF Challengers Award finalists. 

The 20 finalists will perform live demonstrations for judges' review on Monday, August 5, which is one day prior to IWF 2024 opening day. Judges will render final decisions to select winners, and the seven winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 6. 

The finalists will be on display in The Challengers Award Gallery throughout the duration of the show.

The IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes companies demonstrating exemplary achievement in the development of products, services, or manufacturing technologies and techniques created to advance the industry. A panel of nine distinguished judges—all recognized professionals drawn from across the industry landscape—review and analyze each entry.

The IWF 2024 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award Finalists are:

  • Apollo Sprayers | Apollo Sprayers PRECISION-6 PRO HVLP Turbo Spray System | Booth B6419
  • Current Composites Inc. | Liberty Wood | Booth C664
  • Easysupply USA LLC | Circular Economy & Plywood | Booth C1817
  • GEW, Inc. | GEW | Booth BC508
  • KOCH LP | Stack & Move (SAM) by Paul Saws | Booth B6929
  • Kundig USA, Inc. | Eco Cleaning System - Energy Saving for Perfect Sanding | Booth A10601
  • Kyocera Unimerco Tooling, Inc | EQS Edge Sealing System | Booth A10309
  • Leybold USA | Leybold NDK High Vacuum Systems | Booth A11345
  • Macoser, Inc. | OMEC F11TS | Booth B4629
  • Macoser, Inc. | SALVAMAC SALVAPUSH 2000 | Booth B4629
  • Make it Snappy Tools, Inc. | iCARB Indexable Carbide Countersinks | Booth C771
  • Northtech Machine, LLC | iGlue by Northtech | Booth B6052
  • Sunflower Corporation | Sunflower Corporation | Booth C1263
  • Timber Wolf Forest Products | Fast-Snap by Timber Wolf | Booth BC1107
  • Total Finishing Solutions, LLC | VD Simple Dynamic | Booth A11309
  • Total Finishing Solutions, LLC | Walcom TRUE LIGHT 2.0 | Booth A11309
  • Unilin Panels | Unilin Master Oak | Booth C1330
  • Vanguard Digital Printing Systems | VK300D-SS UV-LED Flatbed Printer | Booth BC1025 
  • Whiteside Machine Company | Whiteside's Ultra-Long Ultimates | Booth B6518

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