VANCOUVER - One of Canada's premier institutions for professional wood manufacturing training, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, will convene a roster of top finishing experts at for a conference track at the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo.  WMS 2017 runs November 2-4 at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario. 

A presentation by Prof. Phil Evans will detail results of ongoing research into atomization of finishes during the application process, and grain raising during sanding. Prof. Evans is on the faculty of the University of British Columbia, and participates in the program at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing. 
A case study on a cabinetry firm that has successfully adopted unique finishes will also be included in the program. 
Among other presentations planned are sessions on:

  • Developments in Water-based and Urethane Coatings 
  • Transitioning to Polyurethane Coating 
  • Developments in automated finishing equipment
  • Troubleshooting Finishing Problems

Attendees can register for individual sessions, or sign up for the entire Finishing Conference, which includes the luncheon keynote by Sylvain Garneau, CEO of Group Lacasse, one of Canada's largest furniture manufacturing firms. Learn more here>>

The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing is Canada’s national centre for education, training and technical assistance for the wood products manufacturing industry. CAWP offers a wide range of training courses, professional e-learning programs, in-plant training, product development, and manufacturing improvement services. It also conducts and coordinates applied research and development, and support the award-winning University of  British Columbia Bachelor of Science degree program in Wood Products Processing, and its cooperative education program.

Jason Chiu
Headed by its Managing Director Jason Chiu, CAWP offers training and support throughout North America. Chiu became imanaging director s a quality control certification specialist and extension trainer at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, at the University of British Columbia.  Jason holds a Bachelors degree in Wood Products Processing from UBC.  He has worked for several secondary wood products companies performing; quality systems implementation, training, and process layout and design.  Jason has conducted audits of several industrial finishing facilities and performed hands-on finishing training, as well as developing a comprehensive range of finishing testing services for industry. 

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