TORONTO - It was tough to end the Toronto Woodworking Machinery and Supply Expo Saturday as attendees hung out in clusters in booths. Exhibiting companies increased a dramatic 23 percent from the previous show at the International Centre in Mississauga, an industrial suburb at the edge of the city within where the Toronto airport is located.
By the Numbers
Registered Attendees: 4,000
Exhibitor Personnel: 1,400
Brands Exhibited: 260+
Product Categories: 50
Countries Represented: 35
The show opened with a good deal of excitement, and in fact more than 70 attendees and speakers were already on the floor, attending the Conference at WMS that began at 8:00 a.m. that morning with a keynote on Industry 4.0. By 9:30 a.m. with those proceedings in full swing, dozens of registrants were arriving and clustering around the main entrance at Hall 1. There a crowd of industry association and business leaders had gathered to welcome them, and to cut the ribbon for the 2015 edition of WMS.
Parliamentary Assistant Marie-France LaLonde, whose responsibility includes Business Development, offered words of encouragement to the business owners and operators who were gathered - anxious to enter the packed hall.
And enter they did. Traffic was steady all day Thursday, November 5, then peaked on Friday, with heavy crowds, the aisles so thick with visitors at times that passage was challenging. Wading through the long walk from the entry in Hall 1 to the back of Hall 2, close to 4,000 industry attendees engaged 1,400 exhibitor representatives on the expo floors. There were over 260 companies and business brands represented in more than 50 product categories.
20 wood industry conference and free education sessions and first ever 9 member education advisory council.
$250 to WIC
Two dozen industry sponsors and supporters
Next show is November 2-4, 2017
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