LAVAL, QUE — With less than three weeks to go before Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO) opens its doors on Oct. 23, all statistics indicate this year’s event will be the most successful SIBO ever.  

SIBO will be held Oct. 23-25 at Place Forzani in Laval. Quebec’s most important biennial woodworking event will feature more than 130 exhibitors covering the 90,000-square-foot exhibit hall. SIBO 2008 will be the largest industrial woodworking show ever held in Quebec and second largest in Canada, only surpassed by Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS) held in Toronto last year.

SIBO is the showcase of machinery, materials, supplies and technology for wood products manufacturing companies. Visit for a complete list of exhibitors and their products.

In addition to the sold-out exhibit hall, advance registration is 24% ahead of the record setting 2006 event.  More than 5,000 professionals are expected to attend SIBO 2008.

Of the 2008 are-registrants:

• 44% are top managers in their organizations;

• 30% come from large companies; and

• 30% will attend SIBO for the first time.

The SIBO Expo will be preceded by the most diverse wood products conference in Quebec.  “Focus on Growth Strategies” will be held Oct. 22, at the nearby Sheraton Laval. the SIBO conference will feature five sessions presented by experts on a range of current topics affecting the woodworking industry including:

• LEED – “Green” Building – A Growing Opportunity

• Closets & Home Organization Trends

• Improving Productivity with Automation and CNC Equipment

• Subsidies and Financing: What is Available and How to Make Use of Them

• Online Marketing: A Strategy for Success

For complete information about attending the conference or exhibits, visit

SIBO is owned by Vance Communications Canada, also owner of WMS, held in Toronto. Vance Communications Canada is a division of Vance Publishing Corp. Vance Publishing Corp. is headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, with offices in Lenexa, KS, and St. Louis, MO. Since its founding in 1937, Vance Publishing has been a recognized leader in business information and communications. The company serves select business-to-business markets with 20 magazines, a host of newsletters, web offerings, events, data and custom media products. Publications include Wood & Wood Products, Custom Woodworking Business and CLOSETS.

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