ATLANTA — Wood & Wood Products, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia and the International Woodworking Machinery & Supply Fai-USAr will collaborate on a comprehensive one-day Wood Finishing Symposium on Aug. 19, 2008.

The program will take place one day before IWF opens its doors to an expected 25,000 buyers, 1,300-plus exhibitors and more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space Aug. 20-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center. W&WP and UBC organized successful wood finishing seminars before IWF 2004 and IWF 2006.

 “IWF is a global event and the symposium will provide buyers worldwide with innovative new ideas that they can use to improve their finishing process,” said Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, University of British Columbia.

The program will consist of up to eight 45-minute presentations covering the most innovative techniques and the latest technological advancements that the industry has to offer. More than 150 woodworking professionals are expected to attend the one-day symposium.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to have the Western Hemisphere’s largest woodworking event as a partner for the 2008 Wood Finishing Symposium,” said Rich Christianson, Associate Publisher and Editor-at-Large of W&WP. “IWF is the launch pad for new technology for the industry, and there is no better place to showcase this full-day educational program for industrial wood finishing than IWF 2008. IWF is where the industry all comes together to find new ways to become more successful in their business.

“It’s about delivering real value to our buyers and we feel that every buyer that attends IWF and the Finishing Symposium will come away with something they learned today that they can use tomorrow,” said Charles R. (Tommy) Tomkins, IWF 2008 Chairman and President of Cresent Fine Furniture Co., based in Gallatin, TN.

“We look forward to working with Wood & Wood Products magazine and the University of British Columbia to produce a great program that will make an immediate impact on our buyers’ bottom line,” Tomkins added.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorships are available for $7,500 net to six companies on a first-come-first-served basis. Sponsors will receive advanced print and electronic promotion from IWF and W&WP beginning in January. In addition, sponsors will receive two complimentary registrations to attend the program and have a literature rack to distribute their brochures.

Contact your W&WP sales representative at (847) 634-4347 or e-mail for full details.

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