ATLANTA, GA, USA — The woodworking industry is on the upswing and the future is optimistic for the industry. The event sponsored and owned by the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), was held August 25-28, 2010, in Atlanta Georgia.
With 11,425 verified buyers walking the tradeshow floor and attending the conference encouraging feedback from attendees and exhibitors was heard throughout the 4 day event.
The show hosted 972 exhibitors, including over 180 first-time exhibitors from all over the world displaying thousands of products for machinery, supplies and services.
“Anytime you have a gathering of thousands of industry professionals good things are going to happen for the industry. The energy and enthusiasm generated at IWF by networking, product demonstrations, and new relationships cannot be replaced by any other b2b medium, commented Riccardo Azzoni, IWF 2010 Chairman and President of Atlantic Machinery Corporation, based in New Millford, Connecticut.
“Our booth was very busy from the open of the show every day, until well after the close of the show every day. We were very pleased and we sold several machines that were completely unexpected,” said Tom Onsrud President of C.R. Onsrud Inc.
Buyers came from eighty-three countries and 49 states determined to find solutions for their business and manufacturing process. IWF participated in the Department of Commerce International Buyer Program which resulted in seventeen buyer delgations.
“This year IWF exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and interest of the attendees we are glad to have been supporting our industry in these tough times,” added Claus Staalner President of WoodEye North America Inc.
“Hettich America’s Kitchen Concept 2015 was a huge success for us in our booth. The presentations had a great crowd. Although attendance was down the show provided a great platform to discuss many of our new products with attendees,” commented Mark Mrozik National Sales Manager of Hettich America L.P.
“We know our registration and exhibitors numbers were down compared to our 2008 show however the quality of the buying audience was still strong and very interested in meeting with suppliers to discuss projects and product needs. IWF had 11,472 buyers, 20,697 total visitors, 972 exhibitors and 375.500 net square feet of exhibit space. The exhibitors and buyers that participated in IWF 2012 felt that the show either met or exceeded their expectations” said Michael Burdis incoming IWF 2012 Chairman and President of James L. Taylor Manufacturing Company based in Poughkeepsie, New York.
About IWF- International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair-U.S.A. ®
The largest woodworking technology trade show in the Western hemisphere is held every other year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, and is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized around the world as the preeminent event for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment, supplies and innovative new technology, IWF attracts visitors from every level of the industry and over eighty countries and all fifty states.
IWF owned and sponsored by American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).
IWF 2012 will be held August 22-25, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia USA at the Georgia World Congress Center.
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