The International Woodworking Fair reported that the buyer attendance at IWF 2012, held in Atlanta in August, was 13,002, an increase of 14 percent over the 11,425 verified buyers recorded for the previous show in 2010.
Also, IWF 2012 had more than 8,000 exhibitor representatives in booths that occupied 389,000 square feet. IWF registrants came from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.
Schelling America and IMA America exhibited at IWF together, showcasing the Schelling fh8 Duplus panel saw, Schelling Area Storage Retrieval System, IMA BIMA 400V CNC router, and the IMA Advantage 500L edgebander.
Technology marches on whether times are good or bad, and there were many new developments that any company, large or small, needs to be aware of.
It was announced during the IWF show that IMA’s laser edgebanding technology made its debut in the North America market at Schenk Architectural Imports Ltd. in Canada. IMA was the first company to introduce this technology to the industry and has a global installed base.
At the show, booth visitors were encouraged to enter a raffle to win various prizes. There winners were: Jeff Eckert, OFS Brands (iPad winner); Jeff Miller, Hamilton Sorter, (iPod Touch winner) (pictured); and George Walker, Royston LLC, (iPod Nano winner).
The show itself is a good indication of the direction of the wood products industry.
“Industry professionals wanted to see what’s new and what’s next for the industry,” said Michael Burdis, IWF 2012 chairman and president of James L. Taylor Mfg. Co. “The future of the industry was showcased at IWF with over 850 exhibits.”