Expectations are running high for this year’s International Woodworking Fair, which will feature over 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, around 1,000 exhibitors, and attendees from all over the US and more than 80 other countries.
Taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from August 22 to 25, IWF is recognized as one of the largest woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries, IWF is a biennial event held in even years. The show is owned and sponsored by Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association.
“IWF has increased by double digits, show-over-show, in attendance, exhibit space, square feet sold and exhibitors’ growth from 2012 to 2016. IWF 2018 is currently on pace for another double-digit growth across the board, compared to IWF 2016. We expect over 30,000 registrations for IWF 2018,” says Roberto Ghizzoni, show’s chairman and vice president of OMGA Industries.
IWF 2018 will feature an extensive education program with over 70 seminars on manufacturing, business management, marketing, production, design and other topics. New symposiums are in the works to cover 3D printing, powder coating, digital fabrication, lean manufacturing, and business conditions.
Other show highlights include the Design Emphasis student competition, Challenger’s Awards for product innovation, New Product Showcase, Decorative Surfaces Pavilion, and Cabinet & Closets Pavilion.
“Our theme is ‘Imagine’ and every attendee will see what they can imagine and have access to many items they likely didn’t know existed. Everyone from the small shop to the large and medium companies will be able to find everything they need during their IWF experience,” says Ghizzoni.