Nearly all business owners think ahead, and have a plan. What’s your plan for August? International Woodworking Fair will be held August 22-25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the largest North American trade
exhibition for cabinet and furniture manufacturing, architectural millwork and other professional woodworking industries.
We’ve always suggested that a good move to make is to attend the major woodworking trade shows.
The trade exhibition itself is four days, but if you’re tight
for time even a day or two can be beneficial. There will be
plenty to see this year. It’s always surprising how many new
things there are on the show floor.
In our digital age you can do a google search for any number of items, or look at our own website, woodworkingnetwork.com, for updated information on all kinds of subjects.
But you can’t replace the experience of seeing, touching and
talking about the latest technology. We’ve often visited shops
and woodworkers have pointed to a specific item and said that
they saw it while walking the aisles at IWF. They weren’t looking for it, but it was there. And now it’s in their shop.
We recommend that attendees plan ahead, making a list of
what they want to see, addressing most important needs first.
There’s plenty of information available before the starting gun.
Attendees should study their plan and the show guide, and
move through the aisles. Attendees should stop and talk to the
people in the booths. If you’re a woodworker, they’re waiting to
talk to you. Ask them about their product or service. Tell them
about a problem that you’re having back at the shop.
Cover the companies that are most important to you, taking notes as you go. Once you’ve moved through the companies on your list, you can walk up and down the aisles and
stop wherever you see a display that interests you. That’s when
you may find something you didn’t know about.
IWF is held every other year. Professionals from all over
the globe come together to see what’s really going on in their
industries, learn about the newest technology, and to network
with other professionals.
Be sure to make time for the educational events
During the four-day show there are many educational sessions
on business management, manufacturing, marketing and new
Manufacturing seminars will cover combustible dust,
innovation in composite materials, robots in the small to
medium sized shop, and advanced manufacturing processes
for managing CAD component designs.
Business subjects will include creating a skilled workforce,
managing and motivating millennials, working with architects and designers, pricing for profitability, and buying that
The seminars are brief , ranging from an hour to an hour
and a half long, and are held throughout each day of the
show. There are also 11 all-day symposiums the day before (
August 21) the show exhibits open, including four that FDMC and
Woodworking Network are organizing for attendees on finishing, CNC technology, the closets market and Leadership Forum.
IWF will once again feature the Design Emphasis Student
Design competition, in which students from all over the
U.S. show off their design talents, and the IWF Challengers
Awards, in which exhibiting companies are awarded for innovative technology and products.
If you’re planning for your future, I WF is the place to be.
We’ve gathered information here to help you plan your experience. Look for updates at www.woodworkingnetwork.com.
You can register in advance at www.iwfatlanta.com.
IWF fast facts
--Show Dates: Wednesday
through Saturday, August 22-25
--Show Hours: Wednesday –
Friday, 8: 30 am - 5:00 pm;
Saturday, 8: 30 am - 1:00 pm
--Show Location: Georgia World
Congress Center, 285 Andrew
Young International Blvd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1591
IWF: Plan for the experience
by Karl D. Forth