working Network IWF Show Daily.
Use these valuable tools to plan the
most efficient routes for booth visits.
Machinery-related manufacturers will
be located in Building B, and supply/
services/upholstery companies located
in Building C, with some also in Building B (Halls B- 1 and B- 2).
6. Education. Look over the list of
educational offerings to see which are
useful for your business. You can register in advance or on-site for the more
than 70 sessions available. An ideal
show experience would be to combine
time spent on the exhibit floor with
educational sessions related to: Business Management, Manufacturing &
Design, Marking & Business Development, and New Business Sectors.
Plan to arrive early and check out
the 11 all-day symposiums, to be held
Tuesday, Aug. 21. Topics include: Closets, CNC, Countertop & Architectural
Surfaces, Digital Printing, Expanding
Your Business to the U.S., Finishing,
Powder Coating Wood, Quantum
Lean, Techniques & Time Savers for
Engineered Surfacing Products, Wood
Flooring, and the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.
7. Special exhibits. Be sure to
check out the products entered in the
IWF Challengers Award for a look at
the latest woodworking innovations. A
list of 2018 Challengers Award entries
can be found on page 90. Winners of
the distinguished Challengers Award
will be announced at the show on Aug.
22, at the IWF Challengers Award Finalist Gallery located in the Connector
Concourse between Buildings B and C.
Another must-see, the New Product
Showcase, also located in the Connec-
tor Concourse between Buildings B
and C, provides a quick look at some
of the developments in machinery,
supplies and services that have been
introduced since IWF 2016.
Also, while at IWF, don’t forget to
view the Design Emphasis Showcase.
It features furniture pieces designed
and built by students from 20 colleges
and universities throughout the United
States. Categories include: Seating,
Case Goods, Commercial/Office/Hos-pitality Furniture, Accent Furniture/
Accent Tables, and Design Creativity. A
prize is also given for the Best of Show.
Even though most booths have scanners to capture information from your
badge, don’t forget to bring business
cards. They may be old school, but
business cards are still an important
tool, and also essential when networking with suppliers as well as others in
8. Get a deal. Ready to buy now?
Exhibitors are often willing to sell a
machine displayed at the show rather
than incur the costs to ship it back to
the facility. There may be a good deal
to be had, so don’t hesitate to inquire.
9. Network. And finally, more than
30,000 wood industry professionals
are expected to be in attendance at
IWF. Take advantage of the on-site
expertise from thousands of industry
suppliers as well as your peers. Don’t
hesitate to ask questions, look for tips
or seek advice, and take advantage of
the opportunity to inquire about the
products and services that can help
improve your business.
Are you ready for IWF? For infor-
mation, check out the show coverage
in this Pre-Show Planner, produced by
FDMC , a Woodworking Network publication. More can be found online
at WoodworkingNetwork.com and at
IWF’s website, IWFAtlanta.com. Also
follow the latest show news as it happens on Twitter @woodworkingbiz.
IWF at a glance
Show: International Woodworking
Dates: Wednesday – Saturday, Aug.
22 - 25
Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 8: 30
a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8: 30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Georgia World Congress
Center, Buildings B & C
IWF is owned and sponsored by
the Wood Machinery Manufacturers
of America (WMMA) and the
Woodworking Machinery Industry