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IWF 2022 Education Conference Calls for Proposals

Posted on 16 August 2021 by cradmin4

IWF is inviting proposals for presentations at the 2022 IWF Education Conference, which will be staged in conjunction with the International Woodworking Fair, running August 23-26, 2022 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The mission of the IWF Education Conference is to provide woodworking industry professionals with learning and development opportunities relevant to business operation and management.

Presenters should select topics based on their area of expertise, and should offer practical applications that attendees can utilize in their businesses. Topics should be relevant in 2022 with the potential for future growth that will address attendees’ needs after the 2022 show. Those interested in delivering a presentation at the IWF 2022 Education Conference should submit a proposal of the topic(s) no later than November 5, 2021.

For the first time, IWF will host a series of sessions presented by contracted exhibitors of IWF 2022 within a brand-new Exhibitor EDU track. This new program will allow our exhibitors to present an education-based session on the benefits and uses of their products/services in a classroom setting off the show floor. This opportunity is open only to contracted IWF 2022 exhibitors.

IWF 2022 is on track to top 1,000 exhibiting companies and will reflect the true scope and scale of the global woodworking industry, featuring virtually all major manufacturers, emerging brands, and new-to-market producers and service providers. The large showcase will feature products and services in more than 540 categories.

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IWF Announces Virtual Trade Show

Posted on 12 August 2020 by cradmin3

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) has announced the launch of its new virtual trade show, IWF Connect. Starting Monday, October 26 and continuing through October 30, 2020, IWF Connect will provide access to hundreds of exhibitors offering the global woodworking industry’s newest products, technologies, innovations and solutions. Find exactly what you need to advance your business, and interact with exhibitors at your convenience.

During IWF Connect attendees will be able to network with exhibitors through live chat and meetings, see live product demonstrations and attend webinars.

Registration for the event grants attendees access to new product discoveries, online events, exclusive deals and much more. The virtual trade show is available on your schedule, and easily organized through the customizable My IWF Connect Show Planner. Registration opens September 1, 2020.

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IWF Canceled

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IWF 2020 Cancels Atlanta Show

Posted on 12 June 2020 by cradmin3

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our lives and enterprises, IWF 2020 and the global woodworking industry it serves are not immune to such intrusion. That inescapable reality lies at the heart of the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

This unavoidable action comes only after long, intense and exhaustive study and consideration by the IWF show management team working in constant collaboration with the IWF 2020 Management Committee, whose members represent the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association.

The decision to cancel North America’s oldest and largest woodworking event could not and did not come easily. At the same time, the conditions and circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic–including accompanying travel restrictions and federal, state and local governmental regulations–have made it impossible to stage IWF 2020 without endangering the health and safety of all exhibitors, attendees and the Atlanta community at large.

From the very outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, IWF has monitored and carefully considered its progress as a factor in show planning. It is now clear that hosting the show with tens of thousands of attendees in an indoor space such as the Georgia World Congress Center cannot occur without amplifying the transmission of COVID-19. That risk is absolutely unacceptable.

While no one can be happy with this outcome, we all can look toward the promise of a new, brighter future and all the opportunities IWF 2022 will bring. As we anticipate that future, always know that IWF will continue to move on course in this mission: For the entire woodworking community and across the industry landscape, IWF is where the woodworking business does business. That mission will never change.

For Registered Attendees of IWF 2020 Only: You will hear from IWF on June 19 with full details regarding your IWF 2020 registration fee refunds and hotel room cancellations.

For Contracted Exhibitors of IWF 2020 Only: As we begin laying the groundwork for IWF 2022 now, you’ll hear from us on June 26 with full details regarding resolution of your IWF 2020 commitments.

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Cosentino Hosts ISFA Pre-IWF Networking Event

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Cosentino Hosts ISFA Pre-IWF Networking Event

Posted on 31 July 2018 by cradmin

Attendees of the ISFA Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium, as well as anyone interested in surfacing fabrication, are invited to attend a Pre-IWF Networking Event hosted by Cosentino from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday August 21.

Interested parties will gather at the CNN Building, just across the street from the Atlanta Congress Center, at approximately 4:15 p.m. and Cosentino will provide transportation to and from its Atlanta Cosentino Center. Cocktails and appetizers will be served, and a tour of the facility will be provided.

There is no cost to attend.

To RSVP or for more information CLICK HERE

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

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IWF 2018 Offers a Variety of Educational Opportunities

Posted on 30 July 2018 by cradmin

The 2018 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is scheduled to run August 22 through August 25 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The IWF Education Conference offers a broad spectrum of industry related topics throughout the duration of IWF.  IWF 2018 will host 11 all-day symposiums focused on several industry related topics that will take place on August 21, which is the day before the show officially opens. Topics of this year’s symposiums include: Closets, CNC, Countertops & Architectural Surfaces, Digital Printing; Expanding Your Business to the U.S., Finishing; Powder Coating Wood, Quantum Lean – “Easier, Better Faster, Cheaper”, Techniques and Time-Savers for Engineered Surfacing Products, Wood Flooring and Woodworking Network Leadership Forum.

The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium, presented by ISFA (International Surface Fabricators Association) is a full day educational event focused on the countertop and surfacing needs of the woodworking industry.  Speakers will present on a variety of topics ranging from Project Estimating and Bidding, to New Material and Tooling for Fabrication, to Logistics, and Labor Resourcing.  Each Speaker will provide interactive content, resources to take home and a Q&A session.

In addition, IWF will also be offering a wide variety of Education Sessions that will take place from Wednesday, August 22nd through Friday, August 24th during IWF 2018. Educations Sessions by Track include Business Management, Manufacturing & Design, Marketing & Business Development and New Business Sectors.

To help make planning your show experience easier IWF offers the My IWF Show Planner. You can use the free My IWF Show Planner tool to research and contact exhibitors before the show, browse virtual floor plans, organize personal events and browse conference sessions.

For further information, visit the IWF Atlanta website

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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

Posted on 09 May 2018 by cradmin

This year the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) will once again team up with IWF Atlanta to present The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium. The full day educational event will take place on August 21, the day before the opening of the show.

Geared toward business owners and key management, the symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and focus on countertop and surfacing needs within the woodworking industry. Speakers and topics of the event will each address a strategy for improving the bottom line.

Speakers include: John Broer, of In2Great, “Using the Predictive Index to Manage Labor Issues”; Jessica McNaughton, Of Caragreen, “Innovative & Sustainable Surfaces: What You Need to Know”; Mari Ivan & Brian Smith of L.E. Smith, “Outsourcing Countertop Fabrication: When to Keep It in House and When to Call an Expert”; Chris Pappenfort of Menders, “Commercial Solid Surface Fabrication: Challenges & Solutions”; and Piergiorgio Mazzetta of Laminam, “Surfaces Translated.”

Registration cost for the symposium includes coffee and pastries, lunch and a full pass to the IWF exhibit hall for the show.

Following the symposium, attendees and any interested fabricators are invited to attend a Pre-IWF ISFA networking event hosted by Cosentino. Those interested in attending the networking event will gather near the Atlanta Congress Center where Cosentino will provide transportation to its Atlanta Cosentino Center. Along with a tour of the facility, cocktails and appetizers will be provided. There is no cost to attend the networking event.

For more information about the symposium visit www.iwfatlanta.com/Education/CTP.

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IWF Offers Complimentary Show Floor Pass

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IWF Offers Complimentary Show Floor Pass

Posted on 19 April 2018 by cradmin

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) will be held August 22-25, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. With the continued growth of the show, organizers project this years’ fair will be one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries.

More than 900 exhibitors from the woodworking industry will be at IWF to present their products and services. Suppliers and manufacturers specializing in wood veneers, woodworking machinery, material processing tools, laminates, adhesives, decorative hardware, flooring and more will be in attendance to display their product and service offerings.

And IWF is offering a free show floor pass! Use promo code IWF18OR when registering.

IWF also offers professionals education opportunities on a broad spectrum of industry related topics throughout the duration of the show.

In addition, the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) will be holding its full-day Countertops Symposium on Aug. 21, the day before the show opens.

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Still Time to Sign up for ISFA/IWF Countertop Symposium Sponsored by SolidSurface.com

Posted on 18 August 2016 by cradmin

There is still time to register for the full-day Countertop Symposium on Tuesday, August 23, at IWF. The event is put on by ISFA and sponsored by SolidSurface.com, and takes place the day before the show floor opens for IWF. The seminar is designed to provide a wealth of information to both established countertop fabricators and those exploring their options in the countertop industry.

Industry experts will share information and insights to help you learn about the products and business of the decorative surfacing industry.

Topics will include:

• Solid Surface Thermoforming
• Profiting from Diversification of your Countertop Shop
• Solid Surface Casework: Why it Makes Sense
• Countertop Industry Outlook: A Forecast of Factors Affecting the Industry
• Q & A opportunities with a distinguished panel of industry experts
The presenters include the owners of successful surfacing companies and others who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session covers both residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on solid surface, quartz surfacing, stone, laminate and a variety of other countertop options.

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IWF Atlanta: Events for the Countertop Industry

Posted on 08 July 2016 by CRadmin2

IWFLogoThe 2016 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is scheduled to run August 24 through August 27 at the Georgia Congress Center in Atlanta, and several educational opportunities have been made available for those in the countertop industry.

The IWF 2016 Education Conference covers a wide range of topics in six all-day symposiums, and this year, one of these six is specifically for those who are interested in the latest offerings from the countertop industry.

Exploring Countertop Options

The IWF Atlanta Symposium Exploring Countertop Options is scheduled the day before the actual Fair begins from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23. The all-day event is presented by the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and has been designed to provide valuable information for established countertop professionals and anyone who wants to explore today’s countertop products and the decorative surfacing industry.

Speakers at this event are as follows:

  • Keith Haight – Former executive director of ISFA and current industry consultant
  • Kevin Cole – Communications director of ISFA
  • Dave Paxton – Owner of Paxton Countertops & Showers
  • Russ Berry – President of A.S.S.T. Beyond Surface Level Solutions
  • Mike Langenderfer – Executive director of ISFA and owner of The Countertop Shop

Topics at the symposium include the following:

  • Cutting Edge Materials: New Applications
  • Solid Surface Casework: Why It Makes Sense
  • Time to Lean, Time to Clean: Getting the Shop in Order
  • Countertop Trends, Margins, Pricing and Consumer Preferences: A Forecast of What’s to Come
  • Putting It All Together: Panel Discussion

This year, anyone who purchases a pass to any all-day symposium at IWF will receive free registration and admission to the show floor plus a continental breakfast and lunch.

Leapfrog From Laminate to High End Concrete

A large part of IWF Atlanta is the 2016 Education Conference, which is designed to help companies improve efficiency and products, expand to new markets and increase profits. This year, in the track for New Business Sectors, the seminar Leapfrog from Laminate to High End Concrete will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This educational presentation is presented by the Jeff Girard, president of The Concrete Countertop Institute, and it will discuss how companies may break out of the limitations of laminate countertop fabrication. Most laminate fabricators and woodworkers already have all the equipment necessary to fabricate concrete, so it may be of great benefit to take advantage of this growing market.

Before August 1, this education session will cost $55, and after August 1, the price is $65.

For further information, visit the IWF Atlanta website or send an email to [email protected].

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IWF Offers Discounts on Countertop Education Programs

Posted on 04 August 2014 by cradmin

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) announced it is offering educational discounts for attendees participating in the educational conference. The program begins on August 19 with the Countertop Symposium. Attendees who purchase the one-day program will also receive a complimentary educational session. Discounts are based upon each individual registration. Also, attendees who purchase one educational session at $the regular price will receive a second registration to another educational session for half price. “Training is essential to our industry’s growth and development,” commented Rick Hannigan, IWF 2014 chairman and director of marketing Weinig/Holz-Her. “We want to give the attendees the opportunity to attend as many educational programs as possible, to stay informed on important topics of interest to our industry.”

IWF will take place August 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For more information about the IWF Educational Conference visit www.iwfatlanta.com or Click Here to see the full line-up of educational programs for the countertop industry.

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