Canada’s largest woodworking industry event launched Thursday at the International Centre in Mississauga. With over 5,000 attendees, the 2017 edition of the Woodworking Machinery and Supply Conference and Expo attracted 25% more participants than the earlier 2015 event. Over 200 companies were in attendance at the expo; they showed off many of their latest products, including innovative new wood technologies. The conference is organized by CCI Media, the owner of the woodworking news site Woodworking Network, and is held every two years.
This year’s offerings included a sneak peak at Uniboard’s new thermal-fused laminate line and a display of Sirca’s latest professional wood coatings. Tech lovers were also able to try out Auto-CIM’s state-of-the-art 3D manufacturing software. Other Canadian companies like Cherry Forest Products, Waterville Woodcraft and Oliver Lumber were also on hand to display their merchandise. The conference boasted a variety of useful classes this year. Some of the most popular classes were cabinet design and production; a class on trends in panel and hardware also attracted a significant number of attendees. Brad Cairns, the President of Signature Wood System, gave his Kick Ass Lean presentation at the conference. Attendees were able to touch base with their peers during a one-hour networking reception on Thursday.
Due to the success of this year’s expo, the next edition of the Woodworking Machinery and Supply Conference and Expo is already scheduled for October 2021. The full conference itinerary has not yet been announced.