WMS 2015 will feature more than 120 exhibitors.
The 2015 edition of the Woodworking Machinery & Supply (WMS) Conference and Expo will bring the world's leading players of machinery, tooling and supplies right to the doorstep of the Canadian woodworking industry and organizers are talking of a dramatically larger show.
Canada's premier woodworking event, Nov. 5-7, returns to its roots - Halls 1 and 2 of the International Centre in 2015 and with more than 130 exhibitors already booked the list of exhibitors is running 30 per cent ahead of the last show two years ago.
“We have been bowled over by the enthusiasm – as Canada’s biggest and older woodworking show, WMS has the gravity to draw woodworkers from across Canada,” says Laurel Didier, of WMS producer Vance Communications Canada.
“With more than 120 exhibitors already booked, it’s the place to see new technology and supplies. Attendees know that, and they are registering in big waves.”
WMS organizers are also putting the finishing touches on the WMS conference schedule being held in conjunction with the show’s opening day on Nov. 5.
The WMS 2015 ‘Reboot Your Business’ conference will give owners of woodshops of any size an opportunity to evaluate their current business practices, shop operations and technology, identify emerging opportunities and gain insight on industry challenges.
The conference program is the largest educational program in WMS history and includes sessions on lean and advanced manufacturing, including Batch One Production, Wood Industry 4.0, and innovation.
“Canada's wood manufacturing businesses have been on the rise - with advantages in a stable and plentiful lumber supply and improved domestic markets. While China's contraction has definitely had an impact on the primary forest products markets, companies such as furniture makers, cabinetry, and wood component businesses are seeing growth, “ says WMS conference director Bill Esler.
Esler adds that woodworking firms can insulate themselves from market turbulence by finding new revenue opportunities - such as higher value added products, even export - and by adopting best production practices and new technologies to improve yield and throughput.
The conference will also include the first-ever WMS VIP Expo Floor Tour.
During the tour, exhibitors will introduce their newest products, preview future offerings, or even share beta developments with tour groups.
“Woodworking businesses need look no further than November's Wood Machinery & Supply Show for everything they need to grow business and reboot their operations,” says Didier.