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Working with Wood: Making a Difference

Organisers of Materials & Finishes Show (formerly W Exhibition) have announced that visitor registration is now live for the UK trade show aimed at the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries.

With over 50 years of heritage, the event returns to the NEC in its new and reinvigorated format from May 19-22 2024.

Part of Montgomery Group’s global event portfolio, the Materials & Finishes Show will bring the UK’s furniture manufacturing and joinery industries together for the first time since 2018, having undergone an extensive period of research and development.

The trade show is the primary platform for carpenters, joiners, machinists and installers to see running woodwork machinery, the latest materials, components, software, tools and innovations for the woodworking sector.

The countdown is officially on

Some of the latest brands who have joined the lineup for the relaunch event in May include brands such as AES, Woodmizer, Leitz Tooling and the Wagner Group.

The stellar lineup also includes the likes of RJ Woodworking Machinery, Vertongen, AMS/ Wadkin Bursgreen, Hanex, Hranipex, Rubio Monocoat and Mundy Veneer, with new brands joining the lineup weekly.

Alongside networking with the entire industry under one roof, visitors will be able to see thousands of the latest products on the UK market and speak directly to leading manufacturers and suppliers for the woodworking sector.

A new live demonstration zone will allow visitors to see many of these products in action for the first time.

Materials & Finishes Show event director, David Todd comments: “The countdown to Materials & Finishes Show 2024 is officially on.

“The floorplan has evolved significantly over recent weeks, and we are on course to deliver a truly international showcase when we reopen the doors to the industry this May.

“Alongside heritage W Exhibition brands, there’s a very strong cohort of overseas exhibitors, with 45% of the lineup made up of international brands with companies from Turkey, China, Italy, Poland, Belgium, USA, Ireland, Spain, Germany and Switzerland all represented at the show.

“It’s exciting to see such a diverse lineup, and a huge coup for the UK that so many overseas brands have recognised the huge potential that the UK market represents.

“Visitors are always excited to see running machinery at the show, which is why we’ve developed a new live demonstration feature.

“Visitors will be able to see brands such as Leitz Tooling and Advance Machinery Services working together to bring exciting demonstrations of unique tooling for bespoke timber windows and doors, with an end-to-end timber window construction on the show floor.

“They’ll also be able to see tooling, paint and finishing brands deliver handson, practical demonstrations, bringing new products, innovations and technology to life for joiners and carpenters.

“We’re also excited to announce that we are working with industry influencers to ensure that the show content is as up-to-date and relevant as possible for our audience.

“We know that influencers are ‘on the ground’ when it comes to the latest products, techniques and technology which is why we are working with the likes of Robin Clevett to bring a new, real-time dimension to the show that will make it more relevant than ever for anyone working within the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries.”

YouTube exposure and developing the market

Robin Clevett, the self-confessed carpentry, joinery and building fanatic, will act as an official ambassador for the trade show.

As well as working closely with the event organising team in the run up to the event, Robin will also make a special appearance at the exhibition this May.

Robin, who boasts over 113,000 YouTube subscribers, more than 40,000 YouTube followers and hosts The Carpentry Show in FIX Radio, will play a hands-on role as part of the brand new Materials & Finishes Show demonstration area, as well as compering a special panel on the main seminar stage.

Speaking about the collaboration, Robin said: “I was approached by the Materials & Finishes Show team last year and was instantly impressed with what the organisers have been doing to redevelop the show for the market.

“As a working chippy and active member of the wider carpentry and joinery community, I know that there’s a real appetite for this type of UK event for our community.

“I’m looking forward to meeting visitors at the show this May and, like them, being able to see all the latest materials, tools, technology and equipment side-by-side at the NEC.

“Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for a sneak peek of what we’ve got planned.”

Materials & Finishes Show event director, David Todd added: “We’re hugely excited to announce Robin’s involvement in Materials & Finishes Show this May.

“What better way to shape the content and features than collaborating with someone who is on the cold face of the industry and walking in the shoes of a large proportion of our visitors.

“We’ve been bowled over by Robin’s enthusiasm and this, combined with his expertise and knowledge can only make for a winning formula for our visitors from the joinery and carpentry communities.

“As organisers, we’re always looking at new and innovative ways to connect with our audiences – Robin’s involvement is the first of many new partnerships we’ll be announcing in the run up to the show.”

AMA Research, part of the Barbour ABI Group, will produce a detailed kitchen, bedroom and bathroom (KBB) and worktops market intelligence report, of which Materials & Finishes Show visitors will be amongst the first to hear the key insights when it is delivered as part of the CPD certified learning programme at the show in May.

David adds: “The brand new CPD certified seminar programme is about to go live.

“We’re working closely with industry media, exhibitors and associations such as the furniture makers, British Woodworking Federation (BWF), Woodland Heritage and Barbour ABI to curate a tailored and targeted programme of seminars and panel debates.

“Industry experts will be delivering a full schedule of content covering key industry themes and topics that will help the visitor audience to broaden their knowledge, understand the latest legislation and regulations around topics such as dust extraction, and help them to run more efficient and profitable businesses.”

Materials & Finishes Show attracts buyers from every corner of the industry, from furniture and joinery manufacturers and designers right through to retailers, the KBB market, carpenters, joiners and worktop fabricators.

You can register at https://materials-finishes-show-2024.reg.buzz/timber-trader or contact Materials & Finishes Show PR & Comms Manager, Jess Hardisty [email protected] or phone 07871 544330.

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