IWF Back on Track; Synergy Thermal Foils Enjoys the Ride!

August 2012

The big news at this year’s International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta was the return of the big woodworking machinery exhibitors who sat out IWF 2010 because of the economic crisis.

We were thrilled to see them back in the show. Their presence had a dramatic impact on lifting attendance, including traffic to our booth.

Show management pegged attendance at more than 15,000 woodworkers and other industry professionals. This is before adding some 8,000 exhibitor personnel to the final tally.

Not only were there more attendees at the show, but the overall mood was decidedly upbeat – a sharp contrast from IWF 2010. It seemed obvious in talking with people that the worst of the Great Recession is over and everyone is eager to get back to work, including dusting off expansion plans and new programs that had been put on the back burner.

Our display was dominated by cabinet door samples of five new 3D laminate (3DL) colors all geared to match thermally-fused laminate (TFL) panels manufactured by KML as part of its exciting new Edgewood series. Since IWF 2012, several other leading TFL manufacturers have come out with matching products. There are also high pressure laminates (HPL) available to match our program.

Our new matching 3DL products include:

  • Zanno Wenge a match for KML’s Edgewood dow Oak (1759), Arclin’s Cordoba Pine (7777), Dixielam’s Espresso (498) Flakeboard’s Medina Libretti (208), Funder’s Sabatini Dixielam Tenino Wenge (229), Uniboard’s Rio Shadow Oak (762), Uniboard’s Rio Velvet Wenge (G15), Steven’s Industries’ Aritka Midnight Espresso (632) and Panolam’s Nightfall (292). Lab Designs offers a matching HPL called Tenino Wenge (229).
  • Moderna Grigio a match for KML’s Edgewood Tenino Grey (7130), Arclin’ s Grey Lines (7757), Flakeboard’s Medina Queenston Oak (344), Funder’s Sabatini Dixielam Tenino Grey (233), Steven’s Industries’ Artika Nora Creek Oak (W83), Tafisa’s Alto Spring Blossom (L543) and Uniboard’s Rio Milano Oak (G16). Matching HPLs include Lab Designs’ Tenino Grey (233) and Wilsonart’s Asian Night (7949).
  • Tenino Walnut a match for KML’s Edgewood Tenion Walnut (7126), Flakeboard’s Medina Seria (203), Funder’s Sabatini Dixielam Tenino Walnut (234) and Steven’s Industries’ Artika East Indian Laurel (W72). Lab Designs’ Teninon Walnut (234) is a matching HPL.
  • Tenino Oak a match for KML’s Edgewood Tenino Oak (7127), Flakeboard’s Medina Ecru (347) and Funder’s Sabatini Dixielam Tenino Oak (231). Lab Designs’ Tenino Oak (231) is a matching HPL.
  • Rosewood a match for KML’s Edgewood Tenino Rosewood (7128), Flakeboard’s Medina Burma Cherry (121), Panolam’s Iwantoo Savatre (234) and Steven’s Industries’ Western Red Cedar (89). Matching HPLs include Lab Designs’ Tenino Rosewood (231) and Wilsonart’s Asian Sun (7951).

IWF once again felt like North America’s most important woodworking event. Even a continued slow but steady improvement of the economy will bode well for the wood products industry and IWF 2014.

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