IWF 2020 Latest Industry Trade Show to be Cancelled
ATLANTA — IWF 2020, the premier live event for the cabinet manufacturing, fabricating and woodworking markets, has become the latest industry-related trade show to be cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
IWF organizers announced cancellation of the biennial show, scheduled for Aug. 25-28 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The four-day show, which spotlights the latest in woodworking and fabricating tools, equipment and materials, had been expected to draw more than 1,000 exhibitors and 30,000+ attendees.
“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,” show organizers said. “That inescapable reality lies at the heart of the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.”
The cancellation, show officials added, came “after long, intense and exhaustive study and consideration” by an IWF show management team working in collaboration with the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, among the key sponsors of the event.
“The decision to cancel North America’s oldest and largest woodworking event could not, and did not, come easily,” IWF officials said. “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.
The decision to cancel IWF 2020 came amidst a rash of other trade show and related live-event cancellations – most recently Cersaie, Coverings 2020 and CEDIA Expo 2020 – as well as a major effort to establish new health and safety protocols for exhibitors, attendees and workers at shows including next February’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
“It is now clear that hosting the show, with tens of thousands of attendees in an indoor space, cannot occur without amplifying the transmission of COVID-19,” IWF organizers said. “That risk is absolutely unacceptable.”